If you are choosing adventure, part of what makes it such a great experience is being able to figure out how to survive with what you have on hand, right now. Some folks are complete gear people. They live for reading forums, buying the latest releases, and for being able to talk about types of steel in depth. For most people, most of the time, it doesn’t really matter what type of steel. It doesn’t really matter if its a $5 knife or a $600 knife – if it fits your hand, if it feels balanced, if it’s the right style for you, it’s probably going to be just fine. One of the best knives I have ever owned is the SOG Fielder. My husband bought it as part of a kit for me for a valentines present. 7 years of abuse until I chipped the blade. Cutting twines, butchering animals, skinning out animals, processing tinder. I finally chipped it cracking open a rabbit skull. SOG did send a replacement, but I had to pay shipping to the company for it, which was a bit of a fiasco.
I encourage a knife or multi-tool that you are comfortable with. Does it fit in your hand, does it feel balanced, what sort of tang does it have? Is it stainless, are the grips going to be slippery if its wet or covered in blood or sweat?
I am not a stickler for brand names or flashy items. I expect my gear to hold up to abuse, I expect it to perform, and expect to be able to rely on it in any survival situation. I am going to put out some links below where to find gear I trust. *I may earn a small fee for if your purchase though my link, but it doesn’t raise the product price.*
I am particular to the Leatherman Wave for a number of reasons. I can operate it one handed, it has pliers, knives, as excellent little saw that is perfect for processing tinder for a fire, and for using the spine of the saw for striking against your ferro rod. Leatherman has an excellent warranty program to boot.
This link will take you to Amazon (Canadian) where you can purchase the Wave. Heads up though, the nylon sheath it comes with is crap. I had a custom made leather one made for me by my friend. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07BK58NX2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=legacysurviva-20&camp=15121&creative=330641&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07BK58NX2&linkId=c2f9b2107c01f17f85fb305153e4c991
I have also purchase and used this sheath for about 6 years. I actually have 2 leathermans that I work with. One is my bush knife, one is my everyday carry work horse.
A more cost friendly multi-tool still made by Leatherman is the Wingman and Side Kick. They have a couple different features so you will have to take a look to see which works better for you.