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natdobs

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08-17-2017 08:13 PM

Been camping a lot lately and started buying useful supplies.
Hammocks, tents, fire starters, etc. but also need an all purpose knife.
Something that I can have on me in a sheath off my belt, but doesn’t get in the way.

Does anyone here have experience with any of these “tools” [link removed]


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#1 posted 08-17-2017 08:21 PM

If I have a backpack on me I’ll keep my Leatherman Surge in there. If I don’t have a backpack, my Leatherman Charge is on my hip.

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#2 posted 08-17-2017 08:24 PM

I know you probably what some ones personal experience but there is a lot to be learned about knives on Google.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/tools/g3052/best-camp-knives/

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#3 posted 08-17-2017 08:50 PM

Swedish Mora knives take and keep a keen
edge with their laminated carbon steel
blades. They are made tough, inexpensive
and available in modest sizes. Useful
for woodworking as well.

Unless you’re willing to spend a fair amount
for a premium stainless knife, I have found
that stainless steel blades don’t hold an edge
nearly as well as carbon steel blades.

Opinel of France makes some charming and
useful folding knives with carbon steel
blades. Also inexpensive.

You can spend a lot on a nice knife, obviously.
A large knife may be useful for chopping
kindling and pounding tent stakes but awkward
to handle for eating or whittling.

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#4 posted 08-17-2017 09:41 PM

I always carried a Vietnam era surplus Ka-Bar. It had a leather sheath with a small sharpening stone in a pocket. Still have the knife, not doing much camping these days, though. Unless the Sheraton counts. 8^).

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 09:50 PM

I have an Opinel #8. Inexpensive and a very good performer. You can get them elsewhere but here is Lee Valley’s link: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=31079&cat=1,130,43332,43393

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#6 posted 08-17-2017 09:56 PM

mora would be my top pick, k bar 2nd. full tang is the key when you need a good camping knife.

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 10:02 PM

A leatherman multi tool is nice to have in your backpack. For a real camping knife, go with a medium sized Bowie knife, (8-9”blade) or one of the K-bar Marine knives. You want something big enough but not gigantic. Strong and heavy enough to do some chopping when needed. As stated above, stainless stays pretty, but carbon steel stays sharp. My personal hunting knife is a 8” carbon Bowie with the clip sharpened. For general camping use I use my K-bar. For camping you also need a real good hatchet, an older Stanley hammer head with hickory handle is perfect for camping.

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Gilley23

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 10:15 PM

What kind of camping are you guys doing that you need a 9” full tang bowie knife?

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#9 posted 08-17-2017 10:20 PM



What kind of camping are you guys doing that you need a 9” full tang bowie knife?

- Gilley23


Just regular old camping. Need kindling, might need to make some tent pegs. Will need some marshmallow sticks. May need to cut some fire wood or even clear a spot for your tent. I have a real nice 12” Bowie, but that’s overkill for camping. ;-)

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#10 posted 08-18-2017 12:36 AM

Anything made by Dawson Knives will last a lifetime. For something less expensive, the KA-BARs mentioned would be a good choice too. I have several Dawsons and Randalls, and they are the best for my money.

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#11 posted 08-18-2017 12:42 AM

My K-bars are my dad’s 1950 and my 1976. All other knives I use are my own build.

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#12 posted 08-18-2017 12:58 AM

I have the short kabar. It could use a couple more inches but it’s good when I need to stab someone in close quarters. Like a packed bar.

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#13 posted 08-18-2017 04:07 AM

What ever you decide I’d lean towards a blade of high carbon steel for ease of sharpening in the field if you need to. Stainless is great for boat parts and milking parlor equipment but not for an edged tool,too hard to touch the edge up in the field. Is also suggest a small steel to keep in your kit bag and a small combination grit oil or water stone. As for a knife something about 8in over all length is a good solid choice,fixed blade with a nice sheath. Kbar/Ontario knives are great. Espicsly if you can find one with a little vintage to it. I carry a schrade sharp finger with high carbon steel blade. It’s at least 25yrs old. It was given to me when I was about 10 or so when I killed my first deer. Has always been there when I needed it and I can get it sharp enough to shave with. Another option is find your self an old hickory butcher knife. They were made by Ontario and had high carbon blades and hardwood scales. Walmart used to sell them but I’ve not seen one in quite sometime there. I have several good friends who camp about 200 days out of the year and they carry old hickorys in the field.

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#14 posted 08-18-2017 05:09 AM

I HAD a K-bar “copy” for a while, fellow made it from the leaf spring of a blown up 3/4 ton truck….someone else liked it more than I did…..( last time I actually went camping..Uncle Sam was paying the bills..)

Have a leatherman Wave sitting on the desk beside me. Much else to use than the K-bar…

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#15 posted 08-18-2017 06:48 AM

Check natdobs’ post history. He starts topics, ‘what is the best …. ?’, and then always links to the same website. Or he responds to similar questions with links to the same website. Spammer. Ironically he switched up websites with this thread but he’s still a spammer.

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