GTS Recommends: Survival Tools

Got Your Survival Tools?

While it is possible to effect one’s own survival with nothing more than a good cutting edge, the odds of survival increase exponentially with each proper piece of gear you can incorporate into your survival kit.

In this guide I will be focusing only on the tools I recommend to include in any survival kit you plan to build, are in the process of building. Or maybe your kit needs updating.

Tool Selection

While selecting the tools you will include in your survival kit, remember that these tools need to be reliable and durable. In the event these tools are needed for survival, you want to be able to trust them with your life and possibly your loved ones lives. With this in mind, I chose tools that may be pricier than some of the other alternatives. Remember these are just my recommendations, however I do believe that in one form or another, all of these tools should be included in your survival kit.

tools for survival

1. Knives, Obviously

The first, and most important item in your survival tool kit is a knife. Your knife is, by far,  your most valuable survival item. When you are left with nothing but the cloths on your back and your knife, you can effect survival.

This one tool can aid in the reproduction of all other items on this list, or be used in place of almost any item on this list. For this reason, your knife needs to be of the highest quality you can afford.

Oh, and always have this item strapped to your body in case you get separated from the rest of your gear.

For a comprehensive overview of what makes for a proper survival knife, take a look at this guide:

Survival Guide: How to Choose the Right Survival Knife

Recommended Survival Knives:

  • Old Hickory Butcher Knife: Probably the best knife you can get for the price. Full tang, high carbon steel made by Ontario Knife
  • Buck Knives 0102 Woodsman Fixed Blade: No list would be complete without a mention of Buck knives
  • Ka-Bar Straight Edge Knife, Short: A very high quality knife for the price
  • Benchmade Bushcrafter Knife

Another key to survivability is to have built in redundancies. For this reason, as well as versatility and conservation of resources, it is recommended to include a secondary cutting tool.

Recommended Secondary Knives:

  • Ganzo G704 Folding Knife for EDC
  • Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife: Includes an original Swedish Fire Steel Scout Fire Starter
  • Benchmade Knife 15031-2 North Fork Folder Wood Handle

2. Chopping / Sharpening Tools

While a quality knife can do all the chopping and processing needed around, and in the building of a camp, I recommend a dedicated tool for processing firewood and larger game animals. This is also related to the need to keep your other blades sharp.

Additional Cutting and Sharpening Tools:

  • Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch
  • Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle
  • Bahco Laplander Folding Saw
  • Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
  • Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic

3. After Sun-Down Lighting Tools

A survival situation will not take a time out just because the sun has gone down. There will be work that needs to be done after sunset.

The work you need to do will undoubtedly require 2 hands to complete. So for this reason I will always choose a head lamp as my main candling device. This allows me to have light on my work and keep both hands free.

A fire provides light as well, but if you want a hand held flashlight or lantern in your kit, I would consider these as secondary candling devices. Also handy in a survival situation are glow sticks.

What we want from our headlamp is multiple brightness settings, including an SOS setting. As well as being waterproof and providing high lumens.

Recommended Candling Devices:

  • Luxolite Waterproof Headlamp
  • KEKU LED High Power Headlamp Rechargeable Waterproof
  • iZEEKER Waterproof Headlamp Cree T6 Bright 4 Modes 5000lm
  • Cyalume SnapLight Green Glow Sticks 12 pack
  • Bayite 1/2 Inch X 6 Inch Drilled Ferrocerium Rod

Conclusion on Choosing Survival Tools:

Obviously this list does not cover all the emergency equipment we would like to have in our survival kit. For example, fire and relatively comfy shelter are high on most people’s priorities.  But with what we have here, this checklist will definitely get you started on the right track should a situation arise.

We will be adding more GTS Recommends Guides to the site as the days go by so check back often.

If you are looking for a bug out bag / backpack to carry all your gear, please check out our review of the Monkey Paks tactical backpack.

The next GTS Recommends will cover more packs, cooking and shelter recommendations as well as much more.