I first got interested in Survival and Bushcraft through watching Ray Mears on the TV. I never thought I would get the opportunity to get involved in these kind of activities until I saw some Youtube channels of other people out and about doing their own kinds of Bushcraft and Wild Camping videos. Naturally, I thought to myself, if they can do it then why can’t I. The initial problem for me is that I didn’t have any equipment or spare money to buy any equipment.
The very first piece of equipment that I did purchased was a Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Knife. The reason i chose this model was because it came with a saw blade and scissors and tweezers plus two cutting blades and a range of other tools, plus it was relatively cheap. I found the saw to be quite decent at cutting through smallish pieces of wood and the tweezers are ideal for removing splinters and thorns from fingers and hands. The knife blades on the Victorinox Huntsman came razor sharp and while they are thin they are useful for shaving wood and cutting string and cordage.
The Swiss Army knife is one of the very few knives that it is legal to carry in the UK so it’s a very handy knife to keep in your jacket pocket as an emergency backup. I have been using my Victorinox Huntsman for years know and it is still as good as new and as sharp as the day I got it.
When I go wild camping this is the only knife I take and it has saved me on more than one occasion when I have had to make emergency guy lines, and once when a shoulder strap snapped on my backpack in the Lake District i had to cut slots in the pack to make a temporary strap repair, I would have been in trouble without this little knife.
Everyone that heads outdoors for Camping or Bushcraft should have a Swiss Army Knife as an emergency backup and I can highly recommend the Huntsman, it’s still one of my favorite knives and is much loved even though I now have a selection of hand made custom knives.
Have a look at the reviews for the Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army Knife on Amazon and you will see that hundreds of other people also think this is a five star knife. If you are considering buying a Huntsman now is a great time as they are currently on sale so you can grab one for the same price I paid over five years ago.