The Best Bushcraft Knives For Under $100
In this article we will cover, not only the best bushcraft knives for under $100, but also under $70, under $25 and the best knife under $20. These price points are great for presents, or if you are on a budget.
The “Best Bushcraft Knives For Under $100” and other price points are based on criteria for a good bushcraft and camping knife.
The quality of the steel has to be good and robust enough to do general duties around the camp site like: cut cordage, woodcraft, like tent stakes and camp fire pot hangars, process game and help prepare firewood, like feather sticks and even batoning.
These are truly field knives that are strong, fixed blades and are some of the best camping / bushcraft knives around for their price.
The best bushcraft knives for under $20 – Mora Companion.
Mora’s are made in Sweden and the company has been around for a long time.
While I haven’t tested every model from the company, as there are literally dozens of models. But all of the Mora models I own are good knives.
The Mora Companion is a great knife for the beginner to the advanced camper or bushcrafter.
You can buy the Companion on Amazon, (Affiliate link.) click on Mora Companion to check the latest price.
The Companion is I believe a best seller on Amazon as well, I can understand that, as it is great value for the steel.
The blade is .098 inch (2.5 mm) thick with a hidden tang.
The Mora Companion is generally recognizable for its olive military green color, but now it has a wide range of colors. The handle (has black in the middle) and the sheath are available in several colors, which include: Desert tan, black, magenta, green, military green, cyan, grey, navy blue and orange.
The orange would be great color for a beginner camper, so it is easy to see or find if it gets accidentally lost, or put down on the ground in the woods.
While some people have had concerns about the plastic sheath, for my models it has held the knife very secure and is robust. Obviously it doesn’t look as good as a nice tanned leather sheath, but for the price and value, it functions well and is safe.
The sheath can be mounted on a wide belt loop and can clip over it. This makes it easy and you don’t have to take your belt off to put it on.
Mora Companion specifications.
Total Length – 8.6 inches (218 mm)
Blade Length – 4.1 inches (104 mm)
Weight – 4.1 oz. (116 g)
Blade Material – Stainless Steel. Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade.
What is the best bushcraft knife for under $25? – Mora Companion Heavy Duty.
I have had one for I would say a little over three years and used it regularly. (And abused it. Sorry knife.) While the blade is looking a bit rough now, it performs well and doesn’t require much sharpening to keep it sharp.
The Companion Heavy Duty is the same basic design as the plain Companion, but the blade thickness is: 0.125 inches (3.2 mm). You could say that the HD model is the big brother of the standard Companion.
While the Heavy Duty model isn’t a full tang knife, I have batoned it with some hardwoods and the blade was fine.
The Companion Heavy Duty is available in stainless or high carbon steel.
With the high carbon blade model, you do have to give the knife some maintenance as it can rust easy in wet conditions if not looked after.
If you do a lot of camping in damp conditions, fishing or around saltwater environments, I would go for a stainless model.
The hard plastic sheath holds the blade securely and safely and is very robust. My version has a hole in the bottom of the sheath, so any water can drain out. The sheath also has a button hole, where you can pop it on your shirt or a button.
To check the best price on Amazon, (Affiliate link.) click on Amazon Companion Heavy Duty for more information.
Mora Companion Heavy Duty MG specs.
Total Length – 8.8 inches (224 mm)
Blade Length – 4.1 inches (104 mm.)
Weight – 4.8 oz. (135 g)
Blade Material – High carbon steel
The best bushcraft knives for under $65 – Condor Bushlore
I love the look of this knife with its wood scales handle. The Condor Bushlore is a full tang knife with a Scandi grind and a 4.3 inch long blade. (109 mmm.)
The blade is 1075 carbon steel so it does require a bit of attention after a camping, fishing, or a trip in wet conditions.
The sheath of the knife comes in a lovely dark brown color. The sheath is very good quality and thick. I can’t believe they produce this sheath for the value.
My knife had a slight cosmetic issue out of the box, the stain / lacquer finish on the handle was overlapped in places. But this was only a minor issues and for a visually pleasing bushcraft knife and a performing one, it is hard to go past the Bushlore.
The Condor Bushlore is available from Amazon. To see the latest price, (Affiliate link.) click on Amazon Bushlore.
I use the Bushlore, not only camping, but for chopping up veggies around home. Cutting venison for making jerky and fashioning some friction fire bow drill sets with the kids.
The Condor Bushlore is also available with a Micarta handle. And a mini version of the Bushlore.
(I also have the Condor Hudson Bay camp knife and it is solid as well.)
Condor Bushlore details.
Total Length: 9.31 inches (236 mm.)
Blade Length: 4.31 inches (109 mm.)
Weight: 7.04 oz.
Blade Material: 1075 High Carbon Steel
The best bushcraft knife for under $100 – Mora Garberg
The Garberg has a Scandi grind and is a full tang knife. Made with either high carbon steel, or a stainless steel version is also available.
I chose the stainless version, as I also use it when fishing, foraging around saltwater shorelines, kayak fishing, bowhunting (in the wet.) and general camping and bushcraft.
The Garberg has a 90 degree spine, or even a bur on it, this is designed for where you scrape the ferro rod (Ferrocerium rod.) across it for fire lighting.
For using the Garberg with a ferro rod, it is probably the best striker / scraper for getting sparks I have seen.
(Never use your blade when striking the ferro rod, only use the spine of the knife. Otherwise you can dull or damage the blade.)
The Garberg knife comes with a leather sheath, or a plastic sheath option. A Molle multi mount system is also available.
This is one of the best value knifes around and would perform better in function and quality than some $300 custom knives.
I have sharpened this knife only a few times in its life, as it keeps its edge well. And that includes batoning wood, processing game, creating feather sticks and for woodcraft around the camp.
You can buy this on Amazon, (Affiliate link.) click on Garberg Amazon to check the latest price.
Mora Garberg specifications.
Total length 9.0 inches (229 mm)
Blade length 4.3 inches (109 mm)
Weight 9.6 oz. (272 g)
Blade Material – High quality stainless steel or
Knife comparison table.
I have prepared a table, so you can see the steel type and price points for easy comparisons of the knives.
|Morakniv||Companion||Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade or high carbon steel.||$19.99 USD|
|Morakniv||Companion Heavy Duty||Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade or high carbon steel.||$25 USD|
|Condor||Bushlore||1075 High Carbon Steel||$65 USD|
|Morakniv||Garberg||High carbon steel and also available in stainless steel.||$99. USD
Leather sheath option.
Conclusion – The best bushcraft knives for under $100.
Whether you just have it for a general duties around camp, for fishing, in a RV, or as a primary belt knife when practicing bushcraft and survival, these knives are great value.
It goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune on a custom built knife or pay extra for a celebrity knife or brand.
These knives would be a great gift, or present for a camper, fisherman or bushcraft and survival enthusiast.