There’s a knife for every use. They’re tools after all, and while some are made to be generally good at many tasks, others are created to excel at one specific thing. Those general builds tend to cater well toward the everyday carry crowd, but outdoorsmen and campers might need something more definite. Survivalists might want a knife that can light a fire; car campers can afford a bigger blade dedicated to cooking.
Any knife can be practical in the outdoors, but many makers build blades specifically for the purpose. They’re lightweight, sturdy and resistant to the elements. Right now, many of these blades are on sale at Backcountry’s Semi-Annual event. The selection isn’t expansive, but it provides enough variety that there’s a good chance that the blade that’s most convenient to your preferred style of adventuring is available at a hearty discount. Below, you’ll find five of our favorites.
Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit
Gerber’s Freescape Camp Kitchen Set is two knives in one (and a cutting board). It’s probably too big for backpacking, but just right for car camping and boat trips, where weight isn’t as much of an issue. Use it and embrace your inner outdoor gourmand.
Light My Fire Swedish Fire Knife
Inside the handle of Light My Fire’s fixed blade survival knife is a magnesium alloy fire starter that can be used with the flat spine of the blade to create enough sparks to kindle a flame. Maintaining it is up to you.
Victorinox Compact Knife
One of Victorinox’s smaller Swiss Army knives includes a knife, scissors, a can opener, a bottle opener, a toothpick, tweezers and more.
CRKT HVAS Field Strip Knife
CRKT’s HVAS Field Strip is a straightforward drop-point but has a unique feature that lets wielders dismantle the knife and put it back together without any additional tools. It’ll make it easy to clean, which means it’ll last that much longer.
SOG BladeLight Fillet Knife
SOG’s fillet knife is equipped with built-in LED lights so that you can accomplish the delicate task of fish prep with more accuracy.
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