Best Survival Knives In The World – A Must See List

Do you want to know the best survival knife that money can buy? This article is dedicated to you! We will be counting down the greatest knives in the world when it comes to survival and doomsday preparedness.

The knives listed in this article definitely meet and exceed every factor (durability, effectiveness etc.) you should look at when purchasing a survival knife.

Are you ready to find out what the best survival knives in the world are?

The answer awaits you below!

Why Can’t I Use A Normal Knife?

A normal knife just won’t cut it when it comes to survival in the wilderness; using a kitchen knife probably won’t even last an hour in the wilderness due to their intended purpose (kitchen) and durability.

Survival knives are actually intended for survivalists and constructed with durability and effectiveness which you won’t find with normal knives.

Unfortunately, a normal knife is not as effective in survival situations than survival knives.

If you missed our previous article on why survival knives are an important necessity for budding survivalists, be sure to check it out.

The must read article also includes the 5 important factors you should look at when selecting a survival knife for your needs. Click on this link to read the article: Top Rated Survival Knives: 5 Factors You Should Look At.

Top 10 Survival Knives In The World 

Doomsday is Near have personally selected the survival knives in this article based on factors described in this article. Consequently, you can be sure that these knives pass the durability, handle material, sheath, blade and simplicity test.

The fact of the matter is that you need a survival knife in your bug out bag as it is one of the most important items to have in survival situations. It can be overwhelming deciding on which knife to select as there are a lot of choices out there.

But, we have proudly done the hard work for you by comparing and selecting the best survival knives on the market.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the top 10 best survival knives in the world. Although, the list will vary person to person, the truth is that any one of these knives are an excellent choice for survivalist purposes.

1) Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Survival Knife

Ka Bar are an amazing brand of survival knives due to their knives being dedicated to troops who served during the second world war. 70 years later, Ka Bar still have the same utmost respect and prestige surrounding their survival knives.

The Ka Bar Becker Companion Knife is truly hailed as the ultimate survival knife due to its durability, surprising light weight and versatility. From skinning, chopping, hunting or cutting wood, the Becker Companion is strongly tough and effective for all outdoor survival activities.

We personally loved the fact that the Companion Knife has a strong handle made from Givory which gives a great and balanced grip with its drop point blade. The knife itself does not disappoint illustrated by the excellent customer reviews of the knife.

One thing we would comment on is that the material of the sheath provided with the Ka Bar Becker Companion Knife is constructed from nylon. Some survivalists prefer a specific material for their sheaths (such as leather etc) so it’s just something to be aware of. All in all, the knife itself is a survival winner.

Rating: 5/5 

Purchase here: Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife

2) Schrade Extreme Survival Knife 

The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife ticks all the boxes as well as being extremely budget friendly for those who don’t want to fork out a lot of money for a quality constructed survival knife.

It features a Kraton handle, nylon sheath with pocket and is constructed from high carbon steel. One thing we would point out is that the knife is heavier than other survival knives in the list (the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife weighs almost 16 ounces) but you’d be mad to overlook its great value for money.

Rating: 4.9/5

Purchase here: Schrade Extreme Survival Knife with Fixed High Carbon Steel Blade

3) Buck 119BR Special Survival Knife

We love the Buck 119BR Special Survival Knife due its classic and genuine leather sheath. Some survivalists dislike knife sheaths made from nylon and want a leather sheath, but this is down to personal preference. Don’t be fooled by its sophisticated looks; the Buck 119BR Special can stand toe to toe with the best survival knives on the market.

The fixed blade knife boasts a stainless steel handle, excellent 6 inch blade strength and an impressive manufacturing warranty which lasts forever! The Buck 119BR is consequently an excellent contender in this article.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: Buck 119BR Special Fixed Blade Knife

4) Gerber Strong Arm Survival Knife 

We have a special place in our hearts for Gerber survival knives, due to their distinctive appearance and impressive history. The Gerber Strong Arm knife cannot be mistaken for another due to its unique diamond texture rubberized handle (which provides a great strong grip when in use) and black ceramic coating.

Although the full tang knife is very appealing appearance wise, its brutal force is expected due to the excellent durability and ultimate strength of Gerber knives.

The Gerber Strong Arm Knife comes with a tactical belt and sheath which can be mounted in different ways giving it a huge tick in the practicality box as well. All in all, you cannot go wrong with the Gerber Strong Arm Knife and it has all the factor you should look out for in a survival knife listed here.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: Gerber Strong Arm Fixed Blade

5) ESEE 6P-B Survival Knife 

The ESEE 69 is hailed as a revolutionary survival knife due to the impressive features of jimping on the spine of the knife which increases thumb grip as well as the black powder blade which is constructed with high carbon steel.

The sheath is constructed from black molded polymer and this combined with its handle material (micarta scale) makes it a unique survival knife.

Although the price point may scare some preppers on a budget, with the ESEE 69 you truly get what you pay for: an impressive and durably strong survival knife. Many users have critically acclaimed the knife and its uniqueness by saying that once you try the ESEE 69; you won’t ever want to try another knife again.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: ESEE 6P-B Fixed Blade Survival Knife

6) Cold Steel Leatherneck 8F

The Leatherneck SF is a legendary knife inspired by Marine use in 1776 for military purposes. Two centuries after, the Leatherneck SF still enjoys the utmost respect for being a knife which never disappoints both on the battle ground and in the wilderness.

The Leatherneck SF has a saber ground clip point blade, double quillons for excellent safety when performing tasks as well as honed by hand blade sharpness which is constructed from thick steel. The handle itself provides excellent and unsurpassed grip as it is constructed from Kraton. The secure sheath cap is also powerfully sturdy and thick and is constructed from steel.

The Leatherneck SF also comes with a belt loop for practicality, convenience and safety. Although the knife comes with a limited manufacturer’s warranty, its quality cannot be denied. In fact, you can also use it as a double up tool in emergencies when you need a hammer.

Once you hold the Leatherneck SF, you can tell that it is a quality survival knife which doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to effectiveness and practicality.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: Cold Steel 39LSF Leatherneck SF

7) Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife 

One thing we love about the Fallkniven A1 is the professional and sleek looking sheath which makes it a pretty cool looking survival knife. However, looks are not going to get you anywhere in the wilderness.

It’s a good thing then that the Fallkniven A1, which has a blade length of 6.3 inches, is one of the most raved about survival knives on the market. It is acclaimed due to its strong versatility in various survival tasks such as wood cutting.

Users have mentioned that even after numerous tough uses, the blade has remained the same in terms of sharpness and agility. You should know that the length of the Fallkniven A1 is 11 inches long and the handle material is constructed from Kraton, giving you a balanced and comfortable grip.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife

8) Ka Bar Full Size US Marine Survival Knife

We needed to put the Ka Bar US Marine survival knife in our list of the greatest, because along with the BK2 Companion, the US Marine knife is a leader in the market of survival knives. As explained previously, Ka Bar are revolutionary leaders in the field of survival.

With its steel constructed blade which is 7 inches long, this full tang knife has the most famous fixed blade knife design in the world!

It isn’t surprising then that the knife’s strength, durability and practicality are all outstanding. Furthermore, what more could we ask for with a 100% genuine leather sheath. This is undeniably one of the best survival knives in the world, and we stand by that.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: KA-BAR Full Size Marine

9) ESEE 4 OD Randall’s Adventure Survival Knife

Although the ESEE 4 OD survival knife does not look as appealing as other survival knives mentioned in this article, it shouldn’t be discounted based on it’s appearance, because it boasts a killer combination of unique features.

The ESEE 4 OD survival knife is constructed with carbon steel, is light weight and boasts a full flat grind with a thickness which is unparalleled in the field of survival knives. In fact, the ESEE 4 OD is referred to as a ‘wilderness’ model illustrating that it is a great durable survival knife for preppers and survivalists.

Its overall length is 9 inches long, making it shorter than other survival knives, such as the Fallkniven A1, meaning it is easier to carry around.  Furthermore, it comes with a spring steel clip, cord lock and lanyard meaning it can be carried vertically and horizontally.

The sheath of the ESEE 4 OD is made out of Kydex which can be a negative depending on the type of material you want your sheath to made out of. Furthermore, the handle slabs are made out of lined Micarta and can be removed if you want to fit the blade to a modular system for tactical duty carry.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: ESEE Randall’s Adventure Survival Knife

10) ESEE Laser Strike Survival Knife

Our review of the greatest survival knives in the world is going to be capped off with the Laser Strike survival knife created by ESEE.

With an overall length of 10 inches and weight of 9.5 ounces, the Laser Strike is both practically convenient and powerful. The blade material is made from high quality carbon steel and is coated with black powder.

The Laser Strike also comes with a black sheath constructed from Kydex as well as a belt clip, rounded pommel with lanyard hole and handle removal washer. The Laser Strike is definitely one of our favourites because of its practical length and the fact that it does not disappoint with blade strength.

One thing which should be taken into serious consideration with ESEE is their ironclad lifetime warranty which includes replacing the knife if it breaks. This is a great incentive because if you’re worried about spending money outside of your survival budget and the product breaks, you are covered.

However, I’m not sure why the Laser Strike survival knife would break though due to how strong the knife is. This is probably why ESEE can proudly back their products with a lifetime warranty; they trust and believe in the excellent quality of their products.

Rating: 5/5

Purchase here: ESEE Laser Strike (Fixed Blade)

What Is The Best Survival Knife of 2016? 

Any of these 10 survival knives in the list would be a great survival tool which will stand the test of time. However, when taking into account financial budget as well as the factors you should look at when purchasing a survival knife; I would narrow it down to the Ka Bar Becker Companion Knife or the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife.

But again, this is if you have financial constraints and want the most from your knife in the lowest price. If you have a preference in terms of what you want in terms of sheath material, length and weight then you can align your preferences to the different survival knife features explained in the list.

If you have any questions about this article or recommendations, please feel free to drop a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂


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Wow! Very interesting site and quite educational. You talk about things that I truly never thought about but everyone should. A good knife is probably one of the most essential items on a survival kit. I do have a few questions. Do these knives stay sharp? How would you sharp these knives in the wilderness? I am looking forward to your next posts. I can tell I have much to learn from you. Thanks


You did a great job comparing the best survival knives in the world.

I agree, for the money, you just can’t beat the Ka Bar Becker Companion Knife. I also like the Gerber brand.

I’m not as familiar with the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife, although Schrade is known for quality.

Simmone Parks
Simmone Parks

Hi! What an incredibly informative site! I have learned so much about the various different knives you have available and which ones are the best for survival out in the wilderness. I must admit, prior to reading and learning from your article, I thought an average kitchen knife would have been good enough, but I definitely know differently now, and can see the benefits of using a knife which has been especially designed for its purpose. I will surely be back to learn loads more, and now know where to recommend anyone wishing to purchase a knife for a specific… Read more »


This is great information on survival knives. I, personally, have never considered purchasing a survival knife, but you make these all so appealing. Aside from survival, they look like they would be great for camping, and I could really use a quality knife for my family camping trips up in the mountains. Thanks for all the great advice!

Travis Smithers
Travis Smithers

I’ve always liked to have a great knife for when I go camping in the woods. I find there are many different things you can take and consider but a proper survival knife is first and for most.

Your extensive list is great, and I’m familiar with most, but I would have to say I would stick with my favorites designed by Ka Bar. Your number one works perfect for me and causes no problems to take camping.


I didn’t realize that a kitchen knife won’t cut it in a doomsday survival scenario. I honestly have a plan in the event of a zombie apocalypse to head over to the the next town where one of my buddies is literally armed to the teeth with many weapons and take my chances with him. The only form of protection I have are my kitchen knives! By reading your article, I’ve realized that they won’t last long out in the wild! Thanks for enlightening me on this!


Great comparison of the different survival knives available.

I feel like a kid in a candy store looking at these knives.

If I had to choose my favorite survival knife of these ten based on appearance and styling I would have to go with the Ka Bar BK2. I love the look and don’t mind that it has a nylon sheath.


I can tell you definitely know your stuff when it comes to survival knives. And if it weren’t for this article, I would not know any better and end up using a flimsy kitchen knife, lol.
I really do like the look of the Buck 119BR Special Survival Knife. It looks so badass, right? Can I ask how much I would be paying for this?