There’s not a single doubt that any tool that is to be used for outdoors such as trekking and camping – should be sturdy and top quality. An essential tool that will greatly cripple an outdoor adventure if it breaks is a knife. Bladed tools have been around for the longest time, and it has proven to be one of the most – if not the most essential tool for survival. Sure, a satellite phone is probably a better option if immediate rescue is the point. But the point is going out there and experiencing nature in its (almost) full glory.
When choosing a knife, or when asking around in message boards of people who are outdoors enthusiasts, one might be surprised to know that there’s a lot of clamor and accolades for the humble kukri, even more than the trusty machete. This is primarily because of the unique shape of the kukri’s blade. It provides flexibility wherein it can be used as a small knife, a quasi-machete and a quasi-hatchet. But for a person who has no experience in buying a crucial equipment, there are some considerations to take note of first before rushing to the store to get one. Knives can be particularly deceptive in their simplicity. Here are some important pointers.
There’s no getting around this. The material used for making the blade, the handle and everything that comprises the kukri is important. The best kukri survival knife is the one that can take all the punishment and be good as new on the next weekend adventure. High carbon steel is what experts will usually recommend. And they’d be right. Don’t worry if none is available at the local store. Check with Internet stores and they’re likely to have one for sale. High carbon steel is made from recycled truck materials. Yeah, they’re pretty tough.
Knives made with passion and extreme attention to detail are far better than ones that come from template mass production. This is because smiths who did the metal pounding pretty much have their eyes on the blade and oversaw the entire process. With their experience and techniques, it’s hard to deny that handmade blades are more awesome than one that came from a production line.
The grip of a kukri takes extra emphasis compared to other bladed tools. This is because people are so used to using straight blades such as the kitchen knife. This means that there is a chance of getting injured while getting used to the unusual hatchet-machete feel of the kukri. This doesn’t take long, however, as anyone can easily get used to the versatility of the blade.
Buying a kukri that fits what one needs is, of course, obvious enough. But sometimes it’s easy to get lost in a window-shopping spree. Some end up buying that awesome two-foot long kukri; ultimately forgetting that their outdoor trip is just a one-night camp out in the nearby wildlife preserve. Keep this in mind and make a list of the possible scenarios where the blade will be used in the trip. If needed, get two. One is for larger tasks and the other for smaller and more precise ones like gutting fish.