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Recommendation? Looking for a camping/food prep fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Kabanstva, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Kabanstva


    Dec 19, 2012
    What's up,

    Can someone recommend a good knife to use for food prep during camping/hunting trips?

    Looking for something in a fixed blade that I can use to prepare meals, cut meat, etc.

    What do you guys prefer?

    I got a few ESEEs but that's not really a food prep kind of knife.
  2. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications.

    Mar 27, 2014
    Becker BK5, BK15
    Busse Park Ranger, Scrapmax
    Grohmann Canadian Belt Knife
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  3. Phixt


    May 28, 2016
    You stole my words.
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  4. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008

  5. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    The Battle Chef... duh!


    On a more practical note, this is probably what I'd get for food prep duty while camping:


    Steel Will Roamer in 9cr18mov. It's well made, a good shape for food prep, inexpensive and 9cr18 performs well.
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  6. SharpieB


    Oct 31, 2017
    I like the Grohmann #1 (or Belt knife) a lot. You can get a Second (still almost perfect) from the manufacturer for about $50US with a nice leather sheath. Great for all food prep and processing small animals and fish.

    I also like my ESEE 4 for certain applications but it’s blade IS thick.
  7. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
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  8. Stolenives


    Jul 12, 2017
    Bradford guardian 3
    If that’s not big enough you could go with the 4 and they’re reasonable $$$
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  9. ocnLogan


    Jul 31, 2011
    Mine too.

    The BK5 and the BK15 are both out of production, but the first thing that came to my mind.The BK5 is still available from retailers if you look around, but the BK15 you'll have to find on the secondary market.
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  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    How about a Buck 119 ( $47 on average )
    It was designed to up cut animals / meat, and does it very well.

    Other good choices would be an inexpensive mora ( $12 for a companion )

    And last and probably the best choice would be a simple Victorinox chefs knife ( $20 for the basic black poly handle )
    A kitchen knife will perform the best, but you won't have a sheath.
    Usually they'll have a cardboard sleeve on them which you can simply reinforce with tape and put the thing in a large Ziploc bag, maybe not the most knife nut friendly option but very functional.
    They may even sell an inexpensive plastic blade cover.
  11. Phixt


    May 28, 2016
    The BattleChef! Now I've seen it all!

    I'm picturing a zombie-fighting character in a video game wielding that thing in one hand and his cleaver in the other; heavyset fella whose blood splattered apron and chef's hat never manage to fall off. :D
  12. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp I support the 3rd amendment! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    It's an Olamic and Fox collaboration believe it or not. I quite like it, but it's a bit pricey at $200-300 usually.
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  13. Jocephus1


    May 30, 2007
    Cheap. Mora Stainless

    Classic: buck 102/105

    One that’s impressed me: Tops Bird and Trout.

    My most used camp cooking knife is actually a folder. Spyderco Military. I always carry one in my pack.
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  14. Mr. Tettnanger

    Mr. Tettnanger Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    Buck 102/105
  15. Work Truck Man

    Work Truck Man

    Nov 26, 2017
  16. HFinn


    Sep 6, 2012
    Grohmann boat knife. Same as the original, just slightly different handle. Would be even better if you can find one with flat grind, but this does it all. The ergonomics are remarkable.

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  17. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Several good suggestions.

    Buck, Becker etc.

    I had an ESEE - that would have been fine for camp cooking IMO.

    I have a Becker 15, 5 & 14 - Id gladly use either of those for camp cooking.

    All can be had second hand

    Come now, the 'experts' tell us that a carbon steel knife will have a rusted edge in a half days rain:rolleyes:
  18. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications.

    Mar 27, 2014
    Oh... I just thought my knives had a red and pitted patina.

    Depends on your particular environment, your care for the tool, and how corrosive your perspiration is.

    I live with tidal salt water within 5 blocks on three sides of my house. I have zero issues with corrosion, but then again, I care for my knives.

    Edit to add:
    If you search hard enough, you can find some genuine BK7s in S30V (iirc). Just something to think about.
  19. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    I dont have problems with my carbon steel knives rusting either. I use them in the rain for days on end with no problems.

    Strongly suspect its a 'keyboard expert problem':D

    That wouldnt be too shabby.

    Some nice Beckers out there.

    Ive been after a BK17 for a while.
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  20. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications.

    Mar 27, 2014
    Why not clip a 16? I dropped the spine (as well as the other mods) on this 16.
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    OP: if you can't find something you like, you can always have a knife modded or made.
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