Kitchen Knives

Question of the Day: A ceramic camping knife?

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Kyocera’s new ceramic “outdoor” knife.

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.

From HomeWorldBusiness:

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.

 

Discussion

5 responses to ‘Question of the Day: A ceramic camping knife?

  1. I carried a ceramic Boker as my EDC for a while, and it performed well. My thought at the time was that, as an electrician, a non-conductive blade might be a good thing. I eventually decided I needed my EDC to be capable of more (can’t open a can with ceramic) and became hooked on Benchmade.

    I guess it depends on what kind of camping you plan on doing. If you wanted a dedicated food prep knife, which some do, it’s probably a good option. Kyocera’s are possibly the best ceramic blades, and they are incredibly lightweight. If you think you’d want it for anything other than food prep, or if you want just one knife, I’d stay away.

  2. I see ceramic knives as something for non-knife people, and I would never recommend spending a lot of money on one.

    For the non-knife nuts they will likely be the sharpest knives they ever use but they don’t last forever, so they need to be cheap enough to be treated like disposable objects that can be easily replaced once they are used up. We see this on all sorts of products, so why not knives I suppose.

  3. Don’t think of Kyocera as a printer company – they’re a giant in technical/industrial ceramics.
    I’ve used a $25 kyocera paring knife for 7+ years with only one minor chip.

    I would never advocate a ceramic blade for EDC or as a primary camping blade, but for food prep and other tasks like that it is very sharp, lightweight and cheap

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