The Single Best Consideration For A Survival Knife Is One That Can Be Trusted. You Need A Knife That Will Not Fail You Under Survival Situations. A good knife is one that is simple and easy to use in all situations. Tim MacWelch has put together a gallery of 20 great knives for wilderness survival over at outdoorlife.com for your considerations.
If you only had one knife to take into the wilderness – which one would you choose?
There’s no shortage of opinions on this topic. We all have our favorites and differing reasons why we like one knife above all others. While the concept of “living off the land” with just a knife has more to do with solid outdoor skills than it does with knife choice, it’s still fair to say that the quality and usefulness of your knife could be the difference between life and death. Here's a rundown of my favorites.
Is there such a thing as the perfect survival knife? Probably not. But, these 20 blades are damn close. Take a look at survival blogger Tim MacWelch's 20 favorite wilderness survival knives.
CRKT M21 Aluminum Folder
If the survival knife that you are relying on turns out to be your folding-blade everyday carry knife, then it better be a good one. I have carried one of these in the front right pocket of my jeans for years. It stays sharp, and when it finally needs a touch up, the AUS 8 stainless steel sharpens very well. The M21 weighs just 3.2 ounces and has a blade length of 3 inches. It has two locks for safety, and it can be opened with one hand.
Tool Logic SL Pro 2
Few knives have been as popular around my camp as the Tool Logic SL Pro 2. It’s a quality knife, with a loud signal whistle, spark rod and an LED flashlight all rolled up in one. The SL Pro 2 has a 3-inch-long 50/50 serrated blade. The bright white LED flashlight stores in the knife handle. A premium magnesium alloy fire rod is attached to the light’s anodized aluminum housing.
Swiss Army Knife Adventurer
If they were good enough for MacGyver… right? The chief Swiss Army knife producer, Victorinox, still has the market cornered on variety and quality. The Adventurer model is a modern classic, offering a knife blade, a can opener, a bottle opener, three screw drivers, an awl, tweezers, and a toothpick. The stainless steel blade is almost 4½ inches long, and the overall weight is 2.9 ounces. If only those blades were better at carving wood.
Ka-Bar Mule Folder
Ka-Bar’s Mule folding knife is one heavy-duty tool. Solid construction and generous weight allow you to treat this guy a little rougher than most other folding knives. The Mule weighs in at 7.2 ounces and the blade is crafted from AUS 8A stainless steel. The blade length is 3 13/16 inches, while the open length is 9 1/16 inches. The hollow-grind, 15-degree edge angle makes this wicked knife sharper than your ex’s tongue. The unique grips on the Zytel handle will make sure this knife stays in your hand where it belongs.
Cold Steel Recon 1 Spear Point
This outstanding new folder is thin, light, sharp and tough. What more would you ask of a survival knife? The Recon 1 features a 4-inch blade that is 3.5 mm thick and is built from Japanese AUS 8A stainless steel with a black Tuff-Ex finish. The knife only weighs 5.3 ounces, and has a stainless pocket / belt clip, making it ideal for EDC duty.