Which knife is best to take with you on a hike, the preferred types of blades, descents, handles and steel.

So, which knife is best to take on a camping trip? My answer: the knife with which you are best able to handle and which will be able to perform the greatest number of tasks in your biological region. 

As in the case of an individual emergency stock, there is no knife that would be suitable in any situation. Although there are certain key points that should be followed in order to reduce the number of bad situations that you have to overcome.

Which knife is best to take with you on a hike, preferred types of blades, descents, handles and steel.

As I have said many times, the key to everything is simplicity. The more lotions you have on your knife, the more specialized or useless it becomes. Simple design is easiest to use. It allows you to perform basic and diverse tasks, while at the same time adapting to a large number of terrain features. In a nutshell, it gives you the opportunity to satisfy most of your needs..

Emergency situations in the wild require you to become a jack of all trades, there is no place for one narrow specialization. Choose a knife that is convenient for you to carry and use for your trips. Allowing you to complete most tasks. Do not give in to your or someone else’s smug self-esteem. There is a special place and time for using a machete (a sugarcane chopping knife), but in most of North America there is neither time nor place for them.

Which knife is best to take with you on a hike, the preferred types of blades, descents, handles and steel.
with a folding knife, this is fraught with disaster, as it is just a matter of time before the carnation breaks and leaves you forever. The blade shank passing through the entire handle reinforces the entire structure as a whole. Take a knife with this design, and you will practically hold the blade in your hand.

Comfortable, comfortable grip oval knife handle.

Avoid handles with faceted sides or with protrusions. Even using a conventional knife with an uncomfortable handle can cause serious damage, such as blisters. Although, in truth, prolonged use can cause skin rubbing, regardless of the type of handle. Many knives on the market are equipped with very uncomfortable handles with hopelessly sharp edges. This phenomenon is quite common and makes one wonder if knife manufacturers themselves can use their product for more than five minutes..

The knife handle of each individual can tell a lot about him. If the knife has a handle with sharp edges, and its owner’s hands are tender, like a baby’s, then you will know that he does not often use his knife, and you couldn’t even if you wanted to. A comfortable designed handle plays an important role in your ability to hold and control your tool, so keep it simple.

Wide line of descent and cutting edge feeds.

Many knives have pitying cutter leads of only a few millimeters wide, which are very difficult to sharpen. Small carts force you to put up with the theory of maintaining the correct angle of the tip or to become a slave to modern sharpness-keeping tools that have flooded the market. A knife with a wide sharpening edge can be sharpened effortlessly, since you practically feel it, it is fixed at a certain angle to the cutting edge. Even a blind man could easily sharpen such a knife.

Sharpened knife tip.

For some knives, the tips are directed up, for some down. I prefer the tip of the knife to be flush with the handle, allowing me to easily insert it into a wooden block. With the knife firmly fixed, my hands are free to use the blade to cut leather laces or whatever.

The aligned tip allows the knife owner to insert the blade effortlessly into a small green tree or shrub. Then he or she can hit the handle with a wooden mallet, guiding the knife with a point around the trunk, repeating the process as necessary. Thus, completely cutting the tree using the can opener method, if necessary.

Carbon steel knife blade.

Carbon steel is much softer than stainless steel alloys and makes the knife sharpening process a pleasure. Especially on makeshift grinding boards constructed of wet and dry sandpaper. Since the metal is softer, you will have to sharpen it more often, but at least you will have the opportunity to do it.

Handle your knife as if it were a scalpel! Do not dig it or, for God’s sake, do not throw it to harpoon fish, as is suggested in many survival manuals. Instead, use a knife to cut a stick for digging or to carve a harpoon for fish. Carbon steel has another very important advantage. Since the back side of the blade of my knife is not equipped with teeth or other protrusions, I can use it to make fire using the flint and steel method, quickly striking the sharp edge of hard stone.

Carbon steel fades over time or when interacting with acids, such as when slicing oranges, although I know one instructor who believes that this increases the strength of the blade. Do not fall into the trap of buying a shining toy instead of a work knife that has proven itself in practice. It’s also completely impractical to buy a shiny knife with a stainless steel blade so strong and solid that you have to carry it to the workshop every time to grind.

Carbon steel left in a damp place can rust literally overnight. Although a slight rust coating will not do much harm, as it will be removed the next time it is sharpened. Take the habit of wiping the knife blade dry before scabbling it.

Practice, practice, practice.

A sharpened knife is truly a master of creation and will repay you good again and again if you know how to use it. Any instrument with such power can be saving lives in the hands of a knowledgeable person or taking lives in the hands of an inexperienced. Learning to masterfully use your knife along with the ability to make fire, these are two basic skills that you need. If you can’t learn this, it can hurt you very much and drag you into a life-threatening situation..

Take what you want from my reasoning, and throw the rest into the trash. It is important for you that you have a knife that you like, you know how to sharpen and use it, it does the work for you depending on the terrain, and you carry it with you to use it if necessary. As with the other components of your individual emergency stock, make the handle of your knife and sheath for it a bright color in any way available to you.

According to the materials of the book 36.6 degrees. The art of staying alive!.
Cody Lundin.

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