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How to Choose a Survival Knife

One of the most valuable assets in every survival scenario is a good knife. But how do you choose the right one for your purposes?

General Survival Knife:
If there is room for only one knife and not a multi-bladed knife like a swiss army knife then you need a strong, general purpose blade good for doing such tasks like cutting wood, skinning game and food preparation activities. Getting one with a built-in compass and hollow handle compartment for mini-storage is a smart decision, just make sure the handle is made of strong material so as not to break under pressure and possibly lose compass functionality.

Folding Knives:
Check the locked position to see that it retains its sturdy position conituosly during various tasks and won't dslip free. Its best to have a solid wood handle or tines the are evenly spread apart to ensure that the handle does not break in two. The sheath needs a loop fastener and easily be attached to a belt.

Note: Keep sharp and ready to use - so clean, oil it and sheath it until needed.

Parang:
The large curved Malayan knife acts as a mini-machette, ideal for cutting trees, making rafts and constructing shelters.Recommended size is 12 inches for the blade and no more than 1 1/2 pounds. The curve of the blade protects the knuckles when striking and has 3 optimized usages. The tip is sharper for skinning, the middle wider for wood cutting and the base for carving and finer movements.

Sharpening Your Knife:
Use sandstone, granite or quartz material in 2 parts then rub them together to smoothen their surfaces so that you have rough and smooth surfaces on a double-faced stone. The rough surface extracts the burrs while the smooth surface gets the knife edge sharp.

When sharpening move in circular motion in a clockwise direction with your left hand holding the wet sharpening stone, while holding the blade in your right hand. Push away with the stone while keeping the angle constant without dragging the blade towards yourself. Lessening the pressure produces a sharper edge. 

For the other side of the blade move counter clockwise to finish the process.

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