Have you ever found yourself in a desperate situation where you needed a survival knife that could chop or whittle wood, slice through animals, and cut rope? If you haven’t found yourself there yet, but are an avid hunter, camper, or wilderness person, then at some point you just might find yourself in a situation like that.
It’s important to do your research on survival knives since they need to be used for just that – survival. You’ll want to know the length, weight, design, how much it costs, and the jobs it can handle.
We’ve taken care of some of the stress and researched the best knives on the market today. It’s impossible for us to cover every blade out there, but we’ve included the best we know about to date. Check out our favorites below.
The Folded Pocket Survival Knife List
Tool Logic SL-Pro 2
This knife isn’t merely a knife. It’s also a shrill whistle, a flashlight, and a magnesium alloy firestarter. In addition to the amazing tools it provides for camping and hunting trips, it also contains a fantastic blade. The blade is made of 420 J-2 Steel and folds nicely into the Zytel handle. The blade is razor sharp and can chop through lots of wood. Its strength is not as great as other knives, but what it lacks in strength is made up for with the other tools it offers.
Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point
If you want a high-quality knife that’s thin and lightweight, but also crazy sharp and resilient, then you’ll want to check out this one. It seriously has it all! It’s only 5.3 ounces and can be attached by its clip to your belt or pocket. You won’t even notice it’s there until you need it.
This knife is between $50-75. It can be comparable to the TOPS BOB in design and quality. However, the handle consists of slightly cheaper material, which is why it’s less expensive to the TOPS BOB. It’s 4.4,” and made of carbon steel. If you need something that’s powerful yet affordable, this is a good pick for you.
The Fixed Blade Survival Knife List
Gerber LMF II
This is a fantastic, small utility knife. However, just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it doesn’t pack a punch- this knife excels at tasks such as breaking glass or cutting through seat belts.
The handle is glass filled and covered in rubber that keeps moisture out. The blade comes in at 4.84” long, while the entire knife is 10.59” long, and weighs 11.67 ounces. If you have an interest in this small yet effective utility knife, you’re not alone as it is one of the most popular survival knives on the market.
Ka-Bar Becker BK2
When we shop, we look for reviews before purchasing something – especially things that we know we’ll need to rely on. The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 passes the test; it has thousands of reviews.
Why is it so popular you might ask? For one, it’s affordable, but perhaps more important is that this knife can be used to seamlessly skin an animal. Only weighing a pound, this knife is high on our list.
This one’s a beauty. It’s sleek with a vintage look to it but absolutely capable to get the job done. The makers of the Ultima modeled it after daggers from the Bronze Age. The handle is covered with several grip sections – seventy to be exact. The nylon segments help force water, oil, and even mud off the handle.
Cold Steel Pendleton
With a blade created from VG-1 stainless steel and a handle that’s satisfying to hold, the Pendleton is great for an average camping trip. It can handle meal prep like any butcher knife while also effectively chopping wood.
The Pendleton weighs 5.8 ounces, so it’s light to carry, and the length is just about 8 inches long- including the blade.
Spyderco Bushcraft G-10 Plain Edge
If you’re a knife nerd (no shame, we are too), you’ve probably know SpyderCo. This knife doesn’t put its brand to shame, that’s for sure.
This knife can wield extreme abuse with no damage to it. It can be used effectively in dealing with game meat, chopping wood, and even carving if you’re in a situation where that’s needed. The blade measures a whopping 4 inches and consists of stainless 0-1 steel.
We thought we’d throw this one in as a little freebie. You might think that it’s impossible to find a good survival knife under $75, but it’s not true. The Schrade is about $25 on Amazon. This knife isn’t designed as well as others, but it still does the job of most necessary camping chores. Check it out here if you need a knife on a budget.
There are too many good options out there in design and use, and ultimately the decision has to be up to you.
Figure out what your intentions are for the knife, and then go from there. Do you need it for camping trips? Hunting trips? Do you want one for personal defense or emergency situations? If you need any help in your search, feel free to contact us with questions you might have.