Don’t Forget Your
Out under nature’s hood and on your camping trip, you’ll want to be sure to bring along some kind of knife. Any kind of camping trip requires a knife, whether it is for cooking, cutting ropes, carving, first-aide, etc.
A knife is a must for camping !
If you don’t have a knife that is suitable for camping, you can look online, as there are many providers. On this page you’ll find some descriptions of different kinds of knives and different terms that are used when talking about them.
Beginning with the simplest:
- A fixed-blade knife is just a solid piece of sharpened steel anchored to a handle. For those who want a blade for tough jobs, such as hunting and camping tasks, a fixed blade knife is the answer.
- A folding blade knife is not as durable as fixed blade knives but provides safety and the carrying convenience of its small size. These knives come in a variety of models, some of which lock into place, though not all of them do; be very, very, careful with a folding blade knife that does not lock when opened. If you are not extremely careful, it can easily close on your fingers creating a nasty wound.
- The classics are pocket knives, still high on the list of popularity. They are easy to keep in your pocket for miscellaneous jobs. Not all models lock open, but that's not critical for their practical, basic use.
Of these above, you can see that one of the defining features of a knife is the way in which the blade is made to stay open. This is called “locking” or “locking back”. It’s mainly a safety feature that anyone would want, but it’s also helpful heavier work.
Although lockbacks aren’t a standard, all higher end knives and those that are made for serious work offer this feature.
- Simply put, a lockback is a folding knife that locks open. These knives provide much of the confidence of a fixed-blade when they are opened up, and then enable you to fold the blade for safe keeping and carrying convenience.
- A lockback gets its name from a rocking lock plate visible on the back of the handle. Opening the blade causes the "rocker" to lock against the blade so it locks open. Pushing down on the rocker at the back of the handle releases it and enables you to close the blade.
- A Liner Lock is a folding knife that locks open by way of a tensioned metal liner inside the handle. Like the "lockback," opening the blade initiates the lock. You can unlock it by placing your thumb on the front of the liner and pushing left, which releases the blade.
- A Frame Lock works like a liner lock; just that the lock is a tensioned component of the frame with an open channel. When the blade opens, the frame lock moves into the handle opening, and then it locks against the blade.
- The knife company Buck has come out with assisted opening knives, which are the ultimate in 1-hand convenience. They also use a liner lock for locking the blade open. To open, release the safety, then push the blade release ridge. After the blade starts opening, the assisted opening mechanism finishes opening the blade, which releases the liner and in turn locks the blade open.
Now that you have read these brief points, you’ll be more likely to get a knife that will be perfect for your camping trip. Knives are often investments, and they made great gifts for all occasions, from holidays to birthdays.
If you’re not looking to purchase one of the better blade that there are out there, you’ll want to at least make sure that you have something that you’ll be able to use on the trail or in whatever camping situation that could arise out under nature’s hood.