There is a lot of survival gear that you should consider essential on any backpacking expedition. Among these, a knife is something that can come in incredibly handy and so too is some kind of fire starting tool.
With the SE KHK6320 Outdoor Tanto Knife and Fire Starter you get both those things. But how do they perform? Let’s take a look…
The knife is a full tang knife at 7’’, made from 440 stainless steel and with a black design. What this means in real terms, is that it won’t snap on you while you’re using it and it should be tough enough for most applications.
Full tang means that the blade travels through the handle to the end (rather than being attached at the end) and that’s what gives it its rigidity and resilience – there’s no weak point to break. The stainless steel meanwhile means that you don’t need to worry about rusting, which is handy bearing in mind you’ll likely be using it to cut through branches (which leak sap), often in the rain.
The blade shape is a Tanto, which is ideal for piercing, sawing and cutting. It has a 4mm thickness, a lanyard hole for easy carrying and a fitted nylon sheath so it won’t cut your things if you throw it in a bag. The handle is wrapped in a nylon rope which makes it easy to grip and can actually be useful itself in a pinch. Bearing in mind the very low price point, this is a very well designed knife that should be more than up to any tasks you throw at it.
The fire starter is made from magnesium alloy and again comes with a lanyard for easy handling. To use the fire starter, you need to run the knife against it. This then throws a lot of sparks – more than many similar designs in fact – and these can be used to start a fire if you have a pile of flammable materials.
All in all, this is an excellent product at such a low price. You really can’t go wrong when this is the only money you’re spending and with that in mind, we would even recommend carrying it when you’re not hiking or backpacking!
Of course the main use of something like this will be for starting fires when you need warmth or you want to cook something – so it’s more for survivalism than everyday backpacking. But the point is that you never know when you’re going to get lost and need something like this.
And meanwhile, the knife can be useful for everything from cutting bandages, to crafting tools or punching holes in fabric. As they’re so small and come with the handy pouch, you can throw them in a bag and forget about them – and they’ll be there when you need them.
So go ahead and make a purchase and you can rest easy that you’ll have these tools if ever you need them!