So What Are The Best Survival and Hunting Knives for 2018?
There are two kinds of people in the world…
Those who think the knife in Rambo: First Blood would be a useful tool in a survival situation cuz it’s “cool lookin”, and those who know Stallone would have run crying into Sheriff Teasle’s (Brian Dennehy) arms sobbing because his knife broke at the hilt when that boar attacked him.
These are people who know the life-saving value the best hunting knife money can buy will bring. The first group believes that any old knife will do the trick as long as it’s sharp.
Which boat are you in?
For example: Do you struggle with your skinning blade when skinning a deer? Do you find that your camping knife does more damage than good when bushcrafting or worse, leaves you fatigued from even the simplest tasks?
Or perhaps you are just thinking about buying your favorite survivalist an awesome hunting knife as a gift but just don’t know where to start?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you will want to read this article to the end to learn about what we consider to be the top 10 survival knives PLUS our guide on how to choose the correct knife for the task at hand.
Are You Bringing A Gun To A Knife Fight?
Without a doubt, a well engineered knife is, by far, the best multi-tool for any avid hunter, camper, orienteerer, hiker or survivalist. Knives are essential to survival even in a world filled with guns.
Sure, there are times when society goes crazy and I firmly believe that a gun is a great deterrent to people or zombies or animals seeking to do you harm. But if you need to be out in the wild for any length of time the major problem with guns is ammo. Once you run out, the tool is basically only as useful as a club.
A lesser problem with guns is a genuine lack of all-around usefulness. I mean, can a gun help you build a shelter and a fire?
Well, a superbly crafted knife, when paired with a proper knife sharpener and an owner that takes care of the blade, can do whatever the situation calls for. And they can do it, indefinitely. And if you break or lose it, you can even make another knife out of stone or other available materials.
When I went to do some research on the best hunting blades, I didn’t realize how much of a wide-range of choices there were. Nor how much of those choices were pure crap. As I dug deeper I began to sense just how inappropriate some of my past purchases had been. I came to realize why some of my past knives quickly dulled, rusted for no reason, or broke mid-use due to a poorly heat-treated blade.
- 1 So What Are The Best Survival and Hunting Knives for 2018?
- 1.1 Are You Bringing A Gun To A Knife Fight?
- 1.2 Get To The Point, Man! Which Knife Do I Choose?
- 1.2.1 1. SXB Skullcrusher’s X-treme Blade
- 1.2.2 2. Kershaw Camp 10 Knife Review
- 1.2.3 3. Fallkniven A1 Pro – Our Pick as ‘Best Hunting Knife’
- 1.2.4 4. Buck 119 Special 6 Inch Bowie Knife
- 1.2.5 5. Tom Brown Tracker #1
- 1.2.6 6. Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife
- 1.2.7 7. Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Companion Fixed Blade Knife
- 1.2.8 8 Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife
- 1.2.9 9. Ontario Black Bird SK-5 Knife
- 1.2.10 10. Cold Steel Bushman Knife
- 2 Hunting Knife Buying Guide: What You Should Be Looking For!
- 2.1 What should I think about when buying a hunting or camping knife?
- 2.1.1 1) What is the blade made of?
- 2.1.2 2) What is the handle made of?
- 2.1.3 3) What about the tang?
- 2.1.4 4) Fixed or flip knife, which is better?
- 2.1.5 5) What about the Grind?
- 2.1.6 7) What is the best type of Sheath for my knife?
- 2.1.7 8) What about the length of the blade?
- 2.1.8 9) Can I attach this to my gun?
- 2.1.9 10) What about the elements?
- 2.1 What should I think about when buying a hunting or camping knife?
Get To The Point, Man! Which Knife Do I Choose?
Okay, okay if you are in a huge hurry I’ll give you my top recommendation. However, the right knife is only good if it fits the job, so I encourage you to read through to the end to make the best decisions possible.
For the best all-around knife go with the Fallkniven A1 Pro. It simply functions as well as any knife on the market, is a collector level work of art, and can save space in any bug-out kit as it is equally good at chopping as well as making finer cuts. The workmanship is unequaled as the lifetime warranty can attest, and the blade just gets the job done.
Buying any tool is an important decision and we just want to make sure you have made an informed choice about what to do with your new and improved tax refunds! In order to help you better navigate the purchase of a knife, here is a list of the top 10 knives for hunting or survival based on my research. All the knives below are fixed blade and priced at less than $500 dollars. So from whittling to knife throwing, and hunting game, here are our choices the top 10 knives for 2018 in no particular order.
1. SXB Skullcrusher’s X-treme Blade
First up on the list is the SBX Skullcrusher and I chose this high-end beauty as the first knife for review because it screams survival. Furthermore, I chose the Skullcrusher as a showcase survival knife because it was designed by an army vet named EJ Snyder. In addition to being a veteran EJ is also an extreme survivalist and has shown his skill multiple times on TV. The knife can do a lot to help you create tools in bushcrafting such as traps or hunting tools on up to a complete shelter.
This knife was showcased on a well-known TV show and was the only tool that Snyder had with which to survive. EJ believes in the product so much so, that it is the only tool he took with him into the wilderness on multiple occasions and it definitely showed its value. So, if you are a prepper or a minimalist looking for an all-around blade that can do almost anything then this knife is a rock solid choice. You can check the lowest price here.
It is likely that you will come to see that it will be the backbone piece of your prepper’s arsenal. This knife is the King Kong of survival knives that you could keep in your bug out bag. This is also one of the higher priced knives on the list, but people swear that it is worth every penny and in a situation could be the object that saves your life.
This knife is versatile as it offers a fixed blade for quick use, it is large enough to slaughter animals at 9 inches. It also has a black traction coating for optimum performance. The handle is made from Black Linen Micarta and has a rocky mountain tread.
I like the double edged blade as it allows for an easier cut. The handle is roomy and offers comfort grooves for easy holding. The sheath is made of Black Ballistic Nylon offering optimum protection for your investment.
The knife itself is a little bulky so it is not designed for smaller precision jobs such as hand carving or cutting bait. Also, the knife color is not pleasing and some users have reported that it does not hold up to extreme/constant use. This is a flashy showpiece that has been reported to chip but it’s very possible that may have been due to user error.
2. Kershaw Camp 10 Knife Review
Second on the list is the Kershaw Camp 10 knife. This knife is just what you need for your next camping trip or bugout bag in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Kershaw is a brand of Kai USA Ltd., headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon but the steel in the blade is most likely imported from China. Though this option is one of the least expensive choices in our list, (check price) it still has the quality level needed to get the job done and come back for more!
No, it is not a show piece blade. It won’t win awards for top-notch excellence.
But, if you need a big, all-around, chopping-style blade that is solidly built, you should look no further than this excellent outdoor knife. It is ideal for clearing brush and can handle a lot of hacking and slashing when you are out there in the bush. Also, the Kershaw Camp 10 is built to last with fairly high-quality materials along with its ergonomic handle given the low price point. This tool is a great choice for labor-intensive work. It is one of the better outdoor camping tools you can have as you will find it to be useful in a wide variety of situations.
This blade will be best friend for anyone in need of a large, high-performing cutting tool. You should have very little to worry about with this blade in the wilderness or when you are on a camping trip. Plus you can buy more stuff for your survival backpack because the price is super reasonable.
The blade’s steel is finished with a black powder coat for added toughness and easier blade maintenance. With a contoured blade, this is an excellent tool when cutting small trees for kindling. This blade style also comes in three sizes so you can make the purchase based on your usage needs. It has a full tang handle wrapped in a non-slip rubber over-mold which features a bonded contoured grip, built-in hand guard, and front and back lanyard holes.
The blade style and shape is suitable for harsh wild terrain and the handle is designed with diamond shaped grooves for a better grip. What’s really nice is that the blade is really thick so it stands up to the test as a high usage tool. The blade has a good forward balance and absorbs the shock of chopping very well. Moreover, the knife comes with a velcro strap to help you secure it to your belt or backpack.
The blade’s coating is thin and the coating comes away with light usage. It has been reported that the blade has experienced chipping under certain conditions and usage. However, this issue can often arise due to poor heat treatment or other errors in the production process and may only be an issue batch by batch. Also, the sheath provided with the knife is rounded off so it is not the best combination for this shape and style of the knife.
3. Fallkniven A1 Pro – Our Pick as ‘Best Hunting Knife’
Oh my. This. Is. A. Knife! Third on our list is the Fallkniven A1 Pro fixed blade. Fallkniven is a highly respected brand out of Sweden on par with Victorinox who makes the classic Swiss Army Knife. You can see our full Fallkniven A1 Pro Review here
If you are looking for an awesome all around blade, then consider this excellently crafted knife. The A1 Pro is an expensive (see lowest price here) but remarkably efficient knife that serves any purpose well. With a curved edge and fully functional no-slip handle, this knife will prove to be useful as a tool and as a talking piece on display in your workshop. Some people might even buy this only as a conversational piece but it is much better served as a tool for your outdoor needs.
This gorgeous blade features extremely high quality materials and an excellent finish. The blade itself is 6.3-inches and is made of top grade quality steel. Furthermore, with a handle that is perfectly shaped to fit the hand and classic blade finish, this blade is the epitome of the perfect survival knife.
Some have called this the finest blade they’ve ever owned. I do not doubt this. With the knife’s evenly distributed weight, this is the perfect throwing knife for anyone in competition or on the hunt for wild hog. Furthermore, the A1 Pro is sharp out the gate and continues to be so even through the hard work it is put through. The handle is well crafted and well fitted and has a better finish than most other knives on the market.
The tang is covered in a material called “Thermorun” which resists heat and scratches and allows a good grip even when wet. The blade can be used comfortably for extended periods of time with much less fatigue than other, more dramatic looking knives. The blade has a convex grind and is made of laminate Cobalt steel which is super tough and helps it keep a sharp edge longer. The pommel is bare metal which some call the “glass breaker”, which means it is very effective as a striking tool.
The Fallkniven blade is made of cobalt laminated stainless steel so it is very hard, which also means its a bit hard to sharpen. People report that the knife keeps a sharp edge for a long time but would be hard to sharpen in the wild if absolutely needed. What is more, the knife is one of the smaller survival knives which could be a negative in an extended survival situation.
4. Buck 119 Special 6 Inch Bowie Knife
Next on the list is the classic Buck 119 Special, which is a smaller, but well-designed style of Bowie knife! Now, this is a classic deer skinning blade and I choose it as it’s one the best low-priced buck knives you can find. But it is more than the low price that interested me. I was also smitten by this excellent hunter knife for the for the following reasons. First, it is made in the USA, which is something I always consider when making any purchase.
Second, along with the lifetime warranty, this is a great fixed blade hunting knife because it has the right shape and sharpness to guarantee precision cuts every time. It should make cleaning your kills with gut hooks much easier. I see this as an essential tool for slaughter and skinning. It is a great knife and it is perfect for anyone who wants a nice, American made, corrosion-resistant knife.
It also doesn’t hurt that the price is very reasonable for such a well made skinning knife (check lowest price here).
The buck special is a fixed knife that features a 6-inch blade and comes in three colors. As well as being American made it also comes with the Buck Forever Warranty, has a full tang and comes with a traditional leather sheath for your protection as well as the knifes.
The knife itself has a weight of 12 ounces so it offers ease of use to all weight classes. Furthermore, the precision blade has an excellently crafted contour and the knife also has a full tang and is adequately riveted. This is also one of the sharper knives on the list and there are no reports of the blade dulling.
There are not really any cons about this knife but some have reported the handle breaking but this is not a widespread issue. Other customers have commented that the handle color does not look as it appears in the picture. So overall this is a good solid go-to knife for anyone who proudly buys American made products.
5. Tom Brown Tracker #1
At number 5 on the list, the Tom Brown Tracker is controversial due to its past role in a Benicio Del Toro film. Some say the popularity of this blade is only due to that movie. First, I never watched the movie. Second, knives are not actors. Real people have used this blade to their advantage and sing the praises of it.
That being said, I like this knife. The Tom Brown tracker has a mountain style ridged top and impressive blade points. This knife is a full-on survivalist knife and would be a dang good addition for your next orienteering trip. It is for these reasons that I could gladly go bush with than this knife on my hip. It has a mid-range price point (which can be found here) that is justified by the quality and utility of the blade.
The Tom Brown features a whopping 7-inch blade and 6-inch handle and includes a Kydex sheath. The blade is made of 1095 high carbon alloy and the handle is made from Micarta which is a brand name for composites used to make everything from knife handles to propeller blades. This knife has the backing of high quality in name and materials.
This blade is versatile and can be used as a hatchet and a hunting knife. Its blades saw teeth are useful for helping to start a fire but is best used as a notch maker for setting traps for small game. I love the overall rugged look of the knife and I admit this knife is one of my favorites.
The Tom Brown Tracker is a big knife so it is not suitable for precision work such as slicing apples and such. Also, the blade is made from carbon steel which needs to be oiled when not in use to ensure it is not damaged during long-term storage between uses or if it is packed away between the seasons.
6. Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife
The Morakniv Bushcraft is a dream come true for those who want an excellent product but don’t want to shell out big bucks. If you like to travel light, with a well crafted piece of metal then this is the knife for you. The Bushcraft Black is smaller than others on this list but that does not mean it doesn’t pack a punch. It can more than hold its own out in the wild due to awesome engineering from, where else, Sweden. For the quality you get the price is really kind of hard to believe. (See latest price here)
Blades such as this that are smaller are typically better suited to fishing trips, but this particular knife can do a lot more than just cut bait and lines.
The Morakniv is a fixed blade knife with a 1/8 inch thick carbon steel blade. It weighs 5.4 ounces and comes with a black plastic sheath and an integrated fire starter.
Get the optional “do-everything” sheath that comes with this knife. The price is so low that it is already like stealing candy from a baby so you might as well clean out the crib!
The knife comes with a limited lifetime warranty, has an anti-corrosive coating and can make a fire easy to light in any climate. The fire starter can make about 7,000 strikes and ignites gas stoves and grills. I like a knife that I can rely on so there is an appeal in the fact that this knife can make a fire in all climates.
Some have reported the knife has dulled easily and there have been instances of the handle and even the blade breaking under extreme use. This might not be the best knife for batoning but it is certainly good to help you set up the fire for your next camping trip as well as do other typically easier chores. Also, there is no real hand guard on the blade so try not to get into a duel with it.
7. Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Companion Fixed Blade Knife
Next on the list is the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 which was designed by Ethan Becker who is the grandson of Irma Starkloff Rombauer, the author of “The Joy of Cooking”. (Odd fact, yes.) This knife is a more than suitable option for camping and cooking in the great outdoors. With its excellent design, this knife will chop even onions with ease for that campfire dinner even after cutting the kindling to cook the food. It is versatile enough to be used to clean all types of game both large and small.
The ka-bar knife has a blade that sits at a 20-degree angle to aide in those tricky cuts. Furthermore, the handle is made from Grivory(a type of metal replacement)and has a handle with an excellent grip. The blade is around 6 inches, comes in a safe sheath and is made in the USA. You can check the lowest prices here.
This video shows both the power and finesse of this finely crafted tool.
The Ka-bar blade holds up extremely well in the outdoors, and it is the perfect chef’s tool for the indoors as well as the outdoors. Moreover, it is American made and American designed. The handle is very comfortable and it is reasonably priced especially for an American made product.
The knife is a little on the heavy side and the blade is a tad shorter than others on the list. Also, the sheath seems a little bulky for my tastes but those minor things are more about personal choice than the effectiveness of the product.
8 Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife
Our next knife on the list is the Schrade Extreme Survival Knife. I chose this knife because you get a HUGE bang for the buck with it. (See latest low price.) It is 1 pound and is perfect for the task of survival. This knife is perfect for those who are on a budget but still want quality. With the grooved handle and super sharp point, this is the perfect butchering knife for any huntsman or fisherman alike.
This knife has the classic drop point blade and is made of high carbon steel. It features a handy lanyard hole and comes with a nylon sheath for protection. The handle is made of rubberized black material.
The long handle offers a better grip and more control over the cut in messy jobs like butchering meat or fish. The knife is similar in style (not quality, but very good anyway!) to other more expensive models so you are getting a good deal for the price paid.
The knife is also really not well suited to chopping as opposed to slicing but that is in the nature of the design. You might choose another knife if you want a more all-around blade, but be prepared to pony up.
9. Ontario Black Bird SK-5 Knife
The Ontario BlackBird knife may seem like it is a plain-jane choice but it is easily as versatile as its flashier counterparts. With the hunting season upon us, this would be an excellent knife to use on all types of game. Whenever I go hunting I like a blade that is short, sweet, easy to maneuver, yet tough enough to do the whole butchering job, then cut some onions. This knife should make its owner one very happy hunter. (See latest price here.)
The Ontario blade is American made, 0.3 inches thick and has a full-taper grind. Furthermore, the handle is made of Micarta which is a wise choice for any knife maker out there due to the durability of the materials used in its production. Lastly, the knife is also made of stainless steel that is resistant to corrosion. Some people have a problem with that. I don’t.
The knife has been tested in many different situations and it readily holds up to every task. Moreover, it comes with a very good quality sheath and keeps its sharpness. This is one of the best blades on the market and for some, it is the only knife they will ever buy.
There is not a lot that I can say about this knife that is bad. It is a well-rounded knife at a very affordable price.
10. Cold Steel Bushman Knife
Our last knife is the Cold Steel Bushman Knife. This is a knife for preppers who want a little style along with practicality in their arsenal. The Bushman knife is the perfect knife for any prepper, survivalist or knife enthusiast. I would happy to have this knife if I was going bush for the season. Now we have mentioned a lot about hunting and prepping through this article but remember a knife is a multi-tool and some of these knives could easily find themselves useful in your kitchen as well in the outdoors. (Check prices here.)
This imported knife comes in two blade options, a standard and bowie point. Each point has there merit but the point has a lot to do with personal preference as well as practicality. Moreover, the blade comes with a high-quality sheath and the handle is not hollowed out, which is a structural plus. With high-quality heat treating and careful grinding, these knives are razor sharp and ready to be put to the test.
The blade is excellent for skinning, with its curved edges for the delicate work like skinning and butchering or cutting kindling. Whatsmore, the blade is lightweight so it can be weld quickly if the time came that you needed to use it in defense of your life or the lives of others. Lightweight blads are also important because they allow you to get a better sense of your work, especially for those jobs that are a bit more delicate in nature.
The knife is very flashy and the handle while solid, does not have any grooves and this would make me cautious about losing my grip when doing vigorous work. Moreover, the sheath, while made of good quality materials, has been known to come apart. If the sheath does not stand up to the task it was made for, then what will the outcome be when you try to use the knife?
All of the knives listed in this article have their own FAQ section on their producers’ websites and there are several forums that offer more advice on what knife to purchase and give detailed advice on specs and other aspects of survival knife purchases.
Here is a list of some of these sites for future reference including our own page on survival knife usage tips.
For advice from a manufacturer on hunting, knife buying check out knife depot for great tips to help you in the buying process.
Reddit offers a knife buying guide for those looking for survival knives. It is very detailed and offers a lot of advice for the avid survivalist.
Quora also offers a forum of a similar nature with some very good buyers tips.
Survival knives 101 is a website that offers advice on what knives are practical it all the different circumstances. It also offers practical advice to the budding survivalist
For the low down on knife buying from a big name is the business, check out the Cabela’s guide to knife buying.
Most of the products above have reviews offered by video on youtube are all of the knives are listed for sale on Amazon and offer extensive product reviews from customers. If you are interested head on over to Amazon and check out some honest and well-rounded opinions before you make your purchase. A wise purchase is a good purchase.
So which one should I purchase?
So as you can see from the list there are a lot of superior knives with some positive qualities. I am sure that from this list you will be sure to find the knife that is perfect for the job at hand. But if I had to make a recommendation out of these 10 knives I would have to say that I would purchase the Fallkniven A1 Pro as our choice for “best hunting knife”.
The reason this is my preferred knife is because it is simply designed and is of extremely sound production. The Swiss knife makers normally don’t put flashy pieces on their knives or adorn them with exotic stuff that might hinder survival.
Fallkniven focuses purely on the quality of the knife and that is fine by me. It would make my “always carry” list.
The knife is solid, reliable, and an exceptional value. I can find good qualities with all of the other knives but the Fallkniven is the only knife I can praise outright from the options above.
To check out the full specs of the knife, please check out the link I provided above.
However, in saying that if you are looking for a penny saver then go with the Buck 119. The buck 119 has a Satin Finish, 420HC Stainless Steel blade and is a clip shape. The handle is Dymondwood with Phenolic Black (coating) and comes with a high-quality sheath.
This is the perfect choice for lovers of American made products and was inspired to be produced by Hoyt Buck after the events of pearl harbor in 1942. Furthermore, the knife itself has a majority of favorable reviews, it is made in the United States and the company that produces it offers a forever warranty on their products. Any knife that has a good warranty on it, is worth purchasing because it shows that the company believes in their product enough to put their money on the line to keep you as the customer happy.
So with tang and handles and blade grinds dancing like dreams of big game in your head, I wish you good luck for the 2018 season or in whatever capacity you need a great quality survival knife and remember if it is the knife you wanted and suits it purpose then it was money well spent.
Hunting Knife Buying Guide: What You Should Be Looking For!
Last year Americans spent $23 billion dollars on hunting products, but the real question is how much of that went into the pockets of American businesses. I am proud to be an American and I like to support and buy locally made products. The local knife producers account for $5.722 Billion of that number and employ nearly 5,000 employees across 81 companies. There are also many small businesses that produce high-quality knives.
Now you may not see this as important when buying a knife but when you support local, you keep jobs in American and make sure our economy is protected. With all the changes to Government we need to protect the economy we have today.
What should I think about when buying a hunting or camping knife?
There are many things to consider when purchasing any type of survival knife. From tang to the sheath and everything in between, here are 10 things to consider when purchasing a fixed-blade hunting knife.
1) What is the blade made of?
While most knives appear similar in style and function, the blade itself can be made of many different materials. When looking to purchase a blade, you want to look for durable materials such as stainless steel to prevent the blade from rusting up when not in use. You also need to consider the intended use of the blade. For example, if you are going to use the intended knife for butchering then you need to have a blade that will stay sharp enough not to ruin the meat with a dull cut. Moreover, alloy steels like spring steel are a popular choice due to the durability and quality of the material. Again, I reiterate that there are many options to choose from and the choice should be dependent on the purpose and use of the knife itself. When it comes to the type of material used to make a blade most teeter between two different materials and you can find a pros and cons list on this website.
2) What is the handle made of?
The handle is arguably more important than the knife itself when it comes to safety aspects. This is because it serves as your protection against injury from the very tool you are using. Whatsmore, Some tasks completed with a knife are labor intensive and as such, you need to make sure that you are comfortable as well as safe when performing the task at hand. Some important features to look for when examining the handle of the knife are grooves. Grooves and other slip grip designs are something to look out for as you want to ensure you that have a good grip when holding the knife. The material is just as important, if you get a knife with a wooden handle, it may not offer the comfort you need when skinning or butchering, not to mention if it does not have a slip grip you might end up with a nasty injury to your hand or other body parts. Personally, I like to look for a knife that is made of materials that allow my hands to breath and to not become overly sweaty. Hence, comfort and safety are key when choosing a survival knife. For a comprehensive guide on knife handles and the best choice to make when purchasing different handles, please check out this website for more insightful tips for professionals in the field of knife making.
3) What about the tang?
A tang or shank is the back portion of the blade component of a tool where it extends into the stock material or connects to a handle. When it comes to tang designs they are classified by there appearance, by the manner in which they are connected to the handle, and by there length in relation to the blades handle. It is important to note that some knives do not have a full tang and it has been argued that not having a full tang can compromise the integrity of the blade, but this is still contingent on the way one uses the blade. Some knife users prefer their knife to have only a partial tang due to the lighter weight it provides for the overall tool. Tang is important when selecting a knife but it can come down to personal choice from an aesthetic standpoint. If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of tang, whether it be full or partial please check out eqxsuiteknives.com for more information on the subject.
4) Fixed or flip knife, which is better?
When thinking about fixed versus flipped blades, there are two things to consider. Firstly, how much tang you want and secondly, how do you intend to use the knife. For example, if the knife itself is intended for protection, then you want a fixed blade that can easily be pulled from the sheath and be at the ready to defend you from immediate danger whether it be aminal or human. Furthermore, if you do not intend to use the tool for defense then you might want to consider a flip blade. In saying all of that, fixed blades are always going to be my preference because they can be at the ready quicker than a flip blade will be when needed. There are some knife enthusiasts that love switch or flip blades and have compiled a list of pros and cons on the subject that can be found on Quora.
5) What about the Grind?
Grind when referring to knives, refers to the cross-section of the blade. It is the shape in which the blade is cut and ground and its usage are contingent upon the type of grind used to produce the knife. There are 6 typical types of grind, and they are known by the following names.
A hollow grind is equal to the concave you see on a razor blade, and this produces a sharper cut when used. I personally like this style as it offers a closer cut and with the double edge like you see in razors, it also allows better accuracy in the cut.
A flat grind is just as described but for the sake of visualization, this is the type of cross section you would typically find on the blade of a standard kitchen knife. This is the most user-friendly grind because more people are accustomed to it from the use of their kitchen knives. It is a perfect grind for slicing up veges for the campfire soup and can easily be used with the flint when producing fire. Flat grinds are practical and a nice option for someone who is new to the world of survival knives.
With this particular cut, the bevel edge starts in the middle of the blade and gives the knife that classic “v” shape that you see in swords, hence the name of the type of grind. This is often used in daggers and gives that sharper tip some knife users seek when purchasing a survival knife.
On chisel grinds one side is flat while the other side ground. The name and cut are self-explanatory with that particular grind. Chisel grinds are perfect for heavy-duty cutting but not so good for when it comes to whittling.
Double Bevel or Compound Bevel
This back bevel grind keeps the section of the blade behind the edge thinner which improves cutting ability. This can also offer resilience over sharpness. This is a grind epitomised in the Japanese Katana. This would be a good cut if you are looking for something to clear away light weeds or bush.
A convex grind offers a tapered curved which due to its design needs to be constantly sharpened and as such knives with this grind need to be made of thicker materials. This knife is not a good choice when made from sub-par, or thin materials due to the constant need to sharpen the implement. For a full FAQ about the pros and cons of all the different grinds, then please check out knivesshipfree.com for an extensive guide to the grinding process and its importance when choosing a knife for the 2018 season or as an addition to your survivalists haul.
Now the grind may not seem relevant to you, but I assure you it is as the type of work you want to use the blade for is impacted by every aspect of your knife, from the handle to the grind. If you try to chop wood with a knife that has a back bevel cut, then you may not be as successful in the task as you would have like to have been. Remember its not about the knife it is about how and where you need to use it.
7) What is the best type of Sheath for my knife?
The sheath is as important as the knife itself because it protects the knife from the elements and you from the knife. If you do not have a good quality sheath then you are compromising your investment. Moreover, when shopping for a sheath for your knife, make sure it fits your knife and that it is made of top quality materials, anything less than leather can hurt your knife but the material used is a personal preference. Some people like Kydex but the constant sheathing can dull your blade due to the material the sheath is made from. Choosing the sheath is so important and I cannot stress the importance of the protective sheath enough. There are many different types of sheaths and if you want to explore the topic more then please check out some of the knife blogs that are out there in order to help you make the right decision. Bladeforums.com is an excellent website and it has honest reviews from real knife users and buyers alike.
8) What about the length of the blade?
Now in thinking about the length of the blade, this is incredibly important as it determines the ease at which you can complete a task. If the blade is too long then the knife would not be good for smaller jobs such as cutting apples or kindling. If the blade is too short then it would not be suitable for clearing brush or skinning a deer.
9) Can I attach this to my gun?
You have to be careful when attaching knives to guns. Some gerry-rigged methods might even damage your knife, gun or even worse, you. Safety is paramount in all circumstances, so I would suggest that you choose a knife that is designed for such before pursuing that route. Remember safety first when using these tools!
10) What about the elements?
This is often an overlooked question. Your knife is not made from China but it will get damaged under the right set of conditions. Often times it is not the climate but design flaws paired with user error or poor upkeep of your tool. But in saying that, if you do not have an all-weather knife (and there is such a thing) and it is wet or raining then you might not have optimum results when trying to light the campfire. Always consider the elements when researching your purchase.
So in the end, if you really think about it, even if you have only a homemade stone knife, this tool is absolutely essential to human survival in the outdoors.