What is the points of knacks like animal-lore or dodge at level 1?


In the Warrior Adventure Game, animal lore (at level 1) gives +1 per intelligence chip on intelligence or ponder for animal-related checks.

First, ponder is an intelligence skill, so why is it mentioned separately? Second, what’s the point when I can get a +1 per chip anyway?

Likewise, dodge gives +1 per spirit chip on jump for dodge checks. Again, I can do the same without that knack.

Is there any value in having such knacks at level 1, or is it just a starting point for getting higher bonuses at later levels?