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One common piece of good advice that comes from nearly all survival theme TV shows (i.e., Bear Grylls, Man vs Wild, Dual Survival, Survivorman, etc…) is the need for a good survival knife and my wife used to remind me of that fact after almost every show.
We always keep several pocket knifes in our pockets or day packs and I have a butchering kit that includes a gut hook, a boning knife, a skinning knife and a bone saw that I always throw in the pack when big game hunting, but I don’t usually take it with us when we go hiking or camping. We also have a nice flexible fillet knife that we keep with the fishing gear. These knives do a good job of skinning, butchering and filleting, but wouldn’t be much better than a small pocket knife for cutting wood to build a fire or to make shelter.
What Should We Look for in a Good Survival Knife?
Solid handle with hilt and flat pommel
Blade metal – carbon steel or stainless steel
Blade design – straight edge or partially serrated, flat or serrated spine
Blade length – 4 – 9 inches
Blade thickness – 1/8 – 1/4 inch (0.125 – 0.25)
Lanyard hole – security and for lashing to pole to make spear
Survival not Tactical
Solid Handle with Hilt and Flat Pommel
Straight Edge vs Partially Serrated
Flat vs Serrated Spine
Hole for Lanyard
Survival Not Tactical
Where to Buy a Good Survival Knife?
Custom Knives are Expensive