So what makes a true "Survival Knife"?
In our Survival Gear Section we described and recommended a nifty all-in-one folding knife/tool combo that you can wear on your belt. The Leatherman could technically be called a "survival knife". It's great to have along for both emergency situations and day-to-day living.
But what if you are attacked by a bear, or someone threatens your family? In that event, you want to have the absolute best close-contact weapon, and you want it QUICK!
The answer is, your want a quality survival knife in your hands. True survival knives are first and foremost: long, strong, fixed-blade and accessible in a heartbeat.
Secondary uses include:
A wide variety of survivalist tasks such as building a shelter, skinning game, splitting kindling, cutting rope, opening cans, cooking chores and much more.
In choosing the best survival knife for your needs, look for these superior traits:
We did lots of research on the best survival knife out there and these models kept popping up at the top of the wishlists:
Ka-Bar BK-22 Becker Companion
A well-proportioned, reasonably-priced all-round best survival knife; recommended for men or women.
Gerber LMF II Survival Knife
This "best survival knife" was designed by former military man Jeff Freeman and was field-tested with troops, ensuring that it can stand up to rugged, rigorous use and offer high performance under a variety of emergency conditions.
Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife
A Mac-Daddy Knife at a Mac-Daddy Price... this one is the Cadillac of Survival Knives. It's an all-purpose knife on the larger side, designed for heavy duty use.