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Backpacker Magazine – Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012

Gear Review: Victorinox Day Packer Knife

One simple blade that gets the job done.

by: Kristin Hostetter

Victorinox Day Packer
Victorinox Day Packer

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If you don’t plan on gutting small game or playing MacGyver with your snowshoe bindings, all you want is a simple, high-quality blade that’s light, packable, and affordable. The Day Packer’s 2.75-inch stainless steel blade is long enough for slicing salami or chopping garlic, and strong and sharp enough for whittling or tinder shaving. The four-inch, textured nylon handle is easy to grip, even for larger hands. $30; 1.7 oz.; victorinox.com 

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Aaron
Nov 02, 2012

Frost Mora has been the best knife I've ever used for camping, hiking, etc.

Rick
Nov 02, 2012

If you're gonna go with a single blade knife, I suggest the Opinel No.8. It locks open and it locks closed, it holds an edge beautifully, it sharpens with a lick, and it has a very comfortable wooden handle. It weighs next to nothing, as well. It costs between eight and twelve bucks, depending on where you get it, and I guarantee it will become one of your favorites. Your friends will see yours and they'll want their own, too. And if I weren't so ugly, I'd be their spokesperson.

J
Oct 31, 2012

$30 for a knife of that size and build, huh? I'm guessing you could get under $5 on eBay for an equivalent. Small single-blade pocket knives aren't exactly rare.

meanolddog
Oct 30, 2012

Actually this knife would be great for dressing out small game, Birds and Fish. I don't know where people get the idea they need a "Rambo" sized knife to use in the Woods..A smaller knife is Safer and easier to handle and far more useful than the majority of recomended knives and "tools" out there for Backpackers. I've often cleaned Rabbits and Fish and a Goose with nothing larger than the Victorinox "Classic" which I always carry. It does all my camp chores for me as well. Whittling Spatulas, wooden spoons firesticks, splitting kindling, as well as using the Flat head screw driver when disassembling a balky stove though a phillips head would be better. Size doens't mean anything when you know how to use it....Lol's

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