A lot has been written about choosing equipment yet the top of the line gear, the ultimate high tech “must haves”, aren’t always the best way or even necessary. In this respect too many “ex-spurts” try to influence the unknowing to plan for the worst of extremes, usually with their expensive “must haves” in mind.
‘Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora’ or ‘It is pointless to do with more what can be done with fewer’. That from Aristotle‘s time. Regular readers know full well that I rely on and prefer the wisdom of the worlds elders to vague commercial considerations.
So with that in mind, lets talk knives, blades, the basic tool of survival and the hype behind it.
Everyone has their own preference (every ex-spurt an opinion) but one recommendation doesn’t fit all and in some countries (the UK for instance) mere possession of a knife, ANY KNIFE, in public without good reason is against their ROL.
Take me as a case in point.
Two or more “survival knives” are readily available
(Plus what’s in the galley.)
Heavy duty is covered by our Kukhri (and a little £3 hatchet).
Boat and General Work is covered by a little razor-sharp Mora 500 series (£7).
Finally a gutting hook, scalpel and hard backed razor blades, fill the 2% space left in the Altoid survival tins. (Change out of £5 the lot)
There again what are we talking about here.
Me in a boat or you ? ? ?
Those who survive by running off into the deepest of backwoods may need a heavy-duty knife. After all fighting a bear demands an 18 inch blade (and total stupidity on your part). Only how many of them who do will perish within the first few weeks if not days from hypothermia or bad water? 100’s of dollars worth of top notch steel and you forgot to put your matches in a simple plastic bag to light a fire, to boil water and keep warm. Whoops!
This head for the hills doctrine so many “ex-spurts” push yet without thought of just how hard field living actually is. Only one thing is obvious, they all have an answer to every problem provided you have enough money to buy their “must have” gear AND THAT ALWAYS INCLUDES A SUPER EXPENSIVE KNIFE!
Some will choose to or have to survive in place.
Do they need a heavy-duty RAMBO grade knife?
Surviving in an urban/ rural scenario may call for a bladed weapon only I’ve got a kitchen knife on the wall with a 12 inch blade that is sharper than my razor.
Will it chop wood?
Probably not but no way in hell would I use it to do so anyway. Why use a keen blade when I’ve got a hatchet and kukri for that sort of work.
Will it skin a deer?
Yep and fillet fish, with just a few passes of the kitchen steel after to restore its edge.
Yet there is that mantra isn’t there.
You must have a 72 hour bug out bag and that must contain a knife.
With all the “must have” gear the ex-spurts say you need, the expensive this and that, what’s wrong with a simple blade be it folding, lockable, or otherwise?
A word about combat and a super knife.
Who in their right mind wants to enter a knife fight super blade or not. Most blades get used as ambush weapons anyway so unless your blade is in your hand, you’ll have lost before you even clear the sheath or flick open the blade. Thus your evil looking knife will be useless. There again you could just brandish it couldn’t you. After all you don’t really want to cut someone.
think know those in the survivalist and prepper world “over-think” their requirements with ex-spurts readily overstating the common issues of survival. Which leaves you stocking up to deal with Godzilla level problems when actually Bambi grade problems is the worst you will probably ever encounter.
Only my banner covers my thinking about them and reads.
You wanna know the funny thing about the end of the world?
The world is still there afterwards.
My thoughts are you only need enough to sustain life until whatever ends because afterwards picking up the good stuff will get real easy.