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What to look for in a Survival Knife

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August 16, 2017 in Preparedness

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Survival knives are an important tool that you need to have if you are planning to head out into the woods by yourself. Unlike a regular knife, a survival knife is made for various survival situations. Whether it is a just a hunting trip or you are just out for a hike, anything can happen. You could get lost and need a tool that is versatile which you could use to defend yourself against a predator.

Besides being used for self-defense, survival knives are also used to cut wood, slicing through soft material, hunting, digging, preparing food, screwdriver, making fire, first aid, and even clearing your path. You could even use it to create weapons such as arrows, spears and other sharp weapons.

A survival knife will be different from a regular knife based on how they are built. The big difference is that a survival knife will have a fixed blade, which means that there are no moving parts. Even though a fixed blade is more useful and durable, it is best if you bring both types of knives when you are hiking or camping.

There are various features for a survival knife. All the features are pretty important and you need to understand them before you can ever go out and purchase your very own survival blade.

Size
Besides what you may think, a bigger knife doesn’t always mean that it is better. Although a bigger one is more effective for chopping or using it as a hammer, the smaller knives have more uses like dressing or carving. Most experts believe that the best blade length is between 4 and 8 inches.

Straight or Serrated Blades
The choice about being serrated or straight is a big debate. It is important that you don’t got with a fully serrated blade because there will be times when you may need a straight edge. Partially serrated is great for cutting things, which a straight edge is easier to sharpen. So, picking which one is best is actually going to be based on your personal preference. Single edged blades are better than a double edged blade.

The Pommel
The pommel is the butt of the handle, which can be used as hammer. Thus having a flat, wide pommel will be better than a rounded pommel. It also needs to be strong enough to know that it won’t break off when it is hit by a hard object.

Handle
The handle can be made from plastic, hard rubber, leather, horn, wood, or bone. Both the leather and wood will have a nice finish and may give a really good grip, but it is prone to deteriorate. Bone and horn are durable as well. You want to make sure that the handle is comfortable to hold and pick one that won’t wear out.

The Point
This is a feature that is pretty important. Although some knives will have a hooked, rounded or angled tip, having a sharp pointed tip will have more uses than the others. Besides pointed knives can really be used for notching, prying, drilling, picking and can be used as splinters.

For a more in depth look at survival knives, check out http://www.topsurvivalweapons.com/survival-knives. For a more in depth understanding of knife anatomy check out http://www.jayfisher.com/Knife_Anatomy_Parts_Names_Definitions.htm.

What a survival knife can’t do
Survival knives can’t do everything. I’ve seen some crazy stuff like putting your knife in a fire, getting it hot and then using it as a wood burning tool. Doing that can ruin the heat treat and the temper of the knife. If you want to do wood burning don’t use your knife for it, find the best wood burning tool.

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