The other day I was in the gun shop picking up some supplies and I spotted a roll of Camo Form® Protective Camouflage Wrap.
I’ve heard some good reviews about this stuff so I bought it and it’s been sitting in my desk drawer ever since!
But today I’m stuck inside due to the weather so I thought I’d grab it and camo my Ka Bar knife handle.
It worked out pretty well.
I mean I certainly didn’t do a perfect job but it gives my knife a good grib and it look quite nice.
Here’s the official camoform tutorial which also shows you how to camo your gun with Camoform.
Right now my favourite little pocket knife is the Boeker Magnum Shadow Folding Knife.
I bought mine a few months back after I lost my other folding blade while out hunting.
Once the Boeker arrived I could see that it was a quality product and I can honestly say that in the past few months this little knife has endured a wide variety of bumps and crashes (including one involving me dropping it from a two storey roof onto concrete! It survived unscathed!)
The Boker Magnum Shadow is a lightweight, black aluminum handled knife.
This sleek black knife is a lightweight companion that will never let you down when your out and about.
The sturdy aluminum handle scales feature apertures for weight reduction, and the black-coated 440 stainless steel blade is secured by a liner locking mechanism(no risk of it closing up on your fingers )
Another handy little feature is the pocket clip on the back and lanyard hole.
It’s overall length is 7 1/2″ and it’s blade length is 3 1/4″.
Weight is 2.9 oz.
All and all it is a dam good little, lightweight folding knife which is ideal for hunters, hikers, campers and survivalists.
I personally like the fact is very light but has a very strong stainless steel blade that tends to hold it’s edge nicely.
So TSHTF and you find yourself in the wilderness for some reason or another.
You only have a couple of things you managed to throw into a rucksack.
One thing you don’t happen to have is an axe and it’s starting to get cold and dark and you need a fire.
Now every good fire needs some kindling to help start it up but with no axe what are you to do???
Break out the Ka Bar!
First grab some wood, a hard surface (stump, rock, etc to use as a chopping block) and your trusty sheath knife.
I prefer to use my Ka Bar for things like this but you can use any type of strong sheath knife.
Grab the wood and place you knife at the end of it so it spilts with the grain.
Next pick up a big ass piece of wood and give the end of the knife a good whack while firmly holding onto the handle.
Keep whacking the blade until you make it all the way through the wood and repeat the process as necessary.
Once the pieces of kindlings are smaller you can just use the weight of the knife to spilt them further.
It arrived a couple of days later and I took it out on an overnight camp with me.
My verdict after testing it out:
I would never consider taking any other knife(except maybe my Kukri) with me into the wilderness or during a survival situation.
Ka-Bars are well-known for being indestructible pieces of metal that are built like tanks.
I can honestly say that this is true!!
I used mine as a hammer, axe/hatchet, wood splitter and general purpose hacking knife.
With it’s 7 inch blade I kept it beside my sleeping bag in case a possum attacked and I couldn’tgrab my Rossi 92 fast enough!
After all, the knife has used by the US Marine Corp proof for over 50 years so it has to be good for defending yourself!
Note: I highly recommend getting one with a Kydex Sheath as the leather ones tend to warp if they get to wet.
Another issue with the leather sheaths is that they can retain moisture which can damage/rust the blade.
Anyway here’s my basic rundown:
. The blade stays nice and sharp, and it hacks through branches like butter.
. The handle is grooved making it nearly impossible for your hand to slip, and if your hand does slip (not likely) there’s a guard on both sides to keep your hand from the blade.
. This knife can handle practically anything you throw at it(or throw it at anything!).
. If buy the version that comes with a Kydex Sheath then the knife locks into it even before you secure the cross strap at the top. No risk of it falling out and slicing you.
. It’s been used by the US Marine Corp for over 50 years and is also the standard issue knife for the Israeli Commandos, and I don’t think these guys would be using sub standard equipment.
. The leather sheath can cause some issues if it gets too wet but this can easily be remedied by picking up an aftermarket Kydex/Plastic Sheath
Its forward curved blade design and its comfortable rubber handle makes it a dream to operate.
If you need to butcher game, spilt kindling, hack branches or make a shelter then the Kukri is up to the job.
The blade is of such a high quality that I even use mine to hack through thick tree roots and cut turf!
Another thing that I love about the Kukri is its weight.
In my opinion it is light enough for swift cuts but heavy enough to actually hit the target with a bit of force.
Sure, you won’t be splitting logs with it but it’s great for cutting some kindling or felling small trees.
And of course in the event that you have to deal with a vicious adversary such as the one below, then you cannot go past the Kukri!
A Kukri is a knife that is relatively small, and powerful, and very useful.
The famous knife of the Gurkas, it has a huge variety of uses.
It can be used to butcher meat out in the field, skin an animal, hack through dense undergrowth, chop small branches to make a shelter, you name it this knife is good for it.
I love my Kukri and if I had to pick 1 blade to take with me if the crap hit the fan then this would be the one.
This Classic combat is also a brilliant knife to have with you in a survival situation.
It was dopted by the U.S. Marines during WWII, and was later used by all other branches of the US military to some extent.
KA-BAR owners swear by these things saying that they never go dull, and they never wear out.
The benefits of this knife include the fact that it is designed for heavy duty use in crappy conditions.
It certainly isn’t to be used as a gentleman’s pen knife but if you want a knife that will help keep you alive in a survival situation then the Ka-Bar should be one of you first choices.
SOG Seal Pup M37
The seal pup is a lighter more compact version of the the SOG Seal Knife 2000 or Model S37. The SOG Seal Knife was selected as the highest ranked knife among the Navy Seals.
Although the blade is only 4.75 inches long it makes up for this by being razor sharp.
The serrated area also allow you to quickly cut through tough materials rapidly.
It’s also built like a tank and will take an insane amount of punishment before letting you down.
Buck 119 Special
The handle on the Buck 119 Special knife is phenolic with an aluminum finger guard and butt. The standard black leather sheath is perhaps more traditional than the more modern kydex that I find superior, though of course that is a matter of taste.
Most people who buy the Buck 119 Special knife are very pleased with its performance and durability.
Because this is a stainless steel knife it is less apt to pit when used in wet environments than the high carbon steel blades, a definite plus in many survival settings.
Becker BK1 Brute
The Becker BK1 knife is known as the Becker Brute. Like the some of its other knives, the BK1 knifes blade is a full quarter inch thick.
It’s recurve blade is nine and one-half inches with a full length of fifteen inches from pommel to tip.
Rather than a survival knife, I would classify the Becker BK1 knife more as a small survival machete. In my view a blade of this size is limited in the role it can play as an all around serious survival gear component due to its large size and weight.
However, if you have to construct an emergency shelter in the wilderness or hack your way through the undergrowth then the Brute is the tool for the job.