By MH Staff - Posted on 30th June 2014
A great blade can help you overcome lots of outdoor obstacles
Few tools take as much punishment as your pocket knife. Which is why you should seek out an established brand – like Swiss Army or Leatherman – and not some R5 store knockoff, says Creek Stewart, founder of Willow Haven Outdoor survival school. An easy way to spot a subpar knife: the blade is loose. When it’s open, it shouldn’t wobble from side to side. Same goes for the tools: “Flip open each one and wiggle it. There should be little or no movement at the joint.” A good pocket knife will have a 25-year warranty, at least.
Look for tarnish on the blade; if the steel’s colour is off, it’s likely low grade. And, says Stewart, check sharp- ness: can the blade cleanly slice paper?
Stewart carries the Swiss Army Tinker (R693, Want It All), which features a wire stripper, three screwdrivers, a bottle opener, tweezers and two blades. Not much else. “It’s the perfect all-around pocket knife,” he says. “You don’t want tons of bells and whistles adding bulk to your pocket.” Stewart also likes the Leatherman Juice (R1 399, Cape Union Mart).