Backpackers! What knives are you carrying?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by TAH, May 31, 2018.

  1. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    It's that time of year again. Next weekend, I'm going into my 28th season of backpacking. Being a knife nut, I've changed up my knives over the years trying to find that perfect combination of performance without excessive weight. For the last few years, I've settled on these two and I don't see changing anytime soon.

    Mora Companion and Victorinox Bantam...


    Have you found your perfect backpacking knife/knives? :)
  2. gadgetgeek


    May 19, 2007
    Right now the light weight pair is a BM bugout and mora eldris, but that's not a terribly hard and fast rule. The bugout is however pretty near perfect as a walking folder, I can see it and a SAK classic taking on pretty near anything short of building a cabin.
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  3. kgd


    Feb 28, 2007
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  4. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Thanks kgd. Love the Mora, but not the original sheath. The Kydex sheath takes the package to the next level.
  5. KingMC

    KingMC The Pun-isher Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Jul 25, 2014
    Fiddleback Bushfinger and Becker BK20, but excess weight isn't a big concern of mine.

  6. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    87A1D484-8DFE-4D54-B28D-0DBA5FF49EB4.jpeg 1A5120C8-3C91-44A7-8B9C-8A1112DD44D9.jpeg I usually carry a Mission MPS Ti-10 sheath knife and a custom SAK 91mm Ti waiter with pocket clip and saw.
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  7. Melvin-Purvis

    Melvin-Purvis Not a Registered User Staff Member Super Mod

    Jan 14, 2001
    I read the title and instantly thought, 'Well, a Mora Companion, and some type of Swiss Army knife.' (These days, I'm sporting an original lightweight 1st gen. Leatherman Tool with its tooled-leather belt sheath, bought in great condition at a recent yard sale for $5; tickled pink) - then, read the original post, saw the photos, and chuckled. Good on ya TAH, good on ya. :D
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  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    If you are counting ounces, a Mora Companion without a doubt would be my choice. I'm not a major backpacker and usually carry something more robust in the woods along with a SAK. I don't generally count ounces. I look at the available space I have and choose what I will carry.
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  9. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Actually, the Mora Companion and aftermarket Kydex sheath weigh 5.3 oz and the Vic Bantam weighs 1.2 oz. Hardcore backpackers would frown at carrying 6.5 oz of knife related stuff. :rolleyes:
  10. tknife


    Mar 18, 1999
    For backpacking I have landed on a Mora Companion (I also use an aftermarket Kydex sheath) which I carry in my pack. I also either carry a Vic Farmer, or more often a Spyderco Delica in my pocket. I am not extremely weight conscious, I have just landed on these as favorites.
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  11. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    Spyderco Sprig is the first thing I grab. After that it depends on what I plan on doing. For folders I like the Manix 2 LW or BM 940.
    I may also take my RAT RC6 or collapsible tree saw depending on the circumstance.
  12. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    A Vic Farmer and a GEC paring knife.
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  13. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015

    Not much need for anything more around here.
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  14. Low_rez

    Low_rez Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    I only carry one knife and it usually is an Esee Izula. Small and tough. I also picked up a Tops Shango XL and a small custom Kiridashi neck knife which I have yet to try out this summer. For car camping or short trips, I also pack a Gransfords Bruks wildlife hatchet for campfires.

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  15. 315

    315 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    I don't think you could have a more practical combination. If I were to swap anything though the Lumberjack, or recently named Walker, offers you the saw on the same length as the Bantam. I've used it for a variety of things and it's quite capable.

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  16. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
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  17. Mack

    Mack Expert Ultracrepidarian Platinum Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    My JK Rule #9 is, in my opinion, perfect for backpacking.
    Big enough to do most cutting chores and small enough to always carry.
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  18. Phixt


    May 28, 2016
    Neck Knives. Plus Silky Saw Accell if I'm planning on processing large downfall.
  19. Sam Wilson

    Sam Wilson

    Sep 3, 2012
    Nice thread, Tom.

  20. TAH

    TAH Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2001
    Nice knives and hiking staff, Sam. :) :thumbsup:

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