In the wilderness: it’s better to have a good knife than to need it. Anyone who is often out and about in nature should have the appropriate basic equipment with them. In addition to a compass and a map, the heart of such outdoor equipment is a knife. This serves as an all-purpose tool and can be used in different situations – for example for eating, for chopping firewood or – in an emergency – for defense against wild animals. Outdoor knives are robust, weatherproof and have sharp blades. This makes them a must in the luggage of hunters, hikers or wild campers.
Are you planning a camping trip or a hiking trip and are you still looking for the right all-round knife that can accompany you on your excursion into nature? Then we have a good recommendation for you in this article. We have been dealing with knives for many years and sell outdoor and camping knives in our shop. Therefore, from our own experience, we can recommend a knife that will never let you down and that you can use for various purposes.
What is important in a good outdoor and camping knife?
Here we list the points that are most important to us when it comes to knives that you always want to have with you when camping or on an outdoor trip.
Of course, there are many different outdoor knives from many different manufacturers. Many knives are good, but many knives are also less good. There are knives that are only built for a specific purpose. But in this article, we would like to introduce you to a knife that can be used for many purposes at once.
A good knife for outdoor use should have the following properties:
- Rust Proof + Corrosion Resistant
- Very sharp
- extremely stable
- built-in tool
- lie comfortably in the hand
- be easy to store
The Longship Survival is an outdoor knife that is offered by the manufacturer as a survival knife, work knife, rescue knife, or camping knife. It is a folding knife made of D2 stainless steel. It has an innovative blade shape and a blade length of 10 centimeters. The blade thickness is 3.5 millimeters and the blade hardness is 58 HRC. According to the supplier, the handle of this outdoor knife is made of a robust and light G10 composite material with a non-slip texture, in which glass fibers are pressed with epoxy resin to form a kind of layered laminate.
The handle of the Longship Survival is riveted three times and has a practical belt clip. This model is delivered in a black gift box and, according to the provider, can be given away to outdoor fans. The Longship knife also has many practical built-in tools, for example, to loosen screws or to carry out other work. To protect against accidental slipping, the outdoor knife from Longship is provided with a finger guard. The weight is 218 grams.
What role does the hardness of an outdoor knife play?
The blade hardness is specified in HRC or “Hardness-Rockwell-Cone” and is between 50 and 70 for most outdoor knives. The higher this value, the harder the blade. The harder a blade, the sharper it can be ground. A high degree of hardness always goes hand in hand with a higher susceptibility to breakage. Hard knives are good for cutting, but should not be used for high-force tasks.
The different uses of outdoor knives
In addition to the division into foldable and fixed models, outdoor knives can be categorized based on their intended use. In this area we differentiate between the following types:
- Survival knives are versatile one-hand knives for use when camping or hiking. They are mostly made of stainless steel and are available as foldable knives as well as with fixed blades.
- Hunting knives are intended for processing game that has been shot. They are knives with long, curved blades that allow you to get past the ribs of hunted wild boars or deer. They are available in carbon, stainless steel or Damascus steel. Hunting knives often have handles made of wood or horn.
- Work knives or multifunctional outdoor knives are intended for different outdoor activities by certain professional groups – for example for foresters, gardeners or rescue workers. Mostly they are folding knives with additional tools – for example belt cutters, can openers or glass breakers.
In addition to the types listed, outdoor knives are often advertised as sheath knives, camping or bushcraft knives, field knives, Finnish knives or scout knives. These are not special types, but synonymous names for all-purpose knives for outdoor use, which are available in different materials and with different blade lengths.
Internet versus specialist retailers: where is it worth buying a new outdoor knife?
Outdoor knives are available in specialist shops for outdoor use, in well-stocked sports shops or in department stores. If you want to buy your new outdoor knife in local shops, you can benefit from personal advice there. That being said, buying them in local stores is usually cumbersome. The selection is often as limited as the options for comparing the individual models with one another. As a result, it can happen that you have to visit several shops to find a good outdoor knife.
The Internet offers better conditions to buy an outdoor or pocket knife quickly and without much effort. Not only are there almost all currently available models, but there are also very good opportunities to obtain comprehensive information and to compare different models with one another in a targeted manner. As soon as the right outdoor knife is found, you can order it conveniently and quickly from home. The bottom line is that the benefits of the internet outweigh the benefits. This does not mean that with more effort, you cannot find good knives in the local trade.
Outdoor knife purchase advice: What should you watch out for when buying an outdoor knife?
If you want to buy a knife that fully meets your own requirements, you should consider a few factors. In order to enable our readers to make an informed purchase decision, we have compiled the most important criteria in the following section. These include:
- Operation area
- blade material
- Blade hardness
- blade length
- Blade thickness
- Blade shape
- With or without a serrated edge?
The area of application
The first thing to do is to determine the purpose of the new outdoor knife. If this cannot be clearly defined, outdoor enthusiasts can’t go wrong with fixed blades made of stainless steel. These are versatile, easy to maintain and are suitable for camping or hiking, for example. If the new knife is to be used for forestry work or hunting, it is important to use a long blade and materials that are as robust as possible – preferably made of carbon or Damascus steel.
The blade material
Which blade material is best depends on the needs of the individual. If the knife is only used occasionally and should be as easy to care for as possible, stainless steel is very suitable. Resistant blades with a high degree of sharpness are required for professional requirements. Outdoor knives made of carbon or Damascus steel are better suited for this.
The hardness of the blade
The degree of hardness of an outdoor blade should not be neglected when buying. The rule is: the harder a blade, the sharper it can be ground. Buyers should take into account that hard blades are always associated with a higher susceptibility to breakage. They are well suited for cutting, but should not be used for rough work that requires a lot of force. How hard a blade is can be seen from the HRC value – the “Hardness-Rockwell-Cone”. Most outdoor knives have a hardness of 50 to 70 HRC. This is a small difference in numbers, but it has a major impact on the properties of the blades. Knives with 50 HRC are noticeably more flexible and less fragile than blades with a hardness of 70 HRC. On the other hand, they cannot be sharpened as sharp and the sharpness is lost more quickly.
The length of the blade
Outdoor knives are mostly offered with blade lengths between 7 and 12 centimeters. If you need an outdoor knife for camping or hiking, you can safely use a short blade. This makes the knife easy to handle and easy to transport. Longer blades are only required for special tasks, such as breaking up and cutting up game or for forestry work.
The blade strength
Blade thickness means how thick a knife blade is. Outdoor knives are available with blade thicknesses between 1.5 and 4 millimeters. How thick the blade should depend on the intended use. Thinner blades are always better suited for cutting or carving. Outdoor knives with a high blade thickness are more robust. A lot of force is required to work with wood or cut-up game. Knives with a blade thickness of at least 3 millimeters should be used for this.