There's a knife sharpening thread in the "Lodge Den", so I thought this thread
could be interesting. I mostly carry two knives: a Victorinox folder, and a fixed blade Buck. I'll also carry a Schrade Uncle Henry if I think I might be cutting something that the little knife won't handle, but folders require two hands (except the assisted opening types).
The Schrade did save a crow of some sort (I'm not a bird expert). We were paddling our canoe through some thick lily
pad waters in Lake Nockamixon a couple years ago, and heard the bird screeching like mad. He was tangle in someone's 30lb+ line,
so I paddle to shore to cut him loose. The bird went really nuts when he saw me, so I cut off the branch the line was tangled
around. That allowed me to move the whole show a few feet to a clear spot, and then get close enough to take a swipe at the
line wrapped around the bird's leg. He flew off like a rocket, and the leg didn't appear to be broken. I do try to cut away all the
bait chuckers line I encounter while fishing, and have had to cut my own leg free of some line a few weeks ago. I probably could have pulled myself free of that line, but why leave it for the next wader to deal with?