“What was the single most useful tool you’ve ever used while outdoors?”
The single most useful tool I have ever used was a knife.
To be more specific – it was a Gerber BMF (Basic Multi-Function). See attached picture.
Unfortunately I no longer own the knife but although it was a beast – it was extremely durable and versatile.
There are lots of jobs a small knife cannot do that a large knife can however there are not many jobs a small knife can that a large cannot.
Back in 1989 I was in the woods scouting for deer with my brother and nephew. We had to jump across a rather large creek. My brother made it, my nephew fell in.
I did not want to get wet so as I leaped in the air I pulled the Gerber BMF from its sheath and thrust the blade into the clay soil as I impacted the opposite side.
I hung there by the blade until I could get some traction. I remained dry.
Knives are wonderful tools.