Bahco Laplander folding saw, $30.
Teeth point outward from centerline of saw and seem to have the best height and bevel angles.
This saw cuts through dry or wet wood and bests other saws in cutting our local bamboo.
CRKT Chogan Tomahawk with hickory handle, $55. (retail $70)
This tool is definitely utilitarian - axe head has a purposeful hammer with generous striking surface!
Ka-Bar Magnum Camp 8" $70. (ret $95)
SOG Tomahawk, Cold Steel Kukri Machete (blade painted in very purposeful safety orange),
Spyderco H1 left (black handle) and right (yellow), Benchmade H2O middle (orange handle).
Use your blades! Put 'em to use... that's what we get them for...
Good handling and generous size of Cold Steel Kukri helps in powerful batoning method to split wood.
Cold Steel Kukri Machete 13" blade, with sheath, $27. (ret $35)
Cold Steel D2 steel Leatherneck 7" $105. (ret $130)
Cold Steel VG-1 steel SRK 6" $112. (ret $150)
Cold Steel Kobun 5.5" $50. (ret $65)
Stainless Mora knife with firesteel that locks in handle, $30. (ret $40)
Using fire striker and Benchmade's H2O folder to spark into char cloth... tinder bundle and fire is next.
Everyone needs to be adept at this basic method of firestarting without matches or lighters.
Straight talk on defensive knives - important facts that seem to be forgotten
Characteristics to be aware of with cutting tools: Importance of secure knife grip
Saber (forward) grip is fine... until point encounters
resistance then fingers slide forward on the blade...
Without prominent flared guard, hammer fist grip
allows sliding onto blade unless thumb caps end.
Handle contour from midsection to guard is vital.
Handles: textured and longer than hand's width.
Blades do not always have to be coated black!
W/ flared guard, thumb doesn't have to cap handle.
Blade length: at least three inches and not thin.
Sometimes command presence has advantages.
Forward grip thrusts and slashes can be effective,
Above grip can be countered by several methods
but the edged side up forward grip is devastating.
but sharp side up attacks are very tough to defeat.
Reverse grip commonly 'sharpened side out' but
While looking flashy, slashes can be overdone but
hooking / trapping more effective sharp side in.
hammering 'down, sharp side in' has > power.
Effective defensive application of folding and fixed blade knives
Most commonly utilized and learned saber grip allows effective cuts and jabs to vital target areas.
Saber grip: tricep slash, thigh stab plus twist-cut of quadriceps will disable muscles and motor control.
Reverse grip, sharp side out: will deliver driving cuts and powerful hammers to vital target areas.
Reverse grip, sharp side in: devastating power and has most effective hooking / trapping / cutting ability.
Cutting and blade exit immensely powerful on the pull stroke. Disarms extremely effective sharp side in.
Serious defensive tool - Assegai Spear
Cold Steel Assegai 13" blade with Secure-Ex sheath, $45. (ret $50) SOLD OUT
As a spear, the Assegai is the most effective standoff defensive tool.
Modified red oak staffs in stock, 5~6 foot lengths, $25~$30 each. SOLD OUT
Ideal staff length for interior defense use considering hallways and doors would be around 4.5~4.8 feet.
Defendant capitalizing on the advantage of reach, and using stealth, sound and shadow awareness:
there is no contest in decisive superiority of a 4.5 foot double-edged spear within building interiors.
More thought-provoking images and serious reminders on interior fighting: Fighting in structures
Firearm muzzle needs to be directed right at the defendant in order to be effective. Edged tools do not.
Blades will cut, puncture, slash and rip in nearly any orientation and with configurations like Assegai,
defendant can thrust, upcut, downcut and backcut at any given opportunity (extremity or appendage).
If operating out of a base location, which 6 tools would you choose?
All these tools don't have to be carried everywhere; but each fulfills an important purpose,
making tasks easier for long term conditions (as in 5 days or more) urban, rural or remote.
Spyderco H1 steel Endura
Lightweight, good grip on handle, most basic toplock
or backlock closure system.
H1 steel is very rust resistant.
Proven performer in folders.
The Endura size & category is
the dependable, proven blade that many already carry daily.
If you don't have even a basic
folding knife, get one ASAP!
Cold Steel Kukri Machete
Many machetes out there;
for utilitarian almost-every-
concave/convex edged kukri can chop, slice, draw cut and
even whittle along its curves.
Bahco Laplander folding saw
From Sweden, a must-have
in anyone's utility lineup. The folding saw is light, compact
and consumes far less energy than swinging edged impact tools like machetes and axes
when prepping big quantities
of wood for fires or building
shelters. Laplander's sawteeth
design cuts wet or dry wood.
Gransfors Small Forest Axe
Again, proudly from Sweden
is a medium, packable axe that processes wood at base camp so efficiently, you'd have fun! Sure, we wouldn't
carry this everywhere or
scout far distances with
it but again, at a base location
this beats trying to saw wood into halves and quarters, etc
for very good fire-making.
Mora stainless Light My Fire
From Sweden, best in utility
survival blades. Firestarter
is stored inside handle.
Scandi grind edge makes fire
prep or any finer work tasks
fun and a true joy to perform.
Gerber Multitool with Bits
Having needlenose pliers and
a select variety of useful tools
in a folding kit is overlooked
by many individuals. The bit
kit and adaptor really makes
the system complete as far as knife/tool portability can go.
Not just for urban settings, a quality multitool soon proves indispensable around camps
and outdoor functions when
tinkering and repairing needs
often arise. (Murphy's Law!)