Cutting Tools

Cutting Tools


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Searching online for an axe, a machete, a hatchet or a serrated hand saw? Where you are going and how long you'll be there are considerations that will help you determine the best cutting tools for your outdoor adventure. It's not always easy living a more primitive existence in the wilderness, even if it is only for a few days. In places where the underbrush is thick, a machete is usually the first cutting tool to consider. Once you've hacked your way through brush and briars, a good machete will allow you clear a camping area quickly, and you'll have enough blade to make quick work of the limbs and saplings needed for building shelter. Although a machete may not be the best tool for chopping firewood, most machete blades are versatile enough to eliminate the need to carry other cutting tools.

Naturally, a good machete is the preferred tool for cutting through living foliage. The weight of the machete and style of the blade makes it ideal for cutting a path through green vines, palm fronds, and smaller stalks. Some models have a sickle hook on the top or bottom of the blade that is excellent for clearing your way through thicker briars and vines or for making cuts closer to the ground. If you need to discourage an unwanted intruder from entering your campsite, a machete will appear much more threatening than your fixed blade knife. Although the overall design of the machete hasn't changed a lot in the last five thousand years, improvements in the materials used to fashion the blades and handles have made today's machetes more powerful cutting tools.

Axes are also versatile cutting tools where the brush is less dense and the tasks at hand require a blade with more weight. When the cut requires additional momentum, an axe or hatchet are better tools for cutting through large limbs or chopping through a log. However, as good as a survival axe is at chopping wood or hammering stakes in the ground, it is a poor choice for removing non-fixed vegetation like hanging vines. So, the first consideration in choosing a machete or axe for your outdoor adventure is to determine how much brush will need to be cleared as well as the type of vegetation to be removed. After all, do you really expect to be blazing a new trail through the wild, or will the most important tasks be preparing wood for campsite fire pit? Either way, Sarge Knives has the cutting tools you need.

While the overall design of outdoor cutting tools hasn't changed that much, how each of these are used to complete everyday tasks has led to added features. Some machete blades are now fashioned with a small section of serrated teeth or saw-tooth back edges. Again, based on where you're going, a good hatchet might be more useful than a larger axe, or a hand saw of similar length may be better suited than a full-blown machete. If you are clearing an area for a sling or hammock, a serrated saw blade can make quick work of the limbs. Whereas, splitting logs for firewood or cutting through limbs with a sticky sap residue are not well suited for a serrated edge. Sheaths, straps and lanyard holes are often overlooked but are important features for portability.

If you are looking for quality knives, or any quality cutting tools, Sarge Knives has what you need-shop today!