|Posted by Ivarr Bergmann on August 19, 2019 at 11:40 AM|
Ive seen more then a few guys in the "Survival Community" talk shit about the old adage: " One is none- two is one". Mostly from people who just don't understand because they're stuck in their ways refusing to evolve past what they think they know and they don't understand that you really can quite easily end up with nothing if you're not careful and if you do there's probably no help is coming for most of us. The vast majority of us will be ALONE or with immediate family who are not savvy about what to expect..
Above is an old chest rig I made that incorporated both a large KaBar and a Small Pocket knife. It proved impractical with use.
" One is none- two is one"-These are true words to live for the Rural Evader. If you plan to deliberately live a mobile existence at the outset of the hammer dropping-especially if you are alone-you may want to think about that term often. If you lose something its going to be up to you to have a Plan B for that actuality. This doesn't mean carrying 2 M4s or 2 AKs, or even a second sidearm. Lets be realistic here. For example kit such a small back up flashlight, extra compass, or even a back up GPS isn't a bad idea. These are small noninvasive pieces of kit that can save you lots of troubles if you pack them along and find you need one later. Whats more is Cylon like critical thinking skills are not a must to understand this adage, but common sense and experience is, otherwise they're just hollow words.
The "Rule Of Three Blades" follows the simple logic of filling gaps in kit when its appropriate and when the filling of such gaps wont cause a liability or burden within your kit compliment and overall functioning on the move.. Once again im referring to TOTAL UTILIZATION. While the Rural Evader is ducking and dodging the dangers to stay several steps ahead of the chaos, destruction and OPFOR that will be roaming the countryside he stands a good chance of having kit displaced at any given time if he's not careful and if he hasn't been mindful of making preparations to decrease his chances of displaced kit, and what to do if this happens. Its a vast topic but this post is about knives,
Above is my first quick draw knife. One handed use. No snaps or buckles. Easy in and easy out. Quick Draws are super usfeul.
Ive seen people lose their knives and Ive seen people brake their knives only to be left without or to fuk around with some inappropriate lock-blade or other small blade that usually causes a lot of problems. Ive also seen people get nasty cuts from trying to use knives that are just totally inappropriate for the attempted task. Knives like any other tool are actually TASK SPECIFIC. Regardless of this fact Ive witnessed In my experiences that people don't like to carry more then one blade or will try to get away with the lightest fixed blade that they can and a simple lock blade to go with it.. They fear the weight of extra metal and think its unnecessary to have more then one or two knives. -Thats fine with me-. However for me its a justified addition of weight of my kit compliment, and quite frankly the weight is minuscule.. Ive only broke one knife in my life and I lost a knife here a few years ago. I stabbed the knife into a dead tree to rest my camera on it to make a picture. It was blazing hot that day and I was exhausted from a long creep. I made the picture and started to put my things away then I saw a Black bear in the distance. I fast forgot about the knife stuck in the tree and got out of the area quickly only to realize an hour or so later, and miles from the knife, that it was still stuck in that tree. Its probably still there to this day. When I forgot that knife I was already using the "3 Blade Rule" so it worked out OK. The only time I broke a knife it was absolute shit going for the duration of the training event. All I had was a stupid lock-blade that was near useless and dangerous to use as an over all knife. . I learned from both my situations and watching other make mistakes in the past..
The "Rule OF Three Blades" is simple for me. I apply this rule to myself through my mistakes and experience and nothing else...
Quick Draw Blade: A "Quick Draw" blade for me is generally mounted on my webbing or LBE rig, operates with one hand going in and out of the sheath, its light weight and noninvasive on the rig. It should never hinder ammo access or with the use of ones weapon (s). This blade gets used more often then anything else in the blade inventory because of its location and design of convenience. Its a light utility knife and should be used as such. Ive used an antiquated WWII Trench knife that worked flawlessly until it was left in the Wilderverse as mentioned above. After that I went to a Glock knife for years and years until it started to show its shortcomings. With my kit refitting recently my new "Quick Draw" blade is a Gerber Strong Armi purchased to fill the QD roll, but time will tell if its worthy. A QD blade should also be appropriate for self defense.
The Medium Blade: Medium: An adjective- Meaning bout halfway between two extremes of size or another quality; average. This is the bridge between the small quick draw and the larger chopper. I should be able to perform a myriad of tasks with this knife but with out it being totally perfect for any of them. I should be able to skin and butcher a small rodent, deer or moose with it, but at the same time take down a fair sized tree as well or clear brush too. This blade is on the belt/on the body so its with the evader always. In the event Im separated from my ruck and/or my LBE rig I will still have this blade on me that will fulfill the tasks of a large chopper or a small utility knife. I prefer this knife to have a hammer pommel on the handle unlike either of the other two blades. I prefer my KaBar for this roll since recently I have had the opportunity to streamline my kit compliment with additonal blades. Take note that just because this blade is considered a fall back blade doesn't negate it from other task as needed. It should be integrated into your system with a task like any other piece of kit and not be regarded as dead weight.
The Chopper. The chopper is just as the title implies. It chops. For me its as good as an axe of comparable size for mobile survival. I tried to replace this once with an axe and another time with a Golok machete but it wasn't to be. The axe and machete stowed and carried horribly and there was nothing an axe or machete could do that the Marine Raider Bowie couldn't do and sometimes the Raider did it better. I now have two of these Raiders. Amazon now carries the Ontario Marine Raider Bowie for 40$ and with a vasty improved sheath thats MOLLE compatable. Compared to around 60--70$ just a few years ago I simply had to get another. One for my Scout Rucksack and one for my Existence Rucksack. There is no more switching on and off between rucks anymore. With the 3 Blade Rule there's no switching off between any blades and kit. Both this Raider above and my Gerber Strong Arm are new but I have had my other Raider for 15 years.
* Quick Draw Blade: Gerber Strong Arm knife is worn on my Rig or LBE.
* Medium Blade: Worn on my pants belt.
* Chopper Blade: Stowed on either of my Rucksacks
Also I feel the time has come to start phasing out leather items from my kit. As much as I love the tradition of leather and as much as I love working with leather it simply is not withstanding to prolonged use when compared with modern materials. I have since phased out the leather sheath i made for my Raider by ordering a new one from Ontario and I have no replaced the leather sheath for my Marine KaBar as well. I hope in time to replace the old school Kabar with and identical version made with a modern handle and a modern protective coating.
Carrying three knives may see redundant and pointless to many. I don't care. Its what Ive done, what I do and what I will continue to do, it serves a valid purpose in my plans. Ive tried to switch things around to carry less but the need for three always came back around. Maybe people see no need for a large chopper and that too is fine, I don't care. I know what its about and I know what I can do with a large chopper. It works and has also continues to do so. Part of learning is doing what works for you by gaining validation through successful experience to stand behind your choices. If you do that you become untouchable... Not everyone will always agree with other peoples choices because people are different, as are our experiences. In the end the collapse will sort out who is right and who is wrong. I will not be exempt from that fact either. All we can do now is prepare how we see fit for ourselves and avoid the liabilities and burdens caused by the commercialism and other distractions of survival and preparedness..
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