Why do you need a knife for camping?

Why do you need a knife for camping?

Camping often requires going into new surroundings, terrains, and both of these can bring up situations where having a knife will prove useful. 

Fishing Line, A Blue Hand, And A Lot Of Screaming!

When I was a youngster, my father and uncle took me fishing to a secluded loch, a few miles up the hills, next to nowhere. After a few hours of fishing and fighting snags, I had to change my fishing line, and after five minutes of winding the old line from the spool around my hand. I looked down, saw my hand was turning blue. I began to panic and started screaming my head off. Luckily my uncle, who had a knife, calmly walked over and cut the line off my hand, letting my hand go back to normal. 

I often think back to that moment and wonder what would have happened had he not had his fishing knife with him that day. I guess that someone would have had to of used their teeth or found a piece of broken glass or something!

None of these options are pretty, and I am glad he had his knife with him!

Why do you need a knife for camping?

The main reason you need a camping knife is, that they appropriate for your surroundings and combine other tools outwith the blade its self. 

A good camping knife will help you to prepare food and also prepare fires. Your knife will also be useful for cutting fishing line, not to mention paracord, which is commonly used when setting up a tarpaulin. And in the unfortunate event of an accident, first aid, such as cutting moleskin or gauze pads to fit a wound, could require a knife.

Preparing Food – A knife will help you prepare your food and help with other cooking tasks, such as opening packets, and tins. Whether you are preparing a fresh fish or peeling fruit, a knife is handy. You can keep your knife clean by washing it daily in boiling water which helps to kill germs.

Prepping The Fire – Camping is not camping without a fire, and sometimes getting a fire started is not as easy as it sounds. Most of the time it’s down to the damp weather, and this is when your knife can help. Often, you need wood shavings to get a fire going, and having a good quality camping knife with a sharp blade, makes this easy, and sometimes enjoyable.

Cutting Cord – Creating a good camping environment for you to enjoy for the coming days often takes a bit of work and customization. You’ll want to have a knife when setting up tarps, windbreaks, and even clothing lines. Often, the cord/line will become knotted or jammed and needs to be cut. There are so many other uses when it comes to cutting cord and fishing line, to go through in this post, but I’m sure you will figure them out soon.

First aid – Not the first thing on people’s minds when shopping for a fishing knife, but one day you may need your knife for applying first aid to someone. Having the ability to cut bandages fast and effortlessly can help you cover a wound more efficiently and effectively. 

How Do I Choose A Fishing Or Camping Knife?

Are you wondering how to choose a knife? And you are doing the right thing because for every man the most important tool in a hike is a knife. Old Man Grills swings his knife left and right, striking sparks, splitting stones, and simultaneously praising his blade. It may be good, but for a modern tourist (layman), a knife is needed, first of all, for opening canned food, cutting food, and installing fishing tackle. 

Yes, sometimes a knife is used as a weapon (which it is), but let’s agree that this happens quite rarely, which means that we will start from the tasks that we have to solve every day and which knife to choose for a hike is already more obvious.

Bear Grylls knife is every tourist’s dream

How to choose a knife

Blades can be expensive and if you have not yet learned how to choose a knife, then be careful. You can buy a device with a set of useless functions and elements. Or, even worse, mimicking Crocodile Dundee to walk away from the vendor with a real short sword that will make you look like a fool in the eyes of your friends and confidants. Here are some tips from experts to help you avoid this fate.

Knife or multitool?

As everyone already knows, the modern assortment of knives is simply huge, and multitools are often found. They cleverly fold into a wide variety of devices, from openers to pliers and screwdrivers. 

There is no definite answer whether or not to buy a multitool, but there are a few things to consider.

All in one:

If all you are traveling with is your backpack, then 85% of the functionality of the multi knife is not used. A survey of experts in the tourism industry showed that if you are a minimalist, a regular knife will suit you. If you are going on a long trip with the whole family, then perhaps you may need something from the “repertoire” of a multi-instrument.

If you need a knife, take a knife!

What Do I Choose – Foldable or fixed?

If you are backpacking or camping on the river, then both types of knives are good for you. But I would prefer, nevertheless, a knife with a static blade. Several important reasons are safety, cleanliness, strength. For example, a fixed blade knife will never close or hurt your fingers. Even folding knives with a locking blade can harm a person.

How Do You Choose – A Camping Knife From All Of The Variety?

A fixed blade is also better if you are doing any heavy-duty camping, such as chopping wood for kindling or chopping food. (The folding knives get pretty dirty.) 

Fixed blades have no moving parts and are made from a single piece of steel, so they will always be stronger than even the best folding knives.

Folding knife, advantages:

  • takes up little space;
  • does not require a sheath;
  • handy in an emergency.

Fixed Blade Knife Advantages:

  • lasting;
  • resistant to pollution;
  • safe to use.

Both types of weapons have their advantages and disadvantages. A folding knife takes up much less space than a static blade knife, at the same length, and does not require a sheath to store and carry. The folding knife is easy to carry in your pocket. Besides, most modern folding knives are equipped with a spring clip attached to the handle, which allows the knife to be secured to a belt or in a pocket. Thanks to this mechanism, folding knives are much safer to carry around all day, especially when we don’t want to advertise it. At the same time, we maintain quick access to the blade, which is convenient in many situations.

How to choose a knife by size

If the knife is too large, you won’t be able to use it for small, detailed tasks. But if it is too small, you will not be able to cut or process wood with it. So which knife should you choose? The average size! Aim to buy a blade measuring 12 to 15 centimeters (this is the size of the blade itself).

When paying attention to the handle, be aware that a handle that is too small will contribute to the appearance of blisters during intense work, and a large one will not give the accuracy in actions that may be needed.

What Is The Blade Made From?

Stainless steel knives are cheap and will not rust. Stainless steel is softer, so hitting something hard with such a knife can result in deformation of the cutting edge, but not breakage. These are their advantages. On the other hand, knives made from such steel often require sharpening, which can be problematic in the field – it is difficult to find a smooth stone or you need to carry a sharpener with you. But if you do not require high sharpness from a knife, you will quickly find something that will serve as an impromptu sharpener.

Carbon steel is hard and does not need to be sharpened as often, and it also stays sharp longer. 

However, such a knife darkens quickly and then rusts. Therefore, it requires care and proper storage. While some stainless steel knives are less valued, they are certainly more comfortable for most travel applications, including my own. Yes, you can still discuss the scabbard, the material of the handle, the shape of the blade, and its thickness. But as for me, these are all secondary characteristics. You can also touch on the price, 

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