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1.   If you don’t anticipate processing much wood then, yeah, it could be seen that way.  But you also state you think a knife is too heavy but you’d rather carry a hatchet/multi tool which is clearly heavier?  Also, a leather man wave is just as expensive as a solid survival knife.  I think a survival knife might make the MOST sense in a level one bag where you might not have a saw/axe/hatchet/Kukri in a more complete bag. 2. Concealed carry you are most certainly right.  Most states have exceptions for open carry or outdoor activities.  In a scenario where you are bugging out – normal laws will probably be out the window.  It can always be discarded before entering a checkpoint or shelter if needed. I don’t think anyone will try and convince you you are wrong – a lot of being prepared is what works for you and your situation.  A multi-tool hatchet combo is fine – hell I think the winner of Alone season 6 had that and butchered a moose with his leather man.  Was it the best tool for the job? No, but it worked… I have a Becker in my bag as it would be useful in my urban environment as a knife for basic fire/shelter tasks, self defense, digging and as a pry bar (it’s a quarter inch thick) with a folding saw mostly to clear a road if needed, and a leather man.  Between those I’m confident I can handle 90% what would be needed to get to safety, but clearly I don’t intend to live in the woods for years on end.

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1.   If you don’t anticipate processing much wood then, yeah, it could be seen that way.  But you also state you think a knife is too heavy but you’d rather carry a hatchet/multi tool which is clearly heavier?  Also, a leather man wave is just as expensive as a solid survival knife.  I think a survival knife might make the MOST sense in a level one bag where you might not have a saw/axe/hatchet/Kukri in a more complete bag. 2. Concealed carry you are most certainly right.  Most states have exceptions for open carry or outdoor activities.  In a scenario where you are bugging out – normal laws will probably be out the window.  It can always be discarded before entering a checkpoint or shelter if needed. I don’t think anyone will try and convince you you are wrong – a lot of being prepared is what works for you and your situation.  A multi-tool hatchet combo is fine – hell I think the winner of Alone season 6 had that and butchered a moose with his leather man.  Was it the best tool for the job? No, but it worked… I have a Becker in my bag as it would be useful in my urban environment as a knife for basic fire/shelter tasks, self defense, digging and as a pry bar (it’s a quarter inch thick) with a folding saw mostly to clear a road if needed, and a leather man.  Between those I’m confident I can handle 90% what would be needed to get to safety, but clearly I don’t intend to live in the woods for years on end.