Kershaw Camp Knives - Your Choice!
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I bought the Camp 10 awhile back, ask me anything
What did you have for dinner tonight?
What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
African or european?
I got a couple of the 10" camp knives here a while back (they were a few dollars cheaper at that time). While I have yet to use them in anger, they seem well built and would do the job (whatever that job might be-- perhaps opening a coconut dropped by a swallow).
Reviews on the mother ship discuss blade failures from a perceived lack of proper heat treating and the fact that the finish is very thin and wears off easily.
Thoughts or experiences welcomed.
Most concerning is the half moon shaped chunks of blade that seem to have broken off during moderate use. Seems to have been stated multiple times in the reviews.
I’d take those reviews with a grain of salt. Most of the blade failures come from inexperienced mall ninjas taking their knives out and trying to hack down the mightiest tree in the forest. Might as well use a herring.
When it comes to batoning or splitting wood, it’s probably more than one of these knives can handle repeatedly. I use a Becker BK7 to split wood occasionally, but it’s also a really thick blade. For clearing light brush and small limbs, or for splitting small kindling, one of these should fit the bill.
I am going hiking on a mountain trail by a dead horse, would one of these protect me from predators?
I own both the 10 and the 14 and I am a fan! Great field tools / garden machetes. I do not own a Camp 18 because I already have an 18 inch SOG and two cheap full sized machetes.
Here are mine next to my Kershaw model 1950 folder with a 4 inch blade I also bought on Woot!:
The blade on the Camp 10 and Camp 14 is .2 inches wide, very hefty and handy. The sheaths are adequate. While I might strap the Camp 10 to my belt, the Camp 14 is a little on the large side for that, but maybe it’s just me that feels that way.
The coating on mine has stood up to tropical Miami Fl and chopping palms and weeds. I am tempted to buy another just to have it. You should have at least one,
I have the 10" model; I take it camping, but I don’t use it for protection; a bear doesn’t give a shit about your blade. Carefully weigh your options and the wildlife where you’re going. If there are bears, a firearm is my personal preference.
You may want to be very careful of the walking dead. Remember to keep your distance when striking them in the head.
Did you not see the bear attack in The Revenant? That knife will not protect you!
I prefer a 45 cal handgun for close work, especially bears. Anything less, and it must be a semi auto, will not do.
Kershaw makes very nice knives. I love mine.
Oh, and don’t beat that dead horse- no point in that.
We can estimate the airspeed of the European Swallow to be roughly 11 meters per second (15 beats per second * 0.73 meters per beat). Of course this is unladen, since they rarely are easy to put a harness on.
Protection is going to be a lesser concern. Practice things that prevent these things like making a lot of noise and keeping food from attracting animals.
For budget knives, take a look at Gerber Strongarm or a Schrade SCHF42 or the SCHF42D - both fixed blades around $50. The SCHF42 is a recurve blade and teh SCHF42D is a plain blade.