Bushcraft Knife Hype

If you eat a great meal at a restaurant, is the type of spatula the cook used responsible for the taste of the food?

If you see a beautiful house, how important is the type of hammer the builder used to the final structure?

If someone has a beautiful website, do you ask them what kind of keyboard they used?

Why all the hype about bushcraft and survival knives, then?  Get a good knife (don’t join the never-ending search for the “best”, because you’ll never find it), then learn how to use it.

Remember that it’s the user, not the tool, that’s important.

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  • Beau

    I agree with you 100% find a knife that you like and can keep sharp, and practice as much as you can with it!

  • I believe the same thing happens in the paddling world regarding paddles…
    Backpacking world regarding packs…

  • Greg Averill

    Excellent point! Capitalism works against that thinking. Marketing and advertising want the consumer to believe they have to have the best to complete the job. It’s good to have a reality check.

  • Thanks for the comments, guys. I just felt like a rant this morning.

  • Ooooorah!!!! I love my cheapie bush knife because it takes a good edge and handles all the things I want it to. I haven’t needed to drive it into a tree and stand on it. I don’t know if it would take the abuse or even why I would want to do that. Part of this is fueled by what I consider to be less than realistic tests by many reviewers.

    What makes my knife the “best” is that it is capable of doing what I need when I need it. Find yours and stick with it. The only reason I have a drawer full of knives is that I like to tinker with them, make new handles, etc. My bush knife has been the same for many years.

    Thanks for your rant. I value your opinions and think that they help stabilize the community.

  • This makes me feel better. I thought it was just me that thought that about knifes. Thanks!

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