Step 5: More Than a Knife

A knife can be a useful tool on its own, but it works well with other tools, especially in a situation where one may not have all of the necessary equipment.

A big mention are fire steels. These tools have become one of the staples for campers and backpackers. While it may not be as easy and convenient as matches or a lighter, they offer an additional source of sparks that does not require fuel and will work when wet. Furthermore, most of them will come with a nice flat piece of metal, that can easily be replaced with the back edge of almost any knife.

Multitools are another variety of knife that are extremely popular. In addition to having an all purpose blade, a multitool will combine other useful tools ranging from saws and screwdrivers to tweezers and toothpicks. The trade off with multitools is that they will not be as streamlined or well behaved as a tool specifically designed for the task, but they have a multitude of tools readily available at any given time, where it would otherwise be necessary to carry a toolbox.
Are you a Gerber Fan! you should move over to Leatherman multitools they are very high quality and better. <br>
Have 3 Leatherman tools, just sent 2 back after over 15 years daily use. They replaced the smaller with a newer model, and replaced all the blades in the handle of the Super-had my name engraved on the sides. Leatherman was first, is still top, and all the others are copies. My opinion, but I have several others to compare with. :~)
Hey I asked my dad for a Leatherman on my birthday a year back, because I've been jealous of his for like 14 years. XD He got me the Gerber and its been suiting me well, but I keep entering contests on here.
Yea but I think Leathermans are better made. but anyways lol
Well one day I may win one lol. But until then, it suits me just fine.
just get one off ebay. im gettting a leatherman wave black oxide for $110 when it costs at least $270 in store. huge saving
Hey here in Ontario i can get a wave for $75.00
yeah thats cool but i live in aussie so some things might cost more. and leatherman might be richer in your country
Yea if you want I may be able to hook you up
My high school has a policey that lets you carry a knife as long as the blade is under three inches long. I always carry one.
I forget how things have changed. I've been carrying a pocket knife since I was 6 years old, and never thought about it. Of course, that first one was so I could cut the proper switch, but that seems to be out of favor these days, too. haha Arkansas has a 3 inch 'concealed carry' law for knives, but worn on the belt is ok for longer. Never without at Least 2 knives, plus Leatherman. Feel naked, and everybody knows who to ask to cut whatever, haha. Sorry you guys get the short end of things. :~(
Wow..... My college was like that, but not highschool. I still carry one today and Idk how many times it has come in handy.
no way! my high school wouldn't allow that, since they know someone would be stabbed. <br>
Here's a fun fact about survival knives: Swiss Army knives (real ones) have red plastic sides, or &quot;scales&quot;. These are made from cellulose plastic. Old school, right? Well, there is a good reason for that material choice! Wen stranded at night, snap off the scale and light it with a lighter or other source of flame and it will burn with a BRIGHT ORANGE FLAME! That's right: it an emergency flare... Cool huh?
Nice article with some straight dope. I would add some things: after sharpening with a fine stone, I always strop my edges. This means polishing with a polishing compound on some hard leather. I glue the leather ( a nice thick piece of an old belt would do if its pretty smooth) onto a block of wood for support, smear some polishing compound (I actually use stropping powder) and then slide the knife, away from the edge, with lots of pressure, to polish the honed edge. This will keep your knives sharp about 4 times longer at least, barring stupid moves like cutting on a plate or concrete.
also there are alot of fake damascus blades to be carefull of if the cheap is probably just painted <br>
i have that knife on the bottom
and it is spring loaded which is nice to have
no no no dude gerber is way better they have the niceest saws and i also like my mac mutli tool it has a flash light it is so bright by the way i didt pay for any of them lol

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