Choosing A Survival Knife

Choosing A Survival Knife

In this article we are going to discuss the purpose of knives in both a wilderness environment and in a survival situation. Before we go any further, I would like to make it clear, it doesn’t matter what brand of knife you get, or how much you spent on it. What matters is that you understand the logic behind what a knife is / isn’t and what it can do for you. Whether it is camping or a survival scenerio, the knife is the tool that is always on you, and will perform any of the jobs you need adequately. That is to say, that the knife is not the best tool, just the most useful tool you will end up carrying. With a good quality knife, you can chop down sizable trees, split lumber, carve feathersticks, skin game, build trap parts, carve bow drill sets, gather wild edibles… the list goes on and on. You can do these things, but there are better tools out there. Saws and axes are better at chopping down trees. Sickles are better at harvesting grasses and plants. And a match or lighter is better at lighting a fire. Your knife is your safety net. If you break the handle off your axe while in the bush, you can use your knife to carve you up a new handle and create a functioning mallet to re-seat the handle. If your fire kit takes a plunge in the lake and comes out soaking, your knife will still get the job done. The reason that the knife can do all these tasks is that is...