Another important aspect, especially if you want to be a Bush craft practitioner, or if you are a knife user when you are in nature, is the type of material and the shape of the handle.
Choosing the best Damascus steel hunting knives for a campsite with an insufficient handle can pose a risk.
Both a slip and a task of precision or rough tasks such as a machete, the danger of cutting us or of shooting out of hand and hurting someone else, as well as losing the knife.
The disadvantage of smooth blades such as Beca 2 and similar handles, is that they slip when wet and are also susceptible to blistering in the hand when dry.
In general, the most comfortable survival knives are those with a rubber or leather handle, but as a negative aspect we must keep in mind that it is a material that degrades faster than others.
This means that the lifespan of our knife largely depends not only on the steel of the knife, but also on the handle.
For me, the survival knives with better handles are the micarta with a rustic finish, because they have a porosity that looks like wood, but with a resistance that is much higher than all the ones mentioned.
This guarantees a long-term survival knife or at least one handle that we do not have to replace during the lifetime of the tool.
Heel or Knife Lead
Most survival knives always have a secondary function in the heel.
For example a hammer, a glass breaker (very often urban tactical knives), others with a scraper for ferrocerium, hook, etc.
What you should pay attention to, especially if you choose small knives, is that you may need to use your knife as a chisel to hit a surface.
That is why it is important that you appreciate your most common needs in order to choose a tool that is as versatile as possible and that truly becomes a survival knife. My recommendation is that as long as the heel is part of the spike, any addition is welcome.
It is a personal decision if you opt for a glass breaker, hook or hammer.
The Tip of the Knife
As in the case of the edge, the tip should not be chosen as a matter of aesthetics, but as a practical and useful aspect for you.
Again, there are enough points in modern survival knives, and I can assure you that for me, at least, the most striking are not the most practical.
Tip types of a knife
- Bowie or Clip point
- Drop point or Drop point
- Boat type or standard
The type of tip of the knife Clip point works very well for people who need a knife to handle prey or tasks where they need a tip that is very sharp, but at the same time resistant.
Although the point of the point of the point is the strongest and most resistant of all, although usually less acute. It is able to withstand levers because it collects more material, so it resists forces that the other versions can split. With this type of tip we can also use our survival knife as a spearhead. It is the most common among the knives of survival and evasion, although you can imagine that it is not the best option to disinfect a small animal, cut a spoon or takes seeds from a fruit or vegetable.
Something for which the Wharncliffe tip stands out, ideal for someone who loves fishing, making wood, crafting in the camp, making bonfires, processing animals, etc.
And that is why it is the favorite among Bush craft practitioners, and in my specific case, I think this is most useful for those who enjoy cooking.
The Steel of Our Survival Knife
One of the most fundamental aspects that the debate about the best survival knife is about is the steel it composes. You must choose between a stainless steel and carbon steel blade. Among the experts in survival, there has always been an everlasting debate, and they almost disagree, and therefore it is impossible to decide what the best survival knife is in a global way, without taking into account the needs of everybody.
In your case, in order to make the best decision, you should know that the most influential aspect of leaning between one and the other is usually tenacity.
Carbon Steel Survival Knives
Carbon steel knives tend to keep the edge longer, allowing you to use it for longer periods of time in several days, without having to worry about re-sharpening in the field, something that can take your time off while driving and cause frustration during very frequent use.
On the other hand, it should be noted that they require an epoxy coating or other protection, because if it degrades or wears out, it can oxidize in just a few minutes.
This is something that you need to pay special attention to because you will come into contact with the food you eat, with bad taste in meals and stains on the leaves, which you remove when you try to remove them, remove more coating, a downward spiral in the decline of the blade.
In short, all this means that you have a knife that is able to keep the edge longer, but that requires a constant fight against corrosion.
Stainless Steel Survival Knives
The stainless steel blades for survival and outdoor experiences are the opposite.
You only have to worry about corrosion and rust but it is a constant task to keep it sharp.
Of course in both cases it will be very dependent on the thousands of types and qualities of steel prices that you choose for your knife, but this will of course have a major impact on the very different prices that we are willing to pay.
Finally, it should also be borne in mind that if we choose a very hard steel survival knife, it will mainly cost us to keep it sharp, because although they are more resistant and need longer to crack, we will also take into account longer to wear them. At the optimum point of sharpening.
In summary, my personal opinion on this is that if you live on the coast, fish and cook more than wood duties, your tray should be made of stainless steel.
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