Top 4 Best Les Stroud Knife Review 2021

Les Stroud Knife Series by Camillus knives is the newest celebrity survival knife line to hit the market. The Les Stroud Ultimate Survival knife is the direct competitor to the Bear Grylls Knife series by Gerber that experienced record-breaking sales over the past year. The Les Stroud and Camillus partnership has produced some awesome knives that will surely give Gerbera a run for their money.

These knives are packed with features that I have never seen previously released in such a well-thought-out and well-designed package. Each Les Stroud Knife is made with a Titanium bonded 440 Stainless Steel blade, each blade also has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning.

Top 4 Best Les Stroud Knife Review

1. The Les Stroud Ultimate Survival Knife

The Les Stroud Ultimate Survival Knife is the flagship of the feature-packed Les Stroud knife collection. There are a ton of features on this knife and I think they are best represented in a list!

At A Glance

  • 10 inches overall
  • 4 3/4 inch Titanium Bonded 440 Stainless Steel blade
  • Fire Steel
  • Signal mirror
  • Ceramic sharpener
  • Map Pocket
  • Mini flashlight
  • Small Tinder/fishing Kit Pocket

The Knife itself is very comfortable to hold in hand. It has a Zytel handle with rubber inlays at the palm. It is one of those knives that as soon as you put your hand on the grip, your hand knows exactly where to go, unlike other knives that I have used. It is very well balanced as the steel pommel seems to even out the weight on what would be a blade heavy knife. All in, this is an awesome package, Les Stroud certainly put a lot of design and thought behind this knife.

Appearance


The appearance of this knife is definitely growing on me. The bright green on the sheath and knife itself makes this knife extremely easy to find once you set it down. Not to mention the signaling mirror on the sheath. Even at night, all you need is a quick scan with a flashlight and the sheath will jump out at you. The black and the grey are an overall nice aesthetic touch to compliment the green highlights.

Blade

The blade is the most important part of any survival knife and all other features aside you will rely on the strength, cutting power, and edge retention of the blade to get you out of difficult situations.  The Les Stroud Ultimate Survival Knife has a full tang Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel blade with a non-stick coating.

The Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel equates to a very strong durable blade that will hold an edge very well and is easy to sharpen. Essentially all of the good blade qualities you would look for in a survival knife.

The blade is a drop point which is probably the most popular point type you will see on survival knives and has a small 1/2 inch section that is serrated. It is just enough serrations to get the job done without majorly affecting the chopping and whittling capabilities of the knife. Very well designed.  

Handle 


I have seen the handle advertised as Zytel and/or TPR. Either way, they are both good materials and what it comes down to is a handle that is rubberized and has a very good grip. When I put this knife through some chopping tests there were no hot spots on my hands and it was very comfortable to use. It is one of those knives where as soon as you put your hand on it, your hand knows exactly where to go.

Sheath


The sheath is made of ballistic nylon and plastic compartments. The knife fits in the sheath securely and has a velcro handle strap to make sure that it doesn’t move while you are. One of the first things that you notice is the rectangular signaling mirror that is located right on the front of the sheath.

This is a GREAT design that I have not seen incorporated into any other survival knife on the market. This is awesome not only for finding the sheath easily but for signaling for help. The mirror lifts up and underneath is a small pocket where you can keep a fishing kit, tinder, etc.

It is hard to see in the pictures but the front section of the sheath that holds the signaling mirror (where the arrow is pointing) is actually raised and has an area that you can wrap paracord around the sheath. This is another great feature, as we all know how handy paracord is.

The two textured protruding bright green sections of the sheath where the hilt of the knife locks into the scabbard are where the fire steel is kept on one side and the mini flashlight on the other. The sheath also has a ceramic sharpener which is the slit in the bottom part of the sheath. The sharpener works surprisingly well.

Overall Impression

The overall impression of the Les Stroud Ultimate Survival Knife a good one. This knife is definitely a winner. It not only has is a great durable blade but it comes complete with its own survival kit. You seriously can’t go wrong with this knife.

2. The Les Stroud Arctic Survival Knife

The Les Stroud Arctic Survival knife is the non-serrated, slightly smaller model of the Les Stroud Ultimate survival knife. This knife features the same great Titanium Bonded 440 stainless steel blade and Zytel handle as its big brother and is definitely a great companion in any survival situation. This knife is slightly less expensive but still has a lot of features that warrant a good look.

At A Glance

  • 9 1/8 inches overall length 
  • 4 1/4 inch blade
  • Titanium bonded 440 stainless
  • Steel Pummel
  • Fire Starter
  • Map pocket

The sheath has slightly fewer features but still comes with a fire steel and map pocket like its big brother. This is a great knife if you are looking for a non-serrated option to the ultimate or if you are looking for a less expensive knife without all of the bells and whistles.

Blade


The blade is the most important part of any survival knife and all other features aside you will rely on the strength, cutting power, and edge retention of the blade to get you out of difficult situations.  

The Les Stroud Arctic Survival Knife has a full tang Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel blade with a non-stick coating. The Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel equates to a very strong durable blade that will hold an edge very well and is easy to sharpen. Essentially all of the good blade qualities you would look for in a survival knife.

The blade is a drop point which is probably the most popular point type you will see on survival knives and has a fine edge for the whole length of the blade. This is a huge plus for those that do not like serrations.

Handle 


Just like the Ultimate have seen the handle advertised as Zytel and/or TPR. Either way, they are both good materials and what it comes down to is a handle that is rubberized and has a very good grip. The handle is slightly smaller in length and thickness than the Ultimate but it is still very comfortable to use for long periods of time.

Sheath


The sheath on the Les Stroud Arctic Survival knife is less robust than the Ultimate but it does have a couple of key features that make this knife well worth the price. The sheath is made from ballistic nylon and plastic and features fire steel right on the front of the blade scabbard. This sheath also has a velcro retention strap to hold the handle of the knife and a map pocket that is located on the back of the sheath.

Overall Impression


This knife is definitely a winner. the combination of good steel and solid features make this knife a great purchase. This is especially a nice knife for those of you that can do without serrations.

3. Desert Folder Les Stroud Knife Review

The Les Stroud Desert Folding knife is a great addition to the Les Stroud knife family. This folder has a quick open thumb assist and blade lock like you would expect from any quality folder. This 7.75-inch folder is the perfect size for anyone that wants a food prep knife for camping or any other multi-use blade. The drop point is almost configured like a spear point so it will definitely be a good companion for skinning small game.

At A Glance 

  • 7 3/4 inches overall
  • 3 1/4 inch blade
  • Easy open one handed assist
  • belt clip with fire steel.  

Appearance

Appearance


like all of the other blades in this line up the Les Stroud Desert, the Folding knife is grey, black and bright green. The bright green is a huge plus for those folks that tend to misplace things as it stands out in any type of brush you can throw it in. The knife also features a but with a small lanyard hole which is a huge plus. On the reverse side of the picture, the knife has a belt clip that can be used to clip to your pocket, belt, pack, etc. This is a very well-designed knife.

Blade


The blade is the most important part of any survival knife and all other features aside you will rely on the strength, cutting power, and edge retention of the blade to get you out of difficult situations.  

The Les Stroud Desert Folder has Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel blade with a non-stick coating. The Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel equates to a very strong durable blade that will hold an edge very well and is easy to sharpen. Essentially all of the good blade qualities you would look for in a survival knife.

The blade is a drop point (almost a spear point) which is probably the most popular point type you will see on survival knives and has a fine edge for the whole length of the blade. This is a huge plus for those that do not like serrations.

Handle 


Just like all the other Les Stroud Knives, I have seen the handle advertised as Zytel and/or TPR. Either way, they are both good materials and what it comes down to is a handle that is rubberized and has a very good grip. The handle has a blade lock and a belt clip. Just like its bigger brothers, it is very comfortable to grip for long periods of time.

Overall Impression


This knife is definitely a great folder. The combination of good steel and solid construction makes this knife a great purchase. This is especially a nice knife for those of you that want a smaller blade for more delicate work.

4. Jungle Machete Les Stroud Knife Review

The Les Stroud jungle Machete is a tanto-type blade designed by Les Stroud himself. This Les Stroud Knife rounds out the line-up and is really the workhorse of the crew. This Machete is built tough, it is great for hacking small saplings and clearing brush. This Machete is also ideal for some heavier chopping chores.

At A Glance

  • Carbonitride titanium bonded non-stick 440 stainless steel blade
  • ABS handle with TPR overlays on finger grips
  • Knurled steel pommel
  • Lanyard hole
  • 18″ overall
  • Hard ballistic nylon sheath
  • Fire steel
  • Mesh trail map pocket

Appearance


like all of the other blades in this line up the Les Stroud, Jungle Machete is grey, black and bright green. The bright green is a huge plus for those folks that tend to misplace things as it stands out in any type of brush you can throw it in. The knife also features a steel pommel with a lanyard hole.

Blade


The blade is the most important part of any survival knife and all other features aside you will rely on the strength, cutting power, and edge retention of the blade to get you out of difficult situations.  The Les Stroud Jungle Machete has Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel blade with a non-stick coating.

The Titanium bonded 440 stainless steel equates to a very strong durable blade that will hold an edge very well and is easy to sharpen. Essentially all of the good blade qualities you would look for in a survival knife. The blade is a drop point (almost a spear point) which is probably the most popular point type you will see on survival knives and has a fine edge for the whole length of the blade. This is a huge plus for those that do not like serrations.

Handle 


Just like all the other Les Stroud Knives, I have seen the handle advertised as Zytel and/or TPR. Either way, they are both good materials and what it comes down to is a handle that is rubberized and has a very good grip. 

Overall Impression


This knife is definitely an awesome Machete with features you won’t find anywhere else. The combination of good steel and solid construction makes this knife a great purchase. This is especially a nice knife for those of you that want a large survival knife to hack through the woods and/or jungle!

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