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what to look for in survival knives
Survival knives, they’re fairly simple really. Now, with that said let me prove it to you, here are a few simple things to consider when looking for a survival knife.
The build style: A survival knife should always be full tang what this mean is that the blade steel extends all the way into the handle material, this design grants superior structural rigidity which is necessary in a survival situation.
The point of the blade is really up to you tanto, wharncliffe or trailing point it doesn’t make too much of a difference so long as it’s not overly exotic and flashy most knives branded as survival knives usually come in clip point or some variation of the clip point.
The handle material: again this is not to critical on a survival knife because i doubt that you’ll be using it on a daily basis, (and if you are using it on a daily basis you must lead a pretty strange life) but you should keep in mind some of these factors. In the event that this knife is needed you will most likely be using it for long periods of time try to choose something that isn’t too hard on the hands. The weather is usually not too agreeable in a survival situation so try to find something that won’t get too slippery when wet. This knife may be left unchecked for a long time so avoid materials that need to be looked after or maintained.
Blade steel: the steel should be in the carbon steel family this means the blade will rust more easily than other blade steels on the market, but carbon steel is ideal for its general ability to take rough use where durability is key, carbon steel is also fairly easy to sharpen it takes and holds an edge well the most frequently used carbon knife steel in the industry is 1095.
price: good survival knives should be around $50-$80 range remember this thing isn’t a daily driver it’s meant to be stored away till it’s needed so, high quality isn’t necessary but you don’t want to go too cheap, it falling apart on you could be a serious problem so my recommended numbers are not at all set in stone go as expensive as you care to but stay away from the lower price ranges. You also need to consider In the end it doesn’t really matter what price point you chose if it’s not available to you in your time of need, whatever knife you have on hand in a survival situation will become your survival knife so think about where you’re going to store it. Do you want to go expensive and move the knife around with you wherever you might need it in an emergency situation or will you go with the moderately priced option and buy multiple to store wherever you might need them.
if you plan on taking the route of just using your EDC as a survival knife when the need arises then do your research and find something extra sturdy most EDC knives are foldable so make sure the locking mechanism is strong and be sure to maintain it more than you would normally keep it sharp and lubricated
So to sum up survival knife is a subjective term it’s the knife that you use to survive a disaster with weather it be a kitchen knife, a butterfly knife or a bowie knife in a survival situation you take what you’re given and make the best of it till you can be rescued or get to safety, so if you’re planning ahead now your odds of survival are increased. But remember You can have the best knife on earth with you when something bad happens but nothing is more useful than the knowledge you hold onto so go out and learn something and never stop learning.
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