Skip to comments.How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife
Posted on 06/14/2013 3:36:08 PM PDT by virgil283
"A survival knife is just as it soundsa knife that can help you survive. It is a tool with literally hundreds of survival-related functions.....Survival Knife Feature #1: Size: Does size matter? Yes, but when it comes to your survival knife, bigger is not always better. If your blade is too big, you sacrifice the ability to effectively use it for detailed tasks such as dressing small game or carving precision snare sets.... A fixed blade knife is more durable and reliable than a folding knife...Not only should your survival knife be a fixed blade, but it should also be FULL TANG........"
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“K-Bar. Period. Next question.”
Definitely a must have.
a hand guard blocks a slash at your hand that would cause you to drop it.
As for a survival knife, I have always wanted a Randall Knife for some reason.
I’ve got one of those! Made by Camillus. Got it when the crew left it on our KC-135 in SE Asia.
I’m a little short on knives these days because I think I’ve lost or broken more than I currently own. But I carry a lightweight Gerber (LST?) 2 3/4” cam lock blade or a Kershaw Ken Onion Assisted open. Have two Victorinox “Officer” models they don’t make any more, but a nice compact knife. I Also have WWII Marine Utility knife my father won off a Marine in a card game when he was in the Navy, his Navy Knife, a Gerber two bladed folder, and an antique gold penknife/cigar cutter that was my grand father’s. Throw in about another dozen assorted cutting devices (mostly inexpensive knives people have thrown my way) and 3-4 sharpening systems I mainly use to fix other peoples knives since I keep mine razor sharp on a very hard stone. People think I’m nuts until they need something cut. I keep telling my wife if I had some more money I’d start collecting knives, but she gives me the look. Of I forgot the original Leatherman, I think I want to get a new Leatherman Juice C2 this weekend.
That is a folding knife, and does not meet the standard of a fixed blade design.
I have seen folks try to use these things on woods outings, in my younger military days, and they fail, sometimes just before they damage one’s fingers.
This is the knife I learned my woodscraft skills with!
It was issued to me in 1970.
Oh, as far as the, ahem, “fighting” went, the blade is stout enough.
I just got an email from CDNN. They are giving away a Kersahw knife with every internet purchase.
I own a bunch of hatchets but with one exception, I have never found them to be very useful. A machete, saw or axe seem to always be better at whatever job.
The one exception is a carpenter’s hatchet I bought at Gibsons way back in the late 50’s or early 60’s. It works for me much better than a woodsman’s hatchet which has a thicker blade. I still have several including a very nice Fiskars.
I do suspect they would make good fighting tools but really have no way to judge that.
I have always had what I think is an innate fear of edged weapons, at least when they are actually in someone whom I don’t trust’s hands.
That may explain why I have always been fascinated by them. A lot of people know a lot more than me about knives but I have come to a few simple conclusions.
First there are not many if any magic blades or steels. Some are inferior but not many are superior to your every day good quality knife. Same goes for design. Some are good some are bad but none are magic and that includes the Kabar which I admit is a good knife.
Yes there are some very expensive knives which are really fine and I would like to have them but like I said, they are not magic.
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Cold Steel SRK in San Mai III
Also available in AUS-8A if you want to save a few bucks.
AUS-8A is a great, underrated steel and holds an edge well.
Rates a 58/59 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale.
SM-III is better, but you’ll pay for that extra quality.
Cold Steel makes great knives at great prices, and the Tri-Ad lock on their folders is infallible. Same with their Liner Locks.
I have several Cold Steel products and won’t buy anything else.
I’ve owned just about every type/brand of knife and Cold Steel has them all beat. I’m a customer for life.
I think the CS Marauder Bowie might be next on my list.
Randall Model 15 Airman
two Kukri knives from http://www.khukurihouseonline.com/, made in Nepal and are very tough, along with a K-Bar and a Benchmade lock-back. I like to keep a few handy at all times.
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