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A New Camping Knife

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by JimmerJammerMrK, Jul 28, 2008.

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  1. JimmerJammerMrK

    JimmerJammerMrK Member

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    Hey ya'll, I'm set to go on a camping trip in a few weeks, and I haven't been camping in a very long time. After looking through my gear, it appears that, for whatever reason, I no longer have a suitable knife

    I'm looking for a general purpose outdoor/camping knife, and I'd like to spend $30-$50. I suppose my first question should be: is there anything available in this price range that is not a piece of junk? I'd like to buy quality once, so if I need to spend more than that to keep this knife 10+ years, I'll do so. I prefer a folder, but I appreciate all suggestions, whether advice on style of knife, a particular model, or things to be aware of. I'm also wondering what to look for when browsing in a store (signs that mean quality) and if there are any particular brands that I should just steer clear of.

    Thank you so much for your help, I look forward to reading the replies.
     
  2. theken206

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    KBAR and Gerber are going to be your best bet for that price range.

    im a big SOG guy myself and have had nothing but good knives from them.

    personally I like a good fixed blade{usally my WICKED sharp KBAR} AND a good folder when im out and about but thats me.

    These days ive gotten pretty spoiled on assited openers like the Kershaw Ken Onion WhirlWind and the SOG Trident.

    I really like them for work with gloves and in the cold.

    Alot of people say stay away from benchmade unless your buying there more expensive stuff and I agree.

    better steel and better deals on Gerbers 50 bucks and under than most.

    I
     
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    lest I forget one of my other favorites ColmbiaRiverKnivesandTool or CRKT.

    have had nothing but GREAT experiances with there products and do have friends of mine. My friend J carried one of there m16 series in Iraq and fell in love with the thing.

    im finding the ones i would suggest right now and will toss up the links in a second
     
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    http://www.crkt.com/carsdsrt.html

    http://www.kershawknives.com/searchresults.php

    this is my most recent knife purchase and is one of the best if not the best knifes ive owned at that price besides my KBAR.


    http://www.gerberstore.com/index.php?xpage=itempage&xid=361

    https://www.kabar.com/product_detai...goryId=1,2,3,7&categoryName=Military/Tactical

    this is one of the favorite knives I own, even though my moms hubby fell in love with it and has decided it needed to stay at there house as a "house knife"

    http://sogknives.com/store/TF-3.html

    I myself prefer clip and drop point blades, almost always unless its a dressing knife go with 1/3 or 1/4 serrated, prefer medium framed folders with a 3 and 1/2 inch blade or longer.

    im open to all types of fixed blades
     
  5. JimmerJammerMrK

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    Yeah, if I get a folder I definitely want it to be longer than 3.5 inches; in fact I prefer more like 4.5 to 5 inches.

    Sorry, what is meant by a drop point blade?

    The KA-BAR is growing on me. Are there any quality fixed blades out there like KA-BAR that are around $50-$60 instead of 100?
     
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    So I guess it would be a mistake to order one for $80 then? Also, is yours partially serrated, and do you recommend this or not?

    Thanks a lot for all your information and help, I really appreciate it.
     
  8. theken206

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    depends, you might not be able to find one THAT much cheaper. Mine was on sale along with every other knife in the case IIRC so take that with a grain of salt.

    I can tell you you wont regret picking up a KA-BAR. Mine was left in about 4 feet of snow all winter in its plastic sheath and hardly showed it at all.

    My dad has a marine ww2 issiue that he got from a friends wife{her dads knife} that I just resharpened and its one of the nicest knives ive had in my hands in a long time.

    something about a good KA-BAR just feels right to me, so solid, so sharp, so much history.
     
  9. Stainz

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    For a folder to use as a 'camping knife', you cannot go wrong with an American classic - a Buck 110 'Folding Hunter'. This is all you'll need for making camping equipment, from cooking stands to tent pegs, as well as medium sized up whittling. You could also skin a deer, if need be - certainly make fuzz-kindling galore. And, although it's hefty and comes with a sheath, the 3.75" bladed/7.2 oz knife is pocketable. Everyone should have one.

    If fixed blade is your want, you cannot go wrong with a Buck 119 'Special'. This 6" bladed/phenolic handled keeper weighs but 7.5 oz - and comes, like the 110, with an imported but functional sheath - either nylon or leather. When you see Discovery Channel's Les Stroud, aka 'Survivorman', with a separate knife, it's this one.

    Both knives employ 420HC steel, heat treated by Paul Bos to very long keeping edge standards. Oddly, they can also be re-edged fairly easily - evn back to the 'hair popping' sharpness they are delivered with.

    Availability is great - try Wally-World first - they have them both less than a traditional store's wholesale price - $25 for the 110 and $34 for the 119 up the street from me.

    I've camped with a KaBar 'fighting knife' - either of the above are better suited.

    Another choice, especially if you like black/more tacti-cool knives - the Gerber LMFII. My older son gave me one for Father's Day - interesting knife - partially serrated, too. I haven't tried it camping yet. Several places, like 'LA Police Gear', have some of the variants at $60 + s/h, while the local 'Academy Sports/Outdoors' chains have them at $100. Good luck!

    Stainz
     
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    "I've camped with a KaBar 'fighting knife' - either of the above are better suited."

    yes and no friend, preference has much to do with it IMHO.

    I carry a fixed blade{almost always the KA-BAR except hunting} and a good folder when afield myself.

    Mostly use the fixed blade unless im doing something that need a smaller thinner blade.
     
  11. Zeke/PA

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    Check out Smokey Mountain Knife Works and the Opinel brand sold there.
    The Opinels are inexpensive, rugged and available in Stainless or Carbon steel.
    For $30.00-$50.00 you can buy several knives in various sizes.
    I've been using the Opinels in Carbon steel for work knifes and daily carrys since I sharpened one for a friend this past Spring.
    Zeke
     
  12. 22-rimfire

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    There are so many knives to choose from these days. I'll list some of my favorites without adherring to your budget necessarily. Stay away from Frost Cutlery knives (waste of money even at the cheap prices) and most knives manufactured in China. I feel sure that the steel will improve coming from China in the future, but for now, stay away from them. You want steel made in USA, Japan, or Taiwan. (Taiwan steel is the worst of this list, but okay.)

    For a basic camping and woods knife, the Buck 110 is hard to beat ($25-$30). Comes with a leather belt sheath. I just bought one recently because I didn't own one or lost my old one. Case brand knives are good too by the way. My first knife was a Case folder.

    My daily favorite knife which is good for 90% of everything you are likely to do with a pocket knife is the Victronix Swiss Army knife (SAK)-Adventurer model (about $25). Many like the Farmer model. Go with the larger size (longer blade) which are more useful. The thing to remember with SAKs is the more tools on the knife, the thicker and heavier the knife is to carry. I like the Locksmith model, but it is too thick to carry in your pocket. The Adventurer is just about perfect for my use. I keep my Locksmith tucked in my SOG Seal Pup Elite sheath pouch. It rides just fine there. So, if I'm camping or hiking, I often have the Locksmith along in addition to my Advernturer model.

    I also really like the SOG brand and one of my favorites is the Mini-Vulcan folder which gives you the advantage of a quick opening knife if you like that. It runs around $80-$100. I love mine and highly recommend it. The full sized Vulcan is also available. It is a bit large for carrying in your pocket even with a clip. But is a great knife also.

    The Queen Cutlery lineup are very good as well. They are typically traditional folders. I like the Mountain Man and Trapper models. These push the limits of your budget.

    The Spyderco Endura is a very good general purpose knife if you like a larger folding blade. I prefer the plain edge, but also have the fully serrated version for special purposes. It pushes your budget figure a bit.

    For a fixed blade, I am leaning toward a Bark River knife these days for a general woods knife. I'm leaning toward the Aurora or Gameskeeper. They are in the $100-$150 range and beyond your present budget. Look at them here. http://www.knifesupply.com/bark_river_knives.html

    I have a SOG Seal Pup Elite which is an excellent general purpose knife with about a 5" blade or so. The SOG Revolver Hunter is a good general purpose camping and hiking knife and has the advantage of a pretty large usable saw blade and it's light. All SOG blades are wicked sharp when you get them. The Revolver may look a bit unusual, but it is a well constructed knife and very usable.

    RAT Cutlery has their lineup of tough fixed blades. The RC-3 or RC-4 should do the trick. They run in the $80-$120 range.

    Many knives are sold with the partially serrated edge. I find the plain edge more usable and the serrations are just where you would put the most force it you were trying to cut something difficult. I would stay away from the serrated blades for now.

    The SOG Field Pup is a very good general purpose fixed blade. I have had a number of them and they are very useful for detail work or camp chores. Cheap too! It was the first SOG knife I purchased. I have quite a few SOG knives from big to small.

    In general, I would keep the blade length less than 6 inches no matter what you choose. Most people seem to prefer something in the 3-4" for folders and 4-5.5" in a fixed blade. Really big knives are useful for chopping and that is about it unless it is the only knife you own or likely to own. Machetes are very popular and the 12" Ontario is quite useful for camp chores. They are inexpensive also. If you buy one, they do not come with a sheath, so at least pick up the cheapie sheath they offer. Useful, but you'll wear it out in no time. Eventually you make one yourself or get a kydex sheath made for you. Costs more than the machete new.

    If you don't have any preference, go with the Buck 110 or a Swiss Army knife. They are very useful knives and you can't go wrong with the purchase. If I have two knives on my person and I need to use a knife, I almost always grab the folder first and not the fixed blade. Fixed blade knives are stronger typically. Good luck in your selection.
     
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    I would steer way clear of Gerber - they're more or less simple junk at this point.

    Now the Kershaw, CRKT, SOG, etc., on the other hand, mentioned above, are worth a look, as well as Buck.

    First decide whether you want a folder or fixed. Yes, I know people think camp knife is synonymous with fixed, but a largish folder is easy to stow in your pocket, still a fine camp knife, and if you have to run into the local Walmart for fishing tackle, you won't feel awkward in "society" wearing your fixed blade on your belt. OK, nevermind, you said folder....

    Man, that's a tough price range; I'll have to think on that one a bit....
     
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    I'd get a buck 110 for $30 or so. However, depending on what you're going to do with this knife while camping I might consider a leatherman for versatility. I would definitely bring a multi-tool if it were me.
     
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    CRKT. Good stuff.

    Older Gerber and Buck products.
     
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    My 2 cents. At the high end of your range or slightly above depending where you shop. A Buck 110 and a Swiss Army Knife with your choice of blade combo.

    My camping/hiking/woods bumming needs in the thick New England woods are served very well with a Schrade Old Timer 7OT(Buck 110 knock-off) and a Camillus 4 blade Scout pattern. I prefer older no longer produced knives otherwise the SAK/110 combo would be my choice.If you think you might need to chop a small camp hatchet can be added to your gear,and do the job better than a fixed blade.
     
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    I'd recommend you read The Humble Machete, right here on this forum, and follow its advice. You'll save a bunch of money and have a more useful camping tool.
     
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    What sort of camping will you be doing?

    Fixed blades are preferable to folders whenever you can carry one.

    $30-$40 is a little low for a good, "10 year knife". You can get one of the laminated Moras from ragweed forge for less than that and you could get a good smaller butcher knife made by Old Hickory or Chicago Cutlery also. The Mora will come with a sheath and you'll have to make or have one made for the butcher knife. If you're patient you can even mod the butcher knife to fit the role better. Try to get one of the Moras with a finger side guard (cross guards are a pain to work with when trying to do many camp chores).

    You'll want a good handy folder for the finer work the camp knife is a little big for.
     
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    I'm with Stainz on this topic, hands down. Buy the Buck 110.

    Frankly it's a knife that everyone should own.
     
  21. Mongrel

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    Well the last thing you need is another opinion but...

    Two knife combination of a Swiss Army knife (leave the bells and whistles out just get a model with say-2 blades, the wood saw, and the scissors-very handy for first aid situations) OR a multitool AND a SMALL fixed blade or even a short machete (12") as suggested above.

    The problem is that you cannot find a GOOD multitool and fixed blade with your budget, so that leaves you with a SAK and a small fixed blade. By small, I'd say 4" or less but 5" wouldn't be too bad.

    Something like this: http://www.newgraham.com/detail.aspx?ID=5170

    Would be fine for a utility fixed blade, add a $25 SAK and your all set.

    One thing I'd like to point out is the practical utility of a knife that can be accessed and deployed with one hand. More than a gimmick, there are many instances where you need or want to cut something without having to use both hands to do it. I've been in situations setting up a tarp in windy conditions where I get it where I wanted it and have to let go to open my knife to cut the line off. This is easily answered by a small fixed blade or a one handled "spydie hole" or thumb stud type folder. For me, this rules out the Buck 110 and models like it. Great knife no doubt, but heavy and more awkward to use than what's currently available. I say that as someone who has carried and used one since 1979.

    If you are going camping where you will be building fires you should be carrying a dedicated chopper and a saw and not using a 'camp knife' for this task. It's better handled by the other tools and unfair to the camp knife. Bottom line-right tool for the job.
     
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    I use my Gerber LMF II when I go camping. Its a pretty tough knife with some interesting features. I think they are sold in the $80-90 price range though.
     
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    I bought the #911 from Ragweed Forge Swedish knife catalog. I lost a special Puukko on a motorcycle trip and needed to replace it with something less personable. I've never looked back. It is a heck of a knife for $11 and unless you need something larger than 4" in a general duty knife there is not much else to look at, personal preferences aside.

    Whoever finds that puukko of mine is one lucky kid.
     
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    I own a ton of knives but when I go camping or hiking I love having my Buck 119 on my hip.
     
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