Bear Grylls Knife of Man Vs Wild fame uses a survival knife to make himself at home in the wilderness. From folders to full tang blades, the knives all tend to be lightweight, and generally reasonably priced. Bear uses a variety of knives in his episodes that aren't necessarily the best knife for the situation. Grylls shares with us that you may find yourself stranded without the perfect blade, or possibly with no knife at all; as in the 'Sierra Nevada' episode.
Bear Grylls Knife
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Half the fun I have with survival knives is testing them in the field and putting the knife through its paces. Not to abuse but to see how well they do in everyday use.
Heavy knives for chopping
I generally make use of a knife in the field for two important applications. One is for heavy chopping of small poles and tree limbs for shelter construction. Using a knife that has some heft to it can make this job easier on hands and arms. And the weight makes the work easier when we really need to get through wood quickly.
Pocket knives are handy
The main use for a knife is carving. It's difficult to whittle with a giant honking Texas Bowie knife when all you need is a strong thin blade with a comfortable handle to do the job.
One that fits in your pocket is nice, or maybe a bit bigger carving knife that fits in a sheath on your hip. The thin blade knife is not for prying, even the best can bend or be broken, prying does not suit small knives or any knife for that matter, though I am guilty of this type of abuse at times.
Bear Grylls Knife
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