Friday, January 20, 2012

Basic Survival: Survival Knife - Simple And Efficient


Cold Steel Bushman



In case you have you not already read the initial article explaining important concepts...
read the following article first:


The hallmark of a piece of survival equipment lies in its...
functionality, usability, inherent strength and durability, reliability, versatility...
and these so often occur as a result of simplicity in design and construction.

The Cold Steel Bushman...

Simplicity in concept...
unlike the do everything concept 
to the point of not being able to do anything well knives
(AKA Rambo Hollywood style supercilious survival
knives with the supposed capability to do everything
to the point of elegant constipation).

My wife has the Standard Blade Bushman...
my son, and I, have the Bowie Blade Bushman.

There is a reason behind this...
and I shall explain this later.


A survival knife must be able...
 to cut, slice, chop, thrust in deeply and surely...
 to withstand repetitive strikes and shocks from all angles...without breaking...
 to have and hold a fine edge...and to be able to be sharpened in the field...
 to fill in other functions as dictated by extreme need...
and to have rock solid construction.

As explained in the video...
this is a one piece constructed...
easily field modifiable piece of quality survival excellence.

Besides being so extremely reasonable in its price
(approximately $20.00 - $25.00 with the sheath on-line)...
it is its inherent strength of construction and versatility
that makes it such a great knife.

As shown in the video...
the knife must have the flexibility to not snap or crack under
very rigorous use.

A knife must not be tempered to such a high degree
of hardness (edge holding capability) that reliability is sacrificed...
the steel MUST NOT be brittle.

Besides its main function as a very good stand alone blade
(its blade may easily be wrapped in para-cord for a more secure grip)...
it fills in as an emergency light axe or machete 
(by adding a wooden extender in its handle)...
for kindling, brush clearing, shelter building.

However...
the other main function that it fulfills so well...
that no other knife does...
is that it is designed as a spear head.

The hollow handle is made to hold a spear shaft...
and to be able to secure it directly in the line of applied force.

This is especially important.

While other knives may be strapped on to a makeshift spear shaft...
it is inherently weak at the point of attachment...
particularly in the direct line of applied force.

A spear's main function is to thrust.

The Bushman's inherent strength lies in the direct line of support...
full support from tip through the shaft.

A regular knife would have to be para-corded off set 
from the direct line of thrust (side of the shaft).

With such a set up...
 a person must be able to tighten and tie the cord well...
just to be sure it stays on while walking...
never mind thrusting into a dangerous predator.

So...
why the great importance of having a spear?

Throughout history...
in early military conflicts...
in olden day hunting...
the single most deadly handheld
non-ballistic weapon...
bar none...
was the spear 
(in all its variants).

You have distance and deadly penetrating power.

While you would so often thrust...
you may also slice...
and do it completely out of reach of any other 
hand held non-ballistic weapon.

The core of spear fighting...
lies in the ability to deliver a quick thrust and withdraw.

Think of the boxing jab of Muhammad Ali (without the fancy footwork).
Now think if each time he hit... it could kill.

You have the deadly thrust of the spear.

Hit without being hit...
from afar.

Don't think of throwing the spear if attacked.

Think of being a cobra...
coiled and ready to strike and withdraw..repeatedly as necessary
(important...besides keeping it from being taken from you
in the great jaws of the beast you may have to protect yourself from...
it would allow the wound channel created to bleed profusely).

If faced with a survival scenario...
one of the first things you would do
would be to make yourself a makeshift spear shaft (6-8 feet long)...
and then attach the Bushman to it.

You will then have...
 a walking stick...
a safety probe 
(to probe for safe footing before stepping in unseen areas - 
for snakes as well as for depth and surface solidity)...
and an emergency spear if faced with large predators
(with a cool head and a practiced spear thrust...
you would stand a far greater chance with the spear than
with any other non-ballistic weapon...even against even a bear).

Now...
the reason for my son and I having the Bowie style...
and my wife having the Standard style.

Remember...
besides as a great knife...
its other function is as a spear.

Both do excellently as either...
however, the Bowie style does a better job...
IF...
you have the strength and mass to be able to thrust deeply enough
with the Bowie style.

My wife is but 4 foot 11 inches.

Look carefully at both of the styles in the video...
there is not only greater width (from the cutting edge to the spine of the blade)...
it has an angled up edge.

While this would create a wider wound channel...
it would be more resistant to full penetration in the target...
and so the greater mass and strength needed.

It would also be inherently stronger when pounding on the spine
when splitting wood.

Other than those points...
you simply cannot go wrong with either style.



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for bringing another great tool to my attention!

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  2. I have quite a few more. I can only hope it is helping others in their equipment choices.

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