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Kershaw Machete/Camp Knife
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- Full-tang; Includes sheath
- Steel: 65Mn, powdercoat
- Handle: Full tang, rubber overmold
- Blade length: 10 in. (25.4 cm); Overall length: 16 in. (40.6 cm)
- Weight: 1 lb. 3 oz. (539 g)
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From clearing brush to making kindling, the Kershaw Camp is the ideal outdoor and survival tool. Cut, slash, hack, split, scrape—just about any task you ask of it, the Camp can handle. The full-tang Camp is made of carbon tool steel for toughness and wear resistance. A basic black powdercoat protects the steel and makes maintenance easier. You’ll like the secure, contoured grip of the Camp, too. The handle has a built-in hand guard and is drilled in both front and rear so you can attach a lanyard either place—or both—for carrying versatility. Of course, if a zombie does get up close and personal with you, then yeah, you’ll be pretty glad to have a Kershaw Camp in hand, too. Available in three sizes: 10 inch, 14 inch and 18 inch.
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-Outstanding blade design. Contrary to what some others here have said, this is NOT a Khukri style blade; it is closer to a "Bolo" style, commonly used in the jungles of Central and South America. The outer half of the blade has a convex curve to it, making a great spot for chopping and other heavy cutting tasks. The inner, concave half of the blade is excellent for smaller tasks requiring fine control, such as splitting small branches to make a hearth board for a hand drill or bow drill for doing friction fire-starting. The transition between the two curves creates a 'sweet spot' for doing heavy cutting requiring short but powerful chopping cuts, like for de-limbing branches to make poles for shelter building. It also works well for rough carving and shaping of wood. (Don't expect to do any detail carving or whittling with this beast though!) The blade steel is also a good quality spring-steel, commonly used in combine blades, so it's got to be tough.
-Excellent handle design. The handle is a hard, ABS type of plastic with a softer but still reasonably hard rubber over-molding with a checkered diamond pattern, just like the knurling you'll find on higher end aluminum bodied flashlights and tools. Provides outstanding grip, and decent shock absorption when chopping. There is also a slight palm-swell in the middle of the handle, and the slight curve combines to settle the handle/grip very securely in the hand. It's big enough to use w/o gloves, but small enough to still be comfortable to use even when wearing heavy leather work gloves. (Although, if you have smaller hands, it might be on the large size; I wear an XL in just about every pair of gloves I've ever bought.)
-Well made and designed sheath (scabbard). For a blade this size, I think it's not unreasonable to think of the sheath as more of a scabbard, which is worn differently on the belt, typically hanging lower and secured with a leg tie or cord to keep it from flopping around. (Sort of how gunfighters in the old west wore their Colts.) It's made of two molded pieces of an ABS type plastic (it is NOT Kydex, not at this price point), held together by a series of grommets around the edges. There is a drain hole at the bottom for water to escape, and two grommets to attach some paracord for a leg-tie. The retention strap is well designed, and reversible for left-hand carry. However, the strap is dedicated to a thumb release position, which I can understand, as it helps keep your fingers on the handle when you're drawing the knife because your thumb is on the snap. That makes it safer to draw and resheath the knife. Personally, I prefer a finger-side snap for the retention strap, and unfortunately, this one cannot be reversed. (A minor issue I can live with though, given the overall versatility and utility of this blade.) Lastly, there are two Velcro straps that wrap the sheath, which are reversible so you can set the belt loop to wear the knife either sheath or scabbard style. Their are a pair of slots at the top and bottom of the sheath for the straps, which you can use to secure it to a pack with compression straps or to molle points. I have mine set up for scabbard style carry, and have also attached to the straps one of my Moras for smaller cutting/carving tasks, a small pouch with a folding two-sided diamond sharpener, and a fire-steel.
-Thin and easily eroded blade coating. The black coating on this blade is a very light grade powder coat or anodizing. Just one afternoon of use resulted in enough wear to show the steel of the blade under the coating. After taking a green kitchen scrubber to it to get the pine sap off the blade, it wore through almost completely. Normally this would be a significant issue for me, but given the price point of the knife, I can accept it.
-Blade, particularly edge, grind. The blade is what's usually referred to as a saber-grind; a full thickness section along the spine or back edge of the blade, tapering linearly down to the edge. The actual edge is a secondary bevel that's shallower that I expected to see on a blade like this, and actually looks like it was polished a bit at the factory, which I did not expect to see at this price point. The problem is with the secondary bevel; the steepness gives great bite into whatever you're working on, but at the same time, it reduces strength. Combine a fairly soft heat treat, where the blade hardness is comparable to an axe or hatchet blade, and it's easy to nick or ding the edge and create a flat spot. If you accidentally hit the ground or a rock while using this blade, expect to get a ding in the edge. Overall though, as I use the knife and will be sharpening it, I'll convex the edge for more strength and durability. If you take this knife into the woods with you, make sure you have some kind of sharpening device; you'll need it.
In sum, an excellently designed knife and sheath, at a great price. I compared it with my Condor Tool and Knife "Golok" machete, and much to my surprise, the C10 out-chopped it, and was much better for lighter cutting tasks. The shorter blade and lighter weight compared to the Golok, combined with the saber-ground edge, make it both more maneuverable, easy to control, and efficient. I got more clean hits when chopping than with the Golok doing the same work. If you're looking for a "big knife", "big chopper", or a "one tool" cutter/chopper for camping, this is the best value for the money I've ever seen. You won't be disappointed.
This one has really impressed me, I actually own 2 now.
If you are a into carrying large knives into the field, over an ax,
this may be the one for you.
It feels wonderful in the hand, nice comfortable handle, very grippy.
The ergonomics of the blade alone make it an excellent chopper and its got
a good weight to it.
Both of mine came hair popping sharp, are easy to sharpen, and maintain an edge well.
The sheath is actually pretty nice too, I like it anyway. You can easily rig it to ride
higher by your waist, or lower on your hip. You can adjust the straps on it for right, or
left hand carry, (great for me, because I'm a lefty). You can even adjust it for side carry.
No rattling around either!
Its not as thick as some if its pricier competitors....but I think thats actually an advantage
in this case. The length, weight, and overall design, actually lend this thing to be one of
the easiest large blades I've ever handled, to be used for machete oriented jobs. I really like
this, because when I am out in the field, I often find myself wishing I had a machete with me,
I just can't warrant carrying one along, I need something thats going to be able to split wood as
well, and I just don't feel that a machete is suited to much besides clearing light brush here in the
The end of the blade flairs out a bit in almost kukri fashion, which not only makes it a great chopper,
but also makes it easy to handle as a draw knife, or grip up for small tasks.
The price point is where this thing really shines...and I think blows its competition out of the water. For $40 you are getting a large, well designed, carbon steel, full tang Blade, with a pretty good sheath, from a reputable manufacturer. Considering what this thing is capable of...I'm just not sure you can find too many other bargains like that. I think this thing is on par with the Cold Steel Trailmaster, or the Ontario SP50 and the like...in my opinion anyway. I bring those up specifically because they are popular bowies with stellar reputations, and I own both of them. Having used all of these...I can tell you that this Knife performs and holds up, just as well. I even favor it. Now check out the price tag
on those others...this thing is a bargain.
If you are a big knife guy...you really have to own this. I go in phases of using different styles of tools and had been leaning towards using a hatchet for sometime. This thing brought me right back to big knives!