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6 Properties Of Bushcraft Knives To Choose The Right One

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.

3.  Grind
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 (, 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.



camping · homesteading

While Driving through Chicago

They call this civilization?

One of the first things one discovers living in the woods for any length of time is that once you step outside the piney forest, it’s freaking noisy. I hadn’t ventured far from my wooded homestead in 3 years. It was again time to visit family in other parts of the state. Forgoing the expense of a motel and putting a burden on family we chose to stay at a centrally located campground. As it turned out, some of our family members had chosen that weekend to go camping at the same campground. Ah, terrific I thought, we can kill two birds with one stone.

We (husband, 40 year old son and I) decided to travel light and bring a large tent and only what we needed to make a comfortable 3 night stay. We arrived first and set up camp close to the reserved spots where family were to stay. Slowly they trickled in. Each one had a huge 3/4 ton pickup hauling a 30 foot 5th wheel. It is nice that they can do that. They are young and I don’t begrudge them their payments. After all they have children, the washer and dryer in the camper comes in handy. I’m old school, I see their campers as a luxury resort on wheels.  So much comfort makes people soft, I thought. Even at my advanced age, I personally do enjoy the grounding effect I get from sleeping in close contact with the earth. There is nothing more refreshing/rejuvenating and I feel sorry for those who never get to experience it. Early humans had it going on, no wonder they were healthier than modern people.

We had other family to visit, a birthday party to attend and dinner with other cousins too, so we weren’t around much. I do feel badly for that. Seems there just is not enough hours in the day sometimes. Please forgive us, you guys, eh? I so enjoyed seeing all the little children. I got lots of hugs, which made the whole trip worth it.

Handy Granny has left the woods

Driving south to lower Michigan, you have two choices. You can drive 10 hours and cross the Might Mac (the way I prefer) or you can drive 7 hours (depending on backups) and drive through Milwaukee and Chicago. Our son was driving, so he took us the fast path. Now, mind you, the last time I was in Chicago was 30 years ago. I drove and it didn’t bother me in the least. Two to three lanes in and two to three lanes out. Easy as pie, then. On our return trip all 6 lanes of traffic are moving at a pretty good clip. Our truck driver son comments on how smooth the flow of traffic is moving. Express lanes are closed, but construction and detours are at a minimum.  Going through on Thursday was a lot more hectic, and for the most part I sat in the backseat and held my breath. Needless to say, I didn’t see much.

What I noticed this time through Chicago and Milwaukee was how many people are texting or talking on their cell phones in heavy traffic. It was amazing that there aren’t more traffic crashes than there are. And people waiting for the commuter train that runs parallel to the highway in Chicago, all of them standing alone. There weren’t too many but the ones that were there were alone and looking down at their phones. Every last one of those people were looking at a phone at every loading point.  City life must be so very lonely, was the thought that ran through my head.

Crunching the numbers

commuter train

Wrap your head around these numbers for a moment;

Milwaukee Wisconsin- 600,000 residents inhabit this city
Madison Wisconsin– 250,000
Chicago Illinois– 2.7 million
Detroit Michigan– 700,000
Flint Michigan– 100,000
Total population— 4.3 million– 4.3 million–4.3 million

And those numbers don’t reflect the people living in out laying areas. To me that’s a whole lota family, eh? Sure is a whole bunch more than the 400 families in my township.

Yes, there is a point to all this. While riding in the backseat, I’m out of my wooded box.(I never, ever sit in the back seat. I probably should sit back here more, you can see so much.) My thoughts turn to; how can this many people survive if we should suddenly have an EMP or solar flare? If there is no power. . .
Then this one shows up on face book. (If you are open, the universe gives you hints)

Explosions rock Michigan neighborhood as US Army urban military training exercise begins

The media only gave residents 3 hours notice. Remember, Michigan is an open carry state. Someone could have gotten seriously injured or worse here. Or maybe that was what they were hoping, to winnow out militia types? I was really hoping to stay away from this kind of article in my Handy granny blog. But this tuff is getting so in your face that it is hard to ignore. And again, my attention was directed to this one.

Back to the drive through Chicago, I remembered reading an article awhile back  and suddenly food shortage articles were popping up every where. My thoughts wandered; if even half of what the alternative media is writing comes true, just how quiet will our home turf be then? Is this Jade Helm 15 just ahead of something big?

Back home

Normally, when I go to see family I take the slow route and rarely see the larger cities. This has been an
eye opener for me. As I sit in front of my computer and listen to the woodland birds singing their “come fly with me” melody, I’m in quiet anxiety. Impressed with human ingenuity but I’m terrified of it’s ignorance. There is a heavy, evil cloud hanging overhead, destroying our brotherhood. I could feel it. Is this the cycle of civilization coming to an end? Will evil win?

History is written by the winners. I plan on keeping a journal of events to pass down to whomever. Hopefully they can read English in the future.

Update— 30 minutes after publishing my article, I find this
and this