Your backpacking knives for 2019!?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by SWCCy, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Smash05

    Smash05 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 16, 2007
    More often than not it’s an Ontario Rat 3, a Delica and SAK Farmer. if I’m cutting weight or worried about loosing a knife (kayaking) it’s a Mora 510 or Companion.
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  2. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
    upload_2019-2-14_14-10-31.jpeg So this is the knife I made for myself, it’s out of ztuff. It’s what I call a heavy duty backpacking blade! I made this blade for my upcoming 45 mile trip! It chops well, carves decent, corrosion resistant, and extremely tough!!
  3. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
  4. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    That's a cool looking knife and great pictures.

    I would love to hear about the upcoming trip, where you're going, what the basic kit is (and its weight) and how you see the knife fitting in.

    Interesting to see the different approaches.
  5. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
    I’ll be doing a 45 mile trip on the gila river here in New Mexico. It’s all wilderness. My pack is an exo mountain, it’s a lightweight titanium frame, with a load shelf for hauling meat. It’s mainly a hunting pack. I usually use a jetboil stove, and eat mainly mountain house, total pack weight will be about 30-35 pounds. I will have my knife, mainly for clearing trail, chopping wood for a fire, or whatever I need, making a spear for fish, which I will have my fishing kit, with everything to set up a trot line too. I always take a big knife with me, everywhere I go, along with my glock 29 in 10mm.
    We plan on going anywhere from 10-15 miles a day! Not a bad trip. Last year, we caught some fish, and cooked them on an open fire, catfish! Good stuff.
    I’ll also be doing another trip in April, but on my horses. We’ll be going into another part of the wilderness, to a different fork of our gila river. 20 miles in, we’ll stay a few days, do some fishing, then ride back out another 20 miles.
  6. mpm0097

    mpm0097 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2018
    I used to carry a Mora companion while backpacking, but last year I had two of them where the blades came loose. Probably just bad luck. I've been looking for something full tang and lightweight, but I haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet. The White River Backpacker and Bradford Guardian have my interest.
  7. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
    I can always recommend a custom!
  8. t5brick


    Oct 4, 2018
    In the past I’d just carry whatever folder I happened to grab that morning. More recently I’ve been packing my Bradford Guardian 3 or 4, depending on my mood. I’d also have a folder in my pocket. On my last few hikes I carried my Benchmade 5500 and the G4 and then my Spyderco PM2 and G3.
  9. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    Very envious. I've never hiked down there.

    Very intriguing pack choice. I made the switch to a Kelty external frame about 5 years after decades carrying internal frames. I don't see ever going back.

    Very cool that you have the ability to make fires there regularly. Do you carry a small wood stove and/or saw of any sort?
  10. scubisino


    Dec 4, 2015
    Opinel No.10 and a Mora Companion.... but if I want something fancy, switch the Mora for my Buck 192 Vanguard...
  11. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
    I chose that pack, because I need a versatile pack that can haul meat too, I hunt a lot. And if you’re going to buy a 500 dollar pack, might as well pick a good lightweight one. This pack weighs 4 pounds empty, but can handle 150# load!
    Sometimes I’ll carry a silky saw, but I usually don’t.
    And the fire thing, just depends on the time of the year, drought conditions, and what not. Even if there was restrictions, no one is that far in there to enforce anything. You can’t beat catfish cooked over an open fire!
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  12. Jcsixx01

    Jcsixx01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    For day hikes I like my Benchmade Grizzly Ridge. The orange highlights on the super grippy handle are helpful in the outdoors. I lost a machete (cheap one) before and misplaced a hatchet another time (wasted lots of time/energy searching for it).

    For longer/more difficult hikes, I recently upgraded to the Winkler Spike (added blaze orange paracord lanyard w/glow in the dark beads).

    My previous belt knife was a used, old, beat up Gerber LMF that served it’s purpose for many years. I cleaned up/sharpened the LMF and passed it to my nephew.

    I will probably pick up an Esee Junglas at some point too. Although it will be quite a while until I’m able to do any serious camping/hiking trips with two young kids.
  13. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    Whenever I'm out in the bush I will have these on me:

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  14. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    If I feel like sizing up my fixed blade from the Bradford G3 I go to my Esee 3 (formerly Rat 3). That's one perfect sized backpacking fixed blade if you want to not just carry needless weight, but also have a super solid performer. A great choice.
  15. TrojanSteel


    Jul 22, 2013
    Carothers EDC2... basically the perfect knife.
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  16. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder

    Aug 12, 2005
    I am actually messing around with a couple of "lightweight hiker" knives presently. Both will have the permanently epoxies in place paracord handle with a bit of perhaps leather underneath to "round out" the handle a tad and will be made from .110 thick steel. One is in 110W8 and the other in AEB-L. The are pretty tough steels so no concern about taking then down that thin. They are both a bit longer than say the White river. The 115W8 blade is over 4 inches long and like 1 1/8 or so wide. Pictures to follow maybe.
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  17. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud

    Nov 9, 2018
    Posted earlier today elsewhere, but was hiking yesterday with a PM2 and the White River Backpacker's little brother, the ATK knife.
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  18. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud

    Nov 9, 2018
    If backpacking, it's a Winkler Woodsman.
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  19. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I like the ATK knife. Can you tell me more about it?
  20. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Well now that my back is not the greatest, backpacking and hiking may be off the list from this point on. I am having to rethink my options. Weight is a bigger consideration now days.

    Thanks for the input, everyone. You've got me thinking!

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