Folding Pocket Knives Review: When we think about camping many things come into mind. The most important of them is cutlery.
This stuff is not only used for preparing food, but also the best and necessary survival tool as well. We would recommend a good fixed blade for camping, but you always need a good backup or in some cases you are not even able to carry a fixed one.
Luckily there are plenty of high quality folding blades in market which are no less than the fixed ones. So we pull out our best 8 foldable pocket knives.
8 Best Pocket Knives Review for Camping
Quick Comparison Table:
You can get very confused when it comes to buy a good pocket knife. So, we have pulled out our best 8 foldable pocket knives.
1. Kershaw Leek Pocket Knife
[Best for EDC Use]
Kershaw sleek ks1660 is one of the best folding knives for everyday use and camping. Its unique and thin blade design makes it perfect for tasks like cutting meat and fine cutting as well as carving wood.
The razor-sharp blade has perfectly balanced hollow grind making it ideal for all kinds of straight and curved cutting. We know that many fancy looking knives don’t perform well however, sleek is very different.
The grip is specially designed to increase comfort and cause less pressure on thumb while making hard cuts. Sleek ks1660 opens in an instant with just one click on flipper or thumb stud due to spring assisted opening.
The frame lock ensures rigidity and safety while using, as many other knives close due to pressure. The most unique feature of sleek is its safety tip lock which prevents it from opening in pocket.
As I have personally used this knife I am 90 percent satisfied with its blade the only different thing is the clip which causes it to stay a little out of the pocket so I would recommend not to put it in your back pocket.
Overall Kershaw sleek is a great knife to be used in all conditions whether you are using it for camping and survival purposes or everyday work like meat cutting, envelope opening, and fruit slicing.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool, Tinker Pocket Knife
[Best Lifetime Guarantee Knife]
Victorinox Swiss Army knife is often misjudged due to the looks. Beginners usually think that only those more fierce-looking bright-colored blades are better cutters and are long-lasting.
But Victorinox knows steel more than any other knife manufacturing company in the market as being in service for more than a century. Swiss Army has specially developed its din1.4110 stainless steel which has a perfect balance between iron and carbon.
And their special heat treatment makes these blades hard enough to cut through many things without breaking or losing the shape.
Swiss tinker does not only have its blade but 11 more features which make it a true camping pocket knife. Although it cannot cut like a bigger fixed blade but tinker is a great backup knife because of other functions like a bottle opener, can opener, needle, small blade, wire stripper, screwdriver, tweezers, toothpick, sewing awl, etc.
It saves a lot of space for other necessary things for camping. So, what I would say is that you should definitely get one Swiss tinker for yourself along with a fixed blade or single folder.
3. Kershaw Cryo Pocket Knife
[Best Budget EDC Knife]
The best thing about Kershaw CRYO is that it is specially designed by Rick Hinderer (the best knife designer). With Kershaw engineers and Hinderer’s combined work, they came up with the knife which comes in between $30 but has quality that is equal to the knives worth $100.
CRYO 1555ti is specially designed for EDC and camping as its thicker blade ensures safe wood carving and chiseling without breaking. It is even more compact than the previously mentioned Kershaw sleek.
CRYO comes with a speed safe opening mechanism which looks exactly like automatic knives but has a longer expiration period. This knife can be opened with a thumb stud or by a simple push to the flipper. The blade is locked in its place with a frame lock mechanism.
Although the frame lock system is a little slow to close but it ensures your safety. As it does not slip or close when cutting something hard as you apply more force on the grip.
The one thing I really liked about CYRO is that the inside coating has so less friction that it does not requires lubrication at all. I have seen people complaining about its weight but they don’t understand that the strength of this knife comes with weight.
So, go for it if you love camping and want to have just one camping knife for the rest of your life.
4. Buck Knives 0110BRS 110 hunter Pocket Knife
[Best EDC Knife Under 50]
Buck 110 is my favorite knife amongst all as I still have one from the 1970s and it is still in working condition. Although it is heavy, buck 110 is a true hunter’s knife. Despite being an old design it is still better than many modern knives.
No matter for how long you use its folder, it will stay in the same condition. The razor-sharp blade uses 420HC steel which performs just like high-priced HRC 58-60 while maintaining a higher strength ratio.
The blade has a slight hollow ground which is ideal for fine cutting but still maintains its strength. Only the weak part in buck is its tip which could slightly rip off if stabbed on something hard like metal. Buck 110 has right-handed nail notch which is large enough to pull by your thumb.
But it is always safe to do it with both your hands. When it comes to camping, this knife is the best. We have tested it on many things that you may encounter while camping like rope cutting, wood carving, cutting meat, and other food preparations and this knife has performed great.
5. SOG Folding Knife Pocket Knife Trident Tactical Opening Knife
[ Best Folding Tactical Knife ]
SOG trident is so far the best knife in our list. This military-style knife gives you the best grip on the handle with Glass-reinforced nylon (GRN). The steel used is AUS 8 with special cryogenic heat treatment which makes the edge strongest at the micro-levels. So, no matter what you cut Trident will remain sharp.
The most unique feature of this knife is the partially serrated blade which is best for clean cutting that most of the blades can’t do. The blade can be opened by just one hand with spring assisted system and is ideal for both left and right-handed people.
Once you have purchased this blade you are not going to need anything else for the rest of your life as SOG claims lifetime guarantee.
What I like the most about this knife is the arch lock mechanism which is safe yet causes the blade to appear clean like a fixed blade. So if we are talking about camping Trident can not only be used for this purpose but it can prove the best self-defense weapon as well.
As this knife is specially designed for survival and tactical use. So, if you want something that lasts long then don’t care about the price and get one for yourself.
[Best Folding Survival Knife]
Although this knife is not very expensive but it still can prove valuable if you are out of budget. In this price you are getting something that pays back I think it’s a good deal. It’s so light you won’t be bothered if keeping it as a good backup.
The blade made up of 7CR17MOV is strong, thick and durable and won’t let you down when cutting something really hard. It can also prove to be a very good survival knife during camping.
Those of you who are familiar with Smith & Wesson would probably know that they only deal in tough and good quality blades. It is a very good knife to have with a durable steel blade. However, the blade does not come enough sharpened for fine slicing. But you can always sharp it with a pocket knife sharpener. So, I think it’s a good payback for the money and would recommend it.
7. Spring Assisted Knife 6681-AN by Grand Way
[Best Easy Sharpening Knife]
Don’t go down on the price, grand way 6681-AN is far better than many knives out there. Its inexpensive still has 3.2 mm of blade thickness and straight grind which can cut and pierce through almost anything. Unlike Smith and Wesson this knife comes razor sharp from the factory so no worrying about sharpening this blade.
It can cut through over 100 feet of cardboard straight without losing its sharpness. As the 440C blade has gone through special thermal treatment which prevents it from tearing on a micro-level.
Due to straight grind, it’s easier even for a beginner to sharpen this knife. The only drawback of this blade is the handle which is made up of aluminum which is okay for holding and even for hard use. It can bend if someone accidentally steps on it.
Overall I would say it’s the best knife for hunting, fishing, camping or scouting in this price range. I would recommend this over Smith and Wesson if you are more like a practical guy rather than a collector.
8. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife
[Best for US Army Persons]
We have only brought this model to our list because many people like multipurpose pocket knives but don’t want to lose the main blade.
The problem comes when you are not able to carry 2 large things at the same time. So classic SD could prove the best multipurpose secondary tool to be carried as a keychain or attached to the main blade’s holder. SD comes with a whole lot of tool variety.
You get a toothpick, 1.25-inch blade, key ring, tweezers, scissors, screwdriver and a nail filer which sometimes prove really valuable for not only nails but cleaning keys which don’t fit properly.
I would say this knife is of the same quality if not more as other high end knives in the market. Honestly, we don’t need a $100 or $200 knife just to do everyday stuff. It is a great multipurpose knife and above all it is easy to carry too. I would definitely recommend you to buy this.
These were all the best pocket knives I have picked after testing a ton of other ones. These would last you long and would meet any need you are most likely to face during camping. These will help you in your survival and will also perform really well for cutting and carving.