I am a great believer in carrying good quality knives. A couple of years ago I purchased a Benchmade 940 Osborne. Since then I have been using it as my everyday carry and it gets some rough treatment.
Recently I was involved in insulating two buildings with 2-inch rigid foam insulation with a thin aluminum facer. After experimenting with a few ways of cutting the insulation, I ended up cutting it with my Benchmade. I used it to cut most of the insulation in both projects. The knife held up very well. Here is a link to one of the projects Shipping Containers and How to Insulate Them
My knives are normally kept very sharp and after all this it still retained a good cutting edge. A few strokes on Spyderco crock sticks and it was as sharp as ever. This particular knife is just one of the many good choices that are available on today’s market.
Every good prepper needs to have good quality knives. Just be sure that you are not violating the law in the area in which you reside. I know in some of the large metropolitan areas knife laws are now becoming common. For instance, the City of Los Angeles bans concealed knives with blades over 3 inches. I attempted to find a website with a good explanation of these laws but was unable to find one that I would trust. You need to check the laws in your local area.
Good quality knives do not necessarily have to be expensive. They just need to meet the following criteria.
- Maintain a good edge
- Either be a fixed blade or lock in the open position.
- Serve the intended purpose
That last one, serve the intended purpose is very open to interpretation. I have a friend who has carried a cheap knife that he purchased for under $4.00 twenty years ago. He is an avid hunter and every year, he uses this knife to clean and gut large game, including deer, antelope and elk. The knife has served him well.
Finding good quality knives is a very personal thing. The one that works for me may not work for you. Take a good look at what is available and see what fits your needs and always have a spare for backup.