Camping knife – Top 5 uses for your Pocket Knife This Summer

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Anyone who has ever done much camping will tell you that like any other activity there are certain “tools of the trade” that one must have in order to have a successful trip. After all, a chef wouldn’t attempt to prepare a gourmet meal without a professional set of knives, utensils, pans, etc. One of the most essential of these “tools” is the pocket knife. Below is my list of the top 5 best uses for your pocket knife while camping this summer.

1. Survival: Your knife could save your life. Survivalists, military personnel, and boy scouts alike all preach the many uses of your pocket knife in survival situations. Whether cutting pine bows and rope to build a shelter or fending off a wild animal your #1 survival tool is your knife. Keep it with you at all times, keep it clean and in good repair and it will take care of you when you need it most.

2. Cleaning Fish: One of the best things about camping is the abundance of great fishing. Whether you’re by a river or lake, fishing is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your day. The best part of fishing is getting to eat your results at the end of the day. Your knife will come in handy when it’s time to clean your days catch.

3. Marshmallow Sticks: Since I was a small child I can remember my favorite part of camping… toasting marshmallows! It is a long tradition to find and make your own marshmallow stick to use throughout the camping trip. You will need a good pocket knife to cut your stick and sharpen the end.

4. Whittling: One of my favorite pastimes while camping is the time honored tradition of whittling. All you need is a good piece of wood and your favorite knife and you’re on your way. See what kind of art is hiding within the nearest stump… who knows, there might be a whistle in there

5. Fixing Everything: I personally think of my pocket knife as the duct tape of tools. You can use it to fix just about anything. I’ve used mine as a screwdriver, hammer or can opener countless times. Last summer the pump handle on our camper sink broke and I was able to fashion a new one out of wood using my camping knife.

Summer is right around the corner and the camping season is upon us. I can’t wait to get into the great outdoors and spend those warm nights under the stars telling ghost stories and roasting marshmallows. I wouldn’t think of heading out without my trusty pocket knife; it is, after all, a tool of many, many uses.


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