Knives, Knives, Knives; you can never have too many, but why?
Hello my friend and welcome back! In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I live knives and for good reasons. In today’s post we are going to look at some of these and the different type of knives you should have in your preps. Grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Let me start by saying that I have loved knives from a very young age. I can remember back when my father gave me my first pocket knife. It went something like this: Mom: I can’t believe you gave him a pocket knife! He is only 6 years for God sake! What if he cuts himself with it? Dad: Then he will learn to be careful with it. Needless to say my dad was a man of few words.
He was right through; I did learn to be careful after I cut my self with it a few times. I swear I think I think I could have had a bone sticking out through my skin and my dad would just say “Rub some dirt on it, you’ll be OK.” Like me he loved knives.
What is it about a good knife that makes you feel so empowered? Now I know what the shrinks would probably say, but personally I think it’s because the need for a knife is deeply rooted in our subconscious. They say that people too hand down instincts from our primitive ancestors through our DNA. For so long, the knife or a variation of it helped man to survive and was the only many people had.
When I pick up a gun, it feels great, but not like when I pick up a good knife. The feeling is almost primal. You feel it deep down in your soul and know that you just need to have one. There are many reasons why each of you should have several and here are just a few:
- Skinning wild meat and cutting it up.
- Making shavings for kindling.
- Cutting wood and string to build shelter.
- Used for whittling wood to make spears and other items.
The list goes on and on. It’s the one tool that you can’t be without, but what kind of knives do you need? Well this tends to vary depending where you live. Those of us that live along the water, always have a good Filet knife which is then and flexible for skinning fish with. They are also good for getting the last pieces of meat off of an animal caucus.
Then you have you hunting knife. The hunting knife is great for skinning and butchering wild game. These are usually about 7 inches long and have a reasonably thick full tang blade. Strong and non-flexible, these are usually prized positions of the outdoorsman.
The survival knife is another must have knife. Unlike other knives, these usually have about a ten inch full tang blade on then and the blades are always really thick. These are the ones you use for cutting wood and buttoning. They are meant to be used and abused so that you can keep your other knives sharp by using this one. I have seen the ones with the compass in the end and contents in the handle, just remember, if there is an empty space in the handle, then it’s not full tang and will quickly fail you. You see a full tang knife means that the blade metal runs all the way through the handle so as to make them more durable. Avoid any knife that is not full tang.
The next group is fighting knives. There are many of them on the market that look very scary, but are not worth a crap. Let me also point out some that only those who have been in knife fights know. There is no winner in a knife fight! Be thankful if you even survive and the only hope you have is a good fighting knife. If you can avoid a knife fight at any cost, then do so, because the only way to win one is not to get in one.
And last but not least, there is the throwing knife. These are usually thick knives designed to take the punishment of throwing them. They come in al different shapes and sizes and every Prepper should have some whether they can stick a target or not. Why? You may not have the time inclination to learn to throw them now, but come SHTF you will have plenty of time and motivation to learn. It would be nice if you had a dozen or two in your preps when that time comes.
As I said in the beginning, the feeling you get when you hold a good knife is primal and gives you a feeling of security that you can’t get out of Cracker Jacks. Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, so until next time, stays safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!