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If you were stuck on a desert island and you had only one item, what would it be? This is one of those questions that gets much more interesting if you are allowed 5 or more items.
All of survival starts with a blade. From the earliest men slamming large rocks with larger rocks in order to create a cutting edge, we have understood things get better with a blade. Just think about that. Here we are in the year 2019 and men are still carrying knives.
This speaks to the power of the weapon.
Why do we assume that because we are all into survival that we are pros with a knife? That is a dangerous thing. The truth is, your survival knife can exact serious injury on your body. The thing we all need to respect about that number one survival tool is that its a deadly sharp tool.
Survival Knife Uses
This essential bushcraft tool is a great weapon, firestarter, carving tool, and even firewood processor. If you invest in a good full tang, 90-degree spine, high carbon steel blade that is about 5 inches in length, you have a tool that will do almost everything you could ever need it to do.
A good survival knife is an irreplaceable tool for the survivor.
Survival Knife Safety
So how do you go about safely using a survival knife?
Well, it starts with a good sheath. That knife should be sheathed when it’s not in use. That is number one. Issue two comes with how you handle that knife. If you are carrying the blade it should be pointed to the ground.
Always cut away from your body and your extremities. If the blade is coming back toward you for any reason you should readjust your angle.
Practice knife safety as much as you practice knife skills.