Common range of blade points and what tasks they are best suited…
- Drop-point : good compromise between strength and utility
- Sheepsfoot : false point – slicing, whittling & ideal to cut rope
- Clip-point : for more delicate and precision work
- Straight Back : sturdy, ideal for cutting and chopping
- Tanto Blade : strong, handy for pushing cuts and piercing
- Gut Hook : skinning and field dressing wild game
- Trailing-Point : filleting, skinning and camp food prepping
“Your knife is your life”: You’re only as sharp as your knife and your survival knife is the one that you have on you at the time. If you’re out and about and everything turns south for the winter and you haven’t got a knife on you, you’ll very soon wish that you had. Stephen Nowacki.
Fixed Blade Knife a “Survival Tool” .
It is an essential tool for carrying out tasks such as shelter building, skinning, fire building/lighting, whittling, rope work and wilderness skills
The fixed blades (full-tang) are robust, reliable and easy to maintain; they need to be when used on tough camping / woodsman tasks. On your belt, ready to hand in a survival situation.
Bushcraft knives tend to be around 3-5 inches in length and better suited for delicate tasks like making traps or skinning small game.
Survival knives are often 6-12 inches ideal for heavier tasks; chopping and digging.
The Sidewinder is a larger bladed Survival knife and ideal for heavier cutting tasks which would normally need an axe, the blade is slightly recurved which gives you a longer cutting edge on the same length of blade. It has a forged brut de forge style finger choil to protect the fore finger and in my opinion it works even better than it looks!
Although it cost me a little more, I prefer a high carbon tool steel blade; for many good reasons. An example of one obscure reason – if I lost or forgot my Steel strike I can generate sparks off the spine of my knife when using a ‘ferro rod’ and to start my fire…..
Refection > When I was hungry, wet, tired and freezing my nuts off and need to light a fire, and my stainless steel blade wouldn’t throw any sparks. Oh ****