Knives are very important tools for the Survivalist. In fact, they may be the most important tool you own. They perform a variety of tasks including cutting, skinning and cleaning, butchering, whittling and fire starting. They are also very viable weapons with the proper training.
A good quality knife is well worth the money you spend for it. Your choice of knives is also crucial. Both folding knives and fixed blades perform well. I personally always carry at least two folders and a fixed blade in my Bug-Out-Bag.
When choosing knives, consider size, weight, quality and metal hardness and finish. Military knives are always good choices. If you are unfamiliar with knives, ask an expert. As with any equipment, you have many options. Research knives and shop around until you find what works for you.
There are some basic rules you should follow when considering a new knife:
- A good survival knife should hold a good edge; but be field sharpenable.
- Folding blades should always be of lock-back design.
- Skinning knives should be 6 inches or under in most cases.
- A good sheath or scabbard is a must for a fixed blade.
- Fixed blades should always be full tang.
- Never buy a knife with a built in compass, hollow handle, or a silver skull at the butt.
- Don't buy a "Rambo" knife!
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