I've gone to the bush for a week a few times before now and gotten by with only one edged tool. I took my old issued MOD survival knife. You know, the one with the awful reputation. It worked really well. Held its edge, took small trees down ( I'm in B.C Canada), split and batonned for fun...loved it.
Nowadays, I like to take three tools with me, namely:
Gerber axe. The one with the handle moulded around the head and the Fiskars blade. Must be about 14" long, maybe 16".
Silky pocket boy 130.
With these three tools, I can achieve any task in the bush. I've taken large trees, filleted trout, carved spoons and needles, made feathersticks, splot roots for cordage...
I think I've found my winning formula. What approach are people in the U.K going for nowadays? A one-tool approach with a heavy knife or specialised tools? Would love to hear what people are carrying.
Have the MOD survival knives got a bad reputation? I know that they're heavy but I never had any problems with mine.
I love mine. I think most people feel they're a bit on the clunky side for bushcraft. But in terms of a bombproof tool that can do all but the fiddliest of tasks, I'd have to take it.