If you lost all your gear when crossing the river or in some other situation while traveling or camping, a simple pocket folding knife can save your life. Few discussions take place with such fervor as a discussion of the question of choosing a survival knife. One opinion is that the survival knife must be large and that they can do everything.
The most-most survival knife in extreme and emergency conditions in nature.
The nuisance, however, is that the traveling knife, the only one you can rely on when faced with the need for survival, must lie in your pocket, hang on your belt or hang around your neck. At the same time, a large cleaver or a survival knife can be packed in a backpack that sank in the lake when capsizing a kayak, and can not help you.
Most people who prefer outdoor activities do not carry large knives on their hips. Most hunters, fishermen, tourists, skiers, mountain hikers, kayakers and so on do not travel with a cleaver on their sides. I worked in the Forest Service for more than ten years, but I have never seen workers wearing anything larger than a multitool on a belt..
always gets closer to the body. When attacking a predator, a machete, trimmed to a backpack or packed inside it, will not be able to help, and a three-inch pocket folding knife or a four-inch survival knife in a scabbard on the thigh will allow you to stay on top of the food chain. Ricoll John Hirsch fought a hungry bear and killed him with a pocket folding knife with a 3.5-inch blade. There are no questions, a larger knife would be very welcome. But a .44 Magnum would do even better. The trick is that the knife was in his pocket and saved his life.
Although I like to use large knives, I never wear them on my belt. They are clumsy, heavy and outside the jungle are not particularly effective for my daily tasks in the northern forests. Usually I have a knife with a blade from 3.5 to 5 inches on my belt. Often in my pocket lies a large folding knife with a secure lock. Since I take these knives seriously, I choose them very carefully. They must be reliable and well tested before entering the route. A quality knife must withstand medium-impact shocks with a wooden mallet without damage.
At the same time, it should be thin enough so that it is convenient to cut meat, cut products. Perform all kinds of work on the camp from cutting ropes and leather to making snow glasses from birch bark. It is often claimed that a large knife can do the same work as a small knife, but not vice versa. I think that many would be surprised at what can be done with a small knife and a mallet.
See how carvers use sharpened chisels to work with a centennial bog oak, and there’s nothing to be surprised about. And one more thing: a large knife does not cancel the study of survival skills. If you don’t know how to make a shelter for a night’s lodging with a small knife, to cut a wedge for splitting logs, to make a canopy reflecting the heat of a fire, to make a jail, birch bodies, to weave a tackle, a trap loop, then this is the most reasonable solution to learn.
Survival experts Morse Kochanski, Ray Mears and Cody Lundin have long advocated learning small-knife survival skills for one important reason: as I noted earlier, this may be your only tool. Threatening situations can be of any kind, and the best preparation for them is to learn how to use what is with you and natural materials.
Your chances of salvation are much higher if you have well-developed skills in owning a small knife, because I will not tire of repeating this in an unexpected situation, you most likely will have a small survival knife. Learn to use your knife as a tool of salvation, and you will develop not only life and survival skills in nature, but also the will to win.
Dr. Terry M.Trier,
Tactical Knives Magazine, July 06