SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

5 Knives that Make a Staunch Companion During Your Snowshoeing Escapades

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Carrying a knife (such as this hunting knife) is a useful tool while in the backcountry. Photo courtesy of Perkin Knives.

Snowshoeing is definitely an exciting exercise, as it offers you a lot of opportunities to enjoy nature in its purest form. It also provides adventure lovers across the globe with ample opportunities to spend some quality time out in the snow. 

Experienced snowshoers are well aware of the importance of having the right set of snowshoeing equipment. Having a pair of sturdy snowshoes happens to be a must, but that is not the only thing you will require. You will need to carry a host of other things if and when you plan to hit the slopes. 

 When snowshoeing, remember to carry:

  • Navigation: Get a map, a compass, and a GPS device
  • Headlamp: Make it a point to bring extra batteries along
  • Sun protection:  Carry sunscreen and your sunglasses
  • First aid: A first-aid kit happens to be of utmost importance.
  • Knife: It can be a part of your survival kit
  • For lighting a fire: A stove, lighter, matchsticks, etc.
  • Shelter: A tent and a sleeping bag (if you are planning to stay overnight)
  • Extra food: It is always advisable to carry extra food and snacks.
  • Carry extra water as well: Beyond your minimum expectation

In all fairness, a knife happens to be a snowshoer’s loyal companion. It serves a wide range of purposes, such as:

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Bowie knife, photo courtesy of Perkin Knives

  • Protection against wild animals
  • For cleaning food
  • For cutting down ropes and fishnets
  • As a cooking tool

It certainly would not be wrong to say that a camping knife fulfills a wide range of purposes. Therefore, it is essential to carry a tough and sturdy knife along whenever you plan to hit the slopes. Here are a few handy knives that’ll act as your staunch companion during snowshoeing escapades. These are some of the best camping knives

1. The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife

This knife happens to be a snowshoer’s favourite. The Grylls Ultimate Knife is known for its unique blade design, colour, and handle. This knife features a drop point blade and its incredible sharpness makes it a handy survival tool. Also, it features a heavy-duty sheath that keeps dirt, dust, and rust at bay.  Apart from that, it comes with an ergonomic bolster that separates the handle and the blade. The grip is exceptional. You’d be able to hold it and stab something even if your hands are wet. The knife is stainless steel. The blade design is fixed, and the blade happens to be serrated.

2. StatGear 99416 Surviv-All Outdoor Knife

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Foldable pocket knives, like this one from Perkin Knives, can be used universally when out snowshoeing. Photo courtesy of Perkin Knives

The StatGear knife features a 440 stainless steel blade. It is a drop point blade that’s incredibly beefy and does not have serrations. A drop point blade is a type of blade that slopes on the spine of the blade from the handle to the tip of the blade. This allows the spine of the blade (where the blade is thicker and thus stronger) to continue forward to the tip of the blade. The handle is made using synthetic material and features a sufficiently wide bolster and finger relief. The sheath is equally impressive. 

3. Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife

One of a few Swiss Army Knives that can be used universally is the Victorinox. This knife can help you immensely during snowshoeing adventures and is very affordable. The knife is high carbon stainless steel and is foldable. It features a drop point blade that can tear apart just about anything. The knife is optimally sized and can be carried along with ease. It doesn’t come with a sheath.

4. Benchmade Bushcrafter 162 Knife

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Bushcraft knife by Perkin Knives, photo courtesy of Perkin Knives

Benchmade is known for its high-quality knives, which can be bought at affordable prices. All of the knives under this range are CPM-S30V Stainless Steel. They are not serrated, which means they are not ideal for undertaking hardcore cutting tasks. The Bushcrafter 162 features a drop point blade and comes with a sheath.

5. Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife Fixed Blade

Veteran snowshoers would undoubtedly love this knife on their snowshoeing outings. The A1 Survival Knife is a handy survival tool because its blade is incredibly sharp even after lacking serration. The drop point blade on this knife is VG10 Stainless Steel. It is a lightweight knife that weighs 14.4 oz. 

This article was written courtesy of Perkin Knives.

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