Never mind the fact that it comes from a company known more for its electronics and copiers, I am having trouble with the very notion of a ceramic knife that is being marketed for camp-cookery, tailgating, and other outdoor pursuits.
While I don’t personally use them, I understand that ceramic knives offer exceptional sharpness and edge retention. That comes at a cost – they are brittle and can break. Easily enough to overcome at home in the kitchen, in the field, not so much.
Kyocera has introduced its outdoor ceramic camp kitchen knife. It is designed for food and activity prep while camping, fishing, hiking, picnics, tailgating and other outdoor activities.
The company noted that the ceramic blade will not transfer metal ions to food or corrode from acids or oils, nor will it rust. In addition, the ergonomic, soft textured handle provides a comfortable and controlled grip. The knife is ultra-sharp, lightweight and easy to clean.
The knife’s sheath is made of heavy nylon and built to withstand the elements. It features a velcro strap to safely secure the knife in place as well as a belt loop for quick and easy access.
The Kyocera outdoor ceramic camp kitchen knife comes packaged in an acetate box suitable for hanging and has a suggested retail price of $34.95.
I lean more towards a do-it-all camp knife. One that can perform all of my basic tasks from firewood preparation, to camp projects, to cutting up a pile of potatoes for dinner. The Big Chris Wolverine or Nordsmith Canteen Knife are more my speed.