When you are on the trails it is common knowledge that you need to ensure you are appropriately equipped for the adventure you are undertaking. However making sure you have the right knife for your trip is often something that people (wrongly) overlook. There are literally thousands of choices out there and buying one of every type of knife would cost a fortune, I intend to look at a sample of key knife types available and to offer a guide for which knife should be used for which purposes, such as cutting rope, cutting through undergrowth or gutting that fish for dinner
Picking the right knife for you can be tricky, here are some Damascus knife options for you to consider when purchasing a new knife for the outdoors.Folding Knife – This is generally a small knife that folds into its own handle and allows you to transport in your pocket or pack securely. With easy opening and safety lock present in many modern folding knives, they are a safe and secure when using.Fixed Blade Knives – The fixed blade knife, has a rigid handle and is therefore regarded as more secure than its folding sibling. Fixed blade knives are great for tougher jobs where pressure may need to be applied
When choosing a knife, blade size is going to decide its use, with smaller blades being more suited to technical tasks such as filleting or carving. Machetes- The Machete is a commonly used knife in Latin America and the Caribbean where it is used to cut through undergrowth and agricultural products such as Sugar cane. It is generally much larger than a traditional knife and as such should be used with care, however it provides a great option when large areas of shrubbery need to be cut back.With such a vast choice of knife suppliers to choose from, it can be difficult to choose a good quality supplier. I find that Gerber still remain one of the best on the market and their Gerber Bear Grylls range is of a high quality with plenty of design choices for every situation.