Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife
Power: Slight and light, this knife made short work of prying pencil-thin kindling from a log, and the petite blade surprised by splitting a hunk of 3.5-inch wood in four minutes flat.
Precision: Drilling perfect holes and v-notches for firebows with this easy-wielding blade is like slicing paper with an X-ACTO knife. A precise, fine edge skinned sticks like onions.
Verdict: Survival instructor Tony Nester favors Swedish models like this for good reason: Superior edge hold, a versatile shape, and superb control (credit the plush handle) ease carving. It’s also ultralight, and the butt hides a magnesium firestarter that shoots sparks like a rocket. Bonus: An easy-sharpening grind angle. Bummer: Excessive blade flex.
$30; blade: 3.75 in., 2.9 oz., sheath: 1.1 oz.; lightmyfire.com
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