Guest post from the makers of Perkins Knives, UK.
Are you a knife enthusiast?
Are you searching for the right bushcraft knife for yourself?
It is not just necessary to own a bushcraft knife, but it is important to own the right one for yourself. Every bushcraft knife is unique in its own way. It is built to last long and for hard use. All the properties should help it to perform a range of functions above the standards of a regular EDC knife.
Buying the right knife for you depends on a lot of factors other than the knife itself like if you are going to use it in humid or damp region, you need to buy a stainless steel blade to avoid corrosion and if in dry regions then it should be made of carbon steel. Folding knives are considered to be harder to use and are less strong as compared with fixed blade knives.
Properties to Consider
The following are some of the major properties that you need to look for in the perfect knife for you:
1. Blade Size
The temptation to pick the biggest blade available is known as the Crocodile Dundee temptation. There are pros and cons to even the biggest blade, when you consider it for bushcraft activities. If you are buying it to chop trees, then go for an axe or a machete. Similarly, small blades also have pros and cons i.e. if you wish to use it to chop trees, it would not do any good to you. Always go for 8-15 cm in length of blade size, as per your comfort and work.
2. Design and shape
Ideally, you wish to have the thickest blade possible because it will be the strongest, but a good bushcraft knife should have a long, flat cutting edge that turns up to meet a tip. It should have a distinctive tip i.e. not every thin or pointed. Don’t go for a needle tip as well. Bushcraft knife tips are heavily used & abused, which requires it to remain functional for a long time. Something which is sharp and strong enough to withstand hard use. It also shouldn’t have a bulging underbelly either. The two best designs for bushcraft knife blades are drop point and spear point.
It refers to how the blade is shaped above the cutting edge. The primary grind basically thins down the blade from its initial width. The best grinds versatile and strong because if the edge is too thing, the strength is severely compromised. Grinds like chisel grind, flat grind, convex grind and scandinavian grind are some of the popular ones. You need to avoid bushcraft knives with hollow grind because it is only good for EDC knives as it makes the blade too thin and ineffective.
4. Cutting edge
It is a very tricky part of the knife because if you take a bigger angle, the edge will become very strong, but will lose its cutting power and if you choose a smaller angle, the edge will become very sharp, but will reduce in strength. Thin cutting edge is good for softer targets like in food production while thick cutting edges are completely the opposite. One of the other factors you need to look for is the ability of the blade to be resharpened because the edge wears out if used regularly and resharpening is required every once a while.
5. Blade material
It is one of the most difficult aspect of a knife because there isn’t a best one; rather a right one, depending upon the work you wish to accomplish with your bushcraft knife. Blade materials range from stainless steel to alloy mixed steel to element-mixed steel like carbon, chromium, vanadium and molybdenum etcetera to make it corrosion and wear resistant, to improve its strength, hardenability, strength, toughness, and light-weighted.
6. Handle material
Handles are chosen for their looks, durability, grip and shock & absorption. The material totally depends on the task that needs to be accomplished, environment in which it will be used and frequency of usage to get an idea of the wear & tear.
Choose The Right One
After reading the above properties, you must be having a clear understanding of what needs to be considered while purchasing a bushcraft knife as per your suitability and use. There are many places where you can get customised bushcraft knives in UK (https://perkinknives.com/product-category/bushcraft-knives/), USA and other parts of the world, you just need to look harder.
Choose Wisely! Choose What’s Right For You!
Author Bio: Having been on the Perkin Knives team for several years as a marketing executive, Billy has been part of a great many top-of-the-line projects. Not only has he personally contributed to the service in every way, but he also happens to be one of the most revered members of Perkin Knives.