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Originally posted by Q:1984A:1776
reply to post by Dionisius
In my opinion, a knife is the most essential survival tool there is. With it, you can pretty much make anything else you need in the bush, but it's really hard to make one that is effective (stone blades don't work for chopping for example). Having tested quite a few blades in the woods for various applications, I'd have to say that the most effective is the Kukri for heavy use, and the most versatile is the Bushman Bowie. A traditional machete is far surpassed in usefulness by these two blades. I highly suggest you check them out and do some research into their various advantages over a machete or hatchet. Don't spend more money than you have to on a blade. You really can get a knife that will do everything you need it to for under $30.00.
Also, I should add that I'm not trying to promote a specific vendor by linking to the manufacturer's website, in fact, I'd highly suggest buying one from an alternative seller on Amazon or Ebay or the like, as you can get these blades for even less through them.
If you have any questions about these or other similar blades, feel free to ask.
Edit to add: If you do consider getting one (or both) of these blades, I'd suggest looking into an alternative sheath. The blades are of incredibly high value, but the sheaths will not stand up to abuse at all.edit on 29-10-2011 by Q:1984A:1776 because: (no reason given)