If you’re new to camping and need to stock up on gear I’d recommend that you buy the Puma XP Forever Knife and Camping Hatchet combo set. Combo sets in the knife world are not necessarily anything new but it seems like the last 10 yrs. I see more of them. In the camping realm, this is one of the better combos that I’ve seen. Let’s cover why I say this.
We’ll start with the hatchet. At times your tasks will not call for an all-out Paul Bunyan ax. You need something that is more packable and lighter weight. A hatchet fits the bill. I like the High-Country Packable Hatchet that is included in this combo. It is a little lighter than a lot of hatchets that I’ve owned, has a nice Comolded ABS handle and comes with a nice canvas sheath.
The knife is what I would classify as a camping/survival type of knife. It has a heavy, thick blade that can be used for chopping kindling and other camping tasks. The handle on the Forever knife is also Comolded and has definite finger grooves so you feel like you have a firm grip on the knife while using it. I wish it had thumb grooves on the spine. My thumb automatically goes to that spot when grasping it. There is also a hole on the hilt if you want to tie on a lanyard. Both the knife and the hatchet have belt loops on their sheaths so you can wear them on your belt.
Puma is among the longest continually operating cutlery firms. The trademark for Puma dates back to 1769. Offhand, I do not know of an older one, though I am sure Mark or one of our readers will come up with something.View Linked Article