A knife is the most useful and essential tool in your kit. There are entire books and website devoted to knives. Knives can be used to cut, cook, build shelters, split wood, make tinder and kindling, and for self-defense. Your knife should be strong, sharp, and relatively lightweight.

When you carry a knife in your kit be sure to include a knife sharpener. A small sharpener will probably not get a perfect edge on your knife but it can take the knife from a dull to a useable condition. A small, lightweight pocket sharpener costs about $10 and is a very inexpensive insurance for your knife.

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