Top 3 sharp tools to bring with you to camp
Expired Sunday, December 20, 2009
All too often on a camping trip we realize we forgot or didn't think to bring something when we're already standing in the woods. Here's my top 3 sharp tools I like to bring along. If you have any other favorites, drop us a line in the comments.
- Swiss Army Huntsman pocket knife. This particular model has two blades, scissors, a wood saw, can and bottle openers. Light, small and fits in any pocket. The blades stay amazingly sharp even after years of use, just don't abuse it and keep it clean. I find that a good case is worth splurging a couple of bucks on, it protects the knife and makes it easier to find.
- An Axe. I'm thinking of picking up this Gerber Pack Axe to replace my cheap hardware store model. Why bother with an axe, considering firewood logs are sold in boxes at campsites already? When we were camping in Yellowstone earlier this fall, continuous drizzle made the air very humid and the dry wood absorbed it like a sponge(no, the wood wasn't sitting out in the rain). Having an axe made the job of making more kindling and splitting the wet logs into smaller pieces possible. It's worth bringing one along on the off chance you need it. The axe also comes in handy for hammering, tent stakes into tough ground for example.
- A food knife. This is a quality of life suggestion. You can make do with your Swiss Army pocket knife, however having a decent food knife along with a set of other cutlery available makes meals more fun and enjoyable. For serious hiking I would suggest this Sea to Summit set, 1.3oz. Made from aluminum so it will not rust. Nothing like sitting down after a tough day of roughing it away from civilization and being able to enjoy your food.
What other tools do you never leave home without? Suggest your favorites in the comments below.