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Opinel makes a very nice, high quality folding knife that is non-threatening in appearance and about $10. They've been making them for well over a century and your gramps probably uses one to cut an apple while leaning on a fence under the shade of a large tree.
It's a carbon blade, so wipe it down after using it, and occasionally rub it down with oil (I use coconut oil). They make stainless steel variants that won't rust and don't need to be oiled, but the carbon is higher quality steel.
Huh. I didn't really know. I don't live in NYC, but spend about 5-6 weeks a year there on average.
I'm usually carrying an Opinel. Definitely can't open one handed - sometimes I can barely open it with two hands and have to use my teeth.
Agreed, I've had some nice knives over the years (and still do), but these days I carry an opinel #8. It's light, it takes a hell of an edge, and it's super cheap. Only downside compared to some other knives is not being super easy to open one handed.
I don't know much about any of those. They seem to be more or less in the same league.
I'm still gonna push this. I can't tell you how much I love mine. It stays unrealistically sharp through more abuse than it deserves.
Opinel 8 carbon blade is only $13.79 on Amazon right now.
Here are some links to add to my comment.
Opinel Carbon Blade No8 Folding Knife [link]
Kershaw Kuro - Tanto Black Serrated Box 1835TBLKST [link]
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Well the high cost is a bummer - I'm not sure about water purity in NZ but what is the cost of tablets? Usually they last forever and you only need one for a liter or so of water.
First-aid kit - you don't really need to buy a premade kit. You're going to want some first aid items in case of emergency: bandaids (do you guys call them plasters?), antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream or bug sting relief capsules (if needed, I don't know NZ insects), some painkillers (aspirin, Tylenol, whatever), some benadryl (anti-allergy relief) at the least are things you should include in your kit. Those are the minimum items you should bring and you probably own most of them already. You don't need to bring a whole box or bottle of each, just a handful will be fine. If you were to add anything else to that I would bring some gauze tape for larger cuts or wrapping joints as well as some moleskin to help with any blisters you might get. Put all those items into a plastic zip-loc bag (waterproof!) and that's your budget first aid kit with everything you'll possibly need. And you should already know how to use all those items.
Rope - I'm a big believer in the many uses of rope. You can hang your food to keep animals from getting it. You can tie your tent or tarp down in bad weather. You can cut some off and tie your camp shoes (see camp shoes below) to your backpack if necessary. You don't need a lot of rope but for the cost and weight it's can be nice to have. I honestly use the cheap rope people buy to use on clotheslines. But this isn't necessarily a must-have, especially if you don't need to tie anything down. This reminds me that it's good practice to bring some duct tape (not a whole roll) in case you get a rip in your tent or something.
Torch - I personally like a headlamp best. The one I have is lightweight and cost about $25, it is bright and it has a flashing option. I like the headlamp because it keeps my hands free to do other things. I don't usually hike at night but it is easier for me to pee if I have both hands and don't have to hold a torch. But really any torch will do - the key is finding one that is bright (casts a wide beam so you can see around you), durable (in case you drop it), long-lasting (doesn't eat through batteries quickly), and lightweight (priority in that order). You'll mostly want it around camp at night - cooking, getting up to pee, pointing it in the direction of a scary sound. It doesn't need to be expensive or very nice.
Multi-tool - Your mileage may vary on multitools. A lot of hikers are rabid about them but I just carry a small knife. I carried a multitool a few times but the only feature I used on it was the knife. If I'm in the woods I have no need for a screwdriver or a pair of pliers or a can opener - that's just extra weight. Is there any feature of a multi-tool you think that you'll be using besides the knife? Think about that before committing to a possibly expensive and heavy multitool. You might be better off with just a small knife. Check your local laws regarding knife sizes though.
Camp shoes - I didn't remember it before but in case you hadn't thought of these, grab some lightweight shoes you can wear around camp at night. Your feet will be happy to be aired out of the boots for awhile and it'll be easier to put on in the middle of the night if you have to go pee. A pair of cheap rubber thongs is probably fine. Bonus if your camp shoes are waterproof - if you have to do stream crossings it's nice to change into them instead of getting your boots drenched :)
Some folks carry a large, and generally expensive, knife. I carry multiple knives all in carbon steel. I find using smaller cheaper knives, that I'm not afraid to brutalize if need be, is a more viable option for me. This is in part because I carry a camp hatchet and small folding saw. I have a gransfors bruks, but have recently discovered some more affordable, but yet high quality alternatives for camp hatchets and have listed them below.
Opinel Pocket Knife
Mora hook knife
Gransfors Bruks Small forest axe
Wetterlings Expedition Hatchet
Marbles Camp Axe
Condor Scout Hatchet
Bahco Laplander folding saw
For care of these items
Fallkniven DC4 stone
I bring the chain file because you can touch up your saw blade if it cant be replaced then and there. It can also be used on the hatchet if you get a large notch, before using the stone.
This is great. I'm also on the search. I've heard terrible things about the BSA branded knives, so I'm looking elsewhere. I also know there's a 100% chance this knife will eventually get lost, so I'm looking for cheap (no $150 Benchmade yet!). I've found plenty of ideas from /r/knives, I've been going back and forth with these two:
Depends on many things... and once you get to high quality knives, preference is a huge thing.
I enjoy ESEE-3MIL
They have one of the best warranties, but the price also reflects it.
it's 1095 high carbon steel, easy to sharpen and maintain, but can rust if you don't keep it clean.
You probably don't need a large knife for most things.
If you want to spend more on something fancy you can get a BUSSE
as everyone said... can't go wrong with mora for the price.. i'm personally not a fan though. I wouldn't say overall it's high quality, but the blade, where it matters.. is.
It's not too difficult to find a good camp/hunting knife. Like I said, mostly preference.
Just make sure you go with a good knife company or maker.
You can even find some real nice custom fixed knives for cheap from up and coming knife makers if you search around a bit.
Also, you could just get a folding knife.
if you want a super inexpensive one that's as legendary as the mora there is opinel no 8 - also carbon steel
or the Ontario Rat
anyhow, tons of options.
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