Yes, we’ve all seen those movies where they end up going through the wilderness with a machete in one hand and a handgun in the other, but when you really go on a hiking trip, the last thing you want your cutting tool to be is handy but robust so that you have all the utility you need but not the unnecessary weight. We’re not saying that a machete won’t be useful, it’s just extra weight that will weigh you down when you’re going up a steep path – which is what you went for in the first place.
If you want, you could pack a machete for your trip and then you and your buddies could take turns carrying it and slashing around at grass when no one’s looking, it will come in handy indeed. However, all camper needs to carry lightweight knives for hiking & backpacking personally so that they’re never faced with a vulnerable moment where they can’t fend for themselves. The moment you walk into a hunting knife store, you’ll see so many cool knives that you’ll probably forget what you need and end up buying what’s the coolest, so here’s what you need to look for.
If you’re carrying a big knife, you won’t have it handy when you need it. Look for a knife that’s small enough to be attached to your belt at all times, without causing any obstruction.
You don’t want your knife breaking on you when you’re out in the woods so make sure you buy something that can hold its edge and hack at things without breaking.
You may carry a whetstone with you to sharpen your knife when you can but you need it to be sharp when you’re in action so look for reinforced steel with lots of carbon.