People really get upset when it comes to knives. They say it must be this long, it must be made by this maker, or that they want one just like some celebrity survivalist uses. Really? Yeah, really.
I must admit that, while at this stage of my life I find it all rather ridiculous, the big huge RAMBO knife is one of the things that made me light up when I was a kid. I was so cool for having a knife that had a hollowed-out handle to store small EDC gear in. I came back to reality when I discovered a few things. Namely that a hollowed-out handle is not real strong, the steel that made they made the blade of was….I don’t even know.
With all that said, I now look at knives from the perspective that it is only a tool. As a tool, it has a function and purpose, and that other things namely rock can do the same thing as a knife. That is why the Dan’s Depot crew have the simple, inexpensive, yet incredibly durable, sharp and useful Mora knife in the kit (and sold seperately). Watch this video for some basics about the knife that is offered.
As you can see there is no flash, but it proves to be an incredibly useful tool, unlike the RAMBO knives that I broke in half, back in the day.
I came in contact with my first Mora knife at a survival school that I attended several years ago (you never can learn enough right?). I thought it looked pretty cheap and plastic, and I am guessing it will look the same to many of you. While it does have plastic as part of the handle, along with rubber, and the sheath is plastic you simply cannot find a better beginner’s knife for the price. I say that because I have found the knife to be durable, very sharp. But particulary able to withstand alot of use and stay that way. It is incredibly easy to sharpen and to take care of as well.
For the price they are sold for on Dan’s website, if you break the thing (which I doubt will occur unless you using it improperly), just buy you another one!
For help with some knife basics, this is another video I did sometime ago that may be of help here know. I also use the Mora knife in this older video.
So get out there and try out those knives. You will need the practice…until next time, I hope to see you on, or off the trail!