The knife. A two million years old invention that is as important today to survive as it was when the first knife was crafted of stone by the early ancestors of modern humans.
In modern times, we have of course gone over to steel instead of stone, but the principle is exactly the same as in the Stone Age. You have a sharp blade with a handle below to hold in your hand. The knife is so simple, yet so incredibly important to our existence and our ability to survive, even in these ultra-modern times with refrigerators, cars and cookers. Therefore, the knife is the most basic and most important tool you can have in a survival situation. A good knife for wilderness survival should ALWAYS be your first priority no matter what, and if you don't have a survival knife, we will gladly help you find one that suits you.
Below we have listed the top 5 survival knives you can have, but that doesn't hurt your wallet.
The Cold Steel SRK is the only knife on our list that has a blade made of stainless steel, which makes it suitable for use near the coast because you don't want to use your carbon steel blades in salt water. And its teflon coating makes it even more resistant from the elements.
But even though its 6" long blade is made of stainless steel, it keeps the edge very well. Much better than any other stainless steel knives that we have tested.
The Cold Steel SRK's Kraton handle ensure that you have a solid grip around the handle even if the handle is wet.
If you want an allround utility and fighting knife that you also can use in salt water to, for example, gutting fish, we would strongly recommend the Cold Steel SRK.
We would also recommend you to have this knife as a backup knife in your Bug Out Bag in addition to your carbon steel knife.
Ever since World War II, the Ka-Bar, which is made in Olean, NY, USA, has been the standard military issue knife to the United States Marine Corps for 70 years.
Since World War II, it has also served in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq and the soldiers use it for almost everything - They open cans with it, search for mines with it by stabbing the knife into the ground, use it for close quarter combats with enemies and so much more.
The knife itself is designed for close quarter combats and has a 7" long non-reflective, epoxy coated blade made of 1095 Cro-van steel which makes the knife very strong, but still very easy to sharpen.
The standard Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife's handle is made of leather and comes with a nice leather sheath. But you can also get the new ACU (Army Combat Uniform) edition which has a foliage green rubber (kraton) handle and a sheath made of Kydex.
It's a sturdy full tang knife that's best suited for close quarter combats. It can withstand some batoning if you need to baton firewoods in the wilderness, but don't put to much preasure on the knife because the tang is not as wide as the blade.
Don't underestimate the Swedes when it comes to steel because although they are sweet and have some very hot chicks, they know their stuff when it comes to tools and blades. And the Fallkniven A1 is no exception.
Sturdy blades made of high-quality steel is an old tradition in Sweden dating from the Viking Age when the Swedes had to have the best steel to fight against their enemies - The other Vikings in Norway and Denmark.
The full tang Fallkniven A1 is a result of this 1200 years old tradition and it works great as a mid-sized, alround survival knife.
The blade itself is made of high-quality, Swedish VG10 steel, which is the same type of steel that's used to make Japanese chef knives. And we all know how sharp those knives can be.
The handle is made of kraton which gives you a solid grip around the handle even if the handle or your hands are wet.
We would love to place this knife higher on the list. But because it costs about $200, which is kinda expenisive compared to the other knives, we place it as number 3 on our list. But it's worth every single penny. So if you want a medium-sized knife and can afford $200, go for the Fallkniven A1. It won't fail you, ever!
This is the BK2's big brother (which is no. 1 on our list). The full tang Ka-Bar Becker BK7 Combat Utility doesn't have as thick blade as the BK2, but it has a longer blade which makes it more suitable for self defense and chopping than its little brother.
It's made by the same company who manufacture the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife, but the BK7 Combat Utility is more "survival knife" than the USMC fighting knife, which is, as the name implies, a fighting knife.
The Becker BK7 with its "7 long blade is the most badass knife on our list and it's perfect if you want a big knife either for self defence, chopping or batoning.
It comes with a nice sheath made of tough cordura nylon.
The Ka-Bar Becker BK2, also known as the Becker Campanion, is rated by survivalists as the best survival and adventurer knife of all time! And that is with good reason because the BK2 Campanion is basically made of a big, heavy chunk of high-quality steel that can withstand some serious abuse over time.
It has a 5.5" long blade made of 1095 cro-van steel and the whole knife measures 10.5" long. It's a full tang knife with a nice little skull crusher at the bottom of the handle. You can also remove the grivory handle by loosening the handle's allen wrench bolts and replace it with your own custom made handle to personalize it.
The knife can do any job. It can cut, chop, baton, slice, carve, clean game, slice apples... It can do literally anything you want it to do!
The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 comes with a nice glass-filled nylon sheath which locks the knife securely into place so you don't lose your dear "Campanion" when you're out on adventures or in survival situations.
The BK2 is without a doubt the best all-purpose survival knife you can own. We would strongly recommend you to get it as soon as possible because it's so superb that anyone should own one.