One of the most important pieces of gear for venturing into the wild is a reliable, quality-made knife. This year brings with it several new models of camping knives from fan-favorite companies such as Benchmade, SOG, Gerber and Buck.
1. Benchmade 162-1 Bushmaster ($215)
Benchmade’s bushcraft inspired knife is designed with for tackling those unexpected needs, which makes it an amazingly versatile survival knife. It features an overall length of just over 9 inches, with a blade nearly 4 ½ inches long, and weighs less than 8 ounces.
2. Buck 245 MWG Seal Knife ($245)
“Designed by a SEAL for SEALs” is the motto of the 245 Matt Would Go (MWG), as it was designed to honor Special Warfare Operator First Class (SEAL) Matthew J. Leathers, who was lost at sea in 2013, by his father, Tim Leathers. This super light knife weighs just over 6 ounces and offers a blade length of 4 inches, with an overall length of 9 inches.
3. SOG Huntspoint Boning ($127)
SOG’s Huntspoint series has earned a place in the hearts of outdoorsmen everywhere, and the Boning’s flat-ground, lightweight design (3.7 ounces) is yet another addition to the impressive lineup. With a stout, sturdy 3 ½-inch blade length and an overall length just over 8 inches, the Boning is a great addition to any outdoors arsenal.
4. Gerber StrongArm ($86)
The StrongArm is Gerber’s newest survival knife, and is designed with military survival training in mind. In the StrongArm, Gerber added a diamond-textured handle to provide additional grip, and also modular sheath system that allows for multiple carry options. The StrongArm’s overall length falls just under 10 inches, with a blade length of nearly 5 inches, and weighs just over 7 ounces.