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Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
What knife do you carry backpacking? on 10/07/2008 19:35:25 MDT Print View

While I have many knives I carry backpacking two really get the most use.
The first is A hand forged knife patterned after the knife the early 20th century outdoors writer Horace Kephart designed for himself as a hunting, kitchen and woodcraft knife. Made by Matt Lesniewski of ML knives from 1095 carbon steel and dark Walnut. The 4" spear point blade is convexed to a scary sharp edge. It only weighs about 5 or 6 ounces, about as much as most folders.
ML Kephart

The other is a Wenger Evo Grip that probably sees the most use of all my knives. Gotta love the SAK's.
Wenger EvoGrip

Please! No offensive remarks about my or other peoples choice of cutlery. I count ounces when it comes to other gear so the weight of my knives doesn't matter much. Is it a tiny swiss army knife, Leatherman or a big bowie! So........... what do you carry?

Edited by sjdm4211 on 10/07/2008 19:40:50 MDT.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
What knife do you carry backpacking? on 10/07/2008 19:58:59 MDT Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/26/2013 13:30:40 MST.

Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
knife on 10/07/2008 20:03:14 MDT Print View

Mini Buck, 0.67 oz single lock blade.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
What knife do you carry? on 10/07/2008 20:47:00 MDT Print View

Gerber LST 0.5 oz.

Bradford Rogers
(Mocs123) - MLife

Locale: Southeast Tennessee
knife on 10/07/2008 20:51:55 MDT Print View

Gerber LST


Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: What knife do you carry backpacking? on 10/07/2008 21:24:55 MDT Print View

Hi Joseph,
On my last backpacking trip I took a Stromeng 9 inch Leuku, plus a small plastic Marttiinni M571. This was just a short 4 mile hike that involved building a fire in pretty wet conditions so I was not too concerned about weight.

Normally I'd just take a small folder, my current favorite is a Fallkniven U2 (1.5 oz) or a Spyderco Delica (2 oz).

In addition to the above I've always got my Victorinox classic too.


David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 10/07/2008 21:38:40 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 01/18/2015 19:13:37 MST.

Philip Mitchell
(Phil_Mitchell) - F

Locale: Florida
Re: What knife do you carry backpacking on 10/07/2008 21:57:19 MDT Print View

I have a Bucklite (#422?) folding knife I like to carry. It is an older model that I believe is discontinuted. Weight is about 2.5 ounces with a 4.25 inch blade

A. B.
Dave on 10/07/2008 22:32:27 MDT Print View

Who cares if topics come up frequently? What are you implying? Why do you care?

Also, the search function sucks.

And to actually add to the conversation at hand: I take a Leatherman multi-tool that was given to me as a gift. I think I would prefer a small pen knife and a folding saw.

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 10/07/2008 23:04:57 MDT Print View


Edited by DaveT on 01/18/2015 19:14:07 MST.

Kyle Hetzer
(Ghost93) - F

Locale: Western MD
Re: What knife do you carry backpacking? on 10/08/2008 00:03:42 MDT Print View

Very nice blade.. Ive always been a fan of buschcraft style blades. It looks similar to my BRKT North Star that ill carry. I too like the benfits of a fully convexed blade (ie the BRKT's)

As for what I normally carry, Ill always carry my benchmade RSK MK 1 (model #552). Yep, its a little heavier than some's blade of choice, but thats ok, Im willing to lug the extra ounces =)

Dewey Riesterer
(Kutenay) - F
Lesniewski knife on 10/08/2008 00:48:47 MDT Print View

That Lesniewski knife is gorgeous, almost identical to an OSK model I am having made by Charles May of Missippi at present in green micarta and SV30. This is an extremely versatile and practical tool for backpack and other wilderness travel and will handle any task you can imagine.

I never go backpacking without a decent sheath knife with me and always carry a Leatherman Wave or Charge TTi as well. A light pack is important, but, so is having the tools you need when you require them and a good kinfe is so useful that I will never be without one.

Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
VICTORINOX CLASSIC on 10/08/2008 07:45:11 MDT Print View

1/2 oz.
Knife Blade
Nail file (Which I like to grind and sharpen to use as a spare knife blade)
Nail Cleaner/Small Screwdriver

On my Alaska Traverse ( I used a Leatherman Juice S2
4.4 oz.
Needlenose Pliers
Regular Pliers
Wire Cutters
Hard-wire Cutters
Extra-small Screwdriver
Small Screwdriver
Medium/Large Screwdriver
Phillips Screwdriver
Bottle Opener
Can Opener

Adam Kowis

Locale: Austin
Victorinox Classic on 10/08/2008 08:55:29 MDT Print View

I use a Victorinox Classic as well.

.6 oz
Knife Blade
Nail file/cleaner

I removed the toothpick and I am attempting to find a way to remove the plastic covering.

Edited by akowis on 10/08/2008 08:56:05 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
What Knife? on 10/08/2008 09:24:48 MDT Print View

Kershaw's folding TwoCan - 0.830 oz

A surgically sharp blade


with a serrated scissors option


Easy to hold and use...

Edited by greg23 on 10/08/2008 09:27:16 MDT.

David Lewis
(davidlewis) - MLife

Locale: Nova Scotia, Canada
Re: knife. on 10/08/2008 10:45:14 MDT Print View

To get useful search results, use Google instead of the built-in BPL seach tool. Just go to google and start your search with "" then enter your search terms as usual.

And to Evan... it is bad forum etiquette to ask a frequently asked question. That's what FAQ's are for and why they came into being. It's one of the basic rules of etiquette that has been in place since before there was a world wide web (back in the Usenet days).

That said... I'm not sure if BPL has an FAQ... but they should. That or a selection of "sticky" threads.

I personally don't mind these questions coming up again and again... but technically speaking... it is considered bad form. Again though, with a useless forum search tool and no FAQ... we can't really blame the users.

Edited by davidlewis on 10/08/2008 10:53:19 MDT.

John Witt
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
Knife on 10/08/2008 13:06:43 MDT Print View

I took a Bark River Knife and Tool PSK on my last trip, good knife. As I watched my dad slice an avocado with the handle of his Lexan spoon, it did occur to me that I bring it more for pyschological comfort than real use. If I was looking to cut a couple ounces, it would be a leading candidate, to be replaced by a straight razorblade...

Edited by johnbrown2005 on 10/08/2008 13:09:50 MDT.

Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
Re: Re: What knife do you carry backpacking? on 10/08/2008 18:04:02 MDT Print View

The Fallkniven U2, hell any fallkniven is a really great choice. I have had mine for about a year and a half now. Have you convexed the edge on it yet? Besides the U2 I have 2 F1's and one S1. Some of the best production knives out there IMO.

Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
Re: Lesniewski knife on 10/08/2008 18:10:10 MDT Print View

I have a OSK in s30v and black canvas micarta ordered right now from Charles May. I should be getting it in January. Really pricey but I am willing to pay it.

I am the same way, never enter the woods without a fixed blade.

Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
Re: Re: knife. on 10/08/2008 18:36:55 MDT Print View

So bringing up this topic is bad forum etiquette? Even if it was, just you saying that on this thread is bad forum etiquette. Guess what? your way off topic, how rude........ :)