In the past, I’ve been enamored with shiny, long fixed blade knives, but the more I travel and camp and explore the wilds, the more I realize that bulky, heavy fixed blades, especially ones that are 4”+, are more trouble than their worth. If you are in an area of the world where you may run into other feisty humans, than perhaps a more tactical blade may be needed, but if you’re simply out in the wilderness, camping with friends and family, a serious blade isn’t necessary. Though, if you believe you will be killing a grizzly, skinning him, before eating him, then considering a fixed blade may not be a bad option. But in my opinion, they can be overkill.
The Camp Knife measures at an overall length of 7 7/16” and the blade length reaches 3 7/8”, so it’s not a large blade, and it’s not meant for heavy duty projects or warfare, but it could be used to some light detail work if you’re a hunter. As the name suggests, it’s the perfect camping knife because of how small it is and how well made the blade is. The handle is ergonomic, allowing for a comfortable fit while providing the user with a wonderful sense of precision. The blade is made of 154 CM stainless steel, hardened to 57-59 RC, so it’s built to perform and built to last.
A beautiful and finely made brown leather sheath comes with the Camp knife, which feels high end and smells high end, and fits the blade like a glove. Overall, after testing Hazen’s Camp knife, I came away very impressed. I literally found nothing to criticize. It’s a beautiful build, made with high quality materials, and crafted with a whole lot of love, which is visibly and tangibly apparent upon immediate inspection. Now, when I camp and explore the wilderness, I take the Camp blade by Hazen, because it’s small, powerful, beautiful, and fits seamlessly on my hip.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen