First and foremost, we need to answer the question, that, what is a bushcraft knife? It can be briefly defined as a tool that that is primarily used for survival, outdoor, camping and hunting purposes. Or in other words, it’s a knife that’s supposed to get you through successfully in all activities outdoor. (We are not even kidding when we say ALL)
Bushcraft Knife is an absolute must for a bush-crafter and can successfully replace a lot of bulky tools that would have been needed otherwise. Although, people believe it is always mandatory to carry the best tool for a job, it actually depends upon the job as you can’t have a proper tool to save you from all the possible dangers you can run into. Similarly, there isn’t just one right knife for bush-crafting, there are multiple.
WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOURSELF A BUSHCRAFT KNIFE?
• Bush craft knives help you survive the toughest of the situations making this multi-purpose tool a must have in your survival kit.
• Camping on the beach will require you to carry one with a stainless-steel blade as the lack of freshwater will make carbon steel blade undergo corrosion quickly.
• Similarly, drier wooded areas will require you to carry a hard carbon steel knife.
• A bushcraft knife is not only a great tool for carving but is also perfect and super handy in cases of chopping, fire starting or batoning.
• Also, you can get handcrafted, gorgeous bush craft knives at unbelievable prices online making it a must have for either your survival kit or your antique collection.
WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A BUSH CRAFT KNIFE?
• Blade Size– Though you may be tempted to carry a really large knife, let’s admit it, you aren’t Crocodile Dundee and so it’s better you stick to one which is somewhat between 89 mm to 159 mm. This will not only help you with nimble work but also to cut through wide tree limbs.
• Blade Design and Shape– The blade should have a flat cutting edge and the tip has to be strong, functional, broad as well as thin and sharp enough. The best blade designs are a spear point or a drop point.
• Blade Grind– The best grinds are the ones that are strong and versatile namely the convex grind, Scandi grind, Flat grind and Chisel grind. The hollow grind is also good but only for purposes like skinning and caping.
• Cutting Edge– A thin blade equipped with a fine cutting edge is fit for purposes like slicing and food preparation. Similarly, a broader edged knife is perfect for heavy duties like chopping of food.
• Blade Material– Each of the stainless-steel blades or the carbon steel blades has their own functions and it depends on the tasks which is better in that situation.
• Handle Material– Wood is the most common but when subjected to moisture, they don’t persist as long as the synthetic stuff. Stuff like bone and horn don’t hold up but materials like Micarta or G10 won’t crack, rot or warp even in worst conditions.
• Knife Features– It’s always recommended to go for a knife with a full tang or at least which has a substantial amount of it. You can even go for a Mora knife that’s popular for its long track record and exceptional performance.
So, we guess we have made it very clear as to why every person in this whole wide world should possess at least one bush craft knife in the collection. The concept of a ‘right’ bushcraft knife depends upon the environment, conditions or the tasks you are likely to carry out with the knife.
But we can say this much that carrying the right bushcraft knife will surely make your life very easy and can literally prove to be a life saver in any dire emergency. So, all the hunting and camping enthusiasts out there, it’s high time you get your hands on a quality, easy-to-use, firm-gripped bush craft knife as you set out to conquer the forests.
Author Bio : Having been on the Perkin Knives team for several years as a marketing executive, Billy has been part of a great many top-of-the-line projects. Not only has he personally contributed to the service in every way, but he also happens to be one of the most revered members of Perkin Knives.