Prepping on $20 a Paycheck – Part 2 of 24

Posted: January 15, 2013 in $20 Prepping, Urban Survival
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The Ready Center Knife

Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center

In part 2 of “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck” we are still keeping it basic.  This pay period, we recommend you spend your twenty big ones on a quality fixed blade knife for you and your family.  Why a fixed blade knife?  We thought you’d never ask…

Surviving a serious hardship without a fixed blade knife may be possible, but it’s just not smart.  When it comes to tools, the fixed blade knife is the best a person can have, bar none.  If you’re not convinced, imagine having a family member with multiple bleeding wounds after a tornado destroys your neighborhood and you find yourself unable to travel to the nearest medical facility.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quality fixed blade knife in your survival kit that you can use to cut clothing or drapes into bandages to stop the bleeding?  Imagine a hurricane or ice storm disabling the power grid in your region and still having children to keep warm and cook for.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quality fixed blade knife that you can use to cut wood and make tinder or kindling to start your fire with?  In a “worst case scenario” a good fixed blade knife can be used for a multitude of things, including: preparing food, processing the latest hunt or fish catch, performing minor surgeries, as well as acting as a defensive weapon to protect you and your family from any unwanted “bad guys”.

A good quality fixed blade knife with a sharp edge will remain your saving grace as long as you let it.  Other than “worst case scenario” considerations, the uses for a solid construction fixed blade knife is almost endless.  Example of such uses are: opening boxes, cutting rope, peeling fruit, opening letters, cutting steak, skinning rabbits, buttering bread, scaring off bad guys, rubbing on flint rods to start fires, removing splinters, shaving off the five-o-clock shadow, wearing on your belt to look cool, and holding in your teeth while swinging from tree to tree in your next Hollywood feature length film.  All of which may come in useful if you find yourself in a bind. 🙂

As with anything, you get what you pay for, so go out and spend the full $20 on a quality brand name fixed blade knife (not a folding or spring loaded knife which has parts that can break).  It doesn’t matter whether you hit up your local sporting goods store or Wal-Mart.  Just make sure you’re not buying a piece of junk.  You’ll thank me if and when you ever need to use it.  Until next paycheck, I’ll leave you with a few quotes about knives.  Enjoy.

“Every man should carry a knife big enough to protect himself with.”

“Even when the world is at peace, a gentleman still keeps a blade by his side.”

“Knives are like credit cards; don’t leave home without ’em and always carry several.”

Happy Prepping,

The Ready Center

  1. Two knives that would work for your $20 range are many of the Mora knives, and cold steel GI Tanto knife. You can never have too many good knives.

  2. landontroop says:

    “As with anything, you get what you pay for, so go out and spend the full $20 on a quality brand name and fixed blade knife…”

    How very true. Few things are more frustrating to me the being out in the field with some yahoo carrying an all flash knife that they likely bought at some flea market or discount store.

    Take time to know your material.

    420 Steel or AUS-6 Steel is easier to get a sharp feel out of, but cannot hold an edge with any consistency.

    440 Steel or AUS-10 Steel is a harder steel which will be tougher (not impossible) to get as fine of an edge on, but it will retain the edge better and provide the reliability and durability I desire.

    S30V is one of the best on the market today, but the increase in price is also an issue.

    Also, take time in the store to test the integrity of the blades handle. You do not want to be in the middle of WTSHTF only to have the handle of you blade come undone and you cut a chunk out of your own leg.

    • You also need a knife that has a hilt, should you need it for protection, many “stabbers” cut themselves when their hand slides down the blade in the stab process, because there was no hilt to stop your hand from slipping against the pressure of thrusting.

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