Bushcraft is defined as the art of survival. Bushcraft is the ability to survive and thrive away from civilization. At its most basic level, bushcraft skills will allow you to feed yourself, but there’s so much more to it than that. Given enough time and skill, a proficient bushcrafter will be able to equip a very comfortable shelter with a range of nutritious food to sustain your time in the wilds.
Simple or complex?
A bushcrafter’s kit can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it, but the foundation of every bushcraft kit is a bushcraft knife.
Generally, a bushcraft knife is a fixed blade knife which is stored in a sheath and carried on the belt or in a pack. Having said that, a number of fine folding blade bushcraft knives are gaining popularity. The blade should be sturdy enough to allow you to split wood, and be sharp enough to shave tinder for your fire. A square-edged spine on a carbon steel knife will allow you to easily produce sparks from your firesteel.
Importantly, the knife should be easily cleanable, so that you can use it for food preparation, with a handle that is extremely comfortable for sustained use.
Which bushcraft knife is best?
There has never been a better time to select your first bushcraft knife, or to finally retire your old favourite. There’s no such thing as the ideal bushcraft knife which suits everyone. Each person will have their own reason for choosing a favourite bushcraft knife.
The selection of bushcraft knives which follow should allow even the most discerning user to find their next trusted companion.