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The Best Survival Knife For Your Money

Man hands sharpening knife outdoors in the wilderness

If you spend any time outdoors in the wilderness you will 100% want to have a trust survival knife on you.

A great day out can turn bad very quickly. And by bad i mean hypothermia, frostbite or even trenchfoot kind of bad.

Campers, hunters, those who fish etc should all have a good knife on them. These knives can be used to skin game, escape from burning cars, opening cans, cutting rope and so much more.

Did you know that 120 to 140 people die at national parks each year, not counting suicides. I wonder how many lives could have been saved with a survival knife? My point here is accidents happen.

So what is the best survival knife for your money?

Well directly below this section you’ll find the best survival knives.

Then below that you’ll find the following:

  • 10+ ways you can use your survival knife and what situations it can come in handy in. (real life stories included)
  • How you can hold and use your survival knife effectively.
  • An in depth review of 10+ survival knives
  • Survival Knife Buy Guide

On that note, if you would prefer to read how we filtered through all of the different survival knives on the market you can jump straight to our buy guide at the bottom of this guide. Alternatively the next section includes our top 3 picks.

10 Survival knife Uses

Before we get into any specific scenarios let’s talk about how we can actually use a knife. There are over 20 different uses for a knife! How? Well let me rhyme some off:

  • Pierce – Have you ever had to make a hole in some material? Its a controlled movement
  • Slice – This is the most obvious use of a knife. You do this every time you want to make a cheese sandwich. A survival knife is extremely sharp, if you’ve not experienced this before you’ll be impressed. When compared to a common kitchen knife, the difference is night and day.
  • Whittle – Whittling is very similar to slicing but it’s typically a controlled slicing done on wood. It’s more of a sculpting. Survival knives are a bit too big for this method but they will still get the job done.
  • Pry – While we would not recommend using your survival knife for this, you could use it to pry something open. The unusual torsion can damage a blade but in a survival situation, needs are a must.
  • Shave – If you’ve ever seen Crocodile Dundee you’ll know you can shave with a sharp knife.
  • Dress – Field Dressing an animal has to be done very fast and carefully. You do not want the meat to grow bad bacteria and you also do not want to contaminate good meat with the internals of the animal. Therefore a blade that can be sharp and be used with a bit of agility helps. Survival knives are quite big which can make this an awkward process but you can make it work!
  • Digging – This is a really inefficient use but I’m just trying to get you thinking a little. Get a camp shovel instead if possible.
  • Stab – The good old stabby stab is probably one of the most obvious uses of a knife. It’s also the method that could save your life if you ever face an attacker.
  • Stake – You could stake a tent if you need to with a survival knife.
  • Flip – When cooking you can use your knife to flip some food. I doubt you’ll have a survival spatula, or do you?
  • Hammer – Again only for emergencies! You can keep the sheath on your knife and use the pommel as a hammer. I would recommend using a rock instead if you have that option.
  • Sterilize – Pretty extreme which is why its often used in dramatic movies but you can heat a knife until it is nearly red hot and then apply it to a wound for sterilization. This does work but do your research before you try this.

I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

PRO Tip: always buy some cheap knives to use too. Seriously, having a secondary or tertiary knife is beneficial. Some of the uses above will destroy your knife and you would only want to use them if you REALLY had to. Best doing this with something cheap first.

Now let me tell you some exact uses.

Cutting a Car Seat Belt

I remember reading a story about a guy who drove past a pick up truck that had skidded and flipped. The truck caught fire and the man who was driving by got out. He approached the burning truck to help free the driver but the seatbelt was stuck. His survival knife allowed him to cut the driver free and pull him to safety.

This is a good reason why EDC knives are a wise decision.

Escaping the Ice

There was a hunter in Colorado who fell into an icy lake. I’ve no idea how he managed it but he was deer hunting and ended up falling in. He managed to escape by using the knife to dig his way out.

I think he must have used it as a sort of ice axe to pull himself to safety.

Wild Animals

Another Colorado hunter used his survival knife to fight off a mountain lion.

Firewood

A big ass knife can be used to gather loads of firewood. You’ll be able to gather larger amounts of firewood way easier and use less energy. Another story I heard was from two hikers. They were out enjoying the wilderness when one slipped on wet leaves and tumbled down an embankment. He herniated two discs in his back.

His buddy built him a fire to keep him warm and to mark the location. Then he went to get help. He also left the guy who fell a tonne of wood to keep feeding the fire. This was done WAY faster because of the sharpness of the knife.

They said it was very hard to cut wood that day / cut away the branches / leaves. Several hours later the state rangers managed to rescue him.

How to hold and use your survival knife (Grips)

This section is a mini guide on how to hold and use your survival knife for safety and maximum effect. When your using your knife, make sure you’re a safe distance away from other people. If the knife slips you do not want to stab or cut somebody.

Always be sensible with your knife. The next basic rule is always, always,  always, cut away from yourself. Accidents happen and with something this sharp, you want to minimise that as much as possible. Otherwise you’ll be off to hospital yourself.

Let’s talk about the different types of grips now.

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1- Hammer Grip

The first method on this list is the hammer grip. It is one of the more common gripping methods as it allows you to put some strength into your cutting motion. Your fingers are wrapped around the handle as if you would pick a can up or hold a hammer.

2- Reverse Hammer Grip

Next up we have the reverse hammer grip which is similar to the hammer grip, except the edge of the knife points up towards the forearm. To use your survival knife this way would mean using a pulling action.

3- Saber Grip

The Saber grip is similar to the Hammer grip but the difference is you place your thumb on the spine of the knife. This gives you a lot more control, particularly when you’re cutting on a surface. If your knife doesn’t have a hilt or guard, it’s a good idea to have a lanyard so your fingers won’t be sliding up the blade.

4- Reverse Grip

Here we have the Reverse grip. With this grip, your hand is in the same position as the Hammer grip but the tip of the knife is pointing down. This is your typical slasher horror movie type way of holding a knife. This grip does come in useful though, for example when you’re performing certain types of cuts on loose or flimsy material or even puncturing something like a piece of tarp or plastic. A variation to this grip is to put your thumb on the handle end to stop your hand from sliding across the edge.

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Anatomy Of A Survival Knife

I included this section so you could easily understand my reviews below. The knife isn’t just a large piece of metal with a grip at the end. As you can see from the picture above there are many different parts to a survival knife.

Now I won’t go into too much detail but I will mention some key areas that you should look at.

Let’s start with the edge of the blade. This is the part of the knife that is used the most. In the picture above we can see the knife has a partially serrated edge.

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Kershaw Ken Onion Survival Knife

This is the blur ken Onion series designed knife. It weighs 4 ounces.

 

This model features the S30V steel, which makes it a little bit more expensive than other knives in the blur line. There are different steel types in the blur line but my preference has to be the S30V steel.

Close line 4 and a half inches.

The rough textured material inserted in the aluminum handle is really nice.

It doesn’t offer too much friction when pulling it out of the pocket.

It features the speed safe assisted opening. Its really quick, really smooth and reall accurate on that speed safe opening.

Theres a liner lock underneath the blade. To get the blade back in you need to apply some force.

Remember it is a spring assisted opening knife so you’re pushing against the spring.

It features dual thumb studs which are at a 45 degree angle. There is a lot of texture on these thumb studs.

The knife features a slight drop point on the tip. There’s a slight reave curve under the blade too.

ESEE Laser Strike LS-P survival knife

The ESEE Laser Strike LS-P survival knife is a 10 inch, full tang knife made with 1095 carbon steel. The blade is pretty thick at 0.188 inches. The blade is 4.75 inches in length and features ESEE’s black textured powder coating.

Now I put this knife through some basic tests. It started with peppers, could the ESEE function as a knife to prep meals? Of course it could. It slices through peppers like a knife through butter. We tested the knife against some firewood and found the ESEE Laser Strike cut through them with ease.

Now the ESEE Laser Strike has a really comfortable hold to it.

The widely spaced jimping at the bottom of the blade (at the handle), is really nice. It provides some excellent traction for your thumb.

The black sheath that comes with the knife is ok. Your knife will be stuck in there quite nicely but not too much that it’s a challenge to draw. The tension can be adjusted using the sliding screw on the side.

Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife

The Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife is one serious looking knife! It’s a sturdy knife, intended for some serious applications but still nimble enough for tasks like gutting a fish.

This fixed blade knife has a 7 inch blade and a 5 inch handle. It uses VG10 steel with a hardness rating of 59HRC. If you’re looking for a high quality knife that’s razor sharp out of the box, you should consider the Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife.

It comes with a sheath that is functional and secure but also does well at concealing itself. In terms of weight, this knife aint light and you’ll know it’s there for sure.

Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife

I’ve used the Gerber Prodigy survival knife for a few years now. It’s been a popular knife since 2016 and throughout the years they have refined and refined this knife. I recently picked up a new version and I’ve got to say, I’m a fan!

I’ve  used this knife to cut rope, paracord, carve wood and even scaled a fish with it. It has one sharp blade that holds well. The serrated edges have been really handy too.

The ballistic nylon sheath is actually really good with this knife, it can be attached to anything.

It is by far one of the most comfortable knives I’ve ever used. It would work well as a day to day carry or a hunting in the woods kinda knife.

Ka-bar BK7

The Ka-Bar BK7 Combat Survival Knife was created as a result of a successful collaboration between ethan Becker and KA-BAR. Ethan is a famous knife designer. This knife was created with soldiers in mind.

So it’s strong, durable and has been designed to give you maximum motion when used.

It can be used for prying, hacking, cutting, self defence and much more.

The knife features a 7 inch blade built with 1095 Cro-Van steel. The Grivory handle is very nice too.

Though the blade is nearly 13 inches long, so its a bit big. Certainly not appropriate for every day carry.

Gerber Lmf ii

The Gerber LMF II is a rugged fixed blade knife that has picked up a lot of respect in the industry. Gerber has a tonne of respect themselves, a brand that has been around for a while producing top quality knives.

This knife in particular was designed by a former soldier and has been field tested to ensure that it can meet the military’s strict standards

Gerber has added some cool changes to this knife that make it really stand out. For example, the pointed stainless steel but-cap at the end of the knife is really sweet, it gives us the ability to smash glass with the bottom of the knife with ease. Perfect for an emergency situation.

The handle provides a fantastic grip too and the sheath is clearly well thought out. So if you’re after a 10 inch serrated fixed blade, this is one to consider.

Condor Bushlore 232-4.3HC bushcraft knife 60004

So this knife is a bit different to the rest on this list, well in terms of aesthetics anyway. I’ve used this knife for a few months now and I quite like it.

 

The knife fits in your hand perfectly and the wooden handle isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Personally I prefer a sturdy synthetic handle with grooves to help with grip. Thi

Wanted to kick out a quick review for anyone interested. I’ve had this knife for 1 month, I know, not very long I suppose but long enough and I’ve used it enough since to give you a realistic low-down. Personally I’ve carried it everyday since receiving it. I am a woodsman, love camping, hunting, fishing, yadayada, anything outdoors, okay. First thing, this knife feels great in your hand. I wear an extra large glove just to give you an idea. Made outta 1075 cs, hair or so under 4 1/4” blade, perfect blade thickness I believe for the size (strong 1/8 thick, tip to butt), You ain’t gonna break it. if you do, you’re definitely doing something wrong. Yes you can Baton with it but why would you unless you had no other choice. (my standard rule of thumb is never baton anything over half the blade length of the knife and only if you have to.) That’s why they make splitting hatchets n axes. Throws a decent spark off the back edge (never off the cutting edge is best with any knife). Comes with a decent cutting edge, looks like a convex to me, possibly scandivex. The working edge loves the wood. Came reasonably sharp. Had to give it a dozen or so strops on either side of the edge with a steel and then a minute or two on the leather. You can shave with it now. I’ve drilled holes through wood stakes with the point, done some point prying in hard wood, a lot of carving, notching, food prep, light chopping, have done side to side chiseling/gouging with the cutting edge, I’ve really put this knife to a thorough test of exactly what I require from this knife and a few extras just to see. I don’t need tools that are going to fail on me in the woods. This Won’t ! This knife lends itself very well to all field applications that are required from a blade from field dressing a deer, cleaning fish, camp chores, processing food and more, I promise! I’m a common man and I require tools that I can trust, so far this is on that list. I have been carrying some form of knife on me since I was 6 yrs.old. That’s for 53 years now. I’m a veteran, and a very experienced woodsman. I own and have owned and do own very expensive knives, and the bottom line is something does not have to cost an arm and a leg To Be good. If your’e considering this for yourself I recommend it. Mr,Joe Flowers whom I believe either assisted in the design of this knife or actually designed this knife can be found on you tube and a video entitled Condor Bush lore workout. Great Video, Check it out. He gives this knife a good field test. It is what it is, Pretty darn decent if you ask me. I’m planning a thru hike on the AT, this knife will be with me along with a Mora . I’m in hopes to make it to my friends house in Maine for the start of Deer season next fall. I will give a one year review next December n let ya know if it’s a real keeper. About as honest as I can throw it out there Ladies n Gentlemen. Hope it Helps. My best to all!

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Ontario Knife Company 499

As far as survival knives go, this one’s pretty cool! The Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife was designed in line with the specifications of the American government. The 499 is used by the American army to perform various tasks and it’s constructed from the popular 1095 steel. This is ultra-tough steel that’s easily sharpened in the wilderness. That’s why this knife comes with a small stone to sharpen it on, making it super convenient.

Ontario has altered the thickness of the blade so it’s better equipped for it’s intended purpose. This means you’ve got a nice, sturdy, and solid fixed blade knife. The 1095 steel is protected against corrosion but the tough black coating and the spine of the blade have been improved with a serrated edge.

The handle on the 499 is made of disks of leather stacked around the steel tang and it also comes with a smart leather sheath. Whether you’re left or right-handed, this knife will be suitable. You’ll find the included small sharpening knife in the front of the sheath.

This is a perfect example of a good survival knife that you’d want in a survival situation.

Schrade SCHF9 12.1in High Carbon Steel Fixed

Another good survival knife manufacturer, Schrade is a name in the survival equipment world that prides itself on producing reliable and tough knives that are suitable for a range of outdoor pursuits and expeditions. Whether you’re out hiking, camping or you’re out thriving in the natural environment, Schrade knives have got your back.

This fixed blade knife is made from 1095 High Carbon Steel meaning it’s super durable. High carbon steels are generally very hard and will last longer than stainless steel. The 1095 blade will be able to withstand a beating and is capable of holding its own, however, it will be more prone to rusting than a stainless steel blade.

Remember though that all knives, even stainless steel ones will rust if they’re not properly maintained. You can avoid rusting easily by ensuring that the blade is kept dry and giving it the occasional oil. Schrade has also added a tough Teflon coating to the blade to help minimize rusting.

It also has a ring textured thermoplastic elastomer handle. The ballistic belt sheath makes it easily accessible and the detachable storage pouch means it’s easy to carry around with you. The SCHF9 also has a full tang design and a lanyard hole.

KA-BAR BECKER BK22 CAMPANION

This is a real heavy-duty knife and it’s definitely the perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. If you’re planning to go camping, hunting, or any other outdoor expedition, then you’ll definitely want to have the Ka-Bar Campanion with you. Its lightweight but sharp blade makes easy and difficult outdoor tasks simple to perform, from chopping wood to preparing meat for the campfire. The Grivory handle means you get a balanced and firm grip.

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion is a fixed blade knife that’s ideal for various outdoor projects and the 1095 cro-van steel blade makes it useful for tasks such as batoning and chopping wood. You can also use this knife to make useful objects such as cutlery and bowls if you’re trying to survive in the wilderness. As well as that the Ka-bar Campanion will help you to create a shelter to protect you from extreme weather.

A unique feature of this knife is its blade angle. It has a drop point blade and a 20-degree blade angle making it super versatile. Thanks to its 5 and a half-inch blade, this knife is the perfect choice for splitting wood.

Another great feature of this knife is how heavy it is which is perfect for chopping and hacking wood. Although the blade itself is worthy of applause, it’s not the only part that is of superior quality. The included sheath is glass-filled and made from nylon which guarantees protection.

It also ensures that the knife is kept safe and that you won’t lose it when you’re running or performing strenuous activity. Being manufactured in the United States means you’ll be getting an excellent product – one that will take care of all of your outdoor needs.

ESEE 6P

The ESEE 6P – the professionals choice! This is a knife that you can use and abuse and it will still bounce back every time. The ESEE 6P features a blade with a plain cutting edge and included with your purchase is a coyote brown molded sheath, a clip plate, paracord, and a cord lock. Despite its size, this knife offers great balance – it’s comfortable to hold and the rounded pommel has a hole so you can attach a lanyard.

Weighing 12 ounces with an overall blade length of 11.75” this is a big knife for sure and it’s one that you’ll definitely want with you for those survival situations. The blade itself is 6” and is crafted from powder-coated steel. The blade steel is 1095 high carbon steel which means that while it’s not stainless steel, it is very easy to sharpen.

When used for cutting wood this knife holds an edge very well. Because the blade steel is 1095, it will rust and stain if it’s not properly looked after. To avoid this it’s a good idea to keep the blade well oiled and clean.

 FALLKNIVEN A1

Popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts, survivalists, and hunters, this is a large outdoor knife proving to be incredibly handy during difficult tasks. Fallkniven has really paid special attention to the ergonomics and technical details of this knife. Heavy duty and fit for all purposes, the Fallkniven A1 has an impressive blade made of durable laminated VG10 steel – this is another use and abuse knife.

The ergonomic grip means it’s incredibly versatile. Use it for heavy chopping of wood or for lighter tasks and it’ll do the job for you. The full tang goes all the way through the handle, meaning you can strike with the end of it without losing the grip. The tough black leather sheath means the knife will stay put and you won’t end up losing it.

Water repellant and built to withstand extreme weather changes, this is a knife for all year round. The handle is crafted from Kraton, which is a slightly rubbery, thick polymer. The handle design itself is simple with a single forward guard and an inset to accommodate a lanyard tube near the pommel.

Very easy to hold, the Kraton has a nice tackiness, offering excellent grip for when you’re chopping various things and you don’t want your hand to be slipping when chopping stuff! The grip has been further enhanced with a diamond-patterned texture, giving you the confidence to perform. demanding tasks. Supportive and sturdy, the Kraton acts as a shock absorber when you’re using hard, pounding motions.

Tom Brown Tracker T-3

Incredibly tough and able to take a beating, this is a serious survival knife. Weighing in at 13 ounces, it’s heavy-duty and ideal for chopping, batoning, and even hammering. With the blade being made from 5.5” ATS-34 steel you can even use it for digging. The ATS-34 steel is stainless steel that’s superior quality. The black coating on the blade helps protect it from the harsh elements of outdoor life.

The main cutting edge can be used for slicing and chopping while the secondary edge is ideal for carving. With the toothed back spine, notching and sawing are easy to perform and the micarta handle offers a secure but comfortable grip. With your purchase, you get a Kydex sheath for everyday carry. This tracker type of knife is a true all-in-one tool. Cut, chop, carve, and split to your heart’s content, this knife can take it.

The blade is separated into two sections. Near to the handle you’ve got a straight part that’s meant for lighter tasks and it has a sharper, shallower grind. Further away is the curved part. This has a thicker grind making it much stronger, this is meant for a chopping action.

GERBER LMF II

Gerber has been designing and manufacturing ingenious knives for 90 years. These years of experience has allowed them to create the Gerber LMF II. Originally designed to free a crew from a downed aircraft, this for sure is one of the best survival knives money can buy. Field tested by American troops, this 10” blade was built to cope with many different survival situations while providing comfort, versatility and ruggedness.

It has a purpose built space between the tang and the butt cap, giving insulated protection against wires and acting as a shock absorber from any hammering. The LMF II has a drop point blade. This means it has a convex curve from the blade spine to the tip. This makes the knife extremely strong across the entire length of the knife. Because of this, the LMF II is the ideal choice for any bushcraft tasks.

Made from 420HC stainless steel, the blade will be resistant to rust and is incredibly tough. The stainless steel is wear resistant and holds an edge well when it’s being heavily used. Built into the sheath is a sharpener which you can use to help keep your knife nice and sharp. A black oxide coating adds extra corrosion resistance to the knife,

SOG SE38-N Force

Are you looking for a virtually indestructible knife to take with you on your next outdoor adventure? Then look no further than the SOG SE38-N Force. The blade is crafted from a 6” black TiNi coated AUS-8 stainless steel that has been treated with SOGs own Cryogenic Heat Treatment. This process makes sure the blade stays sharp over time. It’s an intense procedure, taking more than 48 hours. It slowly reduces the blades temperature to less than 300 degrees Fahrenheit and then the blade is slowly heated to room temperature.

The stress from this process makes the steel incredibly strong on an atomic level and increases the overall durability of the blade. If your knife doesn’t sit comfortably in your hand, you’re going to struggle to cut precisely and efficiently, no matter how sharp it is.  The handle of this knife is ergonomically contoured  with a grippy, textured surface to prevent any slipping.

The handle also boasts a deep, ergonomic finger grooves and a thumb notch. The included tactical nylon sheath offers convenient everyday carry. The sheath also has a handy pouch to store accessories. On top of all those amazing features, this knife comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Buy Guide

Blade Length

When it comes to survival it can be hard to find a knife that does it all. For example big knives will struggle with skinning small game. The blade is too thick and will make it a soul destroying task. However on the flip side, a small knife wouldn’t perform well with chopping or batoning. Imagine having to collect firewood with a 4 inch knife? It would take you forever and would ruin your knife.

Most knives in the survival category fall into the range of 6 to 12 inches. I would stay away from anything bigger than 10 inches though. I find anything 10 inches + is awkward to carry.

Blade Design and Shape

The thickness of the blade is very important too. You do not want a knife with a thin blade. Sure a thin blade is great for skinning a rabbit but you need the extra thickness for things like batoning.

A thin blade will bend too so you need a thick blade.

Material

The material in your knife is very important. You should pay close attention to this when filtering through your list of potential knives. Why? Well let’s start with what steel actually is. Steel is a mix of carbon, iron and other elements. The exact combination used determines the different characteristics of the steel.

In the knife industry, the steel is mixed in various ways to improve hardness, toughness, wear resistance, corrosion resistance etc.

However it’s not just about the exact mix of materials. How the material is rolled into shape matters too. Now we’re getting technical but yes the finishing process of a blade is very important.

Unfortunately you can’t get a blade that does it all. It’s just not possible, for example getting a blade that has a good balance of strength and toughness can be hard. You might assume they mean the same thing but they don’t.

Toughness refers to the knife’s ability to resist damage like cracks on the blade when its subjected to sudden loads. Chipping on a knife is a big nuisance and can be very hard or nearly impossible to fix.

Hardness refers to the knife’s ability to resist deforming (bending etc) when the knife is subjected to large amounts of stress.

What materials are used? There are three primary categories of steel.

  • Carbon Steel – Is often used for knives that are going to be put under a lot of stress.
  • Tool Steel – Is often used in cutting tools.
  • Stainless Steel – Is basically Carbon steel but it has added chromium in it to resist corrosion. This will affect the toughness of the blade though.

 

 

 

Tang

The tang of the knife is the unsharpened part of the knife that normally extends down the handle. A full tang knife would mean the knife’s blade is a solid piece of metal that runs from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the handle. A full tang knife relies heavily on having a solid piece of metal to hold it together.

The complete opposite would be a partial tang knife. This knife would feature a piece of metal that only runs partially into the handle and typically it’s only a thin bit of metal too.

As you can imagine a full tang knife will be much more sturdy.

What other tangs are offered?

  • Full
  • Hidden
  • Skeletonized
  • Encapsulated
  • Extended
  • Rat-tailed
  • Push
  • Partial
  • Tapered

We have a bit of a variety that we can choose from. However you know my preference already, full-tang knives are robust and are incredibly reliable which are the two traits you look for in a survival knife. A full tang knife would be something like the  Ka-Bar BK2 Companion.

A partial tang knife would be something like the Gerber LMF II Infantry knife.  This is the complete opposite of the full tang remember and just generally doesn’t do well at bush craft / outdoor stuff compared to the full tang.

A partial tang is just too flimsy. For example if you tried to pry something open with a partial tang, there’s a good chance it will just snap.

Blade Type

When it comes to the blade, there are lots of things you need to keep in mind. First of all you need to think about the type of metal the blade is crafted from. Steel comes in two main forms, carbon and stainless.

Stainless steel is pretty self explanatory, it’s stainless. This means it isn’t going to stain, it’ll be more resistant to rust and corrosion. It’s considered indestructible and blades made from stainless steels can really take a hammering. If you’re heading out to a harsh or wet environment, this type of steel is what you’ll want to go for. Do bear in mind though, that it can be more difficult to sharpen. They also lose their edge quicker than carbon steel blades.

Carbon steel, however, is easier to sharpen whenever you need to and it’ll hold an edge for longer. With carbon steels being tougher they’re also less likely to chip. However, unlike stainless steel it’s more prone to rusting and may be harder to maintain.

The blade design is also an important factor to think about as well. Do you want a straight or a serrated blade? If you know you’re going to be cutting through thick material then a serrated blade will be your go-to because you can make sawing motions with it. However they are harder to sharpen so if you find yourself in a situation where you need to make a quick sharpen, that could be an issue. For tasks such as chopping or carving wood, a straight edge blade would be best and they’re also way easier to sharpen. Straight edge blades are a lot more versatile but ultimately it depends on your own personal tastes and what situations and environments you’ll be in.

Handle Material

The handle is also very important. There is no point in having a great knife if it slips out of your hand or causes you pain when using it. You’re going to have to use this knife in all kinds of weather. You’re likely going to drop it or use the knife with some force.

You need a knife with a handle that has a strong, durable build and provides a good grip.

The handle of your knife cannot become a liability. Imagine the knives handle caused you to lose grip and you injured yourself as a result? Not good.

Look for a knife that has a handle made from Kraton, Micarta, G-10, GRN or dense rubber. These materials are durable and will withstand a tonne of stress.

Then look for a handle that is textured so that you can get a comfortable grip.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Survival Knife?

A survival knife is a knife that is intended to help somebody in an emergency situation. Imagine being lost in the wilderness and you’re forced to try and survive? A survival knife would be incredibly useful in this situation. It’s perfect for helping building shelters if the weathers bad. It could be used to cut a bandage if somebody has injured themself. A survival knife could be used to help cut firewood or maybe even be used for self defence!

Q: Who Would Need a Survival Knife?

Pretty much anybody who faces some form of danger would find a survival knife incredibly useful. People like soldiers, hunters, fisherman, mountaineers, rescuers, campers etc.

Q: Is it Illegal To carry a Survival Knife?

This very much depends on your state and county. Some places discourage carrying a knife whereas others will be fine with it. You need to do your own due diligence.

Q: How To Sharpen A Survival Knife?

There a few ways to sharper a survival knife, these are:

Whetstone – With the Whetstone option, you will keep the stone wet and brush over the blade to regain the edge. Once the edge has come back you can use finer stones to sharpen it even more.

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