Top Rated Survival Knives – 5 Factors You Should Look At
Survival knives are an important tool which every survivalist should have in their bag pack. This article will look at what factors you should look at when purchasing a survival knife. Aside from the obvious use of being a protective weapon from unwanted attackers and those who are trying to violate your space and rights; survival knives are extremely practical in a multitude of everyday situations.
The various uses of survival knives include: skinning, batoning, carving, wood cutting and processing (to start a fire), preparing food, digging, hammering or even as a tool to rescue people (e.g. a good quality survival knife will be able to smash a window). Survival knives are also extremely useful when creating a temporary shelter in the wilderness or to lift hot things such as camping kettles/pots (you can use the handle to do this).
Click below to read all about the factors you should consider when purchasing your survival knife as a budding survivalist.
How To Use A Survival Knife?
For those who are beginning to prep and gather survivalist items, you may be wondering how exactly to use a survival knife in the wilderness. No worries! The amazing video below will answer any concerns you may have.
The 5 Survival Knife Factors
When purchasing a survival knife, you will want to look at the following 5 simple factors.
Your survival knife should be a high carbon steel as this is the strongest and easiest to sharpen. This is the most important factor of all because when you need your survival knife, the only thing that matters is the durability.
It should work when you need it, and having a high carbon steel survival knife won’t let you down.
2. Handle Material
Your survival knife should have a comfortable handle which won’t give you blisters or make your hands uncomfortable. A handle constructed from high friction rubber will prevent these things from happening.
Make sure that your survival knife comes with a good quality sheath. The sheath is the protective retainer which presses/clicks over the knife.
Check out an example below.
It’s not good having a survival knife which has a bad quality sheath as it can cause problems when it comes to safety. For example, if the sheath breaks or cracks how will you effectively protect your knife, not only from the environment but from children?
Furthermore, you should look at whether your survival knife comes with a belt clip/loop. This will make it easy to keep your survival knife with you as well as keeping it secure, safe and ready to use. If not, you should purchase a belt clip/loop as an accessory with the survival knife.
Although having a knife which has serrations and double edged saw teeth looks ‘cool’, they serve no purpose for survival and make sharpening your knife a harder task.
The more simple your survival knife, the better: you should aim for a drop point knife. An example can be seen below.
Try to aim for a survival knife which is fixed and does not fold. This is because survival knives which fold invite potential problems.
For example, the folder springs within the knife might break or dis function, causing problems when you need your knife the most. In this situation, a foldable survival knife is less effective.
Questions and Answers
One question which Doomsday is Near has received is which survival knives we recommend. To find out the top ten survival knives in the world, check out this article here:
If you have any other questions/comments about any of the factors described in this article, please feel free to drop a comment below and I will get back you.