A pocket knife is a good compromise for taking camping. You might be tempted to take along a bigger knife, but it’s generally not something that you’ll need, and for most purposes a camping pocket knife is an ideal choice. Of course there are a few other choices that you need to make when picking out a pocket knife for camping. You need a knife that is going to do everything you need it to do, and ideally without weighing too much, so that it doesn’t make your pants sag.
Camping Pocket KnifeWhat to look for when shopping for a camping pocket knife.
- Weight – All other things being equal, you don’t want to be carrying around a big, heavy camping knife unless you’re really going to need a big heavy knife. A small camping pocket knife will do just about everything that you might need a knife for in the outdoors, and wont add unnecessary weight to your gear load.
- Serrated – A versatile camping pocket knife is the best knife, and a serrated section on the blade makes for a much more versatile knife. You will have a much easier time cutting through rope and cord, for instance, which is a common enough task for campers to have to do.
Best Camping Pocket KnifeSome of the very best camping pocket knives for your next camping trip.
- Baladeo 34G Superlight Pocket Knife - If you want something small and minimal, then this pocket knife by Baladeo is perfect. At just 1.2 ounces or 34 grams, as the name suggests, you'll hardly even know that you're carrying it. But with a 3.75 inch blade it's not tiny, and it even comes with a handy belt clip so that it's always right where you need it. So the perfect camping pocket knife for someone who wants something small and lightweight.
- Gerber Paraframe I Serrated Edge Knife - The Paraframe is a little bigger and more substantial than the Baladeo knife above, but still definitely qualifies as relatively lightweight, at just 2.6 ounces, or 73 grams. It has a 3 inch blade when it's open, plus a belt clip and serrated section on the knife to maximize your cutting options. So a well made but relatively lightweight pocket knife to take camping.
- Benchmade 470 Emissary - Benchmade is known for using quality stainless steel for their knives, and the 470 Emissary is a perfect example of that, using premium steel to ensure that the 3 inch blade is as good as possible. High quality steel costs more, however, and the price of this knife is quite a bit higher than those of the other two knives above. Besides that, the knife has the basics, such as a belt clip, and an impressive weight of just 2.2 ounces, or 62 grams, thanks in part to the aluminum alloy handle. So not cheap, but if you want the best camping pocket knife possible, this is one of the best.