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Dave Canterbury on Cutting Tool Choice

Good video from Dave, talking about "one tool" option knives and the commonality of multiple tool sets throughout history. Basically, big tough "one tool" knives are a compromise--they're not an axe and not as good for finer wood work as a dedicate carver/slicer or a skinner.

I've been leaning more this way--different blades for different tasks. I think we too often look for the one tool that will do it all, and end up with compromised performance.


  1. Yay, Opinel. Those are pretty nice knives and they're fairly cheap. I have a couple of them. Except, they're from France not Finland.

  2. Dave makes some very nice points here! A cheap mora and a good axe can do pretty much everything you'll need, and do it better than a one tool option like a medium to large sized knife.

  3. Very good vid...great reference to the historical use of multiple tools. I've actually got two seperate bug out bags, one for me to carry and another for friend/family. Both packed with almost exact same gear or equivelent, both have large fixed blade, good quality folder and multitool as well as tomahawk/pack axe attached. Idea being that we could actually loose one entire pack and still have everything we would need to survive long term. Keep up the good work!

  4. I usually have two knives, a Swiss Army and a fixed blade generally either a Buck Woodsman or a Schrade Sharp Finger. I have a nice small axe and a collapsable saw, but I rarely use either of them.

  5. AnonymousMay 25, 2012

    Good History lesson Sir, Good 'lesson' in general. Evidence I need to rethink .. and replace .. the 'fixed' blades in our Gethomebags. At present we have a lock blade, multi tool and a Mora. I see the utility of a beefy full tang. Thanks .... Thomas T. Tinker

  6. AnonymousMay 25, 2012

    Remember also that the knife is already often a compromise over other tools - Chisels, scissors, saws, scalpels, razors etc.