Summer is here with that siren’s call of the trail.Whether it’s a day hike with the kids or a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a knife is an exceptionally handy item to have with you. Pick one of these and you’ll have the best knife for backpacking that money can buy.
该Best Knife for Backpacking and Hiking
Fallkniven U2：$ 90
With laminated steel, a dead simple design, and Grilon handles, the U2 is an excellent backpacking knife for those who are concerned about weight and complexity. The entire package comes in at 1.58 ounces, which is quite good for a knife with a blade length of 2.5 inches.
在$90 at BladeHQ，you’re paying forthe steel，which includes Super Gold Powder Steel as the core. This steel, rarely seen in the knife world, has excellent edge retention, superior to more common high-end steels like S30V.
Spyderco蜻蜓2 ZDP-189：$ 95
像U2，该蜻蜓具有超硬钢材，这一次ZDP-189，和一个简单的设计。它交换了U2的东西，更符合人体工程学的手柄模糊的形状 - 它甚至增加了一个手指choil进行更多的控制。它也摆脱了U2的指甲划痕的，选择了商标Spyderco孔。
Finally, the Dragonfly adds a truly superior deep-carry wire pocket clip. Like the U2, it’s a bit pricey at the $95 mark.
BENCHMADE Bugout: $129
随着刀世界上最好的叶片长度与重量比之一，所述Bugout是背包旅行和远足的最佳刀具之一。它的简单，几乎基本路线和经典滴点刀片是加号。价格，$129，is also a relatively good deal for what you get. The knife also has some of the tightest tolerances I’ve seen on an Axis lock, resulting in rock-solid lockup.
BENCHMADE也使得推出Bugout的小幅升级版，在2020年它有一个更硬更轻的石墨黑成型CF-精英碳纤维增强尼龙手柄秤。在测试中，它们被证明是比原来Bugout硬，对于一些可能是值得的$ 16个加收费用。Check out the Bugout CF-Elite here.
该field of full-size, weight-conscious knives is pretty crowded right now. Benchmade’s Bugout has been quite popular, and Spyderco just released a lightweight version of its smash hit, the Para3. Both come in under 2.5 ounces and both sport blades of at least 3 inches in length.
Spyderco本地5 FRN在LC200N: $130
该Native 5is another light, full-size knife. But it adds another cool ingredient to the awesome knife recipe — LC200N. This steel, which has been around for decades outside the knife industry, is just now making inroads in the cutlery world. Its virtually rustproof composition is nice, but the real step up compared to other corrosion-resistant steels is its hardness.
Unlike H1, LC200N is roughly as hard as 154CM, making it the first steel I feel comfortable recommending for any use. It’s tough, hard, rustproof, relatively easy to sharpen, and not expensive for what you get at $130. TheNative 5有点笨重的口袋比中子,but if you need truly rustproof steel on the trail, this is your knife.
ESEE Candiru: $59
直刀刀通常太大的trail, but a design revolution has taken place in the fixed-blade knife world, resulting in a number of tiny slicers that aren’t “prebroken.” Among my favorite is theESEE Candiru。With a total length of 5.125 inches, the Candiru is the size of a large folder when closed. It sports ESEE’s excellent 1095 heat-treated by Rowan and comes with a decent fabric sheath that lays quite flat in the pocket.
在around $60, the Candiru can do a lot of work that most folding knives can’t. And if you decide you want to move beyond the flat, skeletonized handle, there’s an accessory kit that adds sculpted Micarta scales and a snap-fit Kydex sheath.
Bark River PSK: $135
If the Candiru is a bit too austere for you, the PSK is a knife of similar size with upscale features. It has been offered in a number of steels, but the current run is done in Elmax, a criminally underrated powder steel. It includes a number of different handle scales around a full tang, all of which have that wonderful Bark River gleam and in-hand feel. Only the sheath, a thick, bulky leather number, holds the PSK back from pocket bliss.
Designed to be carried on a belt, it’s too chunky to hide in a pocket like the Candiru’s stock fabric sheath. Lastly and perhaps most important,the PSK像所有的树皮河刀，体育辉煌的高耐用性，凹凸磨。它花费$ 135
Have a favorite knife for backpacking and hiking? Let us know in the comments and we’ll check it out for future updates to this article.