13 hardcore survival knives

There is much debate regarding which and how many items should be included in a survival kit, but there is one item upon which everyone agrees – the knife. With so many uses – trapping, skinning and wood cutting, to name just a few – the survival knife is a vital component of a kit that one would carry in a wilderness environment or in an emergency situation.

A good knife can make the difference between surviving and not surviving. While every survivalist agrees that a knife is essential, there are many opinions about which is the best one for the variety of purposes that it may be called upon to serve. One knife might be right for a person with one set of skills, while another knife would be preferable for someone with different strengths.

The link below will direct you to a very informative article about survival knives. Not only does it communicate the most important characteristics that a survival knife should possess, but also provides a top five list of the best survival knives.

Hope you enjoy the article. Meet you on the other side.


It’s difficult to argue with the writer’s top five list, so we’ll leave that alone. But I’ve followed those five knives with another eight that I like.

  • ESSE RC-5 – carbon steel blade; a saber grind keeps the blade thickness all the way to the point
  • Scharade SCHF9 – large handle; great grip, even in wet conditions
  • Ontario RAT 5 – easy to handle for small bush craft tasks; ideal for carving
  • Gerber LMF II ASEK – all-purpose blade; positive response from U.S. soldiers
  • Mora of Sweden Morakniv Companion MG Carbon Steel – perfect for hunting, fishing and camping
  • Columbia River Knife and Tool’s 2013 Razel SS7 – can split a log and also cut rope, straps, wire and more
  • Hawke’s Hellion – a nine-inch blade that does the work of a folding knife, a sheath knife and a hatchet
  • Buck Hoodlum – light, 10-inch blade can handle big tasks and small.


Do you have a favorite that I haven’t included here? Let me know in the comments!


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