A knife is an important piece of equipment to take along backpacking with you. Of course there are plenty to choose from, and the best knife for backpacking will depend on what you plan to use your knife for. If you just want something sharp, for those just in case you end up needing it, then there are some lightweight options that you wont even know you’re carrying, whereas a knife that’s going to see heavy use should be a little bigger and tougher, to survive the backpacking trip.
Best Knife for BackpackingWhat to consider when you want the best knife for backpacking.
- Weight – As alluded to above, the weight of your backpacking knife matters, in part because you’re going to have to carry that knife around everywhere with you. If you want a really lightweight knife you’re better off with a folding knife, though fixed blade knives have the advantage of being a fair bit stronger.
- Serrated – For backpacking it helps to have versatile equipment, because you may run in to all kinds of different situations that you need to be prepared for. If you end up needing to cut rope or cord, for instance, a serrated section on your knife will come in handy, just as a smooth section will come in handy for other stuff.
Best Knife for Backpacking ReviewsReviews of a select few of the best knives for backpacking with.
- Gerber Big Rock - The Big Rock is a good, solid fixed blade knife. At 6.3 ounces or 178 grams it's not especially lightweight, but then most fixed blade knives aren't. What it does have is a 4.5 inch blade, a good portion of which is serrated, so that you have the option to saw through whatever you need cut. It has a lanyard hole at the end of the handle for attaching something, and a good grip, but is just a basic, solid fixed blade knife.
- Baladeo 34 Gram Pocket Knife - This folding knife from Baladeo is the other end of the spectrum from the Big Rock above. At just 1.2 ounces, or 34 grams as the name suggests, it's an extremely lightweight option. It does, however, have a respectably long 3.6 inch blade, and even a serrated section on the blade. So while it's extremely small and lightweight, it at least does not lack for options.
- SOG Knifves Flash II - The Flash II is a folding knife with a little more strength and durability behind it. It uses high quality steel for the 3.5 inch blade, and has SOG's very fast assisted opening action, for an easy, quick draw. It also has a serrated section on the blade, and weighs a total of 4.2 ounces, or 119 grams, which is not all that light for a folding knife. But more than anything this knife is about quality.