Planning on hitting the great outdoors sometime soon? You’ll probably want to pack light. There’s no bad weather or unfortunate accidents in nature — only unlucky circumstances combined with improper gear. You don’t want to get stuck in the great outdoors without the right gear — whether it’s ill-fitting hiking boots that cause blisters or a dull camping knife you can’t cut your tarp ties with, let alone your freeze-dried dinner.
Camping knives make the great outdoors much more accessible and safer, as you can do everything from building a shelter to protecting yourself with it. Some are sharp, some have serrated blades, and some combine forces with other camping tools to provide you with the multitool you need to do everything you want in nature, safely. They all take up very little space in your bag and will be quite useful in a pinch
Here are the best camping knives for surviving and thriving on your next venture into the wilderness.
1. Smith & Wesson Folding Survival Knife
This camping knife from Smith & Wesson is a best seller in the tactical knives section on Amazon for good reason. The blade is made of durable high carbon stainless steel and has a sturdy, black aluminum handle that’s dependable to hold. The knife has a finger flipper that’s convenient and easy to access, and it has ambidextrous thumb knobs that make it ideal for everyday carrying. There is also a liner lock that keeps the blade secure inside when you’re not using it.
2. Outdoor Tanto Knife with Fire Starter
This beautiful tanto knife is every survivalist’s best kept secret. At a little over four millimeters thick, the three-inch blade is extremely durable. Plus, the nylon wristlet, reinforced sheath and an emergency fire starter kit make this one survival knife you don’t want to leave at home.
3. Tac Force Assisted Folding Steel Knife
This folding knife/EMT tactical opening tool is a great and inexpensive blade to keep in your backpack or car. With a three-inch stainless steel serrated blade and durable aluminum handle and built-in seat belt cutter, this rescue knife is a must-have.
4. Camping Utensil and Bottle Opener Set with Storage Case
BEST FOR MEALS
Because there’s nothing worse to sitting down to a nice meal around the campfire only to realize you forgot the utensils, this stainless steel fork, knife and spoon camping utensil is great to have and takes up very little space. It also comes with a built-in can opener so you can cook those beans without having to spend countless hours trying to open the can.
5. MTech Fixed Blade Hunting Knife, Black Bowie Style
This beautiful Bowie features a 5-1/2-inch stainless steel blade and a beautiful black nylon fiber sheath. The textured handle helps with grip-ability, and the black titanium-coated 440 stainless steel blade also features a saw back top for a little extra cutting power.
6. GVDV Pocket Folding Camping Knife
This knife from GVDV is made of 72C17 stainless steel blades for a top-notch cutting performance that’s resistant to corroding, so you can bring it with you into the elements without concern for rust. It has an ergonomic wooden handle that’s comfortable to hold, and it has a locking mechanism that’ll keep the blade secure and prevent it from accidentally opening. It has a wide range of uses from camping to survival, self-defense and even crafty housework. It also has a potable belt clip so you can attach it to your backpack or belt easily.
7. Freehawk Multifunctional Knife
This versatile blade includes an extra-bright LED light, belt cutter and a flintstone. The handle is also designed to work as a hammer, which is proven to crack through car windows. At a little under 21 cm long, this portable blade is ideal to use during your outdoor adventures.
8. Gerber Gear Ultimate Knife
BEST FOR SURVIVAL
Gerber and Bear Grylls teamed up to bring you extra sharp survival knife. The carbon blade features a serrated edge, making it easier to cut through harsh wires, branches and cables. With an ergonomic textured grip and a stainless steel pommel, this is the ultimate knife for survival. It also has a Ferrocerium Rod Fire Starter attached so you can easily start a (safely contained) blaze on the striker notch.
9. Oerla Tactical Stainless Steel Camping Knife
This knife is SHARP. It’s made with a 420HC steel blade that’s razor sharp for cutting. It has a black G10 handle that’ll give you a secure grip on it. It’s designed in collaboration with a retired veteran who knows which materials work best out in the field. It has black radian in it which is more suitable for cutting purposes as well as lightweight Kydex built into the handle so it’s sturdy but still portable. The blade has also been treated with cryogenic tempering to increase its crystalline structure over time so it holds up its edge, despite harsh treatment in the elements.
10. RoverTac Camping Multitool
This is more than a camping knife, it’s a multitool that includes a camping knife in addition to a hammer, axe, pliers, screwdriver, bottle opener and more. It’s made of stainless steel with durable oxidation and red color in the handle. It’s strong enough to accomplish all of your essential tasks in nature and comes with a nylon pouch that fully covers the blade so you can transport it safely.