Thrill and adventure—these are the promises of the wilderness. Whether you’re a natural adrenalin junkie or not, you’re bound to find the forest irresistible. The next thing you know, you’re already off to a hiking or camping trip. Both experienced and amateur hobbyists know though that the wilderness brings about risk and danger. Sounds cliché, but for your safety and convenience, there’s one tool that you must keep with you whenever you’re out in the wilderness: a survival knife.
THE Wilderness Companion
Some might laugh or frown at what this tool is called—“survival” sounds like an overstatement. Time and again though, this tool aka wilderness companion has lived to its name. So, what would you need such knife for?
- Defense. You can encounter anything and everything in the wilderness—from wild animals to the terrain itself. A handy defense tool like antler knives are all you need to have a peace of mind, and enjoy the trip.
- Food preparation. Crops and animals in the wild, and fish—you can prepare a decent meal with an all-around knife. You may not have the sophisticated and complete kitchen tools you’re accustomed to, but this one knife can definitely do the job for you.
- Improvisation. Do you need to build a makeshift shelter, a raft (aka your mode of transportation), impromptu hunting tool? From defense to food, you can move on to perhaps a hundred and one to-do list items on your wilderness itinerary with your rather sharp wilderness companion.
For camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities—the list on what you can do using a survival knife can just go on and on. It’s both a practical and versatile investment which should top your list if you’re planning to explore some greens and the wild.
Choosing THE Wilderness Companion
Nowadays, survival knives come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Each user can practically express his personality with his choice of tool from an online knife store. While this functional wilderness companion has been made fashionable over the years, the basic considerations in purchasing one remain the same:
Blade. With regard to blade alone, there are already several things to consider, including: blade length, blade thickness, and blade built.
The knife length greatly varies, with 9-12 inches as the average size range. As a general rule, those who are new to carrying these tools should opt for the shorter one for starters—due to both user’s safety and carry-around convenience considerations. Furthermore, the blade size itself has to be sized at 5 inches for optimal use.
The blade thickness is ideally at ¼ of an inch—it’s not too thick, and not too thin—well-suited for use and abuse on light to heavy activities.
The blade may also be built as serrated or non-serrated, with the material as either stainless steel or carbon. Some of the best knives in the world are Damascus Knives.
Tang. This refers to the blade material, from the blade itself down to the area where it is met or covered by the handle. Note that full tang knives are sturdier than partial tang ones.
Despite this roster of considerations when purchasing a survival knife, the ultimate gauge would have to be the user’s ease of use. While there may be a range of options available, hence, confusing buyers, it is an imperative to choose that one knife which guarantees optimal use and mobility.