See what knife you want in a survival situation.
Ask any survival expert, hunter or experienced hiker, and they will probably tell you that the two most important tools to have in a survival situation is:
- – a way to start a fire(match or light) and…
- – a trusted, hardened survival knife.
I understand why a good knife can mean the difference between failure or success, even life or death. I’ve learned it the hard way when a blade broke as I was trying to break some branches. While the scenario wasn’t dire, but had I been in a survival situation, there would have been a lot more at stake. That’s why it’s important to pick a knife knowing it can keep you alive when nature wants you dead.
That leaves plenty of questions to ask. Will it stay sharp? Will it break? Can it file, notch, and hammer? Is it long enough? Is it too long? Can I start a fire with it? After trying out hundreds of knives over the past 20 years, I’ve made a very solid list of those for which the answer is always ‘Yes.’ They haven’t failed me yet.
SOG SE37-K Seal Team Elite Knife
This is the knife you want in your hand when civilization collapses. The SOG SE37-K has triumphed as the official knife of the U.S. Navy Seals for good reason. Battle-ready for any situation, this 7-inch death-dealer features an extended tang that make it easy to shatter glass or hammer things. I find the long, ergonomic handle has deeper grooves for a truer grip so the knife doesn’t slip out of my hands while in use. And its battle-tested matte black titanium nitride blade is sleekly designed for increased durability. This knife is unanimously praised in reviews, including this one. The only catch: The best knife on the market comes at a high price of $95.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Knife
They say the only two things you need to survive in the wild are a good knife and something to start a fire with. The Gerber Bear Grylls is both. This dynamic survival knife gives you great value at an affordable price, featuring an integrated fire starter kit, a diamond sharpener, and a whistle for emergencies.
BlizeTech Survival Knife
This handy tactical knife gives you a variety of survival tools in one pocket-sized blade. Especially useful if you don’t want to carry a big knife, the BlizeTech is fitted with a mini-LED flashlight, seatbelt cutter, magnesium fire starter, and window breaker. That’ll keep pack weight down to a minimum and make carrying in public more discreet.
StatGear 99416 Surviv-All Outdoor Knife
With near perfect balance and great grip, the StatGear is just as useful in the outdoors as it is on the job. It’s very similar in design to the Bear Grylls knife, but instead of a whistle, it comes with an integrated cord cutter so you don’t have to unsheath it to make smaller cuts.
Coleman CM2018 Survival Knife 12-Inch Overall with Survival Kit
This is the best “value” for someone who is on a really tight budget. Its not as sturdy, well balanced, durable as the other option but for 18.99$ on amazon, you can get a knife that is a blade and the inside of the handle is hallowed out to contain a small survival kit including a match, sharpening stone, fishing hook and fishing thread. I don’t see myself using this knife on a daily basis out in the wild but its definably one that can stretch the dollar value far.