How to Choose the Correct Knife for Outdoor Use

How to Choose the Correct Knife for Outdoor Use

While knife enthusiasts will immediately spot the ideal knife for each job, it may be difficult to do so if you’re just starting out. Not all knives are created equal and a blade that is perfect for one situation may not work as well when used for other purposes. Pocket, hunting and survival knives all have different specifications and purposes. Now, there are those who are knife elitists: the world of cutlery is so vast and enchanting that it’s a pity to have a one-blade-fits-all approach. So let’s take a closer look at which blade is best used in which situation.

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Types of Knives and Their Specifications:

Though there is a plethora of knife types that you should become acquainted with, let’s discuss the three most used types of blades:

  • Hunting knives:

The key to a good hunting knife is versatility. Of course, everything depends on the intended prey. Large game hunters will seek bigger knives while rabbit hunters will not. You’ll have to decide on the type of handles that you’d like the knife to have, whether it should have a fixed blade or folders and whether it should have a full tang design (a full tang means that the steel of the blade reaches back to the knife’s handle in one piece).

 

Now, there are specific knives that a hunter may prefer depending on personal preference. If you’re looking for a quick field skinner, take the time to find a blade that cleanly opens up an animal. Choose a sharp spear point that can quickly slice into hide. If deer is more your game, consider a sharper, shorter blade that’s capable of getting into every nook and cranny (even that really hard-to-get spot behind the knee). For duck and geese, consider a spear point, flexible blade that isn’t as wire, so that you can easily separate breast meat from the breastbone.

Fishing enthusiasts need to invest in a high-quality fillet knife that is flexible, thin and has a good grip. The key, though, is that the knife needs to be extremely sharp. You can search for knives that come with integrated sharpeners to solve this issue.

  • Survival Knives

There’s no such thing as a wilderness escapade without a survival knife. There’s no tool that’s more important. Again, you’ll have to think about the design of the knife, the length of the blade, the handle and whether you want to go for a fixed blade or a folding knife. When choosing a survival knife remember that you’ll be dealing with a multitude of situation, from food preparation and cutting to splitting, self-defense, prying, signaling, hammering and many others. folding saw

You can go for an inexpensive camp kitchen knife that is sharp and has a fixed blade. It’s a perfect multi-purpose tool that will slice and dice, fillet and field dress (though, as previously mentioned, you should truly have a dedicated blade for field dressing and skinning). If you must own a folding knife, it’s recommended to choose a blade that will be capable of cutting through anything. There’s a multitude of folding saws that cut through plants, rope, bone, and even branches. You’ll have to be very careful to choose a blade that has teeth that are meant to cut both ways and are coated so as to minimize friction.

  • Pocket Knives

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Pocket knives are perfect in the sense that even the least handy person can still find countless ways of using them. While discussing the many reasons why you should carry a pocket knife isn’t the subject of this discussion, keep in mid that pocket knives are multi-purpose tools and they come in handy. The only question is how to choose the perfect one?

Pocket knives can be used for everyday carry, for everyday carry and backcountry usage, for everyday carry and house handiwork and for everyday carry and hunting or fishing. Again, knife enthusiasts will argue this point fiercely and while their argument holds merit, there are some who simply wish to find a great blade that can be versatile enough to be used in any situation. When you want to purchase a knife for everyday use, it’s recommendable to seek one that is less-than-full-size and features a round-handled folder. For backcountry purposes, seek a blade that’s compact enough to be carried on hikes but robust enough for everyday usage. It’s always advisable to consult reviews and choose the blade that works best for your purposes.

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Another diet plan, what’s all this diet stuff anyhow?

Another diet plan, what’s all this diet stuff anyhow?

Article by Arnie P

Cami (65 lb) Do I need a diet too?
Cami (65 lb) Do I need a diet too?

Soon we will all have medications customized to our individual DNA.  How long before diets will get linked to our DNA?  When I was no longer able to use an “off the shelf” diet plan it was time for me with the help of my medical care providers to make a plan that would work for me.  To read more click here.

Arnie redesigns DIY Bamboo poles

Article by Arnie P

bamboo poles
bamboo poles

Since I have been using my DIY poles for about 6 months, I have decided to give you an update.  These DIY poles are about half the weight of my store bought poles yet they don’t feel that light.  I guess I was expecting to feel more of a difference.  I started looking for an explanation.  This lead me to thinking about the center of gravity for the poles.

My interest got piqued when I was researching light weight backpacking equipment. I have very nice Leki adjustable poles with shocks. They do weigh over 20 oz and I wanted to try something lighter. The carbon fiber looked good but they weighed about 14 oz and were in the $100-$200 range. This was a lot more money that I wanted to spend on poles. If I had that kind of money I would spend it on equipment that would provide comfort.

I then started seeing articles about bamboo poles. I searched the web and found I could buy them online, but the minimum order was 25 ten-foot poles. That was enough for 25 pair of hiking poles. I also saw bamboo fence. Then one day while walking through Wally world, I saw Tiki lights that were $2.97 each. These looked like the last 5 of a lot of about 25 and they were not something I would want to use hiking. Sure I wanted to save money, but not at that kind of compromise. Then I remembered that I had found some that were discarded years ago. I soon located them in one of my sheds. I had taken the pots out and all that remained were the poles. They were in much better shape than the ones I had seen in the store and they did not cost anything at this point.

To read more.

 

 

 

Arnie makes a pair of bamboo trekking poles

Arnie makes DIY trekking poles of bamboo

Article by Arnie P

going up hill with bamboo poles
going up hill with DIY trekking poles

 

There is a lot written about DIY trekking poles and in particular using bamboo.  This article is more on the obtaining of the materials than the actual construction. My interest got piqued when I was researching light weight backpacking equipment.  I have very nice Leki adjustable poles with shocks.  They do weigh over 20 oz and I wanted to try something lighter.  The carbon fiber looked good but they weighed about 14 oz and were in the $100-$200 range.

My interest got piqued when I was researching light weight backpacking equipment. I have very nice Leki adjustable poles with shocks. They do weigh over 20 oz and I wanted to try something lighter. The carbon fiber looked good but they weighed about 14 oz and were in the $100-$200 range. I then started seeing articles about bamboo poles. I searched the web and found I could buy them online, but the minimum order was 25 ten-foot poles. That was enough for 25 pair of hiking poles. I also saw bamboo fence. Then one day while walking through Wally world, I saw Tiki lights that were $2.97 each. These looked like the last 5 of a lot of about 25 and they were not something I would want to use hiking. Then I remembered that I had found some that were discarded years ago. I soon located them in one of my sheds. I had taken the pots out and all that remained were the poles. They were in much better shape than the ones I had seen in the store.

They look like they might be a couple inches too long, but I decided I would not cut them. The larger end of bamboo poles were split to accommodate the fire pot. I had some Scotch filament tape that I had hanging around since the late sixties. I taped over the split end in a spiral manner until the split part was covered. Turns out this made a decent grip, which if it does not work out with use, I can change in the future.

To read more.

 

How to Build a Kayak

I thought some of you might find this interesting.  Lincoln Canoe and Kayak (Freeport, Maine) shared this How to Build a Kayak video recently on their Facebook page, and gave permission for me to share it with all of you.  Enjoy the video, and check out their site when you get a chance!  Lincoln Canoe and Kayak

Building The Seguin: A timelapse movie of how your composite kayak is made from Thomas Neilson on Vimeo.

Winter Photo Tips

Jay Kinghorn is a digital imaging consultant, professional photographer and the author of a number of digital photography books.

The cold weather of winter is upon us and for many, this signals a time to run to the comfort and warmth of the indoors.  As nice as a roaring fire and hot cocoa may be, for a select and adventurous few,

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado this is the perfect time to capture some stunning images and get outside.  Get outside and enjoy the unique and picturesque moments the season offers.  Whether you decide to pursue winter sports with your friends and family or wish to wander wooded trails covered in snow, these are some tips that will help you capture the magic of the winter season.

Read Jay’s Tips…