Survival knives and Bushcraft knives
If you have ever been camping or hiking, one of the necessary tools you need to take along is a knife. Not just any knife, but one that has a good grip, made of quality materials and can easily become a multi-purpose tool. Survival knives and Bushcraft knives, are what you need to add to your pack if you haven’t already.
During your search for the perfect survival knife, you will review a number of great knives that provide many of the assets you require from your knife. The looks, styles, materials, feel, quality, durability (just to name a few) will all vary from knife to knife. I have some specific knives listed below with a brief review for each that might be of interest to you. Take a look.
Survival Knives and Bushcraft Knives
• Chris Caine Survival Tool – With extensive testing in the field, this machete is one tough tool. The heft and balance are in balance while the carbon steel blade’s angle is perfect for chopping with its comfortable handle. Weighing in just under 2 pounds, the Kukri is one you should consider. “Watch Video Here”
• Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Survival / Bushcraft Knife – Coming from New York, USA this 1.5 pound option offers a 1095 cro-van steel blade. The blade is a drop point and has an angle of 20 degrees. Of the total length, being 10.5 inches, the blade is about half that. “Watch Video Here”
• Mora Companion – A Sweden product that offers more to its versatility than its looks may lead you to believe. Small, medium and large blades are offered in either carbon steel or stainless steel. Blade lengths can range from 3.75 inches to almost 6 inches with blade thickness of either 1/16 inches wide or 3/32 inches wide. “Watch Video Here”
• ESEE – Made by Rowen, a United States manufacturer, the 5 and 6 Series are leading in the industry when it comes to weapon options for law enforcement gear. The 5 Series was actually designed by U.S. Air Force SERE instructors. The blade length is 5.25 inches long and weighs just over a pound. The blade has a sabre grind and is just over 1.5 inches wide. The pommel can be used to break glass and reflects a unique serial number. The 6 Series is a heavy chopper with a blade length of about 6.50 inches and weighs just less than 12 ounces. The infamous 1095 carbon steel is used to create the blades in this line up as well. “Watch Video Here”
• Chris Reeve Green Beret – Coming from Idaho, USA, this model is a tactical, fixed blade that the U.S. Army has dubbed “The Yarborough”. The spear point on the 5 ½ inch blade which has a serrated blade is definitely a contender on this list. The overall length is just over 10 ¾ inches and weighs under 12 ounces. “Watch Video Here”
• MPK 10 A2 – This option is offers a fixed steel blade which is about 7 inches in length. The Hytrel grip encompasses the blade and overall weight is about 12.7 ounces. The edge is approximately .03 inch thick which is overseen by a flat and full primary grind. “Watch Video Here”
• Schrade SCHF10 – For over a century, Schrade has been offering quality knives and the SCHF10 is certainly one of them. The full tang blade is made of carbon steel and measures just over 5 inches in length. The Kraton handle has a nice and easy grip which is a must when performing various tasks. “Watch Video Here”
• Blind Horse Knife – Pathfinder Scout – Another great option which is made in the USA, offers a full, flat grind blade (made from tool steel) which is 5.25 inches in length and an overall length of just over 10 inches. The handle is covered with a durable resin and attached to the blade with fish eye bolts and with 2 ton epoxy. “Watch Video Here”
3 Critera for a Knife
Although we have just done a quick review of a number of great survival knives, choosing the best one for you can be a challenge. The top three criteria that you should consider when you are ready to purchase a knife are reviewed below.
1. Blade thickness – A good rule of thumb is for the thickness of the blade to be at least 3/16 of an inch thick. Don’t go thinner than 1/8 of an inch as this is too thin as the blade tends to bend. The last thing you need while your skinning your next meal or chipping away a layer of ice is for the blade to bend which could result in a sloppy and wasteful cut or skip across the ice and cut your arm.
2. Angle of the spine – This is the side opposite of the knife’s edge, sometimes called the back edge. This edge can be smooth and straight or it can have either a serrated or another design to assist in completing various tasks. In addition, the sharp 90 degree spine can be used to remove material from a ferrocerium rod or ferro rod.
3. Material of the blade – Your best options are either a high carbon steel or a stainless steel. Mixed allows of carbon and iron make a high carbon option an excellent choice as it provides an awesome edge retention and is almost virtually indestructible. Stainless steel is similar to the high carbon option but also has chromium which helps in resisting rust. There are hybrids too and these are becoming a very popular option.
Another feature that you should add to your list of considerations is the knives tang, if it even may be a necessary feature for you. The tang is a fancy word for the metal that makes up the blade. This metal can be a partial which is the blade that is attached to the handle in some sort of fashion. The metal can be a full tang and run the full length of the knife running from the tip of the blade to the butt of the knife’s handle. The different tang styles available are: encapsulated, extended, hidden, push, scaled, skeletonized, stick and rat tail and tapered.
I will agree that there are a wide possible number of criteria that you may consider when choosing that survival knife. The criteria will more than likely depend upon what you may intend on using the knife for. Of course, we never know what unannounced circumstances we may encounter away from home, so having the best knife possible is indeed your goal.