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best folding camping knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by abradshaw01, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. abradshaw01


    Jan 14, 2012
    Hay I was just wondering what the best folding camping knife. I am looking for a blade that keeps its edge well but is also incredibly strong. I am willing to pay up to $500 but the cheaper the better. Or if you dont know a good knife could you tell me a good steel or blade material that matched these qualifications that would also be great thanks.
  2. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ontario Jerry Hossom retribution 1. Super solid
  3. Steel130

    Steel130 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    By "camp knife", do you mean the knife that will be doing your; chopping, splitting/batonimg wood, anf clearing brush knife? Or the knife that will be handling perhaps cooking tasks, skinning and light to medium work? If its the first one, you dont want a folder.
  4. timberweasel


    Jan 5, 2011
  5. zrfunited


    Dec 19, 2007
    With your budget the options are fairly limitless. There are many strong folders out there that will be useful. For under $150 you can get a buck custom shop 110 in s30v. It's a tried and true lockback design that will serve you well. I am assuming here that by "camp knife" you are not talking bushcraft or chopping duties. Rather food prep, line cutting, possibly a bit of skinning and other cutting chores. All through highschool and into my first two years of college all I ever took into the field was a 110 or an opinel and an Ontario pilots knife. Those knives accomplished everything I ever needed a knife for.
  6. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    Aug 2, 2006
    Spyderco Military.
  7. KLJTech


    Aug 26, 2005
    I've been using the Ontario Jerry Hossom Retribution 1 just as I would a fixed blade for several years on camping trips with my son's and it works just as well today as the day it arrived. It's hard to beat at that price for such a heavy duty, thick bladed, hard use folder.
    Good luck!
  8. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    A fixed blade.....
  9. Harayasu


    Jun 18, 2009
    For me, my Victorinox Soldier 09 is one of the best folding knives for camping. It does almost all I want to do with a knife. For heavy duty tasks I use a fixed blade knife.

  10. knoefz


    Mar 20, 2009
    For me it's a combo, my Spyderco Military combined with a Victorinox Huntsman.
    (also a fixedblade and/or small axe comes in handy sometimes)
  11. Liveitloud


    Jul 1, 2006
    If you are wanting a folder for slicing and working around the fire for cooking and stuff any well made folder will do. I usually always have a SAK pioneer and Spyderco Paramilitary with me when I camp but if you plan on doing any chopping, splitting and any rough work I would not use a folder at all.
  12. bomber258


    Mar 31, 2009

    A fixed blade.

    Most refer to a folder as a "pre-broken" knife.

    I love folders and EDC them always,yes even in the woods.

    But THE camp/woods/hunting blade is FIXED blade.
  13. dePaul


    Aug 8, 2000
    My choice is the EKA Camp. 4,7" Sandvik 12C27 blade, kataba grind, lanyard tab lock.




  14. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
    I use fixed blades for the rough stuff, but smaller fixed or large folders for the food prep and the like. I recently got a Benchmade Onslaught, which I think would make a great camp folder.

    This knife is pretty large with a generous handle. The blade is pretty thin however, for very good slicing in a knife this size. I wouldn't use this knife for heavy cutting, but as a folding kitchen knife, it is just the ticket.

    Another folder I look forward to using as a camp knife is my Opinel #13 -

    Not (IMO) for heavy use such as chopping, but great for processing food, just like a kitchen knife.

  15. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
    Where did you get that? Web search turns up nuttin'. I like it.

  16. dePaul


    Aug 8, 2000
  17. jacktrades_nbk


    Feb 7, 2007
    vic farmer
  18. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    For me it's a Buck CS 110 and a Vic Huntsman.
  19. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
  20. Jesse_A


    Jan 8, 2012
    Benchmade Griptilian. It's pretty low on your price scale ($90) and it is very strong and durable. I have pounded through limbs with it and it was still cutting well. For a heavier duty folder, you might check out the Benchmade 275 Adamas. Also check out the Zero Tolerance folders because they have very strong blades and locks.

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