I am Tracker Dan, I have been a wilderness survival and tracking instructor since 1995 and a Navy SEAL since 2002, I am currently serving in the active reserves on SEAL Team 18. When at home, I teach survival and tracking, marksmanship and tactics, and hand-to-hand combat and provide personal protection for celebrities, business men and politicians. One of my major activities is designing and making sheaths, holsters and edged weapons/tools.
When I was working on farms and as a carpenter in the 1980's, teaching survival/tracking in the 1990's and operating as a SEAL in the 2000's, the importance of sharp edged tools was a necessity, in fact I knew how to make a knife “shaving sharp” by the early age of 14. This turned out to save my ass many times when being inspected by BUD/S instructors! This skill led me to sharpening 80% percent of my classmates knives which helped keep us from getting “beat” as a class.
Based on that 30 year’s of experience, I learned that a knife that is thin, light and convenient to carry will be with you when you need it, as with most gear.