Let’s go over a bit of “basic survival knife 101” and talk about what makes for a good piece of sturdy, handy, sharpened steel to make your time in the sticks just a little bit easier.
However, there is one thing I did want to mention before we begin: I’m personally not much of a believer in the modern “survival” knife concept.
Yes, it is true.
Let’s just say that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen or held a real survival knife — at least, as it’s described in many popular gear magazines — and that’s because I’m fairly certain that they don’t exist. In my own backwoods experience and years of study, there are many types of knives that make for excellent companions. To depend on only one just doesn’t make much sense.
What Makes a Good Knife?
At the end of the day, it would be foolhardy to expect a knife to do everything, from building shelter to cleaning a critter to performing those millions of other critical camp tasks.
Different blades are simply required for different applications. But then, I am also well aware that the backwoods can be extremely unpredictable —