When camping, a survival knife is essential. It can serve many important purposes. Depending on the type of knife you get, you can use it to cut wood or slice through rope or even to clear brush out of your way.
There are a lot of different kinds of survival knives and the best way to select the right one for you will depend on the purpose you intend to use the knife for. There are three main types of knife to consider: the fixed blade knife, the folding blade knife (which is often referred to as a pocket knife), and the multi-tool survival knife. Each knife has many benefits that make it a great knife to own.
The fixed blade knife is usually sturdier than the folding blade or the multi-tool knife but may not be as easy to carry and conceal as the other types. Most have a sheath that attaches to a belt to make it easier to carry.
The folding blade knife is concealed within the handle. While it’s easier to carry and conceal, it can’t be used for the same purposes as a fixed blade knife, as it has a shorter blade, and won’t be as strong as a fixed blade knife If the spring mechanism fails to open, you could end up without a blade.
The multi-tool survival knife is a favorite among wild campers. This knife features other attachments that make it easy to use in a variety of circumstances. Tools that you might find on this knife include: scissors, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire-stripper, and a can opener. Some companies manufacture multi-tool knives that are geared toward a specific activity like hunting. The blade of your knife can be made with a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and carbon steel. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic blades are tough, but also fragile. They make good knives for basic tasks like cleaning a fish but they will break easily if dropped against a rock or other hard surface. For this reason, it’s suggested that you use your ceramic knife as a backup to a heavy duty knife made of steel.
Remember, in some jurisdictions, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon!