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~3-1/8" Drop Point 420HC Steel Blade with Excellent Strength and Edge Rentention ~Closed Length 4-3/8" ~Weight 2.4 oz ~A Thumb stud on the blade ensures smooth one hand deployment. ~Mid Lockback design provides maximum strength and safety ~Contoured Injection-Molded Textured Handle with Ridges at the top for a secure grip. ~Lanyard hole for easy attachment, Black ~Mid-sized folder is perfect for every day use. ~Buck Forever Warranty ~Made in the USA
~Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches; ~Closed Length: 4 1/2 inches; ~Overall Length 7 3/4 inches; ~Weight 5oz ~Blade: 440 Stainless Steel ~Handle: Black and Orange aluminum with rubber EMT logo ~Speedsafe Thumb Stud Assisted opening with Pocket Clip
* Incredibly light weight 5.46 oz. * Belt Clip * Ultra sharp stainless steel blade * Anodized aluminum handle * 5-in-1 multi tool emergency survival knife * LED light can work up to 12 hrs with new batteries; button style battery cell: model no LR621; Diameter 6.5 MM * Nylon pouch with premium gift box * Perfect for camping, emergency, survival or missions trips * A great gift for the ones you love
~Spring assist folding knife offers rapid one-handed deployment, locks securely into place with liner lock ~Black straight-edge stainless steel blade ~Aluminum handle with seat belt cutter, and glass breaker on the end ~Comes complete with a pocket clip for easy and safe carry ~4-12-inch closed length ~3-1/4-inch blade length with 3mm thickness
~Easy one handed deployment. ~Blade locks securely into place with its liner lock. ~3.75-Inch, 3mm thick stainless steel blade. ~Aluminum handle has a bottle opener. ~Stainless steel pocket clip. ~Measures 4.5 inches closed. ~Limited Edition Blue Ti-coated Half Serrated Stainless Steel Blade ~Tactical Rescue with Cord Cutter & Glass Breaker ~Black Handle
~SpeedSafe assisted opening; ~Frame lock Single-position pocketclip, ~tip-lock slider; ~Steel: 420HC, bead-blasted finish; ~Handle: 410 stainless steel, bead-blasted finish ~Blade length: 1.9 in. (4.8 cm); ~Closed length: 2.9 in. (7.4cm); ~Overall length: 4.8 in. (9.9 cm) ~Weight: 1.7 oz. (48.2 g); Made in the USA
~An Every-Day-Carry with drop point blade; ~SpeedSafe assisted opening opens knife quickly and easily ~Locking liner; Flipper opening ~Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip ~Partially Serrated Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating; ~Handle: Glass-filled nylon ~Blade Length: 3.1 inches (7.9 cm); ~Closed Length: 4.25 inches (10.7 cm) ~Overall Length: 7.4 inches (18.7 cm); ~Weight: 4.3 ounces (121.9 g)
~Aus-8 stainless steel with Nylon handle ~Compact and lightweight design measuring ~4.1 inch closed ~7 inch overall length when open ~3 inch satin finish, plain edge full flat taper grind blade ~55-56 hrc hardness rating ~The handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel linerlock frame ~This knife is designed for comfort and performance ~Ambidextrous with dual thumb studs and a 4-way reversible pocket clip
~SpeedSafe assisted opening; Inset liner lock; Thumbstud ~Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip ~Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, DLC coating; ~Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, Trac-Tec inserts ~Blade length: 3.4 in. (8.6 cm); ~Closed length: 4.5 in. (11.4 cm); ~Overall length: 7.9 in. (20 cm) ~Weight: 3.9 oz. (110.5 g); ~Made in the USA
~Blade Length:3-Inches (7.6 cm). ~Blade Shape: Clip Point. ~Handle: Dymondwood. ~Includes Leather Sheath. ~Made in the USA.
~Black 7Cr17 High Carbon Stainless Steel Duel Edged Clip Point Blade ~Deep Grooved Black Rubber Wrapped Handle. ~Ballistic Polyester Belt Sheath with Removable Storage Pouch and Sharpening Stone ~Blade Length: 6.03 inch (15.3 cm) ~Handle Length: 4.47 inch (11.4 cm) Overall Length: 10.50 inch (26.7 cm) ~Weight: 0.44 pounds ~Recreational and professional level use
~Beautifully crafted fixed blade hunting knife ~Straight edge hawksbill blade made of 440 stainless steel ~Full tang handle with silver bolster and a pakkawood overlay ~Includes leather sheath for easy and safe carry ~9-1/2-inch overall length, 4-1/2-inch blade length
~Powder Coated 1095 High Carbon Steel ~Drop Point Blade with Finger Choil ~Ring Textured TPE Handle with Spine and Grip Jimping and Lanyard Hole ~Black Polyester Belt Sheath with Ferro Rod and Sharpening Stone ~Blade Length: 5.05 inch (12.83 cm) Handle Length: 5.36 inch (13.61 cm) ~Overall Length: 10.50 inch (26.67 cm) ~Weight: 0.81 pounds
~Fixed blade outdoor knife ideal for camping expeditions or survival training ~Black stainless steel blade with straight edge ~ABS handle with wing walk inserts for a superior grip even in wet conditions ~Includes black nylon sheath for easy and safe carry ~12-1/4-inch overall length ~7-inch blade length ~3mm blade thickness
~ 4" 420HC Steel Clip Blade with Excellent Strength and Edge Retention ~ 7 3/4" Overall Length, Full Tang ~ Construction with Finger Guard Integrated into the Blade 2.5 oz. Weight ~ Traditional Black Phenolic Handle with Aluminum Pommel / Guard ~ Includes Genuine Leather Sheath with snap fastener ~ Buck Forever Warranty ~ Made in the USA
~Full tang heavy duty field knife suited for camping chores. ~Made in Olean New York, U.S.A ~Designed by Ethan Becker ~Manufactured by KA-BAR Knives Inc. ~Comes with hard shell black nylon sheath. ~Durable, 1095 cro-van steel blade. ~Drop point blade shape. ~The comfortable handle is made from Grivory. ~The flat blade is five and a half inches long and the overall length is ten and a half inches.
~5" Modified Clip 420HC Steel Blade with Excellent Strength and Edge Rentention ~9-1/8" Overall Length, Full Tang ~Construction with Finger Guard Intergrated into the Blade. ~Weight 4.5 oz. ~Traditional Black Phenolic Handle with Aluminum Pommel / Guard ~Smaller version of the 119 Special and perfect for general outdoor Use. ~Includes Genuine Leather Fitted Sheath for safe and secure transportation on your belt or in a bag ~Buck Forever Warranty and Made in the USA
~4-1/8" Drop Point Blade with 420HC Steel for Excellent Strength and Edge Retention. ~Overall Length 8-1/2" Classic, Fixed Blade Field Knife for Big Game Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts. ~Weight 6.3 oz. ~Heritage Walnut Contoured Handle with Polished Brass Butt / Guard make maneuvering through field dressing a breeze. ~Includes Genuine Leather Fitted Sheath for safe and secure transportation on your belt or in a bag. ~Buck Forever Warranty, Made in the USA
~6" Large Clip Blade with 420HC Steel for Excellent Strength and Edge Retention. ~Overall Length 10-1/2" Solid Fixed Blade Knife Great for the Outdoors, Detail Work and Cutting in tight places. ~Weight, 7.5 oz. ~Black Phenolic Handle with Aluminum Pommel/Guard & 75th Anniversary Medallion Includes Genuine Leather Fitted Sheath for safe and secure transportation on your belt or in a bag ~Buck Forever Warranty, Made in the USA
~The Morakniv Companion will perform well with camp food preparations, creating tinder, cutting small limbs, and much more. ~Includes a color-matching sheath with belt clip. ~Overall length 8.6 inches (218 mm) ~ Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm) ~Blade thickness: 0.1 inches (2.5 mm) ~Weight w/ sheath: 4.1 oz. (116 g). ~Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. ~Made in Sweden.

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Top 10 Folding Survival Knives

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  • The Ranger is a classic, reliable tool. This is a smaller version of the 110 folding Hunter. It's a high-quality, reliable locking folder. And it's pure Buck. Easy opening nail notch design. Lockback design. The woodgrain handle is accented with brass bolsters. Includes a black leather sheath.
  • Blade Length:3-Inches (7.6 cm)
  • Blade Shape: Clip
  • Handle: Dymondwood
  • Weight 8.5 ounces
  • Includes Leather Sheath
  • Made in the USA

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  • This is one of the original Kershaw Blurs, the Blurs that started it all. Like all Blurs it’s equipped with a big, slightly recurved blade that’s ideal for multitasking. The blade shape offers both excellent slicing and piercing capabilities and the high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless blade steel offers corrosion resistance and hardness. The black Blur has a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coated blade for extra corrosion resistance and enhanced looks. This Blur's partially serrated blade provides additional cutting power for making short work of rope, cord, and other fibrous materials. As you might expect, the black Blur has black handles with Trac-Tec grip-tape handle inserts for an extremely solid grip. The handle itself is durable 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, sometimes described as “aircraft aluminum” since it is a common material used for aircraft fittings. But the main point is that it’s lightweight, extremely durable, and—when anodized—accepts a dye so we can create colored handles that are scratch resistant and extra tough. For easy one-handed opening, the Blur is equipped with SpeedSafe assisted opening. A short push on the thumbstud overcomes the resistance built into the torsion bar in the SpeedSafe mechanism. The SpeedSafe takes over and the blade moves out of the handle quickly and easily. One-handed opening is easy with SpeedSafe. The pocketclip is reversible for your choice of tip-up or tip-down carry. There’s even a pre-drilled lanyard hole.
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening; Inset liner lock; Thumbstud.
  • Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip.
  • Steel: Sandvik 14C28N, DLC coating.
  • Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, Trac-Tec insert.
  • Blade length: 3.4 in. (8.6 cm).
  • Closed length: 4.5 in. (11.4 cm).
  • Overall length: 7.9 in. (20 cm.
  • Weight: 3.9 oz. (110.5 g).
  • Made in the US.

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  • The rat-2 sp features a black handle and 3 inch satin finished full flat tapered, Plain edge blade. Overall length is 7 inches with a black handle made from nylon 6. The pocket clip configurations tips down and up. The RAT folders are a Great and affordable every day carry.
  • Aus-8 stainless steel with Nylon handle
  • Compact and lightweight design measuring 4.1 inch closed
  • 7 inch overall length when open
  • 3 inch satin finish, plain edge full flat taper grind blade
  • 55-56 hrc hardness rating
  • The handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel linerlock frame
  • Ambidextrous with dual thumb studs and a 4-way reversible pocket clip
  • Aus-8 stainless steel with Nylon handle
  • Compact and lightweight design measuring 4.1 inch closed
  • 7 inch overall length when open
  • 3 inch satin finish, plain edge full flat taper grind blade
  • 55-56 hrc hardness rating
  • The handle features textured black nylon 6 scales with an open-built steel linerlock frame
  • Ambidextrous with dual thumb studs and a 4-way reversible pocket clip

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  • Your EDC-perfect Clash is waiting for you. Don’t make it wait long. The Clash goes to the dark side in the new black Clash. In addition to a drop-point blade with just the right amount of belly recurve for excellent slicing ability, the black Clash also has partial serration so that it can laugh at tough materials like webbing or rope. The blade steel is 8Cr13MoV for toughness, wear resistance, and excellent edge retention. The steel is precision heat-treated to bring out its high-performance characteristics. Black oxide coating enhances corrosion resistance and provides a great, non-reflective look. The black Clash opens with ease and authority thanks to Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening system. A simple pull back on the flipper and SpeedSafe opens the knife super-smoothly and easily. Textured glass-filled nylon handle scales offer a solid grip as the handle contours nestle securely into the hand. A locking liner locks provides a safe, secure, and solid blade lockup. As with all Kershaw knives, the black Clash is built with precision and offers the fit and finish you’ve come to expect from Kershaw. This Clash offers plenty of style, a multi-tasking blade shape, and the satisfaction of SpeedSafe opening in a value-priced knife.
  • An Every-Day-Carry with drop point blade
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening opens knife quickly and easily
  • Locking liner
  • Flipper opening
  • Reversible (tip-up/tip-down) pocketclip
  • Partially Serrated Steel: 8Cr13MoV, black-oxide coating
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade Length: 3.1 inches (7.9 cm)
  • Closed Length: 4.25 inches (10.7 cm)
  • Overall Length: 7.4 inches (18.7 cm)
  • Weight: 4.3 ounces (121.9 g)

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  • NDZ Performance Laser Engraved Original Kershaw Chive 1600. This is a classic Ken Onion design, the individual responsible for Kershaw's patented SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism and over 35 other knife-related patents. The Kershaw Chive is one of the most practical EDC, with a modified drop-point 2-inch 420 stainless steel blade attached to the 3-inch 410 stainless steel handle, coming in smaller than most knifes but perfect to carry almost anywhere while still getting the job done. When the knife is in the closed position, the blade is held in place by means of torsion springs and an additional blade lock. As the user applies manual pressure to the thumb stud to open the knife, mechanisms such as the torsion spring moves along a track in the liner and rapidly rotates the blade into the open and locked position. Features built-in flipper, ambidextrous thumb studs, and the Tip-Lock slider to lock the blade closed when folded. Also known as the Kershaw Leek's little brother.
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening; Frame lock
  • Single-position pocketclip, tip-lock slider;
  • Steel: 420HC, bead-blasted finish
  • Handle: 410 stainless steel, bead-blasted finish
  • Blade length: 1.9 in. (4.8 cm)
  • Closed length: 2.9 in. (7.4cm)
  • Overall length: 4.8 in. (9.9 cm)
  • Weight: 1.7 oz. (48.2 g)
  • Made in the USA

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  • This spring assisted open folding knife from Mtech USA ballistic offers easy one handed deployment. Once open, the blade locks securely into place with the use of its liner lock. This knife features a 3.75-Inch, 3mm thick stainless steel blade. The aluminum handle has a bottle opener. This knife comes complete with a silver stainless steel pocket clip for easy and safe carry. Measures 4.5 inches closed. MTech USA offers a diversified lineup of Tactical folding knives, fixed blade knives, archery products, and security items -- all at competitive prices. The Mtech USA ballistic line consists of all spring assisted opening folding knives.
  • Limited Edition Blue Blade
  • Blue Ti-coated Half Serrated Stainless Steel Blade
  • Tactical Rescue, Quick Open, Pocket Design Folding Knife, with Cord Cutter & Glass Breaker
  • Black Handle

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  • The TAC Force Assisted Opening Folding Knife (model TF-723 Series) features a black blade and a two-tone handle, with a 4-1/2-inch closed length. Offering easy one-handed deployment, this spring assisted open folding knife locks securely into place with the use of its liner lock. This knife features a 3-1/4-inch, 3mm thick stainless steel blade. The aluminum handle features a seat belt cutter and a glass breaker on the end, which can punch out the window of a car in an emergency. It also has a pocket clip for easy and safe carry. TAC Force designs spring assist folding knives that offer the rapid deployment desired by EMTs, Fire/Rescue, and first responders. They're available in a wide range of styles -- from hunting to tactical and collectibles to fantasy.
  • Spring assist folding knife offers rapid one-handed deployment, locks securely into place with liner lock
  • Black straight-edge stainless steel blade
  • Aluminum handle with seat belt cutter, and glass breaker on the end
  • Comes complete with a pocket clip for easy and safe carry
  • 4-12-inch closed length
  • 3-1/4-inch blade length with 3mm thickness

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ALWAYS BE PREPARED: A MULTI-FUNCTIONAL EMERGENCY SURVIVAL RESCUE KNIFE. Any time you bump into an unexpected situation, either in the forest or trapped in your vehicle, you can always count on the BlizeTec rescue knife. This survival knife is made of durable 420 stainless steel. The main blade is accompanied by a build in seatbelt cutter, emergency LED light, glass breaker and magnesium fire starter. This multi-tool is created for all purposes. A MUST HAVE for traveler & outdoor enthusiasts. Your ultimate all in one survival tool for disaster preparedness & emergency escape. So, don't travel without it.

Overall Features & Benefits* Incredibly light weight (5.46oz) & easy to carry
* The knife comes with a belt clip so you can carry it around easily
* Ultra sharp knife made of quality stainless steel material and anodized aluminum handle
* 5-in-1 multi tool emergency survival knife
* LED light can work up to 12 hrs with new batteries; button style battery cell: model no LR621; Diameter 6.5 MM, Quantity: 4 PCS
* Include nylon pouch with premium gift box
* Perfect for camping, emergency, survival or missions trips
* Invest in Quality. A great gift for the ones you love
* 100% RISK FREE back by a Lifetime Warranty

This BlizeTec folding knife is equipped with some of the most vital features a survivor must possess while keeping the size handy. The sharp serrated blade can safely cut through just about anything you'll encounter in the field: created for a multitude of uses in any harsh environment.


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  • Original TAC-Force EMT EMS Orange Rescue Spring Assisted Opening Pocket Knife.
  • The EMT EMS Orange is a rescue knife.
  • 3 ¼ " black finish 440 stainless steel blade.
  • Closed Length: 4 1/2 inches
  • Overall Length 7 3/4 inches
  • Weight 5oz
  • 4 ½ " durable black composite handles with orange handle accents and EMT shield logo.
  • When the knife is in the closed position, the blade is held in place by means of torsion springs.
  • Ambidextrous thumb studs open the knife. Mechanisms such as the torsion spring move along a track in the liner and rapidly rotate the blade to the open and locked position.
  • Features built-in ambidextrous thumb studs, quick open flipper, pocket clip, glass breaker, belt cutter, and EMT shield logo.

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  • Buck calls it the Bantam BLW Knife, but its anything but a lightweight when it comes to quality. Its drop point blade is 420HC Stainless Steel and is encased in injection molded handle.
  • PRODUCT FEATURES:
  • Blade Shape: Drop Point
  • Blade Length: 3 1/8" (7.9 cm)
  • Closed Length 4-3/8" 
  • Weight: 2.4 oz. (68.3 g)
  • Handle: Injection molded Textured Handle with Ridges at the top for a secure grip. Lanyard hole for easy attachment, Black
  • Carry System: Pocket Clip
  • Mid-sized folder is perfect for every day use.
  • Buck Forever Warranty
  • Origin: Made in the USA
  • Blade: Satin Finish, 420HC Stainless Steel

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How To Choose A Survival Knife

Knowing what to look for when choosing a survival knife is just as important as having a survival knife. Ask yourself “what tasks do I want my knife to help me accomplish”? Once you consider the tasks you want to accomplish, choosing the best knife becomes much more likely.

Choose a high quality survival knife, otherwise it could quickly become unusable. A dependable  knife is crucial if you plan on spending time outdoors. When choosing a knife, here are important thoughts to keep in mind:

Fixed Blade Knife
Fixed Blade KnifeThe strongest knife is a fixed bade knife. It can serve you in many different situations and is ideal for carving, cutting, skinning, chopping, and many other outdoor tasks.

Some of the cheaper knives are weak where the blade meets the handle. A higher quality knife is durable, lasts much longer, and is therefore more reliable which makes you better equipped to successfully handle your wilderness challenges.

When you are selecting your fixed blade knife, you should question the tang of the knife. The tang is the area of the blade that recedes into the handle. It should extend three quarters to all the way (full tang) into the knife handle. This way, your knife will be less likely to break if the tang is long and strong. If the handle grips should break when you are in the wilderness, the tang can be wrapped with cord, a strap, or cloth.

Examine the knife’ handle when you are selecting a survival knife. You should never choose a hollow handle, because these are more likely to break. Your best bet is a solid handle that has a grooved surface and is contoured to fit your hand.

Folding Pocket Knife
Folding Pocket KnifeA high quality folding pocket knife is important to have in  addition to a fixed blade knife. Though a folding pocket knife should not by any means take the place of a fixed blade knife, the many intricate tools on a pocket knife can be helpful in many situations. Since folding pocket knives offer many blade and tool combinations, choose a high quality folding pocket knife with your survival tasks in mind.

 

Types of Blade Points

When thinking about the tasks you want to accomplish, consider the knife blade point which will help you the most. Within the survival community, these knife blade points are very popular:

Clip Point
Clip Point KnifeThe clip point is the traditional hunters knife blade design because of its sharp narrow controllable point which makes it good for piercing. It is also handy for self defense. Disadvantage: Point is narrow and weaker than some of the other knife point designs.

Drop Point
The back unsharpened edge of a drop point knife blade runs from the handle to the tip of the knife blade in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. This lowered point provides more strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point knife is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point knife, it is thicker and stronger. Because of its stronger tip strength, it holds up to heavy use and is popular on survival, bushcraft, and camping knives. Disadvantage: Its relatively broad tip makes it less suitable for piercing compared to the clip point blade.

Tanto Point
Tanto Point KnifeThe tanto blade has a high point with a flat grind, giving it an extremely strong point. Notice the front edge of the tanto knife meets the back unsharpened edge at an angle, rather than a curve. A tanto blade knife does not have a belly, which is sacrificed in exchange for a stronger tip, so it is not useful as a general utility knife. However, its extremely strong point allows it to be used in tough situations where piercing hard materials is needed. When you need a knife that excels at piercing strong materials, a tanto blade is what you’re looking for.

 

Sheepsfoot Point
Sheepsfoot KnifeA sheepsfoot blade has a straight front edge and a dull back spine that curves down to meet the straight edge. The main use of a sheepsfoot knife is for cutting and slicing where a point is not wanted or needed. It is often used for food preparation. Because the back spine is not sharpened, you can hold it with your fingers, providing a high degree of control. Disadvantage: No point exists.

 

 

Dagger / Needle Point
Dagger KnifeIts very thin double-edged sharp point is designed for thrusting and stabbing. The two sharp edges reduce the profile and let the knife cut in on both sides. Daggers are often used for self defense in close combat situations. The very thin sharp point provides the ultimate in piercing soft targets. Disadvantages: Weak point that can break on hard targets and no cutting edge (“belly”) for slicing.

 

 

Spear Point
Spear Point KnifeA spear point knife blade has a point that is in line with the center of the blade. They can be single or double edged, but the tip is only sharp if both edges are sharpened. A spear point provides a very strong tip which is why it is often used in throwing knives. Disadvantage: Small cutting edge (“belly”) for slicing.

Trailing Point
Trailing Point KnifeA trailing point knife is a lightweight knife that has a back edge that curves upward, giving it a large curved cutting area (“belly”) for slicing or skinning. They are most common on skinning and fillet knives. Disadvantage: Weak Point.

 

 

Gut Hook Point
Gut Hook KnifeA gut hook knife has a special type of blade where the spine has a sharpened semi-circle ground into it. They are often used by hunters for field dressing. The “hook” in the spine is placed in a small cut in the the underside of the animal and pulled like a zipper. The small hook opens the abdomen of the animal without slicing into the muscle. Its large belly is perfect for slicing and skinning. Disadvantage: Difficult to sharpen the “hook” in the spine.

Caring for Your Knife

In order for your knife to be most useful, you should care for it and keep it in prime condition. This means that you should keep it clean, and sharpen it regularly. A knife that is made from high-carbon, spring tempered steel will require less sharpening than knives made from other materials. You can use a light oil or petroleum jelly to help prevent rust from forming on the knife blade.

Bottom Line

Choosing a knife to fit the job is critical. A high-quality wilderness survival knife is something that no outdoor adventurer should be without. Its versatility and usefulness has the potential to rescue you from many threatening situations.

The length of a knife which is comfortable to handle is also important for personal safety and the safety of others. Longer knives can be more difficult to handle in a safe manner, so choose a knife size you can handle safely.

The tasks you want to accomplish should be the first consideration when choosing a survival knife. The tasks may be wilderness survival (bushcraft), hunting, fishing, self defense, and food preparation. The thought process is the same. Think of a knife as a “blade tool” to help you to achieve your goals. Choosing a survival knife to match your goals will help you achieve them in the safest manner possible. Select the knife to meet the tasks. You may find you want more than one knife in order to accomplish more than one task.

Survival

Continue learning the basic survival skills needed to keep you alive before venturing out into the wilderness: starting a fire for cooking and heating, building a shelter, rope and knot skills, hunting, trapping, snaring, fishing, gutting and preparing fish, butchering and preparing game, cooking methods, preserving methods, using knives and axes, obtaining water for drinking, washing and sanitation, water filters, water purification, water storage, and first aid skills for both natural remedies and emergencies. Start with the skills you feel you will need the most. The skills you need may depend on your living environment weather it be city, suburbs, or country. Some skills are important for all three environments, like knife skills.

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