You know the old saying that bigger is better, right? Well when it comes to bushcraft tools, one may wonder how to choose wisely the right tool for the job. Since the name of the game is wilderness survival, the perfect multi-purpose tool for the job is the proverbial blade also known as the survival knife.
And if you’re wondering why I am talking about knives when we’re supposed to be discussing bushcraft tools, a high quality, solid knife is the perfect bushcraft tool, at least in my opinion. Depending on its size and shape, a bushcraft/survival knife can be described as the quintessential multi-purpose tool.
Many modern textbooks say that Native Americans and other cultures lost out to Europeans because the latter had the advantage of guns that easily outstripped bows, arrows, spears, and other common personal defense weapons.
It is also a well-known fact that if you are in a close range fight, most large guns will not be of much use to you. From that perspective, there are actually better, and far more lethal options that you can use for personal defense. A short look back in the history would help you a lot.
If you’re on the trail and need to cut a sapling, or are camping and need to cut a piece of twine to secure your shelter, a dull knife won’t do you any good. There’s an art to sharpening a knife, though, and most people can’t get it right straight out of the box.
As a matter of fact, you’re more likely to take more of the edge off of it than to actually sharpen it if you try to do it on your own, at least for the first few times. It’s definitely a process with a learning curve, but you can definitely do it.