Using Knives Outside the Kitchen

Posted by Sam Flaherty on

In the wild, a knife extends its role beyond kitchen tasks, evolving into a versatile companion and a crucial survival ally. Its utility goes beyond merely cutting tomatoes - it helps build shelters, start fires, and secure food.

Realizing this transforms an ordinary chef's knife into a tool for those daring and adventurous, a companion for exploring the outdoors.

Now, let's explore the qualities of excellent outdoor knives and how devoted home chefs can use them.

There's the Noah Pocket Knife, small but powerful; The Fossicker, versatile and inspired by nature; and The Bushman, the ultimate survival companion.

Each knife is designed for specific adventures, allowing you to extend your culinary skills seamlessly into the great outdoors.

Characteristics of a Good Camping Knife

What Makes a Good Camping Knife?

Building on our exploration of outdoor culinary tools, it's crucial to delve into what distinguishes a stellar camping knife. 

Blade Durability

In the wild, a knife's durability is non-negotiable. Robust blades prove indispensable, like those in the Noah Pocket Knife and The Bushman. Opting for the correct blade type, fixed or folding, directly impacts durability. 

Ergonomics

A comfortable grip feels like an extension of your hand. That's what handle ergonomics brings to the table. When extended outdoor use is on the agenda, as it often is in camping scenarios, comfort and grip become paramount. Our featured knives, especially The Fossicker, boast unique handle features designed with extended use in mind.

Tang Strength

Ever wondered why a full tang matters? In survival situations, it's the backbone of your knife. The full tang design, present in The Bushman, provides unparalleled strength. It's not just a technicality; it's the assurance that your knife won't buckle under pressure.

Multi-Functionality

Versatility is the name of the game when camping. Your knife should be more than a cutting tool; it should be a multi-functional companion. The Fossicker and The Bushman exemplify this, seamlessly transitioning from food prep to survival tasks. It's not just a tool; it's a problem solver in your pocket.

In the following, let's explore the distinctive features of each highlighted knife, unveiling the unique attributes that set them apart.

  • The Noah Pocket Knife

  • Key Features

    The Noah Pocket Knife is a compact powerhouse designed to meet the demands of both kitchen lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

    • Blade Length and Thickness: With a precise blade length of 81mm and a thickness of 2mm, the Noah is a versatile tool suitable for intricate kitchen tasks and light outdoor activities.

    • Folded and Overall Length: Folded at a convenient 105mm and boasting an overall length of 189mm, the Noah is a pocket-sized dynamo that can seamlessly transition from your kitchen counter to the great outdoors.

    • Weight: At a mere 110g, this knife is a featherweight champion, ensuring that it won't weigh you down during your culinary adventures.

    Practical Applications

    Utility Beyond the Kitchen
    Don't let its modest size fool you; the Noah excels beyond the kitchen. Its sharp blade effortlessly tackles camping chores, from cutting rope to preparing quick snacks on the trail.


    Portability for Outdoor Enthusiasts
    Designed with portability in mind, the Noah Pocket Knife slips easily into your pocket, becoming an indispensable companion for camping trips or impromptu outdoor escapades. 

  • The Fossicker

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    Key Features 

    Lightweight Design

    Feel the freedom of movement with The Fossicker's feather-light construction. Weighing in at 125g, this knife becomes an effortless extension of your culinary exploration.

    Choil for Sharpening Ease
    Crafted for those who appreciate the art of sharpening, The Fossicker boasts a 5mm choil. Sharpening becomes an easy task, enhancing the longevity and precision of your culinary companion.

    Unique Olive Wood Handle
    Graced with an olive wood handle, each Fossicker is a unique piece of craftwork. The natural finish contributes to its aesthetics and provides a comfortable grip, making every slice and dice seamless.

    Practical Applications

    Experience the capabilities of The Fossicker, a blade crafted for bush exploration. From mushrooms to herbs (even trees), this small, intricate knife excels per square inch, offering unmatched versatility. Turn your outdoor expedition into a culinary treasure hunt, and then seamlessly transition to crafting culinary delights amidst the serenity of nature.

    The Bushman

    Features for Wilderness Survival

    The Bushman is your culinary Swiss Army companion when you're out in the wild. Need to pop open a cold one after a successful day? The built-in bottle opener has you covered. The spine serrations? Perfect for sawing, cutting, and scuffing through the most demanding situations. And that full tang and thick heel geometry? That's the backbone of strength you need in the wilderness.

    Material Selection and Design

    Let's talk steel – Sandvick 12C27N from Sweden, heat-treated to a solid 58-59 HRC. Translation? It can take a beating and still hold its edge. Now, the handle: gorgeous olive wood for a touch of nature. But wait, there's more – a pop of blue liner not just for looks but because, well, we think it looks fantastic. And this isn't just design; it's function. TORX screws mean those handles can be replaced when your adventures get a bit too rugged.

    The Bushman is a reliable companion in the wild, ready for whatever the wilderness throws at you.

    Maintenance: Ensuring Longevity and Performance

    What Not to Do?

    In the wild, your knives are your lifeline. Mishandling them, however, can jeopardize their effectiveness. First, avoid tossing them into the dishwasher or soaking them in a water-slink. 

    Exposure to moisture can pave the way for corrosion, diminishing your blade's prowess. It's equally crucial to steer clear of glass chopping boards—they're a recipe for disaster, causing potential chipping and compromising your knife's edge.

    Best Practices

    Now, onto the secrets of a long-lasting blade. Our knives boast a high carbon concentration, rendering them hard at the edge. This means less honing, as they retain their sharpness remarkably well. When it comes to sharpening, a honing rod at home suffices for regular maintenance. 

    However, every 3-6 months, consider a professional sharpening on a whetstone to maintain that keen edge. To sum it up: less honing, more stoning—ensuring your culinary companion is always ready for the next adventure.

    Conclusion

    In exploring knives beyond the kitchen, we've uncovered the multifaceted capabilities of The Noah Pocket Knife, The Fossicker, and The Bushman. Each is a testament to precision engineering and thoughtful design.

    Whether foraging with The Fossicker or surviving the wilds with The Bushman, it's clear - the right knife elevates your outdoor experience. Consider the activity, feel the handle, understand the steel; let your knife be an extension of your culinary passion in nature.

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