Hunting gear I carry pt 3 Knives and kits
Knives and kits
This is going to be a pic heavy post, and I hope you get the gist of my thoughts
People who are outdoors oriented are almost always carrying some kind of blade on their belt. Usually more than one.
Knives are not a religion, they are tools. There will never be the “1 Knife to rule them all” like all outdoor forums try to create in order to sell a multitude of new blades every year.
Lets pretend just for a minute we aren’t all stupid, or total amateurs collecting things just so our box of gear has cooler things than “their” box of gear.
So, basing my argument on knives being tools there are some which I and the crew I run with use for specific tasks
For field dressing game we prefer blades that are no longer than our index fingers.
We normally have 2 of us working on an animal when its on the ground and the shorter the blades we are waving around , the safer we are.
Also, we’ve been doing this a long time and there is some degree of comfort working together in a close environment.
We’ve also found, lay out your blades, in an organized manner without the sheath so when your blade dulls you can put down the knife on a drop cloth or yellow/orange garbage bag and pick up a sharp blade and continue to work.
Short blades are the way to go when you are skinning/dressing animal.
With your blades laid out without the sheaths, you avoid going back and digging through the gut pile for your sheath you left on the ground, because although we carry a belt knife, the knives we are using to work with are usually carried in a pouch in the pack with a sharpener.
This is my knife kit. Notice, no 12 inch blade bush chopper here. Yes I have more than one of those and yes they are useful but I prefer the right tool for the job. The small scalpel blade holder second from the right, and the Zipper type gutting knife has become almost a cult favorite for us.
Kind of like a set of wrenches verses a pair of channel lock pliers.
You can absolutely use any of these blades as a general purpose knife and call it good but there are drawbacks.
If you look closely you can see a small green pouch hanging out from under my shirt in the last pic with me dressing the elk.
I, like a select few who get out and do it, like knives to be a system not just a sharp rock on our belts. And since the knives I like to carry have kydex sheaths, its very easy to add a kit to the knife. Understand, in my experience short bladed knives are harder to attach a kit , so I run kits on knives with 6 inch blades or longer. Not a hard and fast rule, just something Ive found works for me
On the Kabar, the pouch is a First Aid Kit pouch attached with wire ties and 550 cord
On the ESEE 6 I have a small Condor pouch, its important with the small pouches to get one with a zipper not just a velcro flap. The zipper tabs can be closed and locked with a small wire tie, and extras carried inside. Notice extra 550 cord on everything. It tucks behind the sheath or inside on the Junglas.
What is in MY kits.
This is personal, and with a lot of trepidation I am posting it here.
Basic unnegotiable items
Survive Outdoors Longer space blanket Not the cheap wally world smaller than a pack of Cigarettes aluminum foil made in china pos.
Adventure Medical was the choice for years but these appear to have been replaced in my new kits, I still have AdMed blankets unused in some kits. The S.O.L blankets are better in my opinion. Run what you brung, the AdMed are fine.
Bic lighters, don’t go cheap, they are worth the extra 50 cents
DMT Sharpener I have a pile of these, in every kit and 1 in my shirt pocket when I’m out. If you have your knife, these are non negotiable items
In the plastic box are lifeboat matches, I think its a Coleman match case. I bought it on a whim and I like it.
The magnesium bar and striker, if the bar on the magnesium is ANY color than black it is not a real Ferro Rod and you are buying cheap.
And in the plastic bag are cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly.
That’s it for a basic kit, and if you have it attached to your knife, and your knife attached to your belt, you can make a fire and get warm.
Basic items you should never be without, anytime you get off the pavement
Hunting gear I carry pt 3 Knives and kits