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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. Dogpiss

    Dogpiss

    34
    Oct 7, 2017
    I'm curious what kind of surface you're gonna be cutting on.
    Could use piece of wood, cross cut or split. For a little while, I considered carrying a cutting board as a backplate in my backpack. Just not worth it unless I was backpacking in a foreign country again (traveling a lot by bus). I've definitely had my share of using a pocket knife. Not a fan.
    If I wanted one for campfire prep, I would really consider the Gerber freescape.
    I think it's be a good option especially because it allows for knuckles when using a cutting surface. (Opposite of a kukri)
     
  2. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

    324
    Jul 7, 2018
    +1

    OP questions:
    -Can someone recommend a good knife to use for food prep during camping hunting trips?
    -What do you guys prefer?

    About "tactical kitchen knife", TOPS Pasayten Light Traveler is the classic standard one.
    Blade Length- 5.25"
    Blade Thickness- .13"/.14"
    Price- $140.

    Here is an online comparison article:

    "It comes with a very practical and high quality, adjustable Kydex sheath and it is made standard with 154CM Steel, an amazing stainless that strongly resists rusting yet takes an edge easily and is soft enough to be durable and resist chipping. The knife is twice cryo treated, too, and this perhaps explains the knife’s almost preternatural ability to hold an edge. Last year, I harvested two deer, a dozen hares and grouse and on the homestead we butchered 100 chickens. I processed them all with the Pasayten and it remained functionally sharp through all that work without even needing an edge touch up. The amazingly comfortable and versatile handle allows the knife to be used in any position and in reverse it’s sort of like an elongated ulu, and it is unbeatable for foraging and butchering game. It is a hair more slender at the spine but equally well balanced and weighs about an ounce less–still very tough but a little more graceful in the hand."
    https://cliffseruntine.wordpress.co...bravo-vortex-vs-tops-pasayten-6-months-later/

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  3. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

    408
    Oct 4, 2018
    Good thread. I’m considering a Spyderco Military for camp cooking needs. I like the idea of being able to fold it away.
     
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  4. dirc

    dirc

    Jan 31, 2018
    instead of a mora companion - which is 0.1", you can get a basic which is only 0.08"

    if you really want the ultimate slicer, 0.05" mora 090 fillet 3.5" stainless is the ticket - my wife loves it in the kitchen
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    ... think about that for a second - everyone who loves the companion - imagine it's HALF the thickness ! and it can bend and always bounces back for more

    last point, if camping involves fishing - you're in a true state of zen
     
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  5. bearfacedkiller

    bearfacedkiller Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2014
    ^This!

    Mora Flex or Fishing Comfort. Thin, ffg and lightweight. 1.3mm spine with a distal taper.

    The Mora 090 is the same knife as the original Craftline Flex which I keep in my lunchbox for food prep at work.
     
  6. inkynate

    inkynate Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    More BK15 love, bring it back Becker!!

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    It's like a tough, poor man's South Fork. Especially after it's been stripped and thinned out. :thumbsup:

    In the folder department, my Military has seen plenty of food prep action as well.
     
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  7. number9

    number9

    279
    Mar 5, 2017
    Does "food prep" mean cutting onions and tomatoes on a cutting board, spreading peanut butter, or carving meat off a bone? For working an a board, I like a knife that I can get the heel of the blade down onto the board. That means no, or very little, finger guard or quillion. And a deep enough blade to keep my knuckles out of the way. A blade with a lot of belly can work in a pinch, but it's not ideal. For cutting greasy meat, something to keep my fingers off the blade is welcome. For spreading peanut butter, a broad spear point is great. The more I use my fixed blades camping, the more I want to try a Canadian pattern.
     
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  8. pinnah

    pinnah

    Jul 28, 2011
    How well does this knife make wood shavings and other wood working tasks? Do you find it harder to control the edge angle than with a knife that puts the blade closer in line with the handle, like say, a puuko or Kephart type design?
     
  9. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

    324
    Jul 7, 2018
    For that very reasons I like the Kephart more as general purpose bushcraft knife however, for outdoor camping food preparation my knives preferences go to blades profiles like Canadian style, Nessmuks and better yet, Pasayten's shape designs.

    wood shavings and other wood working tasks?
     
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  10. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    As long as this thread is still chugging along here's another vote for a TRC Splinter 120. Mine works very well as both a firewood tool and even in a commercial kitchen as a utility blade. It's a versatile bushcraft knife that's hard to match. It's pretty to look at; the green micarta is stunning.

    I'm also taken with the tube fasteners for strapping to a shaft to make a spear. Nothing I've seen beats it.

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  11. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

    324
    Jul 7, 2018
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    TOPS Knives Frog Market Special XL Green Canvas Micarta Handle
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    Blade Length- 7.5"
    Blade Thickness- .092"
    Steel- 1095
    Price- $132.

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    TOPS Knives Frog Market Special - Tan Canvas Micarta Handle
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    Blade Length- 5.25"
    Blade Thickness- .062"
    Steel- 1095
    Price- $86.
     
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  12. Seesteel

    Seesteel Gold Member Gold Member

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