The perfect knives for backpacking and mountaineering

Hikers want a lightweight, reliable and versatile pocket knife on the way. Here we have summarized the best knives for backpacking and hiking.

Summer is here with the call of this siren. Whether it's a day hike with the kids or a hike on the Appalachian Trail, a knife is an exceptionally practical item that you can take with you. Choose one of them and you have the best backpacking knife you can buy for money.

From the preparation of food to the processing of game and the lighting of a fire, a high-quality knife helps considerably in outdoor tasks. And while a full size fixed blade like the Bark River Bravo 1 is an excellent choice for many outdoor jobs, mobility and weight concerns require carrying a smaller knife, usually a folding knife.

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The best knife for backpacking and hiking

Fallkniven U2: $ 90

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With laminated steel, an absolutely simple design and Grilon handles, the U2 is an excellent backpack knife for anyone who values ​​weight and complexity. The entire package contains 1.58 ounces, which is quite good for a knife with a blade length of 2.5 inches.

At $ 90 at BladeHQ, you pay for the steel that contains Super Gold Powder Steel as the core. This steel, which is rarely found in the knife world, has excellent edge resistance, which is superior to common high-end steels such as S30V.

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Spyderco Dragonfly 2 in ZDP-189: $ 95

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Like the U2, the dragonfly has an ultra-hard steel, this time ZDP-189, and a simple design. It swaps the U2's vague grip shape for something more ergonomic – and even adds a finger chooil for more control. The U2's nail is also removed and the Spyderco hole trademark is chosen.

Finally, the dragonfly adds a really superior deep carry wire pocket clip. Like the U2, it's a little expensive at $ 95.

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Benchmade bugout: $ 129

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With one of the best blade length-weight ratios in the knife world, the Bugout is one of the best knives for backpacking and hiking. The simple, almost simple lines and the classic drop point blade are plus points. The price of $ 129 is also a relatively good deal for what you get. The knife also has some of the closest tolerances I've seen on an Axis lock, which results in an absolutely solid lock.

Only two concerns keep you from being the best trail knife available. First, the pocket clip, a shortened version of the benchmade deep carry clip, allows the knife to pop out of the pocket more easily than most knives. If you crawl properly on mountain slopes, you may find that your bugout has unexpectedly got out of your pocket.

Second, the knife has a very distinctive, exposed rear spigot that allows dirt, grime and pocket fluff to accumulate inside the knife. However, if you need a maximum blade length per ounce, this is a good choice.

Benchmade is also producing a slightly improved version of the bugout that was introduced in 2020. It features a stiffer and lighter CF Elite CF-grip grip made from carbon fiber reinforced nylon. When tested, they proved to be stiffer than the original bugout, and for some, the $ 16 surcharge may be worth it. Check out the Bugout CF-Elite here.

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Three rivers that produce neutrons: $ 169

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The field of full-size, weight-conscious knives is currently quite crowded. Benchmade's bugout was very popular and Spyderco has just released a light version of its hit, the Para3. Both come in less than 2.5 ounces and both sport blades are at least 3 inches long.

But the light, full-sized knife (a knife with a blade of 3 inches or more) that I like best comes from a small manufacturer in my home state of Massachusetts: Three Rivers Manufacturing. The neutron's 20CV blade is better than the steel of the Bugout (S30V) or Para3 (BD1N). In addition, the handle is more comfortable than that of the Para3 and more robust than the flexible handle of the Bugout.

At $ 169, the price is pretty high, but you get state-of-the-art steel in a super slim, super cutting package. And the fact that it's made in the U.S. is a bonus.

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Spyderco Native 5 FRN to LC200N: $ 130

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The Native 5 is another lightweight full size knife. But it adds another cool ingredient to the fantastic knife recipe – LC200N. This steel, which has been outside of the knife industry for decades, is now entering the world of cutlery. The practically rust-free composition is nice, but the real advance compared to other corrosion-resistant steels is the hardness.

Unlike H1, LC200N is roughly as hard as 154CM, making it the first steel that I can recommend for any use. It's tough, tough, rustproof, relatively easy to sharpen, and not expensive for $ 130. The Native 5 is a little bulkier in the pocket than the neutron, but if you really need stainless steel on the trail, this is your knife.

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ESEE Candiru: $ 59

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Fixed blade knives are generally too big for the trail, but in the world of fixed blade knives there has been a design revolution that has resulted in a number of tiny cutting machines that have not "broken". One of my favorites is the ESEE Candiru. With a total length of 5.125 inches, the Candiru is the size of a large folder when closed. It's equipped with Rowan heat-treated 1095 from ESEE and comes with a decent fabric cover that lies fairly flat in your pocket.

At around $ 60, the Candiru can do a lot of work that most folding knives can't do. And if you decide to go beyond the flat, skeletonized handle, there is an accessory set that includes molded Micarta scales and a foldable Kydex sheath.

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Bark River PSK: $ 135

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If the Candiru is a little too strict for you, the PSK is a knife of a similar size with high-quality functions. It was offered in a number of steels, but the current run is being carried out in Elmax, a criminally underestimated powder steel. It contains a number of different handle scales around a full tenon, all of which have the wonderful Bark River glow and feel in hand. Only the sheath, a thick, bulky leather number, holds the PSK back from pocket happiness.

Designed to be worn on a belt, it's too bulky to hide in a pocket like the Candiru's fabric sleeve. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, like all Bark River knives, the PSK has a wonderful, long-lasting, convex cut. It costs $ 135.

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Do you have a favorite knife for hiking and hiking? Let us know in the comments and we will check it for future updates to this article.

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