You should have a knife when making a fire

For most backwoods cutting tasks, you need more than just a backpacking saw. You also need a good outdoors knife for splitting wood for kindling.

Without a good, heavy-duty large wilderness blade, you limit yourself to pre-prepared tinder and twigs for kindling. You can’t get inside the wood to where it’s dry, and you can’t split logs and large branches for better campfires.

Today’s large-bladed outdoors knives — when used in conjunction with a camp saw — replace the old outdoorsman’s standard tool: the axe. With a good knife, you can split branches and small logs, and also de-limb them.