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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Many Uses of a Camping Knife

Many activities in a camping trip include the use of sharp materials such as a screwdriver, a camping knife and various types of blades. Of all these tools, the camping knife is the most essential - and most useful of all. This is because it has so many uses, not only limited to cutting trees or branches, but for cooking, setting up the camping area as well as for protection.

A camping knife can be found in almost all stores that sell camping gear of any kind. Some websites even offer customizable knives that work on anything possible. These multi-purpose knives are the perfect companion for a camping expedition.

General purposes

A camping knife can be used in cutting trees and branches, wood for the fireplace, bushes, canvas and much more. Most of the knives used for these purposes are very durable because they are supposed to be alternatives for heavier materials such as axes.

These knives must meet some requirements, such as, that their blade should be black, oxidized, non-reflective, and made of stainless steel. They must be heavy enough and long enough to penetrate through the wood or similar material.

Protection

Campers who go deep down in forests to camp for a few days would never step out of their house without a camping knife as it can not only protect against intruders, but also against various other threats such as wild animals. A camping knife is very essential in this case, especially if you don’t want to be carrying bigger weapons such as rifles, axes, and saws. Since these knives come with a holder that you can clip on to your belt or pants, they are easy to take along. Wherever you travel in the forest, you have the knife handy, and in case of anyone or anything attacking you, the knife can help protect you.

At the same time, however, a camping knife is extremely sharp and should be used wisely for protection purposes. Many incidents have taken place in camping outings where the campers fight and a camping knife gets involved.

Cooking and Fishing

A camping knife can be useful in cutting meat, vegetables and even opening cans. For those who fish and grill them, it is handy in skinning and cleaning the fishes. A clean camping knife can also be used to cut cooked food, if your cooking knives break or become blunt.

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