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Knife Review: Kershaw Camp 10

The Kershaw Camp 10 works as a camp blade or survival knife.

Kershaw Knives was founded in 1974 to design and manufacture tools that knife users would be proud to own and carry.

Regardless of whether it’s a hardworking pocketknife, a special collectors’ edition, or a precision kitchen knife, Kershaw always chooses appropriate, high-quality materials and combines with intensive craftsmanship, extremely tight tolerances, and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to ensure that their knives provide their users with a lifetime of performance.

In fact, as a knife aficionado and someone knowledgeable about both survival knives and wilderness survival, I have looked at literally hundreds of different knife designs in my search for the perfect survival knife and the Kershaw Camp 10 comes closer than any knife I have seen so far!

The Camp 10 features an overall length of 16 inches with a Drop Point blade that measures 10 inches made from 65Mn high carbon tool steel.

It features a recurved edge with a wide Flat Grind and a black, corrosion resistant, powder coat finish. In addition, it has a partial-tang construction with a highly ergonomic, overmolded, handle that includes a textured, Kraton rubber coating. It’s all kept in a heavy-duty Kydex sheath with a nylon suspension system.

As quality chopping tools go, the Kershaw Camp 10 is defiantly the best design I have seen so far due to the fact that its blade design is based on the Philippine Bolo Knife, which was intended to serve as a heavy-bladed belt knife specifically designed to cut tough, woody, foliage.

Consequently, the Drop Point blade design combined with the recurved edge places the majority of the blade’s weight well forward of center where it enables the user to make some very powerful chopping strokes in very tight spaces. Also, the blade is made from Chinese 65Mn steel and it features a spring temper.

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The knife designers at Kershaw had the forethought to incorporate a very tiny ricasso which places the back of the cutting edge very close to the users hand for much greater control when carving and greater leverage when plunge cutting.

The design of the handle on this knife displays pure genius due to the fact that it is not only extremely ergonomic, it also has an exceptionally positive gripping surface as well as the option of securing a lanyard at either front or the back of the handle.

I absolutely love the molded Kydex sheath with its nylon suspension system, which provides several different carry options.

In my opinion, the Kershaw Camp 10 fixed blade knife is quite possibly the ultimate choice for a camp knife as well as for use as a dedicated wilderness survival knife; especially if it were combined with a smaller, general purpose knife such as the Kershaw Diskin Hunter.

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Knife Review: Kershaw Camp 10