Bushcraft has seen a huge revival over the past few years as more and more outdoor enthusiasts have decided to learn the skills needed to produce shelter, fire, and food with only a knife and other basic tools. If you have been looking at custom bushcraft knives for sale, there are a few different factors to consider to ensure that you are getting the right knife for the job. Almost all good bushcraft knives will be fixed blade.
One of the first factors to consider is the knife size and blade size. Smaller blades are a great choice for completing fine tasks while large knives can handle heavy chopping tasks but are a poor choice when a task needs control. Like most things, the key is to aim for a comfortable median between these two extremes.
Some bushcraft enthusiasts will bring a large and a small knife on a camping trip so they can complete different tasks with different tools, but most are looking for one knife that can do it all. A fixed blade knife that is large enough to complete heavy tasks like chopping and batoning firewood while being short enough to still control tends to be between 3.5 and 6 inches in length.
Next you need to think about materials. Typically a bushcraft knife will be made using a carbon blade steel. Traditional options like 1095 and A2 carbon steels are going to take an edge easily and hold that edge well. Because these knives are not stainless steel, some care should be taken with keeping them dry and properly stored when not in use. Some custom knife makers will use different alloys, but most bushcraft practitioners use a high quality carbon steel knife.
In addition to the steel and size of your knife, you need to consider the design of the blade. Obviously there is no right answer as far as blade shape is concerned. Different users and different situations will call for different blade styles. Typically you won’t need the large curved belly of a clip point knife. If you are looking for custom bushcraft knives for sale, typically a drop point or spear point knife is going to provide the most utility.
You also need to consider your handle scales. The scales on your knife control how your hand interfaces with the tool and this can make quite a bit of difference. Typically bushcraft knives will have natural or synthetic knife handles. Synthetic handles are made with layers of material with resin and curing them under pressure to create a solid block of material. Synthetics are strong and moisture resistant making them an excellent material for knife handle scales..
When it all comes down to it, the key to finding a great bushcraft knife is to find what you like in a knife and then find a quality option that fits your criteria. Whether you are looking at factory made knives or custom bushcraft knives for sale, there are basically infinite options available and most of them are going to be amazing tools for bushcraft and other camping tasks.