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I get a lot of questions from readers asking about survival knives. Whether you’re headed into the wilderness or simply preparing for the next apocalypse, a folding knife will serve you well but a good survival knife makes all the difference. In my own search for the best survival knife over the years I’ve had plenty of experience with the top sellers and wanted to share my opinions with you all.
In a hurry? We love all the knives recommended here but if you asked us to recommend one survival knife we usually lean towards the Ka-Bar BK-22. A well-priced all-round knife and deserving of our top pick.
Fixed blade, not folding
Full tang is the way to go
A high carbon blade steel
Blade length 4 – 7 inches
Blade thickness 0.17 – 0.25 inches
A solid, synthetic handle
My favorite survival knives
KA-BAR Becker BK22 Campanion (~$85)
ESEE 6P (~$120)
Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife (~$200)
Tom Brown Tracker T–3 (~$230)
Gerber LMF II (~$80)
Other notable contenders that I trust
SOG SE38-N Force (~$100)
Spyderco BushCraft G–10 (~$220)
KA-BAR USMC Knife (~$75)
Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro (~$60)
Survival knives to avoid
Swiss Army Knives
Every “Rambo” Knife Ever