The Best Survival Knives Available And How To Choose One

Published: 03rd June 2010
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Finding the best survival knives on the market today is relatively easy. The hard part is deciding how much money you want to spend and what features you want in your survival knife.

Any survivalist will tell you that the best survival knife is the one you have on you when you need it, no matter what it is. That may be true but I would much rather have something like a seal knife than a pen knife.

When choosing the best survival knife for your particular situation, first you need to decide how much money you want to spend. To get one that will hold a decent edge and stand up to lots of abuse you'll probably need to spend somewhere between 50-100 dollars. Yes, there are cheaper knives, but you get what you pay for. My survival knife cost me 80 dollars. I really like my knife and so far it's done everything I've asked of it.

There are many features available on knives today. Everything from serrated edges, to different types of steel, to handles made from exotic materials including high tech polymers. Mine even has a sharpener that's built into the sheath. The best thing to do is go to one of the big box sporting goods stores and handle all the knives to find out which ones fit your hand the best, then at the same time you can get a feel for what styles you like. After that it's more a personal preference.

The knife I have has a partially serrated edge, it's nice for cutting certain things, like rope for instance. The problem with a serrated edge is that it's harder to sharpen. Finding a good serration sharpening tool is important when you have this type of knife.

The last thing to remember is that Rambo style knives are NOT good survival knives. The problem is that the knife blade and the handle are two separate pieces that are usually held together with a nut inside the handle. This causes the knife to be weak at that point. What you're looking for is a knife with a "full tang". This means the steel of the blade goes all the way through the handle.

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