Dave Cantebury(sp?) has some good videos talking about survival. They are pretty easy to watch and before you know it you have watched 4 or 5 of them.
I just got the Kabar Becker BK2 knife and if you don’t have a good, go to bushcraft/backpacking knife it is a great knife. The sheath belt attachment isn’t the greatest, but it is real easy to use the bottom portion of the sheath and modify it.
I will have to look into Dave Canterbury. Thank you for a name. I like the Kabar you listed but I’m still researching packing knifes. Not completely sure if I want to go fixed blade or a reputable folder yet. [/quote]
I’ve done quite a bit of backpacking, and I can tell you that a fixed blade of any sort is a waste of space.
A good folder is all you need. You ain’t killing grizzlies out there.
I carry a Buck 55 and sometimes throw a Leatherman mini in my pack. Most of the time the Buck is more than enough, but it’s nice to have scissors and a backup blade without adding shit tons of weight.
If you’re really concerned about weight, even the 55 is a bit heavy because it’s old-school brass and wood. Pick up the Buck Vantage. Great knife, synthetic handle, light, and takes all sorts of abuse.
I don’t know how much backpacking you’ve actually done, but you’re going to be real concerned with how much your pack is weighing. Any little bit you can shave off is a victory, because that pack can get real heavy real quick.
For a three-day trip up Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks last year, i think I weighed in at about 30 lbs. Rarely do I go over that, even if I’m camping in the winter in the Catskills.
Also, my pack is an Osprey and it’s about the most comfortable fucking thing I’ve ever had latched onto my back. It’s INCREDIBLE. [/quote]
Jesus, Irish. You can knock a dude out, stab him, hide out in the woods from police, and backpack across the country. What can’t you do? You shit gold too?