By R. Maxine Lundquist
A good camping knife isn’t hard to find. The problem lies in selecting which one you want. Below is a quick comparison of three very good camping knives with similar blade length:
The Gerber Profile
Perhaps the biggest bang for your buck, the Gerber Profile drop-blade is the perfect “first
knife” for campers, hunters and hikers. It’s overall length is 9″ and it weighs 8 oz., has a non-slip, contoured handle (important when hands are wet) and will do just about anything you can throw at it–cut bait, skin game, whittle a stick and open a beer. It’s titanium-coated steel blade holds a nice sharp edge and when it does get dull it sharpens up nicely. It comes with a nylon belt sheath, a little cheap, but for around twenty-five bucks it’s a small criticism.
The Buck Knives 102 Woodsman
The 102 Woodsman is a clip point with a 420HC ste
el blade. It’s overall length is 7 3/4″,
making the handle a bit cramped if you have large hands, but the blade is razor-sharp and sharpens up easily. It does get a little slippery when it gets bloody skinning or dressing game, but otherwise a great all-purpose camp knife. Comes with a phenolic (resin) handle and a well-made leather sheath. This baby will run you about $38.00 to $40.00, reasonably priced and good value for money.
The Ka-Bar Short Becker
This is another clip point knife. Its blade is made of easily-sharpened carbon-steel. This
blade is a little longer–4 3/8″–and has a Zytel polymer handle to withstand years of use and abuse. Overall length is 9 1/4″ and it’s light–about 6.4 ounces. Perfect for pack and to carry on your belt, and comes with a Cordura© sheath, a nylon material popular with the military and sports and hunting enthusiasts for it’s durability. The Short Becker is a real little beauty, but you pay for it–with the extra set of handles it runs you around $115.00.