True wilderness, where you can no longer hear another human and no planes or cars, can be a place of deep connection and relaxation if viewed as such, but it can also be viewed as a scary, mysterious place, where you’re all alone and if something were to happen, you’re on your own. While that can be true, depending where you are and how far out you go, it’s always important to respect the balance in between, meaning that you must learn to appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature while preparing for her worst. I never go too far in without covering a few bases first, such as leaving my location with loved ones or a local ranger, as well as being prepared for the current and prospective weather changes, and I never venture in without a survival blade, water, and a few other pieces of survival gear.
I recently had the opportunity to team up with Winkler Knives to test out their beastly survival blade, known as the WK Striker. When you’re looking into finding the right kind of survival blade, you want something built strong, that won’t break or rust, or fail you at the worst possible time. When you’re struggling in the wilderness, and stranded or lost, the one thing that can do the most to help you survive is just something you can’t make yourself. Sure, you might be able to find a somewhat sharp piece of rock that might be able to cut animal flesh, but odds are against you in most parts of the world. With a good blade, you are giving yourself a chance, even in the worst situation, because with a proper survival knife, you can not only fashion a fire or a structure to protect you, you can also hunt and also defend yourself.
The WK Striker is a versatile and powerful blade that is strong enough to withstand blunt hits at the end of the handle, while retaining a very sharp edge for longer than most other survival blades I’ve worked with. The blade steel is 80CrV2 in a black oxide matte finish, and measures a length of 5 1/4” with a thickness of 3/8”, which should tell you a lot about how thick this bad boy is. This is the kind of knife that will stay with you forever, and can aid in helping you to weather whatever storm the natural world can throw at you.
If you would like to learn more about Winkler Knives, click here.