If you are in the market for a new survival knife, or looking to build the perfect survival kit, we would like to share with you some of our favorites. In this post we will be going over our top 5 picks.
Gerber LST Knife
This is my most loved survival folding knife. The edge of this knife stays very decent. The one that I have, I used it to gut a salmon, and several other small animals. And it didn’t even need any sharpening after.
It has a good grip, and its easy to hold on to even with wet, or slime covered hands.
Light in weight but very solid. Not prone to corrosion when used around salt water. Extremely valuable for the price.
BlizeTec Survival Knife
The BlizeTec Survival Pocket Knife combines five survivalist-type tools into one knife that anyone on “Naked and Afraid“ might select as their one tool to be stranded in the wilderness with.
You get a knife with a four inch blade, an LED light, a glass breaking hammer, seat belt cutter and a magnesium coated flame starter stick The knife is pretty heavy to carry around in your pant’s pocket, but comes in an attractive gift box with a magnetic closure to make for a great gift idea.
The blade of the knife is sharp and serrated at the center. It locks firmly in place and only retracts by releasing it with a lock release that lines the opposite side of the handle. Both the blade and teeth in the center are very sharp and capable of piercing skin easily, so this is no toy.
Kershaw Blur Black
Excellent knife for the price. Can’t go wrong with the Kershaw Blur. The fit and finish is equal to or better than that of knives priced three times as much. For instance, this knife stands up to its benchmade counterpart and is a quarter of the cost.
Overall, this is a sturdy, USA quality made knife that’s more than perfect for EDC and/or SD. It’s lightweight, and sits well in the pocket. The non slip grip is quality made and works well in all conditions. The knife sharpens easily and holds an edge well. The coating on the blade is both sexy and functional – no scratches for me yet.
At first I thought I would dislike the fact that this knife didn’t have a flipper for the speed safe assisted opening; however, the design of the thumb stud alows for quick and safe opening and is as convenient as a flipper or better.
Buck Knives 110
What can one possibly say about this classic BUCK knife. This is a design that first fell into American pockets over 50 years ago. Millions have been made and sold. Better yet they are still made in the USA. The look is classic, the feel in the hand is of a heavy knife that is solid. There is something about the feel and look of the brass and wood in these knives that compels you to take it to hand rub the surface just for the enjoyment of the smooth surfaces.
These are well built knives of classic design. They are beautiful but also functional. If I had to point out any particular short comming it would be the design of the blade. The clip point gets very thin at the tip. This causes a lot of people to break the tip off the blade by prying on things. Prying and twisting in the cut must be avoided with these at all costs.
Overall these are beautiful knives at a very reasonable cost. They can be found as low as $25 brand new. They are American made and are a true classic owned by millions of people for over 50 years. This may be the single most copied knife design in history.
Kershaw Leek Pocket Knife
Honestly, this is one of the best everyday carry knife I’ve ever owned. Since I first discovered this knife I purchased three for myself and I’ve given several away as gifts. The spring assisted opening is very smooth, fast, and has a satisfying click when the blade locks into place. The safety lock has been designed perfectly so that you can unlock it while holding the knife naturally. This means that you can engage the safety lock every time you store it in your pocket because you can rapidly disengage the lock and open the knife with one hand.
The Sandvik 13C26 stainless steel blade is very thin/narrow, and that alloy can give you an edge that can be rolled if it is as thin as the Kershaw/Ken Onion blade shape. I have rolled parts of my blade edges in the past, but it always sharpens out. If you do not use this knife for tasks meant for other tools you will not roll the edge.
I didn’t buy this knife to go hacking away at trees or cut with it eight hours a day, I bought it because I need a knife that I can carry with me every day that will be reliable when I need it. This knife is just that. It’s small, discreet, easy to deploy when needed, the blade comes sharp and remains sharp, and it’s very simple mechanisms and ease of disassembly make it great to use, abuse, and clean with ease.
All of the knives we have mentioned are thoroughly used on and off the field, and are in our experience some of the best ones out there that you can get. With that said, everyone has his own preference and maybe likes a different knife better than the ones we use. But in most cases the ones we mentioned will not disappoint and the reviews don’t lie either.