7 Wilderness (and Office) Uses for Knives

american-made-knivesWhat’s the one item you would take with you if you were stranded in the wild? There are probably a handful of people who would say their phone, but the number one answer should be a knife. Knives are one of the most practical, useful, and versatile tools you can own. A knife is essential in a survival situation, but it is just as useful in everyday situations. It’s a good idea to be aware of different knife skills and know how to perform them.

You might be wondering why a knife is so important in a survival setting. With a knife and the right skills you have access to everything that a person needs to survive.

  • You can make a fire with a knife – High carbon steel blades and a flint stone can offer the right spark to get  a fire going. It’s not a simple task, but it’s possible. You can also use a knife make the tools for a bow drill fire starter. Knives can also be used to cut down larger limbs into more manageable fire wood using a batoning technique.
  • You can make a shelter with a knife – You can cut limbs and branches with a knife blade to gather the materials you need for a shelter. Lean-tos are the easiest type of shelter to make, but with a knife you can also fashion cordage and cut grooves in wood to lash together more sophisticated dwellings.
  • You can collect food with a knife – A knife can be used to whittle spear points or set up traps for hunting and fishing. Knives are also useful in preparing food once you’ve got it.
  • You can protect yourself with a knife – Nature has a lot of beauty to offer, and sometimes that beauty comes with teeth and claws. It’s never a good idea to tangle with wild animals, but a knife can be useful if you’re defending yourself and can’t escape. Although you’re probably better off trying to escape…

You don’t have to be Jeremiah Johnson to put a knife to good use – not every use for a knife is a matter of life or death. Knives can be useful in the average person’s everyday routine.

  • You can open things with a knife – You might work in an office or stock room where you have to constantly open envelopes or boxes. Knives are like skeleton keys when it comes to these tasks.
  • You can enhance snack time with a knife – How many times has your snack time been ruined by having to eat a piece of fruit by biting into the whole thing like some savage? With a knife you can slice up those pears or chop up those apples and eat your fruit like a scholar.
  • You can cut things with a knife – Considered to be one of the top ways to use a knife, cutting things makes knives very useful!

We have an awesome selection of knives at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters. You can find everything from those cheap knives you use because you know you will lose them to high end knives that would make Rambo drool. Stop by and see us today!

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