posted on Aug, 14 2013 @ 03:51 PM
Originally posted by semperfortis
In all my years in the Marines, and on the farm and teaching survival, I have NEVER needed a smaller knife
I have however found myself needing a larger knife MANY times
May just be personal experience but I have carved traps, tent stakes and even a wooden flute with that Becker
I have also cut firewood, built shelter and cleared brush; things I can NOT do with a smaller knife
Just my personal experience.. Take from it what you will
Point taken, and I agree with certain survivalist mindsets, a larger machete length blade may be more multifunctional.
However humans all over the world, for millenia, have efficiently done said duties without a steel blade all together.
I'm sure you've heard of Cody Lundin who uses a Mora (small 4 inch blade) to accomplish his "sharps" duties.
Personally I use a variety of tools for different climes and seasons. I have sharps from pocket size through choppers and machetes and a nice variety
of axes, from hatchet, to small forest axe, up to 4 pound heads. While I don't have all the survival experience you have, which sounds very
impressive btw, I am comfortable, relaxed, and quite at home in the woods making shelters and tools, fly fishing and hunting with my Ash self made
bow. Along with my dollar store bamboo shafted arrows, with duplex nail heads for points, fletched with dental floss and wild turkey.
some common folks can have shrafty skills too.
But you do sound badass though.
I would suggest that if one is finding themselves needing a larger chopper knife more and more, you may want to consider a hatchet or small forest
axe; which are safer to use and a more effective use of the weight to kit ratio.