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Since the advent of the survivalist culture, knives have taken a serious hit both figuratively and literally. It has been a situation where the survival knife has become the only knife worth having and it should be able to do everything for you. Well, that is not how it should be and its not how it was in the past, either.
When you watch a television survivalist destroy their knife by batoning it or using it for any other radical means, you are watching a practice of the most extreme situation. Should you know how to do everything with your survival knife? Sure. In most cases, though, you are going to have the luxury of tools and other blades.
Most early American settlers would have had a belt knife,. That knife would have been used to cut meat. It was devastatingly sharp and would never be used to cut wood. This was the mentality some 400 years ago! So why would we devolve from that today?
Its important to have a good knife but we need to have a collection of knives to work with in the field and at home. Yes, kitchen knives for fish, serrated knives for bread and paring knives for processing vegetables are all survival tools!
Our ability to maximize tools is always going to outweigh the benefits of putting all our weight on one tool. A good piece of advice would be, if you have $50 don’t blow it all on a fancy fixed blade knife. Instead, buy a $30 axe and a $20 knife. Be frugal. Now you have two tools that can do all sorts of different jobs.
Knives are for processing, first. They are for finesse, first. If we shy from that we are trying to turn a knife into an axe or a knife into a machete or a spear. Its a poor use of the resource.