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If you are searching for knives or multi-tools for your next camping trip, DICK'S Sporting Goods carries options made of materials that range from stainless steel to wood. Choose folding or fixed blade styles from Swiss Army, Gerber, Buck, Smith & Wesson and other popular brands.
We also offer a number of machetes and axes to assist in your outdoor activities. Our selection of knife sharpening accessories will keep your cutting blades in top shape.
What To Consider When Buying a Knife or Multi-Tool
For camping and hiking, our extensive selection of multi-purpose knives and axes allows you to tackle any situation effectively. Whether you’re eating, fishing or repairing a broken accessory, a simple, small, ergonomic tool is the best fit for these situations.
If you are an avid outdoorsman or if you go camping for a long time, some of our multi-tools include more than 15 tools that range from screw drivers and wire cutters to bottle opener and pliers. Based on the amount of time you spend camping or trekking, a machete or an axe could be useful when cutting down any small branches or limbs. If you go on short camping trips, a multi-tool with less tools might be appropriate for you. We offer a large selection of multi-tools that have different sets of tools so that you are covered regardless of what you need to do.
For hunting, we offer bowie, drop-point and skinning knife options. These hunting knives are large and are made for field-dressing game, both big and small. If you are an all-in-one hunter, we also have selections of boning and gutting knives that are specifically designed to get the most out of your game.
Do you plan to be in the woods for long periods? We offer a selection of machetes or axe’s that can help you cut through branches and trees, or clear a path with ease.
Tips & Expert Advice
When selecting between fixed and folding blades on hunting knives, consider the benefits and drawbacks of each blade type. What might work well for some hunting endeavors may be ill-suited for another.
Fixed blades are generally stronger because the blade runs through the handle. They also are more durable and reliable since there are no moving parts. They are ideal for when you need to do heavy-duty work.
Conversely, fixed blades are not ideal if you are climbing and sitting frequently as they easily get in the way when sheathed on your belt. Fixed blades are also longer, and the required sheath means they are bulkier to carry and not as safe when carrying them through the woods.
While folding blades are sometimes also carried in sheaths, it is not required for safe transport. The folding blade’s smaller size makes it easy to carry the knife in an extra pocket. Safety in transport is coupled with one-handed opening for convenience in many knife styles sporting a folding blade. You might prefer the folding blade if you also require an everyday knife when you are not hunting.
Like fixed blades, folding blades are not without drawbacks. Locking blade folders can make releasing your knife when you need it in a hurry a hassle. In addition, this type of blade presents cleaning difficulties as the channel that holds the blade when it’s retracted easily collects blood, tissue and other debris. Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each blade type, and pick the option that best suits your hunting needs.
When selecting the right multi-tool for you, consider what all you are going to use the multi-tool device for. Because a multi-tool can do many things from opening cans to cutting wires, many people also use these for everyday tasks around their house. Dick’s Sporting Goods offers a large selection of multi-tools so that you can find the right one for your next hunting, fishing, hiking or camping trip.
When Looking at our large selection of axe's and machete's, take into consideration the activities you plan on doing during your next camping or hunting trip. Axe’s work best to break, chip, cut, hammer, dig, and pierce objects. Machete’s work best to limb saw and hammer. Both tools make a great addition to any outdoor adventure.