Holy knives! Do you know how some people are crazy about knives? They just love collecting different types of knives. But we’re not here to discuss all this, we are here to find the best cooking knife for camping available in the vast market of camping knives.
Frankly speaking, you can use any knife for cooking but not using a cooking specific knife will need a good skill of using knives.
As a camper, I would choose a knife for cooking only so that I don’t have to worry about hygiene, and of course, I don’t want an unnecessary headache of using the same knife for different purposes.
So here I have listed some best knives you can use for cooking when camping.
Table of Contents
- DFACKTO Cooking knife – Best Overall
- ZYLISS Chef’s Knife – The cheapest Option
- Eafengrow Snake Head
- How to properly sharpen a cooking knife?
DFACKTO Cooking knife – Best Overall
The best knife I’ve found with superior quality is the ‘DFACKTO Cooking Knife’. Stay with me till the end and you’ll for sure want to try this knife for once.
First of all, I am not paid by this company to endorse them but I’ve no choice left to recommend them on top of the best camping cooking knife because of this – The sharp edge hand-finished to 20 degree which makes it smooth for cutting and slicing.
We all want a durable knife especially with rust and corrosion resistance so to make it that way DFACKTO uses a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment which takes the burden of maintaining it from our shoulders.
For gripping it has a Mil-Spec G10 fiber-resin handle secured by triple Corby bolts to make it impressive in wet, hot, and cold conditions.
The design of the handle is such that it fits comfortably in small and large hands securely and the G10 material generates a superior anti-slip surface.
In performance, it features 2.0mm thick 57+- HRC high-carbon 5Cr15Mov stainless steel.
However, it has extra nooks and crannies in the handle so if you get the food in there and become lazy in cleaning life then it can get hard to get out otherwise the knife is made for your camping kitchen.
- The best knife to use for cooking while camping
- Rust resistance
- Extra nooks and crannies
ZYLISS Chef’s Knife – The cheapest Option
Customer: Probably this is one of the good long knives with a very cheap price. The blade of the knife is very sharp but overall it is not much hard to cut hard things. Even though it is best for slicing fruits and cutting vegetables.
In terms of usage, you can use it on all outdoor occasions, in your camp kitchen, and also in your home.
What makes it a good use for camping is its ergonomic handle which provides a good grip to our hand and reduces hand fatigue.
If you don’t want the rust in the blade then don’t use dishwater instead prefer to handwash it.
However, this camping cooking knife is so cheap in price that you won’t regret replacing it when the time comes.
- Perfect for prepping fruits, vegetables, and herbs
- Cheap price
- Ergonomic handle with soft-touch rubber
- Not for hard things
- Better not to use dishwater
Eafengrow Snake Head
Customer: The Eafengrow Snake Head blade comes with a G10 handle which does not lack anywhere from gripping to sturdy cutting.
This is not focused on camping cooking but it can be used for cutting vegetables and fruits.
This foldable all-steel knife has a double steel pad, knife clip where the blade features 440C (cryogenic treatment).
The knife really appeals to my eyes but I think it somewhere lacks overall safety.
It is not that it will open up suddenly but a single hand user should take care of themselves while folding this knife because there is a sharp curve that can cut your fingers while folding it down.
Despite all these things you may like to try this once if you’re fond of foldable knives.
- Good grip
- SIngle hand users might find it hard to fold it down due to a sharp curve.
How to properly sharpen a cooking knife?
Congrats on choosing your first camping cooking knife but sharpening a knife is a very important topic that I need to discuss here. No matter how sharp a knife you bought but as time passes it tends to lose its sharpness.
Hence it is important to have some methods secure in your mind so that you don’t have to bother yourself searching for sharpening knives.
Here are 3 easy methods that you can use to sharpen your camping knives easily.
Would like to sharpen your blade in old school way? To make your knife sharper again you’ll need the same tougher tool.
Using Whetstone to sharpen your knife is the old-school way and they’re relatively affordable. Here’s a good whetstone you can find on Amazon.
Method: Place a damp paper towel on a flat surface below the whetstone so that it doesn’t slip away. Now wet your knife blade with little water to reduce the amount of friction it may producing during sharpening.
Hold your knife 15 to 20 degrees touching the whetstone. Make sure the tip of the blade is away from you.
Place all your fingers over the knife’s blade and your thumb on the handle. Start dragging your knife in a circular motion over the whetstone for 3 to 4 times while maintaining the angle of the knife.
Repeat the same on the other side of the knife.
Repeat the complete procedure again but on the smoother side of the whetstone. After doing this you’ll again have your knife sharp like before or maybe much better.
If you’re a bit lazy and want something that needs less work to sharp knife then the electric sharpners will going to do that for you.
Methods to sharpening your knife with these sharpeners are the same as the previous method the one important advantage you’ll get buying this is the benefit of speed.
Expect to pay a little more for a good motorized sharpener. Here’s a good electrical sharpener you can find on Amazon.
The spring loaded grinding wheels inside the slots will polish the edges of knife at the correct angle automatically.
Every sharpener has its own set of rules which you need to follow for a safe sharpening.
You can find them in the user’s manual. Not following the instructions properly can cause over-sharpening or can cause make the edge uneven.
You should try this on the cheap knife. Why? Because If you failed to use ceramic mugs effectively then you might damage the blade edge useless.
Flip a ceramic mug so that its bottom faces upward. There should be a ring that is rough and harder than steel. Use that rings as you would use a whetstone.
Search in local
You can ask a butcher to sharp your knife when he has some free time and you may also find someone in local grocery stores or supermarkets who can sharpen your knives.
At first go for a knife, you can live without seeing how professional they’re sharpening your stuff.
Yes, it’s a little headache to find someone in your locality that’s the reason I’ve mentioned 3 other methods but if you want it for free then having a little headache may not bother you.