It’s less than three weeks ahead of the start of SHOT Show 2018 and White River Knife & Tool just announced its latest creation – the Camp Clever. The fixed blade capitalizes on the growing cleaver blade trend, assuming the role of all-purpose bushcraft utility tool.
The Camp Clever’s 5.5-inch S35VN blade features a dramatic, curving belly. It may look exotic, but the all-belly blade shape and reasonable size telegraph the Camp Clever’s position as a hard-working bushcraft knife. According to the company, the new 9.2 oz. knife will come in a heavy-duty leather sheath.
Its bushcrafting bent helps the Camp Clever stand out in the growing cleaver-style knife genre. Last year the cleaver format took off after some major brands developed the category. Eye-catching blades like the ESEE CL1 or TOPS’ El Chete may have paved the way. But according to White River’s Jim Shults, the Clever’s smaller size and premium features distinguish it from predecessors. “A sheath knife like this is not very common,” he explains. “The blade design and sweep angle, and especially steel and handle shape is newer.”