A really good knife is a very important tool to have in any pack you may grab heading out the door.
Every time you head in to the woods, whether you’re hunting, fishing or camping, towards the top of the list of items you must have with you is a survival knife.
It’s a no-brainer; if you’re in the backcountry, or even a few steps from your truck, a survival knife has multiple purposes that will get you through just about anything you can imagine. Of course, the knife alone won’t save your life. The skills and experiences you develop will determine your odds in that regard. But knowing how to use a survival knife, and carrying it with you every time you’re in the field, is as smart a move as you can think of.
These 10 survival knives are our picks.
The KA-BAR Stacked Leather Hunter Knife is a great traditional-looking knife with leather grips and sheath, and a stainless steel blade to help resist corrosion. Sale Price: $31.99 – $43.99
The Schrade F26 Extreme Survival Knife has a high-carbon blade for sharpness and comes with a ballistic nylon sheath. Sale Price: $39.99
The Gerber Edict Folding Clip Knife is there when you need it and pocket portable. Price, $69.99.
The Camillus Les Stroud Ultimate Fixed Blade Drop Point Knife has a titanium-bonded stainless steel blade and is partially serrated. It features a knurled steel pommel, integrated ceramic sharpener, paracord wrap, built-in LED flashlight and whistle, fire starter, SOS signal mirror, storage compartment and trail map mesh pocket. That is a lot of survival in a knife. Price, $49.99.
The The Outdoor Edge Razor-Blaze is a knife you will not lose easily in an emergency situation, and it will always be razor sharp, thanks to its replaceable blades. Price, $39.99.
The Ontario Knife Company SP-24 USN-1 Fixed Blade Survival Knife features a comfortable black Kraton handle, an epoxy powder-coated 1095 carbon steel blade and full tang for extreme strength. The blade has a hardness rating of 50 to 55 HRC. It includes a combination leather and Cordura sheath with a tie-down cord and lanyard. John Rambo, you better get online and buy this one. Price, $64.99.
The Heavy Duty Survival Knife With Plastic Molded Sheath has an 8-inch stainless steel blade and comes with a survival kit of matches, striker, bandage, fishing line and hook for a budget-minded price of $29.99.
3. The Randall Knives Model 18 Attack Survival 7.5-Inch Blade Knife
The Randall Knives Model 18 Attack Survival 7.5-Inch Blade Knife is the absolute Cadillac of survival knives. The price is $425 for this kind of serious-business knife.
2. Crawford Knives Raider Neck Knife
The Crawford Knives Raider Neck Knife has a convertible neck or belt Kydex sheath that will be with you when you really need it. And at a blade size of 3 1/2 inches, it can tackle a lot of situations. Price, $170.
1. The Crawford Knives Legionnaire
The Crawford Knives Legionnaire is a tough neck-sheath carried knife that has a blade length of less than 4 inches to keep it legal in many areas, and its 3-inch blade is incredibly tough. It is a true survival knife for when things get really rough. The price for the Titanium Legionnaire is $225.