The wilderness is fraught with both opportunities and perils, which is common knowledge for die-hard survivalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and, really, commoners. So, if you are caught in it on your own for an extended period of time, you better be prepared.
That is why bushcraft knives for sale are an important investment for anyone intending on wandering into the woods– even if it’s for a short hike. As we all know, you just never know.
What Are Bushcraft Knives?
Bushcraft knives are made for various survival techniques, such as building shelters, cutting wood, etc. Bushcraft knives are slightly different from survival knives, however, because their blades tend to be smaller (around 3-5 inches in length) while survival knife blades are typically 6-12 inches in length.
When you are out in the wild and have your bushcraft knife with you, you are already faring significantly better than someone who is without one. If such an occasion arises, here are just five great ways to use your bushcraft knife in survival situations.
1.Cut Precise Lengths of Wood
Not having a saw with you while out in the wilderness can be unideal, especially when you need to cut wood, but you can use your bushcraft knife for various wood-cutting tasks instead. When you’re building a shelter, making makeshift tools, or setting up traps, your bushcraft knife is your best friend.
Try using the “beaver chew” method when cutting wood for precise cuts. For beaver chew cuts, place your knife at a 45-degree angle against the stick and, with your thumb, push on your knife’s spine. Then, take small “bites” out of the stick while rotating it.
2.Cut Down a Tree
Yes, even though you are working with a blade that’s typically 4 to 5 inches in length, you can cut down a whole tree if necessary. More specifically, you can cut down a sapling if you can double it over using one hand. With downward pressure on an angle cut, you can cut a sapling in half at the trunk. Just make sure the sapling is green! And, if the sapling is a bit larger or more stubborn against your blade, you can try to rock the blade.
3.Create a Feather-Stick for Kindling
It isn’t always easy to find dry kindling when you need a fire. When this occurs, not all hope is lost, of course; you can use your bushcraft knife to create a feather stick for kindling. Take your stick and shave downward with your knife to lift curls of dry wood. The last step of each stroke should be prying outward to spread the feathers.
4.Split Wood (with the Baton Method)
You can even split logs with your knife with the baton method! Rap your knife with a baton, then split a thin shingle from the side of a dry wood block. Sharpen the edges of said shingle and insert your now wedge into a crack in the wood that was already present or that you created yourself. Then, you can pound the wedge into the wood. With several wedges pounded into the log, you can cut a section of the log lengthwise.
5.Light a Fire (with a Ferrocerium Rod)
Ferro rods are necessary and lightweight tools to have when you are outdoors, as they can easily start fires no matter how wet or cold they are. By scraping your ferro rod with the bushcraft knife, you can spark a fire with ease. However, keep in mind that this will dull your knife.
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