The Number one SHTF tool never to be without is a knife.
The knife is one of mankind’s oldest tools, if not the oldest tool, and has been in use for more than 2.5 million years.
Without tooth and claw, mankind was at the mercy of deadly predators for thousands of years. The first knives predate humanity and consisted of sharp edges that were beaten from a rock or piece of obsidian, eventually these early knives were tied to a handle made of bone or wood.
Sometime between 7000 and 5000BC, modern man discovered how to make knives out of copper which gave way to bronze. The patterns of these knives are still in use today. At the dawn of what was to be called the iron age, this material gave way to iron and eventually steel. Knives were so important and valued as tools that they were frequently decorated and displayed proudly by their users.
Today, modern knives are made from space age materials such as carbon fiber handles, titanium liners, and the latest super steels designed for superior cutting ability and corrosion resistance. Although the materials have changed and the methods by which knives are produced have been improved by leaps and bounds; modern knives still perform the tasks laid out for them by our ancestors over 2 million years ago.
“The knifeless man is a lifeless man.” -Nordic proverb
“When the World is at Peace, a gentleman still keeps his Sword by his side.” – Wu Tsu
“This weapon (lightsaber) is your life.” ―Obi-Wan Kenobi