Ten Best Survival Knives
To choose the ten best survival knives i looked for several specific criteria. First and most important is strength. This requires several factors to come together.
First, the steel it’s made with. You don’t want a harder and brittle steel, something softer and tougher would be better, something like a 420HC ot a 440C steel would be best. Even a 1095 steel would work great.
Secondly the design of the knife itself. A fixed blade knife with a full tang has the advantage of a larger blade than a folding knife as well as inherently better strength.
The style of the handle is also important. You want a material that you can hang onto easily. Also the shape of the handle should offer a firm grip whether you are using the knife with the blade down or up. For this reason i would shy away from anything with large finger reliefs. They offer great grip in only one position, turn the knife over and its a whole different story.
Finally the design of the blade is important. A tanto design would be great however a drop point or clip point would work to. Whichever style you choose, keep in mind that you may want a flat, wide back on the blade in case you want to use a baton or club to force the blade to cut larger objects.
With that in mind here are my ten best survival knives in no particular order.
One of bucks bestsellers. I own this myself and can vouch for its ruggedness. A 6 inch blade from 420Hc steel made with bucks hardening techniques, this will stand up well to whatever you need it for. Pictured here is the phenolic handle, it is ergonomic in any position.
Gerber is a well known brand and makes great products. A 420HC, ceramic coated, full tang, 5 inch blade it definitely fits the bill.
You can’t have an list of survival knives without including Bear Grylls. This is the best of his lot. A 5 inch high carbon stainless blade and a rubber handle for good grip. This knife also comes with a diamond sharpener and a firestarter.
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools CD01-L Creed Knife with Straight Edge Fixed 7.5-Inch AUS-8 Steel Blade and Black Kraton Handle, Satin Finish
A 7.5 inch AUS-8 steel blade, this thing means business. A clip style blade weighted towards the front for chopping this knife is designed for heavy use.
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools TS01-N Tsunami Tanto Knife with Straight Edge Fixed 6.5-Inch AUS-8 Steel Blade and Black Kraton Handle, Satin Finish
Another SOG product. A 6.5 inch AUS-8 steel blade designed with a tanto point. Agreat grip that can be held in any position , this is a very sturdy knife from SOG
No list is complete without a KA-BAR. The standard USMC knife for many years. Called a fighting knife but realistically it was probably more of a practical accessory. A 1095, 7 inch steel blade, it will handle abuse without cracking or chipping. Holds an edge well and can be resharpened easily.
From Cold Steel, the Leatherneck Tanto. A 6 inch blade with german D2 steel. This rugged tanto blade will take whatever abuse you can pile on. Also comes with a solid sheath.
Ontario Knife make some great stuff. A 7 inch blade made with 420 modified steel. Also comes with a reinforced sheath and a wirecutter.
Another knife from Ontario Knife. A 7 inch blade of 1095 steel. Comes with a leather sheath.
BlizeTec Survival Fixed Blade Knife: 3-in-1 Full Tang Hunting Knife with Magnesium Fire Starter, LED Flashlight & Belt Pouch; Classic Pakka Wood Handle
Anytime that you can get a knife that has these extras its a good thing. This knife comes with a firestarter and an LED light. The blade is a full tang drop point design made with 420 stainless.
So those are my picks so far for the ten best survival knives. In reality any knife will do if it has to. There are some fine folding knives out there and i will build a list of those next week. If you didn’t find a knife here that suited you, hopefully you found some ideas.
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