Blades for Rovering

Thrift is a scouting virtue.

Like any hobby or interest, there is a budget to consider to participate. One thing I like to do in traditional scouting is dual use. A lot of BPSA-US members encourage the use of canvas type bags, some you see on the Quartermaster page. Since I also volunteer and train for FEMA projects, and Civil Air Patrol functions, I have contemporary ‘MOLLE’ type military bags. They’re not canvas. They are not camouflage. These bags are better, lighter and stronger, and they do not rot. In my view, less energy and waste means better for the environment, pound for pound of waste, so I go with MOLLE. And it’s dual use. In a couple cases FEMA, et al, gave me the bag(s). Why wouldn’t I use it? I can also use it as a Rover.

This leads me to the consideration of blades for scouting. For all of the hype, again, pound for pound consideration, the best scouting blades I’ve reviewed and used are old school Buck, Gerber hunting knives and K-Bar bayonet knives. ¬†Durability, abililty to keep an edge, and value (budget minded!), these blades are exceptional.

The advantage too is they’re plenty long, strong enough for the trail and camp. Usually they’re fixed blade and high grade stainless steel. A disadvantage is they do not cost less buying them used because they’re in high demand since they are that good.

Value. Again, think traditional scouting (which means thrift!! per B-P himself), and it makes sense to consider the aforementioned, instead of of the common blades sold at REI or Walmart.