Oh yes, that is a good article definitely worth the read and some more discussion.

A knife in a sheath is always with you as well as a folder.  Also it can be stronger and better shaped to better handle things like batonning, prying and being used as a chisel.

Nessmuk carried a folder as sort of a predecessor to a multi-tool so he could carry more task-specific blades in one package.

Be separating out some requirements of a small knife into a second fixed blade which is securely attached to your person as is the larger fixed blade referenced in Mr Janowsky’s article, you can have a better package in your pocket ie. a multi-tool.

Now, since you have the second fixed blade on your belt, the multi-tool is not as likely to be needed for batonning or heavy prying and can be designed to add even more capabilities to your kit such as pliers, screwdrivers, etc.

In the same manner, a folding saw is better suited to making certain precise cuts such as fitting wood for joints and trap triggers.

The point of NativeSurvival’s video is to improve on from the NessMuk concept and carry more modern tools.  We seem to have lost the double-bladed hatchet from Nessmuk’s kit and added a slightly larger axe instead (at least I could not find a modern example of the Nessmuk hatchet).  But we have improved on the other tools, not just in the materials but in the design.  I feel that, if Nessmuk could have had a folding saw and a multi-tool, he would have carried both of these items … perhaps instead of a folding knife.




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