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Making a Bushcraft Knife from a Steak Knife and Hockey Stick

Knife Build 1 30by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Oct 6, 2014

This is a photo tutorial on making a bushcraft or utility knife from a serrated steak knife with a hockey stick wood handle.  I did it as a step in the process of learning how to make a knife, in this case by stock removal of an already existing knife design and building of a handle with pins.  I was inspired by a common modification made to Old Hickory butcher knives, in which the blade is cut down and reshaped, and a new handle is attached. Read the rest of this entry

Selecting a Knife for Bushcraft and Wilderness Use

Making a feather stick for fire starting.

Making a feather stick for fire starting.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, September 18, 2014

“The knife is the smallest and most portable of all the cutting tools. Light and unobtrusive, the knife is readily available for hundreds of everyday tasks in bush living.”

(Mors Kochanski, Bushcraft, p. 109)

A knife is one of the most important tools for use in a wilderness area, whether for bushcraft or survival. It can be used to cut and carve wood for shelters, stakes, traps, hooks, spears, walking sticks, etc. It can be a vital tool when making a fire, from cutting and splitting wood to making friction fire drills, feather sticks, etc.  A knife is used to clean, skin, and butcher animals or fish, to cut rope or cordage, etc.   A knife can also be used as a weapon for self-defence. Read the rest of this entry