Let’s face the facts: When you pack your bug-out bag, you don’t want to be bogged down with multiple items when one will do the trick.
One of the most valuable and variable tools that you can use in the wild is the survival knife.
Some people call it a hunting knife; but when you are in the wild or in a crisis situation, it takes on the much greater role of helping you survive. It would also be inappropriate to call it a hunting knife, as its uses are considerably more diverse than just hunting.
There are seven major ways to use a knife. Some of them may seem obvious to you; but, surprisingly, not many people know every use for a knife. Even in writing this, my eyes were opened to how important having a knife can be.
Hunting is the most rudimentary reason for owning a knife. It is so easy for us in the modern world to take firearms for granted. There are many scenarios wherein eventually we may not have guns and we will need to survive. In that case, hunting may be accomplished with a knife.
You can use a knife to snare a trap as well as stab your prey. This would take some time to learn how to do, but it works. A knife can also be used to skin the animals that you have killed.
If you need to defend yourself or family against an oncoming attacker, it’s better to have a weapon than not. Knives are one of the lightest and easiest weapons to use against any attacker, whether it be man or beast.
Knives are great for whittling and cutting wood. Most survival knives are strong enough to cut through moderately sized logs. You can actually saw fairly well with them. You can also use the knives to shave off pieces of wood that would be good for kindling, which leads us to No. 4.
Knives are great to start fires with. Making kindling with a knife is just a start. Striking a knife on flint or similar rock creates sparks that can start a fire.
Making Other Weapons
In every war movie or film about fighting in the thick of things when you are “out of options,” the hero almost always makes weapons out of the materials around him using a knife. This would be no different for you in the wild. One of the first things that you can do is make spears, arrows and other simple and sharp weapons using a knife and nature.
Think about hunting in this environment. You are going to want to avoid having to get close to animals; that is an extremely difficult to do. It’s only smart to make other weapons that are more long-range, like spears and arrows. You could also fashion a bow to shoot the arrows with by using your knife.
Slicing Softer Materials
Knives are great for cutting rope, bandages and other materials that you will need to bind things with. It’s easier to have a knife on you than a pair of scissors and a knife.
Knives are also great if you need to cut your own skin to remove something from it. We hope that type of situation doesn’t ever happen, but you never know.
Cutting A Path
You just never know where you’re going to end up when you are in the wild. You may be in the woods or in the thick of things and need to get through in a hurry. Again, it sounds like something from movies like “Rambo,” but knives really can be used for this. After all, you want to see where you’re going and not have to drag through the unknown.
Knives are a must-have for any preparing that you are doing. As you can see from this list, there are many uses for the small, lightweight piece of metal that you can carry with you.
Be safe, be prepared and, as always, be smarter than they think you are.
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights