Kershaw, a U.S. brand that specialises in knives, recently sent us a big box full of its products. Some of the items inside were totally inappropriate for UK hiking – the barbed machete in particular – while others were absolutely spot on.
I’m far from a practitioner of bushcraft, but I’ll always carry a knife with me on any multi-day hikes and I’ll end up using it for everything from food preparation to whittling when I’m bored during long evenings at camp.
I’m quite specific with the type I like to carry though. Most of the walking I do is long-distance and the weight of my equipment is therefore quite a big consideration, so the knives I carry need to be compact and light but still robust enough. If they have other functions beyond cutting and slicing then that’s a big bonus; things like built in screw drivers, corkscrews, tin openers, hammer heads etc.
The collection that Kershaw sent me included a number of different knives that suited some of these preferences and a couple even ticked all of the boxes.
“The Kershaw Pub is a particularly good knife for hikers. It’s small – almost exactly the same length as a credit card – and weighs just 54g so it isn’t the slightest bit intrusive in a pocket.”
Kershaw Knives: The Shuffle, Fraxion and Pub
First of all, I was impressed with the Kershaw Shuffle which has a short and stubby blade which makes for a minute and unobtrusive closed length of 8.3cm. Features include a built in belt clip, bottle opener and even a flathead screwdriver.