The Camillus Soar is a diamond in the rough in terms of backpacking knives. You would be hard-pressed to find another knife on the market – for less than $50 – that features 5/32” thick full-tang steel construction that is Titanium Bonded for durability and longevity. She is a bit heavy and a tad unbalanced, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
ONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS The Camillus Soar is built to last featuring 5/32” thick 440C steel that has been Titanium Bonded for corrosion resistance and durability. The contoured G10 handle is another quality feature that makes you question how Camillus can sell this knife for less than $50.
EASE OF USE Where the Soar excels in quality and durability, it lacks a little in the weight and balance department – being heavier than similar knives, and generally heavier in the handle than the blade. The contoured handle is a small saving grace, but I would use it for tough jobs instead of more tedious, precision ones.
STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION 440C is no slouch in terms of steel, and the decision by Camillus to Titanium Bond the steel on the Soar was by and large the right one. In testing, I had no issues keeping a sharp edge or with the coating chipping or rubbing off.
DURABILITY The durability of the Soar is impressive to say the least. It really holds up under duress and doesn’t show any signs of wear – even after being buried up to the pommel in mud for a day. The ballistic nylon sheath is lacking however, and will eventually need to be replaced.