In a situation in which your own life is in danger, having a good survival knife can be quite important. Survival knives will help you with various survival tasks such as cutting down branches or even a small trees, hammering tent poles into the ground, or it can even serve as an improvised spear when paired with long stick. Unfortunately not all survival knives are made equal. Therefore spending some time on choosing the best you possibly can, is imperative.
The market is virtually flooded with different survival knives but most of them are not any good and I’m not saying that on the most expensive knife is actually the best one. Actually there are quite a few rather cheap for survival knives which are really good. So let’s look at some of the factors you should consider when buying survival knife.
Firstly I would recommend getting a fixed blade knife because it can endure harsh treatment than folding knives.
Another thing to look for is construction of the knife. I would never buy a knife which doesn’t have the full tang construction. What full tang means, is that the knife is essentially made of one piece of metal that runs from the tip of the blade to the pommel. If you don’t go for the full tang construction what could happen is that the knife will snap in the middle when you’re actually trying to chop something. And that’s definitely not something you want to experience.
I would also avoid an overly long knife and by long I mean over 12 inches long and total. You are looking for a survival tool and not for a sword right? If you ask me I would choose something going the let’s say 5 inch long blade and a similar or actually a bit shorter handle.
Another important factor is choosing the right steel. As you probably know there are two basic types you can choose from, and that is a high carbon steel or stainless steel. On the main difference is that there are high carbon steel is much harder and it can be made much sharper than a regular stainless steel. On the other hand is not corrosion resistant, therefore the manufacturers coat the blades with various materials. That’s why you can see survival knife with blade blades and stuff like that. Stainless steel on the other hand will be resistant to corrosion but it’s so a bit softer and it’s actually easier to sharpen in high carbon steel.
Probably the last thing you should consider is the handle of the knife. It should sit nicely and comfortably in your palm and it shouldn’t slip when the weather is bad. If the knife doesn’t provide strong grip, you can actually badly injure yourself.
Knife you ask me which manufacturer is the best I will not give you clear answer. There are many companies which make high quality knives such as for example the Buck Knives.