Chef Knives For Your Campsite

Kitchen knives for the outdoors… That’s the concept of a brand that encourages camping blade use 365 days a year, at home and away.

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Most outdoors knives are versatile tools. But while they work OK for food prep, they tend to fall short of a true chef’s knife, paring knife, or serrated bread knife for specialized kitchen tasks.

The Field Knife Set by Tiktaalik puts a new twist on the functional and time-tested design of kitchen knives.

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The handles of the field knives are thinner than that of most kitchen knives, allowing them to stack against one another. The brand claims that three of its knives takes up the same space as one standard kitchen knife when stacked.

It ships in a flat, aluminum box that could ostensibly fit in a backpack. The design also makes the knives light and easy to clean.

No, you won’t be batoning any of these through a slab of wood. These are food-prep specialists for those who take their camp cooking seriously and want the tools to slice, dice and mince their way to a stunning feast.

The company wants you to use these at home, too. They are made from Swedish Sadvik 12C27 steel with a rockwell hardness of 54-61.

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The Chef’s Field Knife ($115 with cutting board) is designed to be compact and lightweight. It has a 6.25” blade length with a total length of 10” and a weight of 3.5oz.


The Paring Field Knife ($75) has a 3.5” blade length with a total length of 6.85” and a weight of 1.2oz.


The Serrated Field Knife has a 6.1” blade with a total length of 10” and a weight of 2.5oz. It is not sold alone.


The full set sells for $250 on the company’s Kickstarter.

For those who would like a truly handcrafted knife, the company is also offering a chef’s knife by Murry Carter, a 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith living in Oregon. That knife rings in at $265.

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These knives don’t entirely re-invent the blade, but they look like nice tools for the campground kitchen. If you love your gourmet camp food, give them a look.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.