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It’s pretty common to go on YouTube and see a bunch of wilderness survival guys using their survival knife to handle every job in the woods. Aside from felling trees, mainly because it cannot, these guys put their survival knives through hell.
That calls to question what tools should someone have in the woods. What tools are essential and why not buy those tools instead of beating the life out of our survival knife, which is a unique tool for certain jobs. Intricate carving tasks or even dressing game and fish are things a saw cannot do and we can only call on our knife to do well.
So lets look at the essential bushcraft cutting tools.
If you are going into the woods you should have short handled axe on you. You might want a hatchet to but a short handled forest axe is about as good a cutting tool as you are going to get for the woods. You need to process wood to keep warm and this axe can get that done with ease. A high quality axe is also going to fell small trees for you, as well.
One of the more rare items to see a survivalist carry is a saw. Most of the time chain hand saws are packed in survival kits. Its not easy go to make that thing work. A good saw is going to go a long way with building shelter and processing firewood.
Of course, you want a knife on your belt that can be what you need it to be. The survival knife should have a spine that can through sparks from a ferro rod and a blade that can stand up to some hard work. However it should be sharp and useful as a finesse tool as well.