“Clark, anytime you enter the woods carry the right knife. A good knife should be durable and versatile. You’ve got something unique there….. My eyes savored the cold blade as my head shook in disbelief. A confident feeling swept over me as I carefully sheathed the knife.” Excerpt from The Guide
This week, I’d like to talk about knives. How do you pick the right knife? In the next article, I’ll talk about sharpening and conditioning knives.
Choosing the Right Knife
Below, I list some great articles on choosing a knife. They go into much more detail than I will here. To summarize what I read in those articles, allow me to share these few points:
- One knife won’t satisfy every job. Some knives are designed for specific tasks.
- Will you use the knife for hunting, camping, fishing, everyday use, etc?
- For a fixed blade knife, make sure the blade and tang are one piece. This makes for a strong and reliable handle.
- Fixed blade knives are easier to keep clean, especially when processing game.
- Choose one with quality steel. Blades come with several steel ratings. Does it resist corrosion and is it durable? How well will it hold an edge?
- Pick a knife that fits your hand well.
- All-in-one tools may not be as good as a specific knife for a particular job.
- If you cut a lot of rope, then a serrated blade is most useful.
Check out these articles:
How to Choose a Survival Knife by Ron Fontaine
Choosing the Right Knife for Deer Hunting by Al Combronne
How to Choose the Best Survival Knife by Andy Beck
As I prepared this article, I was reminded of a passage in the Bible:
“12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God compares His word to a double-edged sword. A sword was used for piercing or thrusting; it’s a weapon—a weapon that can perform dramatic damage. The Bible does the same thing to our soul. It disrupts the soul and means to conquer it. The Word slashes us and seeks to destroy the fallen nature which intends to hold us captive.
Many watch God’s sword from a distance. They attend church each Sunday and hear sermons speckled with a verse or two. But why not engage the sword? Get close to it each day and feel its power. If you dare, run your thumb along the keen edge. Hear it slice through the air. By doing this, God’s word will penetrate your mind and spirit in a way you could never imagine.
You must allow it to enter your life and become the major driver for change. God’s word is powerful, and it will transform your life.
I also love the following verse:
“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16, 17
Notice that the Scripture is useful for:
- Teaching – it brings us wisdom and knowledge.
- Rebuking – it convicts and shows us our faults.
- Correcting – it points us toward transformation and right standards.
- Training – it’s a life-long endeavor.
God’s Word is truly amazing. It equips every servant of God and enables us to carry out the work of God. How about you? Are you taking in God’s Word? How is it transforming your life?