What could be better than a weekend out camping with your friends? Or a solo survival training retreat? Or a night stargazing with your other half? In all of these scenarios, you might have decided to be self-sufficient by hunting for your own food sources and foraging. So, it only stands to reason that you will need a good-quality, trustworthy knife which can stand the tests of nature. Some things to look out for when shopping are durability, blade quality, and ergonomic handling. Some knives will come with just about everything you need to survive in the wild, including a Firestarter and a pocket clip. There are plenty of well-known brands out there which provide good quality knives, so we do encourage you to shop around. But, to take some of the stress out for you, we have taken the liberty of compiling a list of ten knives you should consider.
So, let’s begin by taking a look at our best camping knives recommendations.
The Best Camping Knife
Let’s kick things off with our best pick: Smith and Wesson Camping Knife. Not just known for their firearms, Smith and Wesson have a wide variety of camping equipment, just have a look at their website! Among them is this beauty of a camping knife. Measuring 7.1 inches (18cm) with a 3.1-inch (7.9cm) blade, and weighing 3.5 ounces, this will make a remarkable addition to your camping kit. Quite possibly the coolest looking knife we have on this list, it is not just a pretty face. It’s very durable. Having been made from 7Cr17MoV Black Oxide High Carbon Stainless Steel with a black, aluminum handle. Use it to debark a branch for your campfire, scale a fish, or cut some twine for your tentpoles. This dependable knife comes with quick and easy access with a conveniently placed pocket clip, finger flipped, and ambidextrous thumb knobs, which made it ideal to use as an EDC knife. If you’re safety conscious – as we all should be – you can be confident that the blade will not slip because it comes with the security of a liner lock!
Liner lock to prevent blade slippage
- BrandSmith & Wesson
- Weight2.4 ounces
If you want something on the stronger side, Grand Way’s Spring-Assisted Knife might be the choice for you. This is the perfect tactical knife for everything: camping, hiking, backpacking, bushcraft, hunting, fishing, military, self-defense, survival, or general outdoor and DIY use. It comes with thumb studs so it can be used ambidextrously in all scenarios, including emergencies. This knife is a well-balanced marvel of knife technology, having been built from 440C stainless steel to improve its sturdiness and ensure proper operation without the need to sharpen it. Highly dependable, it cuts like a razor. An excellent gift for the camping and outdoor enthusiast in your life. For more cool blades like this, check out our selection of the best keychain knives.
Dependable and durable
Cuts like a razor
Thumb studs for ambidextrous use
Perfect for all scenarios, even emergencies
- BrandGrand Way
- Weight4.8 ounces
Coming in at 11 inches (6-inch blade, 5-inch handle), this 8oz Mossy Oak Fixed-Blade Knife will serve all your outdoor needs. The blade is 9/64 inches thin, constructed from stainless steel, and has excellent edge retention for lasting durability. It resists corrosion as any good knife should. This marvel of a knife makes short work of small jobs like piercing, detailing, and cutting tight places. Now that we’ve gone on about the blade let’s have a quick bit of appreciation for the full-tang wood handle. It’s a classic design handle grip, made of walnut wood, and featuring a pommel to guard your fingers; an ergonomic design, the handle groove ensures non-slip usage and provides comfort and balance. Two rivets reduce the risk of splitting in the middle. It also comes with a brown leather sheathe and snap fastener, which you can link to your belt with the integrated belt loop! You may also like some of the best Benchmade pocket knives from our list, so check them out.
11 inches overall length
Makes short work of small jobs
Ergonomically designed handle
Comes with a brown leather sheathe
- BrandMossy Oak
- Weight8 ounces
‘Adapt, improvise, overcome.’ The famous words of the one and only Bear Grylls, who lends his name to Gerber’s high carbon, stainless steel drop point knife. A lightweight knife, it measures roughly 13 inches and has a half-serrated drop point blade. The handle comes with a dual-sided thumb stud for single-hand use and can be used ambidextrously. The blade cuts through rope-like butter. As for the handle, it has an ergonomic rubber grip, which improves dexterity and makes use of the knife much more comfortable. Gerber Bear Grylls Folding Sheath Knife also comes with a military-grade Nylon sheathe, which is lightweight, mildew resistant, and allows for horizontal or vertical carry. If you are a fan of diving, be sure to check out our guide to the best diving knives and pick your favorite.
Comes with a military-grade sheathe
Ergonomic rubber grip
Can be used ambidextrously
Made of high carbon stainless steel
- Weight3.52 ounces
Our fifth spot goes to probably the most technologically aware knife on this list. Before we get into the basics, Grand Way Tactical Folding Knife has a magnesium Firestarter rod attached to the handle, which is made with a strong, durable plastic so it won’t melt under heat. You’ll never be stuck for a campfire again! This folding knife also boasts a 420 stainless steel blade for razor-sharp cutting. For tactical advantages, this knife can also be used for self-defense and hunting where needed. It also has a pocket clip and a lanyard, so there’s less chance of losing it, and a typical thumb stud for single-handed use. Easily the best knife Grand Way has to offer on this list. It will not go amiss in your EDC collection, backpack, or as a piece of survival gear.
Stainless steel blade
Comes with a pocket clip and lanyard
Durable plastic handle
- BrandGrand Way
- Weight4.8 ounces
This versatile knife is brought to you by Atomic Bear. Bite like a big fish with this fearsome tactical knife and its innovatively designed serrated blade. It cuts through everything – rope, wood, fish, fishing line, deer, even a seatbelt if you’re in a pinch – and we cannot praise it enough for its versatility. It’s built to last. A blade made of 420B stainless steel and coated with a black oxidized layer, commanding absolute respect from your peers, or your prey. Atomic Bear Serrated Folding Knife can be used ambidextrously or even flipped open single-handedly using one of the universal thumb studs. Overall, its grip is incredible. Better than any traditional metal handle might give. It’s a textured G-10 style that ensures a confident grip during use. Light, resistant, and ergonomic with features like the thumb groove, finger guard, and multiple dented area. Our guide to the best boot knives features more quality blades like this, so be sure to check them out.
Can be used in forward or reverse grip
Coated in a black oxidized layer
Textured G-10 handle
Gets the job done
- BrandThe Atomic Bear
- Weight7 ounces
Right off the bat, this little beauty is a game-changer. This tenacious knife is all about achieving the best results from the start. Boasting a superior steel blade, and measuring at 3.39 inches, Spyderco Tenacious Folding Knife coated in a non-reflective black coating and has a ground-flat spine for cutting-edge non-stop cutting. Cut with confidence with the G-10 laminate handle, which has been ergonomically milled to ensure fatigue-free use. Speaking of use, the blade’s unique shape is coupled with a round hole to allow you to grip it with confidence that it will not slip. Position your thumb where you normally would and start using it! If you don’t have a sheathe ready for it, it comes with a 4-way pocket clip so it can be set in a variety of carry and draw positions. For more handy blades like this, check out our selection of the best pocket knives.
Superior steel blade
4-way pocket clip
Ergonomically milled handle
G-10 laminate handle
- Weight8 ounces
Talking of technological marvels relating to knives, Hooyman has outdone themselves with a blade that can extend up to five feet or collapse down to 12 inches. Be prepared! Hooyman Collapsible Knife may have a sweet, compact design, but the lock back blade and I-beam aluminum construction sees that this hand-powered pole saw is ready for all scenarios! Even better, it is constructed from a high carbon SK5 steel and made with impulse-hardened 4-edge MegaBite design, so this vicious-looking blade is always ready for unmatched cutting and will last for a long time. Speaking of using it for a long time, the locking extension system has been paired up with a collapsible pole, so it’s easier to use when trimming, sawing, or merely carrying your pack! A truly versatile blade, it features an in-line design that allows for folding and locking when needed and will enable you to detach at your convenience. You may also be interested in some of the best machetes from our list, so check them out.
Collapsible handsaw-pocket knife combination
Extended to five feet, collapses to twelve inches
Made for all use
Locking system ensures use with confidence
- Weight2.3 pounds
For our ninth knife, we would like to show off BPS Bushcraft’s BK06 Camping Knife. The razor-sharp blade is made of high-quality stainless steel and has improved abrasion and corrosion resistance. It’s sharp out of the box and holds its edge like a master. This masterwork of a knife is ideal for survival training, hiking, fishing, hunting, EDC, camping expeditions, or outdoor sports. The practicality of this is immeasurable. Source food with it, prepare your shelter and kindling, generally any other necessities in the middle of your wilderness adventures. With the heavy-duty knife’s edge and balance, this is incredibly easy to use for any task. It measures 9.8 inches, with a blade length of 5.1 inches, and weighs 4.8 ounces. The blade is fixed stainless steel and has a true scandi grind. For more products perfect for your camping trips, check out our selection of the best camping saws.
Suitable for all occasions
Has a true scandi grind
Fixed blade sharp right out of the box
Resistant to corrosion
Ideal for survival training
- BrandBPS Knives
- Weight8.3 ounces
We finish our list with a simple, fixed blade knife offered up by Schrade. Measuring at a reasonable 10.4-inch overall length, with a 5-inch blade and a weight of 12.3 ounces. Certainly on the heavier side when it comes to camping knives, this versatile piece of camping kit is certainly worth the extra effort. You can take it camping, gut some fish with it, generally doing anything you would normally do with ease. The handle is made from a black, ring-textured thermoplastic elastomer handle, making it quite comfortable to hold and use. As for the blade, it’s made from a reliable 1095 powder-coated high carbon steel, which will cut through just about anything. A convenient polyester belt sheath is included in the box, granting you quick and easy access when you’re out in the wile and need to use it in a pinch. Confidently use your new blade with faith that it will not slip with the security of the finger guard. Even better, Schrade Frontier Fixed Blade Knife comes equipped with a Ferro rod, sharpening stone, and a lanyard hole so that you can set fires, sharpen the blade as needed, and keep it on your person. For more useful products for your expeditions, check out our selection of the best multitools.
Comes with a Ferro rod, lanyard hole, and sharpening stone
Sharp out of the box
Easy to hold and use
The blade is made from 1095 powder-coated high carbon steel
Polyester sheath included in the box
- Weight15.8 ounces