Friday, March 27, 2015

Outdoor Ed Article Assignment- What you need to know for the ideal survival knife

What you need to know for the ideal survival knife

Rating *****
This article is informative as well as interesting, learning about what makes a good survival knife is very interesting. Little things on a knife include but are not limited to, blade length, type of blade(fixed or not), and even handle. As well, listing 5 different types of survival knives that people often choose is also a great help for beginners looking for a trusty, and handy knife.

This article talks about how little things on a knife can be the difference between life and death. Although that may seem harsh, it's the cold hard truth. Little things to look for on a good survival knife are, a fixed blade, full tang, comfortable non-slip handle, thick blade, length of blade, and easy to sharpen and hone. A fixed blade is ideal because a flimsy blade (like a blade on a pocket knife) can break quite easy. A flimsy blade is something you don't want to have because it can mean life or death in certain situations. As well, the thinner the blade is, it can be hard to use it certain situations you might need. Full tang means a blade covered in full steel, if a knife isn't fully covered then it may be more flimsy and be exposed in the wilderness. Comfortable, non-slip handle is ideal so your hands aren't slipping from the handle because of water, juice, or sweat.  A big butt and the end of the knife is great so your hands don't slip off and drop the knife.  A thick blade is great for heavy duty jobs, however too thick can be a problem, the ideal size for a knife is 5/32" and 1/4". The length of a survival knife is more preference, however 6 inches is great because anything too big or too small will not have the same versatility. Easy to sharpen and hone is very important and something that should be considered when looking at survival knives. You want a knife that is tough, but not too tough so that you have a hard time sharpening. Hollow-ground blades can be incredibly sharp, but extremely difficult to sharpen in the wilderness, however a compound grind holds a decent edge yet can be sharpened much easier on the go. Recommended knives that were suggested are:
KA-BAR USMC Utility Knife, Tom Brown Tracker, SOG SEAL Team Knife, Cold Steel SRK, Fallkniven A1 Swedish Survival Knife.

I really enjoyed reading this article, I found it informative, as well as interesting. I learned a lot from reading an article based on survival knives.from reading this, I learned what to look for in a good survival knife. I found this article to be something interesting as I can relate to how flimsy a pocket knife can be and how unreliable a pocket knife can be. The thicker knifes are more ideal as I have just listed above. If I ever want to buy a survival knife I will know what to look for, and I will be able to educate others about this as well. Although I may not go survival mode like you would see people on a T.V show where they have a a knife and they have to survive based on that. I would love to have a survival knife just in case I may need one for whatever reason. I am also a fan of survival knives because of the way they look and I enjoy just having them around.


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