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20 Best Camping Knives to Bring on Your Trip

25 Of The Best Camping Knives

Whether you’re headed out for a family camping trip or a more serious backpacking adventure in the great outdoors, you’ll likely find yourself needing a great camping knife. While each scenario will present its unique challenges and uses for the best camping knives you can buy, having a reliable and strong blade can make a huge difference. 

While the best camping knives all share certain qualities, they do come in different shapes and sizes. Some of the best camping knives are of the fixed-blade variety, while others are of the folding knife variety.

The versatility of the camping knives featured below is probably not outmatched by something like a great multi-tool. They’re probably also not outmatched for lightness like an EDC pocket knife, which you might want to consider when going on a serious backpacking adventure. But consider what you’ll be using a camping knife for. Activities like cutting path or brush, carving marshmallow sticks, creating kindling, peeling vegetables, cutting a rope, and slicing a steak come to mind. Given this, the camping knife you choose still has to be durable, strong, rugged and simply good enough to perform all those functions with ease. 

I’ve been an avid camper my entire life since being introduced to it as a young boy. As an adult, I’ve become very familiar with the qualities that make for a great outdoor knife for camping. Here is twenty of the best camping knives in the world:

1. Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade

Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade

Survival knives often get thrown in the same category as camping knives. But, for the most part, I reject that notion. So perhaps it is strange that I would include what is technically, a survival knife, at the top of this list of what are supposed to be the best camping knives available. But as any good outdoorsman knows, sometimes exceptions have to be made.

This fixed blade knife features a 1/8th inch thick carbon steel blade with anti-corrosive coating. Produced by Morakniv, who has been manufacturing high-quality knives in Sweden since 1891, the carbon steel blade is extremely sharp, durable, and has a Scandi grind, which prevents the knife from slipping off surfaces. While this knife is best suited for batoning (smashing through wood) and carving, it’s blade provides great versatility and strength for a wide variety of camping activities.

Key Features

Blade thickness: 1/8th inch
Blade Length: 4.3″
Total Length: 9.”0
Weight: 9.6oz (154g)
Knife type: Fixed Blade
Carbon steel blade with anti-corrosive coating
The spine blade can be used as a striker with fire steel

Specifications

 Brand: Morakniv
 Model: Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

2. CRKT - Overland Knife

CRKT Overland Camping Knife

The Columbia River Knife & Tool Company has established itself as one of the premier organizations creating high-quality blades for a wide variety of applications. This, of course, includes a series of fantastic knives designed for the outdoors, including this all-around camping knife named Overland. Like the Morakniv mentioned above, the CRKT Overland features a high-carbon stainless steel blade. Where it differs from the Morakniv is that it has a stonewash finish for its corrosion resistance technology. Unsurprisingly because this is a folding camping knife, the blade length of 3 inches means it will be limited in some larger tasks around the campfire, but it is still more than capable of accomplishing most tasks. With its elevated handle position in relation to the blade, this knife is particularly great at flat surface cutting.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Blade Length: 3″
Full Length: 7.38″
Weight: 3.6 oz.
Knife type: Folding Knife

Specifications

 Brand: CRKT
 Model: Overland

3. Benchmade - 550SBK-S30V Griptilian

Benchmade 550SBK-S30V Griptilian Outdoor Knife

When it comes to all-around versatility and function, the Griptilian is hard to beat. With its sheepsfoot blade, coated blade finish and partially serrated blade edge, the Griptilian is great for every-day and outdoor use. Again, you won’t be doing any heavy-duty woodcutting with this blade, but the Griptilian will provide plenty of utility and strength for the most common camping functions. Need to cut slice steak? No problem. How about carving some nice long pointy sticks to stick your marshmallows on? No problem there. With a nicely textured nylon handle-grip, this knife has been designed for terrific one-handed non-slip use.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.115″
Blade Length: 3.45″
Full Length: 8.07″
Weight: 3.79 oz.
Knife Type: Folding Knife
Blade Steel: S30V
Clip and Lanyard hole

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: Griptilian

4. Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife

Ka-Bar Becker Campanion Knife

Ka-Bar Knives have been making knives since 1898 and are most famous for producing the USMC KA-BAR knives, which you will surely recognize from countless movies. Didn’t Rambo use one of these? For all you younger-than-millennials that don’t get that reference, move along. The Becker Campanion knife is purpose-built for camping. Its 5.25-inch drop point blade can handle practically anything. Need it to split out some kindling or pry apart some rusted part in your tent? That’s mere child’s play for this stealthy and good-looking camping knife. Don’t be fooled by its size; however, the flat grind blade is just as happy to chop some sausage or onions for your campfire chilli and do it with speed and style. 

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.25″
Blade Length: 5.25″
Full Length: 10.5″
Weight: 1 lbs.
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Blade Material: 1095 Cro-Van Steel

Specifications

 Brand: Ka-Bar
 Model: Becker Campanion

5. Gerber - Gator Premium Fixed Blade Knife

Gerber Gator Premium Fixed Blade Knife

Camping, hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, this knife can handle almost anything you throw at it. This fixed-blade knife is the benchmark against which many outdoor knives measure themselves. With top-of-the-line materials, this machine polished 4-inch drop point blade is a steady sidekick when things get dicey. See what I did there with that pun? So what makes this one of the best camping knives you can buy? First, the drop-point blade makes many camping tasks easier, and while you always hope for sunny skies, when things get wet, either from inclement weather or the morning dew, the rubberized Gator grip ensures consistent grip. It also comes with a fancy leather sheath and is also available in a Gut Hook version.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.15″
Blade Length: 4″
Full Length: 9″
Weight: 8 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Blade Material: CPM-S30V steel

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: Gator, Premium Fixed Blade Knife

6. The James Brand - The Hell Gap Knife

The James Brand - The Hell Gap Fixed-Blade Knife

Have you ever noticed that almost all the best outdoor knives in the world are manufactured in the good old USA? Perhaps some would have some contention with that statement, and yet it’s hard to dismiss the plethora of incredible camping, survival and outdoor knives at the hands of American companies.

One such brand that continues to impress me is the James Brand, hailing out of Portland, Oregon. This is a company that has dedicated itself to providing outdoor jockeys and adventurers with the kind of steel you can not only count on but also not be embarrassed to whip out. This is a company dedicated to minimalist beauty in all of its fine knives, including their first fixed-blade knife, the Hell Gap. Use it to slice, use it to cut, use it to chop and dice. This jack-of-all-trades camping knife has an S35VN steel blade designed for anti-corrosion and easy to sharpening. The canvas micarta scales on the grip provide a superb grip in wet, muddy, and cold conditions.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.15″
Blade Length: 3.8″
Full Length: 7.8″
Weight: 3.1 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed Blade
Blade Material: USA-made Crucible s35vn Stainless Steel

Specifications

 Brand: The James Brand
 Model: The Hell Gap

7. Benchmade - Crooked River Family Hunting Knife

Benchmade - Crooked River Family

Benchmade calls this a hunting knife, but I’m dubious. I’m more inclined to think that this is a very capable folding camping knife. The traditional clip-point blade is sure to attract your eye, but it’s the handles wood material that makes this an awesome looking folding knife, albeit a fairly large one with a closed length of 5.33 inches. The clip-point style blade allows for fast and deep punctures upon insertion and provides for precision point and cutting work. Perfect for every-day and outdoor use, the Crooked River Family hunting knife is a more than capable camping companion.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.124″
Blade Length: 4″
Full Length: 9.3″
Weight: 5.41 oz.
Knife Type: Folding
Blade Material: CPM-S30V

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: Crooked River Family

8. Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife, Fine Edge

Gerber Legendary Blades was founded 81 years ago in Portland, Oregon, but they’ve never lost a step in producing some of the finest consumer knives and multi-tools. So it’s no surprise that they were able to team up with world-famous adventurer and TV-Host Bear Grylls to design and create a line of survival knives and tools. One of those knives is this amazing Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade knife. This fixed blade knife is truly one of the best survival knives available, but there’s no reason it can’t do double-duty as a camping knife. So whether you’re hacking firewood or delicately filleting a trout, the Bear Grylls Gerber knife uses a 4.8-inch fine edge, drop-point blade. Slicing, chopping, filleting, this knife is also packed with useful features like the stainless steel pommel at the base, which can be used as a hammer. Additionally, the knife can be lashed onto a stick to create a spear, and the lanyard cord with an emergency whistle can provide a loud emergency signal. Finally, the large and textured handle has been designed to provide a superior grip. 

Key Features

Blade Length: 4.8″
Full Length: 10″
Weight: 13.7oz
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Full-tang, premium stainless steel
Mildew-resistant nylon sheath
Pull-through cardbie sharpener in sheath
Built-in fire starter rod in watertight holder

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Fixed Blade

9. Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife

Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife with 9.5 cm (3.75 Inch) Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade and Swedish FireSteel Fire Starter

This is truly a unique and purpose-built knife. With a wonderful hardened Sandvik 12CS7 stainless steel blade made by Morakniv of Sweden, this outdoor knife is perfect for any camper. Flexible, sturdy, and equipped with a special profile-ground tip that allows it to carve thin slices to perform the most delicate of camp food preparation. Don’t let that fool you. This is one tough-ass knife. Additionally, the back of the Swedish FireKnife has been ground for use with a fire starter that is integrated into the handle of this knife. And finally, can we mention how fun this knife looks? Too many survival and outdoor knives have taken to the all-black mantra, but this camping knife’s orange flairs make for a bold statement.

Key Features

Blade Thickness 0.07″
Blade Length: 3.75″
Full Length: 8.5″
Weight: 3.4 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel made by Morakniv
Anti-slip TPE rubber handle
Swedish FireSteel is made from magensium alloy, designe for 3000 strikes.

Specifications

 Brand: Light My Fire
 Model: Swedish FireKnife

10. Quiet Carry - The Current Black

Quiet Carry The Current Black Knife

Ok, so perhaps I mocked the all-black look far too early. I mean, just look at this beauty. The Current Black from Quiet Carry is an all-around camp knife that excels at practically anything you need it to transcend. That includes food prep, cutting bait, creating kindling, slicing through a rope, or digging a hole. One of the defining features of The Current Black camping knife is that it uses a nitrogen-based steel blade that has unmatched corrosion resistance. Available with either a matching black Kydex or Leather sheath, both of which look absolutely fantastic.

Key Features

Blade Thickness 0.12″
Blade Length: 3″
Full Length: 7.23″
Weight: 4 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Black PVD coated LC200N/Z-FiNit nitrogen steel
Blade Type: Drop point

Specifications

 Brand: Quiet Carry
 Model: The Current Black

11. Benchmade - Bushcrafter Family Knife

Benchmade Bushcrafter Family Camping Knife

This American made fixed blade knife was originally designed as a pure survival knife but has gone through multiple design iterations to turn into a well balanced outdoor knife. An overall great piece of steel for camping, light hiking/backpacking and as always, Benchmade’s guarantee and free refinishing make this a formidable camping knife. Another marquee feature of the Bushcrafter is the grip comfort and relative lightness compared to its overall and blade length. And finally, the Bushcrafter is equipped with CPM-S30V Stainless Steel blade, which helps its reputation with staying sharp, no matter how much you beat it up.

Key Features

Blade Thickness 0.164″
Blade Length: 4.4″
Full Length: 9.15″
Weight: 7.72 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: CPM-S30V
Blade Type: Drop point

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: Bushcrafter Family

12. Morakniv Varberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade

If you’re looking for a camping knife that can take on the toughest of tasks, the harshest of conditions and the most abuse, the Morakniv Garberg is probably your best choice. This is a fixed-blade Full-Tang knife. If you’re new to the world of knives, you’re probably wondering what that term means. Full-Tang is simply a fancy name to say that the knife’s blade runs the entire length of the knife, from tip to grip. Designers of knives often use this trick to ensure maximum strength and minimize the chances of your blade breaking. The Morakniv Garberg uses top-grade Swedish Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel that features great corrosion resistance and excellent sharpness.

Key Features

Blade Thickness 0.13″
Blade Length: 4.3″
Full Length: 9.0″
Weight: 9.6 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Sandvik 14C28N
Blade Type: Drop point

Specifications

 Brand: Morankiv
 Model: Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

13. Terrain 365 - Nautilus Alpha

Terrain 365™ Nautilus Alpha

The name of this knife betrays its original purpose. But if there is anything I’ve learned about knives is that while they may be conceptualized and manufactured with one application in mind, they often can become a jack-of-all-trades. Such is the case with the Nautilus Alpha, an all-purpose solid, one-piece fixed blade knife that can more than handle all of your camping, hiking, or backpacking needs. Made out of a high-end, custom Terravantium Dendritic Cobalt material, which sounds quite exotic, but in practice is kind of mind-blowing. Dendritic cobalt is a non-ferrous, non-magnetic alloy that uses carbide crystal structures to create a micro-serrated edge. This makes the blade exceptionally wear-resistant, i.e. it stays extremely sharp for a very long time.

This knife also features a 3D contoured handle that is treated in a textured epoxy for a great grip. This makes the Nautilus Alpha a perfect companion for nearly every outdoor adventure. If you’re heading out for a camping trip, backpacking, climbing, portaging, scuba diving, fishing or hunting, make sure you bring this badass knife with you.

Key Features

Blade Thickness 0.21″
Blade Length: 4.375″
Full Length: 8.5″
Weight: 7.7 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Terravantium Dendritic Cobalt
Rust-Proof blade, guaranteed for life

Specifications

 Brand: Morankiv
 Model: Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

14. Gerber - Prodigy Serrated

Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife, Serrated Edge

This slightly smaller knife with a drop-point full-tang blade was built for survival—both yours and the knives. Constructed with 420HC stainless steel, it is beefy enough to handle most camping activities, and its black oxide coating provides a reasonable amount of corrosion resistance. The ergonomic rubber handle provides a soft, comfortable and reliable grip. And of-course, the serrated portion of the blade will provide you with plenty of sawing power.

Key Features

Full Length: 9.75″
Weight: 7.2 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: 420HC Stainless Steel
MOLLE compatible
Leg Strap included

Specifications

 Brand: Morankiv
 Model: Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife

15. Benchmade - 535SBK-2 Bugout

Benchmade 535SBK-2 BUGOUT Camping Knife

The Bugout knife is a great folding camping knife that is compact and extremely lightweight at only 1.8 oz. A favourite amongst campers that want a knife with rigidity, reliability and, most of all, lightness. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that this a fantastic knife for bringing along on slightly more mobile adventures than say, car-camping. If you’re headed out for a hike or off to do some more serious backpacking, there’s no reason this knife won’t come handy for any number of situations. And with its incredibly lightweight structure, you won’t even notice its there until you need it.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.09″
Blade Length: 3.24″
Full Length: 7.46″
Weight: 1.8 oz.
Knife Type: Folding knife
Blade Material: CPM-S30V
Mini Deep Carry clip
Blade Style: Serrated Drop-Point

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: 535SBK-2 Bugout

16. Schrade - SCHF36 Frontier Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife

When you think about all the uses that a knife can have, it’s easy to slot them in as one of the greatest tools that humanity has ever thought up. The first knives used by our ancestors of-course didn’t resemble our modern technological marvels in almost any way. They were made from rocks, shells and bones. Archaeologists and other professionals in the field are still finding them today. Schrade is known for producing high-quality outdoor bushcraft knives. But what makes them stand out is the fact that you get a tremendous amount of value from them. Positioned on the very affordable range of pricing amongst the other camping knives enumarated here, the SCHF36 knife has a formidable 5-inch blade.

This survival and camping knife features a full tang powder coated 1095 high-carbon blade. This means any outdoor enthusiast should find it more than adequate as a knife that can help with chopping, carving, starting a fire, and slicing.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.25″
Blade Length: 5.05″
Full Length: 10.41″
Weight: 12.3 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: Powder Coated 1095 High Carbon Steel
Includes a ferro rod and sharpening stone.
Includes nylon belt sheath with a storage pouch

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: 535SBK-2 Bugout

17. Quiet Carry - The Chase (ODB) CPM 20-CV Knife

Quiet Carry The Chase (ODB) CPM 20-CV

From an aesthetic point of view, this compact knife from Quiet Carry looks like it belongs outdoors. Perfectly at home at the campsite or the woods as it would be in your home, The Chase knife is an excellent folding knife that will provide you with tons of options at the campsite. It all starts with the blade. Made from CPM 20-CV steel, it’s designed to hold its edge better than other blades and also provides plenty of corrosion resistance. So if you’re looking for a smaller, more civilized looking camping knife that won’t leave you wondering why you brought along a giant unseemly knife, the Chase from Quiet Carry is a terrific option.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.124″
Blade Length: 3.96″
Full Length: 6.91″
Weight: 2.7 oz.
Knife Type: Folding
Blade Material: CPM 20-CV steel
Blade type: Drop Point

Specifications

 Brand: Quiet Carry
 Model: The Chase (ODB) CPM 20-CV

18. Benchmade - 202 Leuku

Benchmade - 202 Leuku Knife

This is a serious knife for earnest outdoor activities. If you know you’re going to be hacking your way through bush and forest on the way to your campsite, this is the knife for you. As the people at Benchmade say, enter the woods with peace of mind. This fixed-blade beast is purpose-built for hacking and slashing. That, of course, doesn’t mean it can’t have other all-around applications. If you want the other men at your campsite to be impressed, just whip out this knife and pretend to be Crocodile Dundee. Yes, that’s also a Generation X reference, which I am proudly a member of.

Key Features

Blade Thickness: 0.14″
Blade Length: 5.19″
Full Length: 9.69″
Weight: 5.31 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: CPM-3V
Blade type: Drop Point

Specifications

 Brand: Benchmade
 Model: 202 Leuku

19. Gerber - StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Originally made for combat settings, the Gerber StrongArm is a fantastic outdoor knife that you’ll always be able to rely on. The 420HC steel blade is of the full tang variety providing exceptional strength, and the striking pommel at the bottom of the grip will allow you to break glass or use as an effective hammer. With superior craftsmanship, the StrongArm also includes a rubberized diamond-texture grip and an innovative sheath that allows for various mounting and carrying options. This is a warrior’s blade, but feel free to bring it along camping and, once again, humiliate all the other men whose puny knives simply won’t compare. Also available in a black handle finish if you prefer that more stealthy look.

Key Features

Blade Length: 4.8″
Full Length: 9.8″
Weight: 7.9 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: 420HC stainless steel
Blade type: Drop Point

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

20. Smith & Wesson - SW7 Fixed Tanto Blade Knife

SMITH & WESSON SW7 Fixed Tanto Blade Knife with Ambidextrous Sheath

Ah yes, the tanto blade. My favourite blade shape once again makes its appearance. This handgun grip knife is an all-purpose knife designed to appeal to the backpacker, camper, survivalist or first-responder. It features a 9Cr17 High Carbon Stainless steel blade and is titanium coated. You can also rely on a flat pommel striking surface on the back edge for camping tasks that may include hammering in tent pegs or tent nails, whatever your naming preference is. At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a good camping knife to take hiking or backpacking, consider the SW7.

Key Features

Blade Length: 5.2″
Full Length: 10.6″
Weight: 8.5 oz.
Knife Type: Fixed blade
Blade Material: 9Cr17 High Carbon Stainless Steel
Blade type: Tanto

Specifications

 Brand: Gerber
 Model: StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Sebastian Arciszewski

Sebastian Arciszewski

An enthusiast of all things minimalist. I love the simple design and always look for an aesthetic that complements how an item works. Because after all, a design is how a thing works. You can find me on twitter: @sebastian_a