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What is the best camping knife for $100?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by bfbisa, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. bfbisa


    Jan 15, 2007
    Going camping soon and wanted to buy a new knife. Right now I only have a ka bar usmc fighting knife and I sold my Tom brown tracker to a friend. I was thinking of spending $100 or less. I have some ideas, as you might imagine from my previous posts, but any suggestions?
  2. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    I would take the K-Bar and keep saving money for a knife that you really want. :)
  3. Sep


    Mar 14, 2009
    If you already have a ka-bar, you're better off investing that money into a multitool like Leatherman Wave or any 111 mm Victorinox.

    Edit: Ok ok, if you insist, look at ESEE Knives (formerly Rat Cutlery) and Fallkniven.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  4. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
  5. D R E

    D R E

    May 25, 2000
    Take it from me . . . . save yourself alot of time and money and use the kabar until it falls apart. Its a vicious cycle of buying everything and eventually going back to what is comfortable and easy to replace.

    I have been buying, using and collecting for some 30 years and find myself going back to the well worn kabar that I don't stress over. But thats just me :)

  6. bfbisa


    Jan 15, 2007
    Thanks for the responses. You are all right. I should use the ka bar, it has never failed me. You all know how it feels to want another knife I'm sure.
  7. Gadgetaholic


    Nov 5, 2009
    Buy a Mora - less than $15 and great for food prep or carving tent pegs or whatever.

    Keep the USMC knife.

    Buy a chopper - this one cost me $46:
    11.5" blade - chops & batons well.

    About $60 get both the Mora and the chopper, add in your current knife and you are pretty well set without breaking the bank. If you don't like those suggestions then why not? What are you wanting to do with the new knife?
  8. D R E

    D R E

    May 25, 2000
    Another option is to branch out to different sheaths for your kabar. May sound corny, but might keep the interest up so that buying another knife doesn't consume you. Buying a new knife for many is like the day after Christmas, the thrill can go away quickly.

    As you can see, I kind of have a thing for that particular blade :)

  9. dfarm


    Feb 21, 2008
    The rat rc-4 is bad ass
  10. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    A new knife for camping?

    Some suggestions:

    ESEE (fka RAT Cutlery) RC4
    Fallkniven F1
    Ka Bar Becker BK2 Campanion
    Ontario Ranger RD4
  11. orthogonal1


    Oct 30, 2005
    The Browning Crowell/Barker is decent.
  12. Jake Bauer

    Jake Bauer

    Sep 19, 2007
    The Ka bar would suffice. But Becker and ESEE (Rat cutlery) knives are also worth looking at.
  13. wongKI


    Jul 9, 2009
    For my camping purposes the scout group's shared machete and a small knife have been all I really need.

    That said, I know how you feel. In your situation I'd take the Spyderco Aqua Salt. I love FRN, especially the way Spyderco does it.
  14. Sufler

    Sufler Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 15, 2005
    Anything from the KaBar Becker line:


    Or, RAT Cutlery:

  15. rayban


    Apr 14, 2007
    Although the Ka Bar is all the knife you'll ever need for camping (IMO), the itch to buy a new knife may never go away til you do so....that's how it works for me, anyway.
    For camping, I would suggest something that would compliment what you already have...a folder and a hatchet.
  16. Absintheur

    Absintheur Banned by Moderators

    Jan 31, 2008
    To me a camp knife is one designed to...obviously...handle the common chores found in camp. This means food prep, notching poles for a shelter, cleaning fish or game, and the myriad of other common cutting chores. A folder can do all of this but can be a pain to clean for food prep...especially after using it to clean fish. I would suggest a pair of Moras so one can be kept for food prep and the other for everything else.
  17. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    If you want to spend $100 dollars on any knife, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better one at that price than the Fallkniven F1.
  18. Gadgetaholic


    Nov 5, 2009
    That's what I did - Stainless clipper for food prep and a Carbon Craftsman for everything else. But then I got a Kukri for chopping batoning - add those 3 together and it is still less than $100, great value IMO.
  19. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    first off - the KaBar will continue to do everything you want to do, just like it has for years.
    second - the itch to buy someting new, but within a budget, is strong. Try a Condor Rodan and Kukri? Should be able to find the pair for less than $75 delivered and use the other $25 in your budget to buy a slab of extra thick cut peppered bacon and a couple of nice steaks for the camping trip. :D
  20. R.Rock

    R.Rock Fulltime KnifeMaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 24, 2010

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