Camillus Titanium Fixed Blade Knife Guide

This Camillus Titanium Coating is a great additional feature for these Fixed Blade Hunting and Camping Knives

Camillus’ claims about titanium coatings are a bit skeptical. However, I have to admit that it is well-suited for survival and hunting. It doesn’t make their knives any harder. However, it is very durable and does not wear off. My personal experience with it has proven it to be quite resilient to the elements.

You can find out more about the Camillus titanium coating in my Camillus folding knife guide. It’s basically titanium baked into the blade steel. These are not “titanium knives.” These are just like Aus-8 or 440, but with titanium added to make them more durable.

Here’s a selection of designs that they have created with the titanium coating. They are classified in the survival and hunting category, but a few could also be considered urban tactical. They aren’t many, and I don’t like these types of knives. As Camillus brings out more knives, I may add tactical to this guide.

  • Survival
    • Les Stroud Survivorman SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife 
    • Mountaineer 
    • 18538 – 9.75 Bamboo Handle 
    • Soar 
  • Hunting/Skinning
    • Animal 
    • HT-7 
    • ST6 
    • TigerSharp 8.25″
    • Tyrant 

SURVIVAL

A survival design can often be used for both hunting and skinning. Because some Camillus fixed-blade designs can be used for both hunting and skinning, I have only separated them into these two categories. They tend to have more versatility and use softer steels for survival gear.

LES STROUD SURVIVORMAN SK MoUNTAIN ULTIMATE SURVIVAL KNIFE

Overall length: 10.0”
Blade Length 4.75”
Blade Steel 440
Blade Coating: Carbonitride titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material Rubber
Sheath: Ballistic nylon
Model#; 19093

This was one of the designs that brought life back to Camillus. It had more to do Les Stroud than it did the product. The knife is a great design overall. It’s a budget knife with lots of gimmicky bits built around it.

This knife is, according to most, a very useful knife. The ferrot rod can be used to light fires. The blade is sturdy and easy to carry around. Camillus was trying to stuff too much in this. The flashlight is not very bright and the signal mirror is not something I would want to use in an emergency. The knife is quite good.

MOUNTAINEER

Overall length: 9.0”
Blade Length 4.0”
Blade Steel AUS-8
Blade Coating: Carbonitride titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material Rubber with burlwood inserts
Sheath: Ballistic nylon
Model#; 19084

Although this might be a better hunting knife than a survival tool, the name Camillus and the partial serrations suggest that the knife is meant to climb a cliff with you and cut as much rope as you need. The rubber handle is a great feature. It’s a great way of creating a comfortable grip and doesn’t get ruined by getting it wet.

However, the wood inserts might cause some problems. This creates a problem. Burlwood helps reduce the comfort and grippiness of the Mountaineer, but it would look ugly and be essentially a Mora with shoddy steel and serrations. You have a knife that is decently designed and has some useful features.

18538 – 9.75 BAMBOO HANDLE

Overall length: 9.25”
Blade Length 4.5”
Blade Steel AUS-8
Blade Coating: Carbonitride titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material Bamboo
Sheath: Ballistic nylon
Model#; 18537

This is not to be confused with the Camillus 9.75 bamboo handle fixed blade knife. It doesn’t have a spot on this blog, as I don’t like its appearance. This is an excellent example of one problem with Camillus knives. They don’t even have names. The 9.25″ knife is a great shape.

The handle is more ergonomic, the blade has a lower drop point and overall there is more curve. If I told a friend this knife is worth purchasing and said that it was a great knife, he would stare at the two items trying to figure out if I said the 9.25 inch bamboo handle fixed-blade knife or the one that looks like it’s in clown pants.

I am fortunate to not have friends. I only recommend knives to people who are willing to listen. I haven’t cut my hair in awhile and look like I just returned from the woods. Camillus should give this knife a name. It’s really sweet.

SOAR

Overall length: 9.5”
Blade Length 4.25”
Blade Steel 440
Blade Coating: Titanium bond
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Flat
Handle Material G-10
Sheath: Nylon
Model#; 19216

This knife is rugged and durable. A slab of steel between G-10 scales is hard to beat, even if it’s 440. Camillus did a great job of creating a secure grip with this knife by inserting a thumb ramp in the jimping. The finger indents on the handle may have been too much, but this could be just my pet peeve.

This knife has real tactical potential due to the handgaurd and steel butt that poke out from the lanyard hole. The soar could be used to get myself out of a car. It wouldn’t be my first choice in bushcraft or any other job that required me to work slowly and carefully. It was clearly made for long-term use and high impact so it can still do the job.

HUNTING/SKINNING

These knives are usually made from higher quality materials. It’s possible that hunters will pay more for knives that are stronger or less susceptible to the elements. Their skinning knives are certainly more attractive than the rest, but they wouldn’t be able to easily transition into EDC.

ANIMAL

Overall length: 7.75”
Blade Length 3.5”
Blade Steel 440
Blade Coating: Carbonitride Titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material GFN
Sheath: Nylon
Model#; 19122

Although this is an aggressive design, it is not designed for comfort. It is lightweight and tough. With the way the GFN scales leave a lot of the tang sticking out, the jiping can really dig into your thumb.

This combination of cheap materials and basic design makes it a very affordable hunting knife. It can be stained, chipped, dropped, or sanded without affecting your investment. Although the steel is not as soft as I would like, it’s still a good choice since the blade has such a sharp tip. Although it would have been nice to have 440A, it is still a large, strong chunk of steel and you get what you pay.

HT-7

Overall length: 7.0”
Blade Length 3.5”
Blade Steel 420
Blade Coating: Titanium bond
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material Micarta
Sheath: Nylon
Model#; 19218

This knife is great for skinning. This knife is great for skinning. The blade’s short length and large belly give you plenty of curve. They’ve also designed the handle/jimping so that they stick out on both ends. You have plenty of space for choking up, and the choil can also give you a good thump ramp when you hold the knife backwards.

Camillus again drops with the steel. The design could have been an amazing knife if it wasn’t for the plain 420 steel. It’s a budget-friendly design instead.

ST6

Overall length: 9.0”
Blade Length 4.0”
Blade Steel AUS-8
Blade Coating: Carbonitride titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Handle Material Rubber w/ steel bolsters
Sheath: Nylon
Model#; 19085

Camillus clearly intended to use this knife for skinning. The handle shape and recurve of the blade are very generous. It can be used with both standard and reverse grips. The rubber is the best way to keep a knife grippy after getting into the messy parts of the processing game.

While the steel bolsters add a nice touch, the lanyard hole and jimping are both odd additions. This knife is solid and can be used to skin the animals. Camillus has not utilized this great steel very much.

TIGERSHARP 8.25

Overall length: 7.5”
Blade Length 3.0”
Blade Steel 420J2
Blade Coating: Titanium bond
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Flat
Handle Material Rubber with ABS inserts
Sheath: Nylon
Model#; 18560

The Tigersharp brand is about simplicity and disposable materials. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the materials are poor. The handles and steel of Tigersharps are better than those of most regular Camillus knives. You can choose from a variety of Tigersharps, both fixed and folding blades. They come in a variety of sizes and styles.

The only thing that distinguishes them is their size, which ranges from 7.25 to 8.25 inches. This is a disappointing decision on Camillus’s side since I am pretty certain the different versions cannot share blades. This fixed-blade version is the largest and comes with two plain edges blades.

Be aware that replacement blades are sometimes a bit harder to find. These blades are more in demand than the folding ones, so you will find a lot of replacements for them when you search. These blades can quickly become dull due to the softness of 420J2, but new blades are usually less than $15. It is up to you to decide if the running cost of replacing a fixed blade knife’s part is worth it.

TYRANT

Overall length: 7.25”
Blade Length 3.0”
Blade Steel D2
Blade Coating: Carbonitride Titanium
Blade Style Drop point
Blade Grind Hollow
Material to Handle: G-10
Sheath: Leather with built-in sharpener
Model#; 19144

This was created by G&G Hawk. A father-son design team who have a penchant to automatic knives and strange looking folders. So the Tyrant’s odd appearance shouldn’t surprise.

This design was simplified to make it more portable. Although it didn’t make the most beautiful knife, it made one of their more useful fixed-blade knives. They not only used some D2 steel to make this knife, but they also carved a large finger choke so that you can grip it well when you choke it up.

Another highlight is the sheath. They replaced the usual nylon floppy with a leather pouch that has a button flap. This knife is much more secure, and it rides higher on your hip.

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