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Buffalo River Survival Knife Review

_DSC2600The Buffalo River Adventure Series Survival Knife was an interesting product to land on my desk for review.

It features a high carbon stainless steel half-serrated 5 inch Tanto style blade, at the base of the knife there is a stainless steel pommel for hammering, a diamond knife sharpener that is integrated into the knife sheath and a Ferrocerium fire starter.

I generally found whilst the blade is quite sharp out of the packaging, the Tanto point of the knife made the non-serrated part of the blade a bit limiting in it’s use due to the length of it, but this is a do-all survival knife and the versatility of the blade makes it’s limits a little bit irrelevant as it ticks a lot more boxes than a single purpose knife.


How many knives can you ask the following questions about and get a yes to all of them?
Could I gut an animal with this knife?
Could I cut bone or wood with it?
Can I cut rope or other fibrous materials?
Sure can.

_DSC2604So the knife is strong and versatile especially once you add the pommel at the base of the knife. It worked surprisingly well and I thought it would be the weakest feature of the knife, but I found that it performed well and I was easily able to hammer 4 inch nails into timber, so hammering stakes into the ground would be relatively easy considering you are using a knife and not a hammer.

The sheath of the knife also packs some feature in.

The two piece sheath has a plastic part which houses the knife it clips the knife in and has a diamond sharpener on the back of it and keeps a fire starter in the front.

This plastic sheath clips into the nylon holder via a button and a velcro strap. It features a horizontal loop and a vertical loop for either attaching to a belt or hanging off of something.

The diamond sharpener would definitely brighten up your blade and would definitely be helpful if you had a dull edge and needed to sharpen it.

The stand out feature of the knife is the fire starter and that is what truly makes the knife a great survival tool.


With the right material such as a fluffy dry bark it is really easy to light a fire. Of course I learned this the hard way after trying to light a fire with the fire starter the wrong way by striking it against a rock, then after nearly giving up I read the packaging and noticed the notch in the back of the knife. Once I used the the fire starter properly by sliding the notch on the spine of the knife down the fire starter it was ridiculously easy to make sure you had warmth throughout the night.

I tell this rather embarrassing story as it is a cautionary tale. If I was actually out in the bush with daylight fading and it being my only source of warmth for the night I could have been in big trouble. There is no point in owning equipment that could save your life if you do not know how to use it. I am incredibly lucky that I was just out testing this and not relying on it. Sure, I did figure it out, but I could have wasted valuable daylight if I was really stranded out in the bush.

Overall, this knife is truly performs well in all tasks. It makes it easy to start a fire, cut rope and anything else. It really is 6 tools in one little package. For the price it is well worth the $40 Retail price.

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Emergency Rations

Do you carry emergency rations when you travel in the outback? I suggest that if you do not, you should. You must be self sufficient and cover potential problems and that includes a vehicle break down in remote areas. With modern technology you may consider this unlikely. However, this is not the only reason as weather may trap you; consider heavy rain on unmade roads in black soil country. I know of one case where a family was stuck for a week. Luckily they were prepared with sufficient food.

A supply of tinned food is probably the easiest to carry, preferable to any item carried in glass that is prone to breakage. It is possible in this day and age to obtain a great variety of different foodstuffs. Nothing is more boring than eating the same food for three meals a day. Dehydrated vegetable that only require boiling water are another possibility and take up little space. You might also add to this list such items as matches and fire lighters, they just might be invaluable if and when the time comes. Keep these valuable items in something that is completely waterproof.

It’s probably best to contain such items in a specific box. We rotate all such items every couple of trips, it freshens the stock up and allows inspection to insure nothing has developed a leak; they tend to be bounced around a bit on unmade roads. Oh yes, and don’t forget the can opener!

Camping Tips


Most of us who shoot also enjoy getting away from it all out in the bush, the further away from civilization the better. Modern technology has changed how we live out there; today you can have the freshest of food similar to that from the local supermarket. Aside from meat, fresh vegetables are a very necessary item in the bush. Here’s there are a couple of items that will ensure freshness for at least a week.

When you purchase vegetables immediately refrigerate all items and reduce their bulk where possible. I.E. Cut Celery into smaller bits and keep in a plastic box.  We transport all vegetable material in a well insulated container and underneath the vegetables we line the bottom of the container with frozen plastic jugs of water. Used 2 litre milk containers are ideal but any plastic bottles that hold water will do. Do not fill them more than about ¾ full before freezing as the ice will expand.  This will reduce the temperature to a point that the vegetable remain fresh. It is possible to refreeze the bottles as meat is consumed out of out portable 12 V freezer. In addition if you have a problem the ice in the bottles becomes a useable supply of valuable water in the outback.

Towards the end of our normal weekly trips the excess water is used for washing dishes. This reduces the weight you have to carry home.