There are different types of knives in the market and the difference between them is brought about by their aspects. You will be able to determine the efficiency of a knife by checking out its features. Some of these feature include; the size of the blade, shape of the tip and the type of blade used. This article will help you understand how each aspect affects the performance of your survival knife.
Size of the blade
Hunting experts have advised that it is worth taking a look at this feature before buying a bushcraft knife. You should note that knives with larger blades are not necessarily the best. You may find a survival knife with a small blade that is more efficient than one with a large blade. Your choice of blade size depends on what you intend to use the knife for. Large knives are ideal in cutting hard chunks of meat or breaking bones while a small sized blade knife will be more efficient in skinning.
Type of tang
You will notice that almost all survival knifes have full tangs. This feature enhances the strength of the fixed blade knife. A full tang blade is also more resistant to bending and breaking hence it is good for using on hard substances. Full tang blades take long before they weaken at the handle compared to those with partial tang. If your survival knife’s blade weakens at the handle, it is possible to wrap it using cordage to provide a better grip.
Sharp pointed tip
Your survival knife should have a pointed tip. However, you may come across survival knives with flat or rounded tips. A sharp pointed tip allows the survival knife easy penetration into whatever it is being used on. This is very important for self-defense whether facing an animal or man. A tip that is not sharp will jeopardize the ability to stab the attacker quickly. In addition, you can use a sharp pointed knife for hunting. You can customize a survival knife into a spear by attaching a long piece of wood onto it. A Sharp pointed tip will also come in handy when collecting wild fruits, fishing and even when drilling.
Single edged blade
It is very advantageous to have a single edged blade for your survival knife. The other edge should be flat if possible 90 degrees flat. This will allow you the luxury of resting your thumb on it hence exerting more force on whatever you are cutting. You can also use the flat side to strike a Ferro-rod to start a fire. The flat back edge will also allow you to easily baton through huge chunks of wood.
Your bottom side of the knife’s handle should be as solid as possible. You can turn the pommel into great use by using it to hammer and pound on light objects. It is also ideal for driving in shelter stanchions. Some knives are made to have hooked or rounded pommels. This designs of pommels are not ideal for survival knifes as they cannot hammer or pound. Well-structured pommels add to the performance of your survival knife. You should ensure that you get the most out of your survival knife by choosing one with the correct aspects.