IMG_1438A mat/box knife isn’t meant to be substitute for a pocket knife or a survival knife but it’s a good sharp instrument to have. And if you do lose your primary cutting tool it can take over some of the tasks that still need to get done. You can:

  1. Cut rope
  2. Whittle Wood
  3. Cut shavings for tinder
  4. Cut and fashion bandages
  5. Prepare food such as slicing vegetables or fish
  6. Cut through material such as belt webbing
  7. Cut a fishing line
  8. Mark a Tree/Wall and carve a message
  9. Splice cable
  10. Cut a door screen
  11. Use as a last resort weapon

The price of a mat knife  is $1.99 for one of the two models in the photo.

IMG_1436Additionally, I recommend a pack of razor blades. A pack of 10 razors costs roughly $1.98. For about $4.00 dollars you can purchase a cutting instrument and 10 razor blades that will help you with your tasks in the outdoors. If you don’t want to purchase a mat knife, keep a small pack of razor blades with you. If you have a couple more bucks to spare, buy a few packs. If you lose a small knife, you lose one cutting tool. If you carry a pack of 10 blades, and lose 1 or break 1, you still have 9 left over.

They weigh little and take up almost no space.




By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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