A knife is the ultimate tool for survival. One can survive with a knife alone if needed.
I will list a just a few tasks a knife and be used for and I will go over some of my knives and tools.
A knife has many uses, here is a few.
Signaling( if shinny surface)
Making tools for fire building or creating tinder
Surgical or wound care
Anchor or peg
Cutting cordage ( or just about anything)
Carving( for entertainment)
Selecting a survival knife is a highly debated topic. What makes the best knife comes down to personal preference and what you are capable of. Like any tools, having them is no good if you do not know how to use them. Also having the right tool for the job is important. You won’t want to cut a tree down with a pocket knife or filet a fish with an axe. Also carrying an assortment of knifes and tools is not very practical. Finding the right knife to meet your needs is a challenge but it can be done.
Taken from the SAS survival guide.
“CHOOSING A KNIFE
A multi-bladed folding knife is a useful tool, but, if you carry only one knife, you need something stronger, a general-purpose blade that will do all likely tasks efficiently and comfortably, from cutting trees to skinning animals and preparing vegetables. Some have a compass built into the handle or have the handle hollowed out so that you can carry survival kit inside it. However, these features will be offset by the possibility of a hollow handle breaking and a compass may soon lose its accuracy after the knife has been used on a hardwood tree. If you lose this kind of knife you also lose your survival kit – much better to keep the kit in a separate pouch on your belt or on the sheath.
REMEMBER:YOU ARE ONLY AS SHARP AS YOUR KNIFE
Your knife is such an important piece of survival equipment, that you must keep it sharp and ready for use. Don’t misuse your knife. Never throw it into trees or onto the ground. Keep it clean and, if you don’t intend to use it for a while, oiled and in its sheath.
When walking through close, or difficult terrain, get in the habit of checking your knife. This should become an automatic reflex especially after negotiating difficult terrain. A check of all pockets and possessions should be second nature. FOLDING KNIVES
A folding knife that has a serrated edge, and which can be opened one-handed is valuable, provided it has a good locked position. Always carry one. A blade in a wooden handle is usually more comfortable: it will not slip in a sweaty hand and, if the handle is made from a single piece of wood, is less likely to cause blisters.
This is the Malayan name for a type of knife with a large curved blade like a machete. It is too large to be carried in normal daily life but ideal when going out into the wild.
A parang 30cm (12in) in overall blade length and weighing no more than 750g (1¾lb) is best, the blade 5cm (2in) at its widest and end-bolted into a wooden handle. The curved blade enables maximum effort to be applied when cutting timber and the blade arrives before the knuckles, so giving them protection. Even large trees can be cut down with a parang, which is especially useful for building shelters and rafts.”
First I will start with some multi tools. These tools I find useful for everyday carry and prove useful in all environments.
Leatherman super tool
A multi tool built tough
Has a serrated and fine blade knives
Phillips and flat screw drivers
A saw blade
Pliers and wire cutters
The wire cutters on this model are replaceable if worn out.
And etched in the handle is a ruler.
The tools lock in place when fully open as well
What I like about this multi tool is that it is tough.
I don’t have to worry about breaking this one easily.
For living in an urban environment most of my life. Using tools for doors, locks, cars, fences, and appliances is a normal occurrence.. If cutting a seatbelt after and accident or day to day survival in the home this has me covered. This is a useful tool to carry with me everyday even hiking and camping it comes in handy.
I also have a gerber suspension multi tool
Having many of the same tools and the leatherman it has its own unique features
The tools are smaller and not as heavy duty
The tools do lock in place and are located on the outside of the Handel so it does not have to be fully open to get to the tools
The pliers on this model have an internal spring that comes in handy
Last on my multi tool list is the Swiss Army knife.
Having a small tool to fit in a pocket is useful for every day carry.
Having tools like scissors, cork screw, tooth pick,tweezers,and can opener
These may have many options and applications but in a outdoor survival situation they may not be the best choice for shelter building or chopping wood though you could if you had no other option. Also keep in mind that if you don’t know how to use a cork screw or can opener or screw driver that the tool is wasted.
Now on to folding knives
Also good for every day use a folding knife can be small enough to keep in a pocket or pack.
I prefer a folding knife that can be opened with one hand with either a thumb screw or a spring assist and finger latch.
One of my knives has a seatbelt cutter on the end and some are half serrated.
Having serrations or not is also highly debated. I prefer to have part of my blade serrated. For cutting cordage and other things it is more effective. Especially if A quick cut in needed.
Now onto fix blade knives
The bk2 is a heavy duty knife
Chopping or bottoming wood is an easy task.
Prying doors or digging holes this knife can handle the abuse
I fitted mine with a paracord wrap and some extra around the sheath
As well as a tek lock. The tek lok allows the knife to lock around a belt in a horizontal carry position.
On the down side this knife is heavy
Over all I find this knife useful in all environments. In the wilderness it does well at camp chores even cutting small trees. In a urban environment prying doors of buildings, cutting wires, cutting into walls and also as a defensive weapon this knife has your back.
It he next two knives are very similar so I will go over them together and list the differences
The gerber LMF II and the gerber bear grylls ultimate knife. Almost the same design, both knives feature a partially serrated edge, knife sharpener on sheath and a steel pommel for hammering. The bear grylls is a smaller knife and thinner blade, comes with a more reasonable price pointing has some useful features such as a fire starter. The sharpening stone on the sheath can be used to sharpen the blade of the knife and other tools where the lmf is more directed at the one knife and is not as user friendly. The pommel on the bear grylls knife is a flat surface and the lmf has to be held with the hand on the sheath over the blade and awkwardly hammered.both knives have a rubberized handle and has holes drilled through to allow them to be lashed to a stick to form a spear. Both are good all around knives with differences in preferences.
Another gerber bear grylls knife is a newer paracord Handle model.
It is smaller lighter and compact. The paracord wrap on the handle allows this knife to also be used as a spear point. The clipped point of this particular knife makes it more effective as a spear as well. The sheath is has an adjustable belt attachment for multiple carry options.
Being on the smaller side prying chopping and other tasks are not as easily done on this knife but at a low price point it is a great beginning knife for smaller tasks.
Now my personal favorite survival knife
The ESEE – 6 venom
This knife is made for survival
Coming in bright orange handle and greed powder coated blade this knife is easy to spot when worn or laying around.
When working on tasks and setting down a knife it can easy be lost in the environment, but not this one.
Features a large blade good for chopping. Thick enough for digging but thin enough for food prep and delicate work
I have added a fire starter to my sheath and a tek lok for horizontal carry. A little extra paracord on the sheath as will as a paracord lanyard so I can grin on the bottom of the handle for chopping without sending it flying. I personally find this knife to fit all my needs and a basic survival knife. Some others may perform better in certain categories or tasks but I trust this knife to get me through.
Other special tools I like to use is the machete and a tomahawk.
Is a very useful tool some tribes around the world have adapted to using only a machete in surviving.
If used to its potential it can be used for any and every task.
Use as a chopping tool and weapon. With skill it can be used for many crafting and average tasks.
What you use again comes down to your personal needs, preference and abilities.
- ESEE-5 Knife Review (bushcraftconnoisseur.wordpress.com)
- My Top 3 Best Gerber Survival Knives (survivalknifeguide2.wordpress.com)