Updated on 16 October, 2021
Camp Knives are a necessary tool for cooks and campers. Most people think of a camping knife as a fixed, lengthwise sharp blade designed for cutting, skinning, or cooking food. Camp knives do much more than just cut and skin, although this is a critical skill for any successful chef. Camp Knives can perform well beyond these chores including cooking and skinning food and handling fire.
Campers and travelers tend to take along extra knives and cutlery for more functionality. Camp Knives can be used in a variety of ways beyond cutting and skinning. Many campers like to carry a pocket knife that can be clipped on the belt or carried in a back pack for quick utility and help during long hiking or backpacking trips. The best way to find a good pocket knife is to ask others who camp regularly and who use camp knives. You may also search online for "mountain machete" or "pocket knife."
Some camp knives, especially the larger utility knives have a clip-on (or drop-away) blade that can be clipped into the belt loops or other attachment points on their handles. This is a handy feature for many campers who like the ability to quickly get the knife out of their packs and ready to use. There are many different styles of camp knives that feature a clip-on blade. The most popular, and probably the only one you'll need in your lifetime, is a Remington camp knife with its flush belt clip. The Remington is an all around great camping or survival knife. If you are looking for a general purpose knife that can be used for cutting, skinning, and other activities, then the Remington Camp (or other model) is probably the way to go.
A good tip for choosing the best camping knife is to think about what you will primarily use it for. If you are only going to use the knife for cutting vegetables or raw meat, then a smaller, lighter weight knife is probably best. On the other hand, if you plan to use the knife for hiking and camping, then you may want to consider a heavier, sturdier knife with a larger, heavier, and stronger blade. You may even consider a fixed blade knife or a folder if you plan to do a lot of file work with your camp knives.
In my opinion, I think the best way to choose a camp knife is to think of it as a tool that you would carry in your pocket. You should find a camp knife that feels solid and comfortable in your hands. You also want to find a sheath that feels substantial and is easy to carry. You want to make sure that the sheath compliments the overall appearance of your backpack. A backpack designed to look like a field sheath is probably best, although some backpackers prefer to carry a sheath in their purse.
There are three main types of camp knives: fixed blade, folding blade, and mixers. Some campers like to use a combination of all three in order to meet their individual needs. Fixed blades are typically made from military grade, heavy duty steel. Folding blades are also made from heavy-duty materials, but have more compact blades that keep food prep simpler.
Folding camp knives that have a sheath attached are usually equipped with a locking mechanism. This makes them very easy to open, but you have to take your sheath with you when you travel. Fixed blades are generally easier to bring along with you because they come with a sheath. However, it can be difficult to clean a fixed blade without taking the sheath with you. Most campers prefer to use mixers for food prep on their camp boots.
Hunting knives are another popular option for campers. Some are single blade, some double blades, and some are even two separate blades. These have the best blade shapes and sharpest point for maximum effectiveness. Some hunters even use pocket knives for taking down small game that might not be worth the time to try and cut up with a bigger fixed blade camping knife.