What's THE best survival knife?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Shmerel, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. toro618

    toro618 Been here awhile

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  2. Barman

    Barman Way Offline

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    I bought one of these for packing on the bike and hiking. http://sogknives.com/store/F03T.html
    It's light and easy to put an edge on with a cheap kitchen sharpener. Best of all I believe I paid $50 from Wally's shipped so I can really abuse the thing and not worry about it.
  3. proileri

    proileri Adventurer

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    Just two problems with this design. First, the serrated edge, and second, that it's a folder.

    The serrated edge is a diver's knife feature, but it's on every survival knife because it looks cool and tactical. It's main function is to cut cord - handy if you get stuck in something while diving, which is the reason why divers carry these knives. However, it's the suck in anything else than diving. If you want to carve any wood or cut something thick like a rubber hose, you naturally apply most force to the knife closest to the handle. The serrated edge makes it a lot more difficult.

    Second thing is the folder mechanism. Folders are nice as a pocket knife. However, the structural weakness makes it less ideal in a survival knife. It increases the chance of breaking the blade, if you have to twist the blade or pry something open. Not to mention there's a possibility it folds back on your fingers, especially with cheap "liner lock" mechanisms! Avoid the liner lock if you can, it's the least reliable lock type out there. Sure, you can make a very sturdy and reliable mechanism for a folder, too, but those things are not cheap.

    IMO, survival knife should be simple, reliable, and take a ton of abuse. Ideally it should be cheap, so you can buy three of them and have them in different places.

    And, as always, one tool cannot be good for everything, no matter how expensive it is. If you have space on your bike, go to the HW store / military surplus, and buy a small axe, 2-3 throwaway carpenter's knives and chinese metal shovel. I guarantee you these three product will cost you less than $40, and function a lot better than a single $200 uber-tactical machete.

    When I go to the woods, my choice is one or two of these, at few bucks each. They cut well enough, can be sharpened to decent shape, and I can abuse them to the breaking point and even lose one or two without any remorse. Plus, the important "tactical" function here is the red cap, so I can find it again if I drop it in thick bush! Try that with a uber-camo-stealth model :D

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  4. asphaltmueller

    asphaltmueller nomad acc. § 2(3)AVV

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    I like your approach :freaky
  5. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    probably already been said... but here it goes again.
    the best survival knife is the one on your person
  6. proileri

    proileri Adventurer

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    Appreciated! And don't get me wrong, guys, I do LOVE a nice knife, I've been in military service, been hunting, etc., and even tried my hand in forging some blades. Knifemaking and design is an art of it's own.. It's just a shame that you actually don't want to take a nice knife out, unless you really use it all the time. Just that you start trying to not to abuse it too much, and it's too easy to drop it in the woods.

    This is the latest one I've bought, starts to be at the upper range (around €50) to take into the woods. Just an impulse buy, really, but the amount of steel in it looked promising, so I wanted to give it a shot. It's absolutely one of the sturdiest knives I've ever seen.. but unfortunately it's slightly too big blade and too narrow handle for my tastes.

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    Funny thing, I've had these cheapo knives all around my kit, hanging from backpack, on the belt.. And the sheath isn't really optimal for holding on to the knife anyway, so I've had a spare or two around.. but I have never lost a single one. Never! :lol3
  7. SgtDuster

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    A Mora is definitely a great bang forthe buck knife, no doubt about it. Simple, sturdy, cheap, easy to maintain...

    But, well, you know...sometimes we can't resist in front of a nicer knife. Just like you did yourself.
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    b0mb3r Old Git

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    bumpski :D
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    ghostrider66 Adventurer

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  10. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Hey, you can't come here with a 50 years old classic among classics and call it fair!


    You lazy man.


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  11. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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    I've had this at the cabin for a few years. Bulletproof design, easy to sharpen, heavy enough to use as a billhook, light enough to use as a knife.

    The blade is ~9 inches long and it weighs just over a pound so it's still quite portable.

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    http://www.taiter.fi/hukari.html

    Bit like the GS – fugly but functional. And as a bonus it's handmade in Finland :evil
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    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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  13. PachmanP

    PachmanP Long timer

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    A million posts is too far to read from the start, but has anybody mentioned ESEE? All their knives are survival knives. They have a no questions asked break it/replace policy.

    Izula is a good buy several and stash everywhere knife.
  14. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    I like that!:thumb
  15. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    Now where can you get one of those in the U.S.?
  16. fung

    fung Been here awhile

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    I too really like the mora.
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    I just got a Fallkniven F1, haven't used it much yet a couple day hikes on snow shoes and a week of camping but I like it so far!
  19. Oldbear

    Oldbear Don't want a pickle

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  20. Zippydapanhead

    Zippydapanhead Damn kids, get away!

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    You said THE, didn't you? SOG Tigershark 2.0. I got mine at the National Survival Center site. Located at 123 Asskick Street. Best price, great folks. If I needed 1 to survive, baby, it is cocked and locked.

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