I am not going to pre-empt any discussion, so that we can see where it goes.
We have got some knife making artisans coming on course, and we can bounce ideas off them.
The bushcraft knife is unsuitable for tracking anywhere in the world. We believe in a knife that can be used in any environment on the planet, including Lowland England. I am not sure what kind of environment that describes?
But even in England we have to go through dense laural or rhodiedendron forests. We cut vegetation to create route influencers, and will exploit natural materials to creat our shelters. The small Kukri that I use does all, inlcuding feather sticks and whittling. I beleive, in a small lightweight kitchen knife for food preperation( " ForeverSharp"similar to a pairing knife), weighs next to nothing and stays amazingly sharp and no contamination issues.
Trackers dont always get to chose their route, that is chosen by their quarry, and so a knife that get us through vegetation is the only option. To add to that the kukri, provides the only survival equipment I need.
I agree for a bushcrafter, the Ray Mears type of knife is all that is required. Purely for bushcrafting a kukri is unsuitable, but for tracking a bigger knife is the only option.
We did have Rob Bayley ( Bear Grylss Knife/Not the Gerber) designer and manufacturer. He has been working on a knife for me, for about a year. He brought it along ,and it is a beauty. Its is called the Hawk( after the shape of the blade and its association with Shadowhawk). It is a knife that is revolutionary in design and construction.
Dont get too excited, because their is already a waiting list for it with my instructors and other tr