Camping knives are an integral part of the entire experience. Trail and Summit states that a good blade isan essential part of camping. A knife you buy for camping may have one or more features that you want. One of the great things about shopping for a knife yourself is being able to choose the features you want in your blade. Companies likeYeah Local offer excellent choices for small manufacturers that you might miss otherwise. Regardless of if you buy your camping knife from a local hunting store or online, there are a few factors you should consider before putting your money down.
1. How Will You Be Carrying It?
A knife is a sharp passenger, and if poorly carried, can cause severe injuries to its owner. There are comfortable lengths for blades on your belt. Something that's as long as six inches may pose some logistical problems when crouching or kneeling. The sweet-spot for blades for your belt is around three to four inches, ideally. If you're using a folding knife, the blade length isn't as much of a concern as the clip you'll use to carry it. The size, location, and quality of the clip will determine whether it's worth buying. How you hold your knife is your preference, but it's easier for a right-hander to have their clips on the right side of the blade for easy access. If you're carrying your knife in a sheath, the sheath length and construction would be what you're looking at.
2. How Are You Going to Sharpen It?
Knives and Tools mention that you should sharpen a knifeafter about a month of regular use. To figure out the logistics of your sharpening, you need to know what type of blade steel you have in your knife. Some steels are better for sharpening, while others tend to hold an edge longer. Ideally, you'd want to maintain the blade's edge as much as possible, since this is a lot easier than trying to sharpen a dull knife. Like all mechanical tools, regular maintenance affects how useful it is throughout its lifetime.
3. What Purpose Wille It Be Used For?
What do you usually use your camping knife for? Thing blades cut through things more comfortably with less force, but thicker blades are better for heavy-duty use. Larger angle blades are better for sharpening but don't have the fine control of smaller angle blades. Folding knives are much easier to carry through your camping trip, but tend to be less durable than fixed-blade knives. Blade shapes also play a part in usefulness. Serrated or unique blade edges are less versatile but offer specialized cutting functions. Broad blades that taper to a point provide a wide range of versatility in cutting tasks.
Getting the Right Camping Knife
When you go camping, having a knife, you can depend on is a vital consideration. Depending on your usage, when and how you sharpen it, and how you intend to carry it, the type of knife you choose will vary. Always consider practicalities with blades. A lot of new campers overlook functionality in favor of looks and fashion. Neither of those things will help you slice vegetables or cut rope while camping. Your knives should put practicality before all other concerns.
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