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What's the Best Knife for Camping or Backpacking?

Learn about the best knife for camping or backpacking in this Howcast video with expert Dan Delavan.


Hi. My name's Dan Delavan. I'm the owner operator of Plaza Cutlery in Costa Mesa, California. We have a great selection. We also have a website, Today we're going to be talking about knives.

The best backpacking or camping knife, if you ask 100 people you're going to get 100 different answers. There's no one knife. The Swiss Army knife is still one of the most popular choices because it's so versatile. Most of them have two blades, screwdriver, cap lifter, can opener, and a small screwdriver.

Then it can have some other tools in it. A leather punch is standard. A little hook for lifting stuff off the campfire. A phillips or corkscrew on the bottom. Of course, you have your tweezers, your toothpick, and a lanyard on it, too. It's a very versatile knife for camping and backpacking. It's a lot of tools in one. If you're fishing you have three screwdrivers on it for reel repair, and you also have the saw if you need to cut through a piece of wood if you have a need for it. All those different tools are there.

A small fixed blade knife, again for either camping or backpacking, if you need to make some kindling it will do that. If you're going into a heavy brush area you may need to carry a machete or a larger camp knife with which to knock down some brush.

This is a KA-BAR. It's a small version of the regular Marine Corps combat knife. It's probably one of the most popular knives that we have for people that want a nice strong knife at a moderate price. A small knife like this you're going to use it mostly for cutting kindling and opening up different things. If you need it as an emergency tool it's there, and it's a little bigger blade.

Then the other choice is just a single blade folding knife, lightweight, and you want it to lock open. A small Spyderco or Benchmade are both good choices, easy to open. They come normally a number of different ways, either with a combination edge - partially serrated and part plain, fully plain, or fully serrated. Again, like most of these knives they're one blade, easy to open, and very light. Especially if you're backpacking you don't have a lot of weight to carry. They'll make it very easy to do a lot of different things with it yet it doesn't weigh very much and it's very versatile to carry.

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