10 Best Knives for Camping & Outdoor Activities

Camping is the one of the few outdoor activities that contains a lot of the outdoor niches, like hunting, fishing, survival etc. It contains small chores such as preparing food, skinning, cutting rope, to hardcore chores such as cutting through bone, cutting wood, and in some instances defending oneself.

A good camping knife is essential and should be able to do at least the bulk of these tasks. A couple of folding knives made their way on to the list which is a good thing, proving that folding knives are no longer flimsy little things that can’t handle the hard tasks.

cutting wood with a good camping knife

The best warranty on the list is still Buck, and considering that there will be a lot of wear and tear on the knife chosen, a lifetime warranty is a good thing to have. It’ll be up to the user for sure, but that is something to think about when choosing a long term camping knife. All of the knives on the list and durable except for the KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife, which is meant more for combat rather than camping. It still functions surprisingly well as a camping knife, so depending on the situation it may earn its keep. The tools that a user chooses to bring with them during camping is a very particular and very important set, with the knife being at the center of it. Below is a good list of some of the best knives for camping, with just about every one being a great pick for the interested buyer.

Feature Comparison From 1 to 4 Knives

  • Benchmade 915SBK-ORG
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: Not specified
  • Total Length: 6 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Knife Material: N680 highly corrosion resistant blade steel, Textured G10 Handles with 420J full stainless steel liners
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • Barrage Straight Edge
  • Blade Type: Folding
  • Blade Length: 3.60"
  • Total Length: Not specified
  • Knife Material: Blade Material: M390 Super Steel Blade Hardness: 60-62HRC, G10 scales with Aluminum Bolster
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • Benchmade Bushcrafter
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: Not specified
  • Total Length: 11 x 3 x 2 inches
  • Knife Material: S30V stainless steel blade (58-60HRC), Hand-blended and contoured green G10 handles with red vulcanized spacer held together with pressed titanium tubing
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • Buck Knives 110BRS
  • Blade Type: Folding
  • Blade Length: 3 3/4 inch 420HC steel clip blade
  • Total Length: Closed Length 4 7/8 inches
  • Knife Material: Dymondwood wood-grain handle with polished brass bolsters
  • Warranty: 4-Ever Buck Lifetime Warranty, Made in the USA

1. Benchmade 915SBK-ORG Triage

Benchmade 915SBK-ORG TriageStarting off at a high price is the Benchmade 915SBK-ORG Triage, a unique camping knife with a modified sheepsfoot blade style with ambidextrous thumb stud opener. The 440C hook-shaped safety cutter and carbide glass breaker at the bottom handle is a nice touch that makes this knife one of the more out of the box ones on the list. The corrosion resistant steel blade is all held together by a textured G10 handle made with 420J full stainless liners with a reversible tip-up deep pocket clip. The glass breaker on the bottom is a fixed punch, and idea for light to medium jobs.

This is a large thick heavy duty knife that should work well in adverse conditions if needed. The handle can be a bit on the rough side, but it is the tradeoff for having the strength and control available in this model. In its current form it may be too big and bulky for some users, forcing people with smaller hands to have trouble with one handed operation. With repetition this can be overcome, but in some instances may have to be a downfall of the design that some users will have to live with. Often used by rescue workers and EMT’s, it is well reviewed in the community and should fare well on a camping trip, even with its heavy size.

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2. Benchmade 581S Barrage Knife

OSBORNE,BARRAGE,DR PTAs one of the higher priced knives on the list, the Benchmade 581S Barrage Knife looks like a Spyderco knife but performs even better. The blade is made of M390 super steel making it one of the finest quality knives on the list, just on blade alone. It uses axis lock with axis assist to hold everything in place and give superior control, with the built of the work being the handle with the G10 scales and aluminum bolster. This makes it one of the more secure models in the line, and gives future models with the same attributes plenty of potential. As a folding knife used in camping it is also one of the fasted opening knives on the list, a must in emergency situations. The pocket clip is reversible for ambidextrous use, and a secondary lock is featured for security when with the kids.

Length of the blade is 3.6 inches, and it’s thick enough to handle the toughest tasks thrown at it without chipping or breaking. When wielding this is a very comfortable and easy to grip knife that won’t slip under duress, and has often rated high in several knife lists. With all of the safety features included, even if the closed knife bangs on a hard surface buyers can be assured it won’t pop open. Benchmade did a really good job with this product, and the proof is in the craftsmanship.

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3. Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter Knife

Benchmade Benchmade 162Another Benchmade product on the higher priced end is the Benchmade Benchmade 162 Bushcrafter Knife, that is worth every penny with its superior construction and high end features. The fixed blade is an S30V stainless steel 4.43 inch high ground drop-point blade with polished finish. The G10 handle is a gorgeous hand-blended countered green with a red vulcanized spacer held together with pressed titanium tubing. It is one of the finest handles on the list and worth the money by itself, and was a good diversion away from the extremely bland handles crowding the industry. The blade in all of its glory is the sharpest and holds an edge better than any on the list, and when used for camping shows its usefulness even more.

The full grain brushed leather sheath with D-ring, flint rod loop and retention strap is just icing on the cake. The knife is right in the middle when it comes to weight at 7.7 ounces, giving a perfect balance for control and strength. Overall length of the knife is a good amount at 9.2 inches, and could possibly be too large for some to want to carry for camping. For others, it does more than its share of the work and with a hardness rating of 58-60 HRC it will last for years. This is a great buy for camping, and even better for other outdoor activities.

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4. Buck Knives 110BRS Folding Hunter Knife

Buck Knives 110BRSThe Buck Knives 110BRS Folding Hunter Knife is one of the lowest priced folding knives on the list, and also one of the more heavy duty knives. With a 3 ¾ inch 420HC steel clip blade and an overall knife weight of 7.2 ounce, this is one of the few folding knives that can take a real good beating. Some videos on YouTube give a good example of such, and the comments are always colorful. Closed the knife is only about 4 7/8 inches, so although it can fit in a pocket it is not completely idea. The handle is a comfortable and beautiful dymondwood wood-grain handle with polished brass bolsters that won’t disappoint the casual user. For those with pockets that won’t handle this above size folding knife, it comes with a very good quality leather sheath for carrying.

As per the Buck quality guidelines this knife is covered under their lifetime warranty, making this an attractive purchase to those that put their knives through a lot of abuse. This 110 is a line of Bucks 50 year anniversary editions and includes a special emblem on the knife handle reading “1964 40 years”. Safety features are very well and easy to lock into place, so anyone looking for a good folding camping knife will be very satisfied with this Buck.

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Feature Comparison From 5 to 7 Knives

  • Fallkniven A1
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 6 1/3"
  • Total Length: 11"
  • Knife Material: Satin Spear Point Blade, Kraton A1Z
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • Buck Knives S30V
  • Blade Type: Folding
  • Blade Length: 3.5" modified wide drop point S30V stainless steel blade
  • Total Length: 5" closed, Weight 8 oz
  • Knife Material: S30V Steel Blade 0277RWS1, Comfortable ergonomic Rosewood Dymondwood handle with stainless steel frame and generous lanyard hole
  • Warranty: Forever Warranty, Made in the USA

  • BlizeTec Titanium
  • Blade Type: Folding
  • Blade Length: Not specified
  • Total Length: 8.62 inches in length, closed length 4.88 inches and weights only 6.94oz
  • Knife Material: BT981TK is made of #3cr14 stainless steel and coated with titanium ion carbide(TiC)
  • Warranty: Lifetime

5. Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fixed Blade

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fixed Blade KnifeThe 11 inch Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fixed Blade is a good choice for a solid camping knife, even if it is on the higher end with pricing. Blade length is a very large 6 1/3 inches, and with the satin spear point blade users will find that this knife is one of the toughest on the list. When paired with the Kraton handle it’s hard to suggest a tougher knife on the list, even if it isn’t from one of the bigger name companies on the list. Several YouTube videos have cropped up displaying just how strong and power this knife can be when used to its limits, and it passes all test with flying colors.

Made of VG-10 steel, it’s really one of the higher grade materials on the list and surprising that it isn’t used more. It really is that good, and there are only maybe a couple of blades on the market that meet or exceed its quality. Only downsides is of course the size and how heavy it is, as well as the zytel sheath that it comes with. The sheath is on the lower quality side, but it is still functional for what it is supposed to do. If able to get past the size issues, this is very well one of the best knives for camping that anyone can buy.

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6. Buck Knives S30V Steel Blade 0277RWS1 Folding Alpha Hunter Knife

Buck Knives S30VAnother folding hunter knife from Buck, it has a 3.5 modified wide drop point S30V stainless steel blade and a nice hefty weight of 8 ounces. When closed it is a full 5 inches, so is not ideal to carry in the pocket area. Once again Buck made a point to make a rugged folding knife, and with the one handed operation built into this knife there is little chance campers will be disappointed. With the rosewood dymondwood handle with stainless steel frame users will have no trouble using this for the toughest of tasks.

A large lanyard hole is included on the handle of the sheath, making this one of the more portable items on the list. Included leather sheath helps with portability, and is nice enough that most will keep it as the primary. Buck made it a point to make the S30V one of their more modern looking knives, all without getting rid of the ruggedness that Buck knives are known for. For a folding knife used in a camping session it pulls its weight and works as well as any fixed blade knife. This is a great camping knife from Buck that should prove useful for many years.

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7. BlizeTec Titanium Folding Knife

BlizeTec Titanium Folding KnifeThis low priced knife from BlizeTec is has a 20 degree drop point blade made from cr14 stainless steel and coated with titanium ion carbide, with hardness and durability comparisons to G10 material. The entire package is rust and weather resistant, a bargain for the price. The G10 handle is pretty impressive when applying pressure, with blade length at 4.88 inches and entire knife length at 8.62 inches. It’s very light despite the premium features, only coming in at 6.94 ounces. The included pouch is the standard nylon variety, as the mini emergency tail rope will probably be more useful to some.

The partially serrated blade will give way to some of the best sawing and cutting needed, and is all done without spring assistance. The liner lock performs as needed in order to keep the blade in a fixed position while in use, and there is a decent limited warranty on the product that should suffice for most users. The prize of this knife is surprisingly the g10 handle which is not only slipless, but comfortable enough to withstand heavy usage. This isn’t the best camping knife that can be bought, but for the price it really does a standout job. Any camper lucky enough to have this in their arsenal won’t be disappointed.

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Feature Comparison From 8 to 10 Knives

  • KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 7" Straight Edge Blade
  • Total Length: Not specified
  • Knife Material: 1095 Cro-van steel, 100% Leather Sheath
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

  • Buck Knives 505RWS
  • Blade Type: Fixed
  • Blade Length: 1-7/8" Drop Point 420HC Steel Blade
  • Total Length: 2-3/4" Closed Length, 1.5 oz
  • Knife Material: Rosewood Dymondwood Handle with Nickel Silver Bolsters
  • Warranty: Buck Forever Warranty, and Made in the USA

  • Kershaw Tanto Serrated
  • Blade Type: Folding
  • Blade Length: Not specified
  • Total Length: Not specified
  • Knife Material: Blade made of premium 13C26 stainless steel, Anodized aluminum handle with rough Trac-Tec material
  • Warranty: Manufacturers

8. KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife

KA-BAR Full Size US MarineMarketed as the most famous fixed blade knife design in the world, the KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corps Fighting Knife is a long 7 inch 1095 Cro-van steel masterpiece that is well known and respected. Handle is also one of the tops on the list, a full leather that does a wonderful job of giving as much control as possible to a user wielding a 7 inch knife. Leather sheath is of the same high quality as the knife, and is definitely a keeper for this low priced item. This can definitely work for camping but will have trouble with some of the heavier tasks involving wood and the life.

It’s not full tang, and more of a rat tail tang so can possibly be put to the test of breakage sooner rather than later. The handle is the saving grace, as anything less than perfect would have caused a complete imbalance of knife to handle ratio. This feels really comfortable in the hands, even if it isn’t up for the heavier tasks. For those willing to punish the knife and see how durable it is, it’ll be a very comfortable lesson.

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9. Buck Knives 505RWS Knight Pocket Knife

Buck Knives 505RWS Knight Pocket KnifeWith its 420HC 1-7/8 drop point steel blade, this is another great offering from Buck that does a good job of showing that it can perform heavy camp related tasks without worry. Closed length is 2-3/4 inches and it only weighs 1.5 ounces, making this the smallest and lightest knife on the list by a mile. It doesn’t have a spring loaded opening but rather a nail notch for opening and closing that locks into place. The handle is a wonderfully crafted rosewood dymondwood with nickel silver bolsters. The price is just right as it is on the lower end, but the blade and knife in general is extremely small for even the smallest camp tasks. Works well as a backup and for miscellaneous smaller tasks related to camping.

Comes with the lifetime warranty from Buck that will cover it under the worst of circumstances. Will fit in a front pocket with ease due to its small size, and feels like pocket change even. The handle might be a problem for users with larger hands, and of course due to the size there is the possibility of losing it or even washing the actual knife because it is so small. This is still a pretty good knife to have while camping, although it wouldn’t be the star of the movie.

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10. Kershaw Tanto Serrated Blur Knife

Kershaw Tanto Serrated Blur Knife with SpeedSafeThe partially serrated 13C26 stainless steel blade of the Kershaw Tanto Serrated Blur Knife is much undervalued and pretty good for camping. As a folding knife it maintains the strength of some of the better fixed knives due to its anodized aluminum handle with rough trac-tec material, and overall perfect size for a range of camping tasks. The blade is a good 3 ¼ inches and black design is very sleek looking at a glance, with a good amount of corrosion resistance to last the lifetime of the blade. Opening system uses the SpeedSafe system for effortless one handed opening, while the aforementioned handle has a non-slip grip and gives great control of the body.

Price is in the low area making it affordable to all types of campers for mid to heavy tasks. The knife feels extremely light in the hands but is fast and strong, which is excellent for camping duties. Right out of the package it comes sharp and ready to use, while taking good care of it can make it last as long as the other name branded knives on this list. The Kershaw Tanto Serrated Blur Knife is a pretty good tool to have in the arsenal when camping, and is good for long term usage as well.

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