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pocket to model safety and pack your sheath knife away. Remember, knives are prohibited in


schools or on airplanes. Plus, some states restrict knife length.


Knife Advice 1Three to four inches is an ideal blade length. Shorter won’t reach to the bottom of the peanut butter jar; longer is necessary only for tasks such as filleting fish. 2Maximum blade thickness is one- eighth inch, and thinner is better. Try cutting paper-thin slices from a tomato with a thick-bladed knife and you’ll see why.


3Knives with serrated edges are good only for cutting seat belts and rope. And you need a special tool to sharpen them. 4Carbon steel is easier to sharpen than stainless steel, and it tends to take a keener edge. 5A narrow, straight blade with a central point is best for peeling spuds and whittling kindling. 6Avoid knives that have a long, unsharpened area near the handle; a dull spot here shortens the cutting edge and reduces cutting leverage near your hand. You can buy a good knife


for under $25. Best buys include


American-made pocketknives (with one or two blades), genuine Swiss Army knives (Victorinox and Wenger), and the Official Boy Scout pocketknife. If you want a sheath knife, Canadian survival expert Mors Kochanski recommends the carbon- steel Swedish Mora knife. It comes with a rugged Scandinavian-style sheath and costs under $15. Choose a knife as you would a


friend. Learn to sharpen it, treat it well, and it will last a lifetime.¿


CLIFF JACOBSON is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and the author of more than a dozen popular books on the outdoors.


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