Chosing a Survival Knife

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knifeNeed some help determining the best type of survival knife?  We are here to help.

The latest article posted on Strategic Living includes a lot of valuable information about knifes, their construction, and the materials used to produce a quality blade.  And, if I do say so myself, there is also a darn good essay on modern society, technology and our thirst of instant gratification.

Included in the article are some suggested knives to consider:

SOG Specialty Knives, TF3 Trident

Zero Tolerance G10 with Speed Safe

Ka Bar USMC Utility Knife

SOG SEAL Team Knife

Cold Steel SRK

In addition, I still recommend the SOG  M37-N SEAL Pup plus, for the budget conscious, the very nice Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife for less than $25.  This particular knife would make a great starter knife and stocking stuffer this holiday season.

Here is a link to the article: Survival and The Survival Knife: Everything You Need to Know and More.  A special thanks goes to George Ure’s brother in law, Panama Bates, for his invaluable input into this article.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Chosing a Survival Knife — 7 Comments

  1. As the old saying goes, the best knife to have is the one you have on you. That is a point well taken with me; but in a perfect world (which, of course, we all know it isn’t) I will stick with two favorites: a Ka-Bar USMC Fighting knife, for use as a general bushcraft, camp, and survival full-tang fixed blade knife; and the Buck model 117, for my EDC folding knife. I think the real intrinsic value of the Buck 117 is that despite the fact that it’s a folder, it will, if kept clean and oiled, due mostly to it’s size and sturdiness, serve well in that capacity AND provide many of the same qualities and uses one would need (we’re talking short-term here) in a decent fixed blade.

    I also love my Mora, Cold Steel, Victorinox, and Ontario knives. Ahh, so mant knives, so little time. 😉

  2. I would NEVER consider a folder of ANY kind for a survival knife. For EDC yes. Therefore you would have it with you anyway.

  3. I’d go with a folding knife for your primary utility uses but not as my primary survival knife. In a survival situation a full-tang fixed blade is much more useful. SOG makes great knives, the Seal or Seal Pup are both good picks. There’s always the Ka-Bar. If you have money to spend I’d look at Benchmade’s line.

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