posted on Feb, 3 2009 @ 11:28 AM
If you only plan on carrying one knife, make sure it's sharp enough to do the business, rough and tumble enough to use for hammering and prying, hard
enough to hold the edge for more than five minutes, soft enough to take a new edge, heavy enough to chop with, and not so long as to be unmanageable
when gutting and skinning.
With those criteria in mind, go looking at the products of well-respected knife makers and you're sure to find something suitable.
A gut hook is handy, but not necessary, and depending on what file set you carry it can be impossible to sharpen. I pack a set of credit-card thin
diamond stones, and a single small round file, but I don't carry a gut hook, go figure...
You shouldn't have just one knife - but if you must, be sure it's the right one.
Kabar isn't a bad choice at all.
My primary fixed blade is a Gerber Infantry model - it's a good knife I think, very versatile; it does everything I need it to do (fills all the
criteria I listed in the first paragraph). It's got enough of a point to do some delicate work, but not such a sharp point that I have to worry
about it twisting or snapping off.