Hello kind krafters!
Hope you’re all doing well, feeling happy, and loving life. This week I’m revisiting an old post of mine with a new and improved update. In “Projecting Yourself in the Outdoors” I gave a helpful hint to always have a pocket knife with you, you never know when you might need it, and it can really come in handy in both sticky and everyday situations outdoors. This is still one of my number one tips, but it has recently come to my attention that this one may be a bit harder to navigate.
Key in Lauren! Lauren works at Reviews.com and is herself an outdoorswoman who knows the importance of a good knife. She and her team set out to analyze 136 pocket knives, to find the best performers for all different situations. Lauren and her team know that one essential survival tool is a pocket knife and oftentimes hikers underestimate the need for a handy knife until they find themselves in a tight spot, so it’s always a good idea to carry one (particularly if you’re hiking alone). When looking for the best pocket knife for your use, Reviews.com’s guide will help you navigate your options for this key piece of outdoor equipment.
So what is important? Hikers should look for a knife that has a great feel in their hand and is easy to open. Of equal importance is safety – be sure a locking mechanism is part of the design and that the mechanism is easy to utilize. Because you may potentially be using this as a survival tool, test out your knife on any materials you might be cutting, like branches and plastic. Last but not least, be on the lookout for extra features that may come in handy, like a screwdriver attachment.
To learn more about this incredibly guide Lauren and her team have gifted us outdoors loving people, check out the guide here: https://www.reviews.com/pocket-knife/
What do I use?
I use of a couple of different options, a combination of which are always with me, depending on the situation. On the daily I keep a small pocket knife if a serrated edge in my coat or sweater pocket. It’s a simple knife with no attachments, and is an old one that belonged to my dad that I picked up when I started going solo camping. I also keep a multi-tool in my backpack every day. This multi tool sometimes migrates to my pocket if I’m going on a walk that doesn’t require a backpack but is still in the woods. The tool has a couple of knife options, as well as a screwdriver attachment, bottle opener, file, and folds open to become a small pair of pliers. When I’m heading into the backcountry, and to keep with me for safety when I’m solo camping I have a handheld knife if a serrated edge that is about the size of a machete. It was a gift from my brother and is always on hand if I know I’m going into the woods alone, on a difficult trail, or in a backcountry setting.
I hope you all enjoyed this helpful reminder for outdoor safety, and thanks so much to Lauren for reaching out and to her and the Reviews.com for creating this amazing guide,
Tell me which pocket knife is your go to,