We recommend that if you plan on spending time in the wilderness it is best to have with you a fixed survival knife, a folding blade survival knife and a multi-tool survival knife. Each of these three knives will prove to be useful whenever you go camping, hunting, fishing or hiking. These survival knives are extremely useful when it comes to building camp fires or building a make-shift shelter. They have low prices and are qualitative and affordable.
Fixed Blade Survival Knives
The Magnum Elk Hunter Knife, designed by Boker, is resistant and costs less than $30.00. It has a very firm grip which is a must in various situations. The Magnum Elk Hunter has a 440 stainless steel blade which is 4 1/3″ long. The whole length of the knife is 8 1/2″, from the tip to the bottom of the handle. Also, inside the handle a lanyard hole can be found with a brass-lined insert and it comes with a leather sheath. It should prove its survival knife quality in the wild. It is useful in chopping up wood for creating a campfire as well as for chopping wood for making a shift shelter, hunting, or fishing. Whatever cutting you need to do, the Magnum Elk Hunter will help you do it effortlessly and in no time.
Folding Blade Survival Knives
The Ka-Bar Mule folding knife is cheap and durable. It’s blade measures 3 1/4″ and the length of the whole knife is just a little over 9″ when open. It is perfect for those who go for a traditional lock-back mechanism which can easily be opened with just one hand. This knife may be used with or without a sheath as its total weight is only 8 oz. The handle, made of zytel and Kraton inserts, ensures a good grip to its owner. The Ka-Bar Mule folding knife is available in 3 colors: black, hunter green or desert tan.
Multi-Tool Survival Knives
Many people say that having a multi-tool survival knife is a must for every camper, fisherman or hunter. It is very versatile by easily fitting in your pocket or if you’d prefer a sheath, it does include one in the package. The SOG Power Lock knife has its blade made of stainless steel or if you like the optional black oxide finish. This multi-tool survival knife encompasses a series a 10 useful tools, such as: scissors, an awl, a bottle opener, can opener, a 3 sided file, 1/4″ socket drive, a large screwdriver, wire cutter, Philips screwdriver, wire crimper and a ruler on the handle.
It is very well known that not all cheap knives are of good enough quality to survive in the wild. They are usually used for a variety of activities which affects their durability. However, the three knives described above are exactly what you are looking for, even though they are not all made in the US. When searching for a survival knife, it is important to make sure that the handle is not hollow. The rod that extends through the handle should be of quality steel, while the grip has to be very firm. Also, try to find a strong handle that won’t loosen up after extended use.