Today I want to discuss with you about getting at least 2 knives as part of your survival tools. Survival knives are useful because you can use them for many things. First, it can be used to help defend yourself or your loved ones. But it can also be used to help hunt in the event you need to for your food supply. Anything that needs to be cut, sliced, pared, chopped, deboned will need a type of knife to work with.
A survival knife is a must have for any survivalist because of all the jobs it can be used to do. Depending on the type of knife you get, you can use it to cut wood or slice through rope or even to clear brush out of your way.
There are a lot of different kinds of survival knives and the best way to select the right one for you will depend on the purpose you intend to use the knife for. There are three main types of knives to consider for survival gear:
- The fixed blade knife
- The folding blade knife (which is often referred to as a pocket knife)
- The multi-tool survival knife. Each knife has many benefits that make it a great knife to own.
The fixed blade knife
Usually sturdier than the folding blade or the multi-tool knife but may not be as easy to carry and conceal as the other types. Most survivalists who choose to buy a fixed blade knife also buy a sheath that attaches to a belt to make it easier to carry.
The folding blade knife
Concealed within the handle. While it’s easier to carry and conceal, it can’t be used for the same purpose that a fixed blade knife can especially if you’re looking for something for defense needs.
A folding knife has a shorter blade, which makes it less than ideal for defending yourself. It won’t be as strong as a fixed blade knife in a fight and if the spring mechanism fails to open, you could end up defenseless.
The multi-tool survival knife
A favorite among survivalists. This knife features other attachments that make it easy to use in a variety of circumstances. Tools that you might find on this knife include: scissors, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire-stripper, and a can opener.
Some companies manufacture multi-tool knives that are geared toward a specific activity like hunting or golfing. The blade of your knife can be made with a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and carbon steel. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic blades are tough, but also fragile. They make good knives for basic tasks like cleaning a fish but they will break easily if dropped against a rock or other hard surface. For this reason, it’s suggested that you use your ceramic knife as a backup to a heavy duty knife made of steel.
My advice for you is to have 2 knives – One fixed blade that is approx 1 1/2 feet in length for cutting and chopping large materials like tree branches and trunks, and one smaller one of your choice – it could be a folding knife or a multi-tool for smaller work – cutting, slicing, etc.