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Shmerel 08-30-2009 01:09 AM

What's THE best survival knife?
I'm interested in a fixed blade, in a sheath by the belt.

(Sorry if this has been covered elsewhere .. just lead me to it)

krehmkej 08-30-2009 05:18 AM

No fluff. Does the business.

cbbr 08-30-2009 05:46 AM

I don't like the idea of a fixed blade on my belt while on a Bike. I carry an Emerson CQC7 Tanto in my pocket and a Gerber Multi Plier in my tankbag.

DiscoDino 08-30-2009 05:48 AM

I use the Ka-Bar Kukri when camping:

bloochdog 08-30-2009 05:52 AM


Originally Posted by DiscoDino
I use the Ka-Bar Kukri when camping:

quite useful

Flashmo 08-30-2009 06:00 AM

The thread title reminded me of the $14 Rambo Knife from the '80s with the compass in the butt and the fishing kit and Band-Aid (first aid kit) in the handle.

I have several, and they all work good. The key is to have a sharp a sharpener is as important as the knife. I keep a carbide sharpener (the size of a ball-point pen) in my pack. The carbide sharpener is the best combination of speed and edge repeatability I have been able to find.

strongmendieyoung 08-30-2009 06:16 AM

gerber lmf, best bang for the buck

fish3006 08-30-2009 06:29 AM

austrian army combat knife by glock. 'bout $16.

yosmitetom 08-30-2009 08:23 AM

The best survival knife is the one you have on you when the shit hits the fan. You ain't gonna have the Kabar when you really need it . . . or any big sheath knife for that matter. A good pocket knife is the answer. I carry a Victorinox made for the German army, a little bigger than an ordinary Swiss Army knife (longer blade) with only sawblade/can opener, corkscrew (essential) and awl. It has a lanyard hole (essential). I have it attached to my body unless I am nekked.

erda 08-30-2009 09:05 AM


Originally Posted by fish3006
austrian army combat knife by glock. 'bout $16.

Where did you find it for that price?

KingRat 08-30-2009 04:11 PM

"survival" ? In the context of motocamping or something else?

what tasks do you want the knife for? :ear

what is your intended price range?

fish3006 08-30-2009 04:34 PM

erda: a gun store here in alabama had a few of 'em. it's a simple, kabar klone with a little longer blade and modified clip point. real snappy plastic sheath and belt clip. it can go on left or right side. just turn knife around for either strong side ...

fish3006 08-30-2009 04:35 PM

i suggested the glock because of the low price and ergos. i'm sure there are lots of "better" knives at higher prices ...

yosmitetom 08-30-2009 04:42 PM

Another thing to think about . . . Kabars and similar large sheath knives are considered prohibited weapons in Texas and other states. A Kabar is a pretty crappy survival knife unless there is the possibility that part of the survival will include a knife fight.

KingRat 08-30-2009 04:45 PM

generically... assuming this is for outdoor tasks and carried on the bike, fixed blades are more robust.

stainless or carbon steel? Stainless would be my preferred option but carbon steel is easier to sharpen and hardier if you are batoning logs.

handle? Should be a full tang to put up with abuse like batoning. Wood and bone scales are more aesthetically pleasing but synthetic materials like G10 and micarta are more practical.

Here are a couple of excellent knives designed for outside work:


(they do a folder called the RSK Mk.1 which is an excellent pocket knife too.)

But as you are an Aussie, for the money you can't beat a custom John Foxwell knife. I have one, quality is superb, and at 80 which is about 130 US / $150 Aus you'd get a stainless [ATS-34] custom-built knife that will last a lifetime.

I have a necker [smallish knife, G10 handle, neck sheath, first pic] but he does all sorts.

He posts on another forum I visit and he's a splendid fellow... for an Aussie. :evil He's based in Junee. No connection other than a very satisfied customer.,37/catid,35/

Or, if you ride a KLR:

Frosts of Mora stainless 'Clipper', ten quid, which is $20 Aus, and for that money it's unbeatable.

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