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Survival: In The Wild with…Only a Knife

Long before satellite beacons, humans thrived in the wild with the best technology available: a knife. And with that one tool and some basic knowledge, they fulfilled all life-sustaining needs.
The Gear: That’s Not a Knife
« This is a knife! A Swedish Mora with a 3 7⁄8-inch fixed blade is Tony Nester’s preferred tool for bushcraft ($20, apathways.com). The reason: A fixed blade with a full tang (meaning the blade runs through the length of the handle) is stronger, so the handle never breaks. He favors carbon steel because you can sharpen it against a smooth river stone using an arcing motion against the rock. It also sparks when you strike the back of the blade with a piece of quartzite, flint, or chert.
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2 Comments

  1. danschwemin

    I think Tony Nester needs to look up the definition of “full-tang” because Mora knives are NOT full tang. They have a rat tail tang. The 3 7/8″ bladed Mora knife that this article is referring to is most likely the Mora 511 which has a very thin, weak rat-tail tang (I would know; I’ve broken one) and is not a very strong knife. Either way, Mora’s are not full tang knives and are not regarded as being very strong knives in general. This article should be revised so misinformation is not being spread to people who don’t know very much about knives yet.

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