Survival Knife

From the crudest cutting utensils of ancient times, to the precision blades of today, the knife is often referred to as the #1 tool for survival. Pocket knives, military blades, crazy contraptions that look like they are meant for killing Zombies, knives are everywhere. Ask a survivalist what one item they couldn’t live without, and more often than not they will tell you their knife.

Personally I am a blade junkie; I have a wide variety of cutting tools in my collection.

So what do I carry?

The SOG Seal Pup Elite

SOG Seal Pup Elite

My #1 choice of survival knives is the SOG Seal Pup Elite; if I were stuck in the wilderness and could only bring one knife, I would definitely choose my SOG.

With all of that said, I tend to use cheaper blades for day-to-day cutting. Yes I carry my SOG for emergencies (and I do use it for certain tasks)….. but I worry less about damaging the blade when I use a $10 – $15 one for daily work. Believe it or not there are a lot of very good knives out there for under $15, specifically the Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife.

The Good Old Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife

I tend to use my Swiss army knife for just about everything. From cutting rope, opening boxes, and daily chores, to being my go-to knife when fishing, this little thing can take a beating.

A Swiss Army knife generally has a variety of blades, various tools and other useful gadgets.  At one time there were two companies that are allowed to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo; Victorinox or Wenger.

Recently Victorinox bought out Wenger making them the only manufacture to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo


Letherman Multitools

Although I don’t think of this as a typical knife, I do carry a Multitool which has a couple of different blades in it.

Popular Multitool Brands include:

  • Gerber
  • SOG
  • Leatherman

Husky Utility Blades

Husky Utility Knife

This little blade comes in very handy. I carry a couple of these in my truck and a few in my tool bucket. I break it out when I’m out on a job site to cut just about anything.

You can find them at just about any hardware store for under $10 including multiple blades.

What Knives to stay away from?

Rambo StyleSurvival Knives – When a company markets their blade as a “survival knife” they are probably not worth the weight in your bag.

Stay away from the ones that have a hollow handle filled with so-called survival gear. The handles on these knives suck and are guaranteed to break when you need them the most.

Fancy Blades – If it looks like it belongs in a movie, chances are it’s of little use in an emergency situation.

It may look cool as part of your collection, just don’t count on it to get you out of any sticky situations.


No matter what you carry, make sure you take care of your knife. A sharp knife is far safer than a dull one. When my blade is dull I sharpen it, if it beyond repair I get rid of it.

Looking for a Good SOG? This is what I carry…..

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OFFGRID Survival book



  1. My favorite fixed blade is my Cold Steel Recon Tanto. It’s not for chopping wood, it’s keep finely honed. MyEDC folder is a SOG Vulcan Tanto.It holds a great edge. For Heavier chores I like my Cold Steel heavy Machete. I like the weight and it’s not extremely long. If all else fails, I’ll resort to my 10mm Glock

  2. Hello,

    He always gets kind of mad whenever someone, namely I, go to a website and brag about his high quality handmade survival knives and his sheaths. I guess you could say that he is the most humble, quiet high end knife maker that I have ever come to know and befriend. But despite him getting a bit disturbed by it, the truth is the truth in my book, and is also worth sharing. But Andrew “Andy” Clifford is the sole maker of his own survival knives, relatively known by his “ACK” mark. I happen to own a couple of his knives, and to me his knives are solid and as durable as I have ever seen/owned. Andy has several very unique and special techniques which he uses and which also gives his hollow handled survival knives the no-nonsense durability and strength of as if they were full tang knives. Andy always says “Shhh!” to the online and public rave reviews of his work because he loves for his wonderful knife making work to speak for itself. Well, believe me when I sday that his knife making and sheath making work More than speaks for itself. I always tell my buddy Andy that I’ll Never keep my opinions of his awesome work quiet, LOL! I tell him that if he knows he does something good and makes great knives, verbally express that about himself. I tell him Why Not express your work and knife making skills> If anyone deserves to pat himself on the back a little bit, he sure does. Does that mean that he is the avsolute Best knife maker? Of course not, not by a longshot. Does that mean that To Me, he’s the absolute best knife maker? Why, you bet it does! And that is my own personal opinion. Also, and I will end with this; but to me, it’s not Only his great skill and many years of experience that make him the #1 knife and sheath maker, but it is his outgoingness and his endless effort to help fulfill the dreams of peoople with his undying compassion to work with those people in any way that he can, to provide to them one of his high quality handmade survival knives, esp when that person is down on their luck financially and their only wish is to finally have and own a solid high end handmade knife. Andy has helped lots of people fulfill their dreams of owning a solid knife, and he still continues to do this to this day. And That to me is what makes him, in my own personal opinion, America’s #1 knife and sheath maker in the world. Feel free to check out some of Andy’s fine knife and sheath work by going to his website entitled ANDREWCLIFFORDKNIVES.COM. Thanks for reading!!

  3. Hello,

    Well, to me there are a hell of a lot of great knives made out there, both Production And Handmade knives. Mass produced knives suxh as SOG, Cold Steel, and AG Russell to name a slight few. Then you have high quality handmade knives such as Randall, Ray Matton Knives, Black Starr Knives, and ACK Knives. This being said, and after owning a few SOG knives and Cold Steel’s famous Recon Scout bigger brother, the Trail Master, I finally found a high end knife that has an awesome price on it And is made with extreme high quality. I am still unsure if this knife is handmade or mass produced, as some people state that it is indeed handmade and made right here in the USA, but the knife that has fastly become one of my Favorites of all my knives is my Ontario RTAK-II full tang high carbon steel blade knife. This knife can do it all, and the blade is straight as Cupid’s Arrow. It is great for camping, hiking, batoning wood, combat, survival, chopping, skinning, cutting, and for the worst one of these, it makes one outstanding knife for killing! LOL Please don’t read that and start thinking I condone killing because I do Not. I am a lover and true respecter of all life forms. And I believe there are two reasons to kill that are legitimate and valid. Those reasons are for self defense and defending someone else, and also killing for food and Only those two reasons. People that kill for sport or pleasure or to murder, are nothing but pure cowards and losers. So, please don’t read my killing comment I made and automatically assume that I am a murderer, LOL! But anyway, as I have gotten off topic, I urge you to please check out Ontario’s awesome RTAK-II knife. It just might be the very last and only knife you will ever need! Thanks for reading!

  4. in my BOB i carry a falknifen thor and a becker bk 2 knife in my pocket a swiss army blade on my belt a leatherman…….if SHTF use an umbrella and be prepared for more :)

  5. I like Ontario knives for serious survival and field use. I have a RAT 7 in D2 steel and a Pilot’s Survival Knife in 1095 carbon steel. The RAT 7 is my SHTF knife, and I carry a swiss army knife and a fire starter in the sheath pocket. The Pilot’s survival knife is not fancy but a great knife and sheath for around $30.00, that you won’t mind beating around with. Finally, I have several Marble’s damascus and stainless knives from Smokey Mountain Knife Works, and even though not USA made anymore they take a razor’s edge, look and handle good, are made well, and hold their edges very well for an economy knife. They come with nice leather sheaths too. Enjoy your knives!

  6. Personally I favour a “cudeman” bush knife, made from Spanish Toledo stee, very sharp nice wide blade, sturdy and very comfortable stag horn handle, maybe a little expensive but I assure you a very worthwhile investment. Also where ever I go I take a lansky sharpening block, after making kindling, bivvy pegs ect its very handy to put a keen edge back on the knife.

  7. I own a decent collection of fixed and folding knives. Not just for bug outp urposes but also for practical as I live in the backwoods of the Olympic peninsula, Washington state. I have a tops tom brown tracker t1, falkniven f1, tops brothers of bushcraft, cold steel kukri San mai iii, bark river bravo1, esee4, leatherman surge, Swiss army knife, crkt m16-12zer, condor golok, blind horse maverick, ka-bar Becker bk2&16 and quite a few others that ive picked up along the way but I cant put names to. Survivalism is a passion of mine and I practice often as you would do if you lived in the woods to. My lady has a ka-bar skinner and an esee3, my 2cd youngest brother(as I am the eldest) has a bear grylls survival knife that I got him for Christmas a few years back, he really wanted one don’t ask me why. My 3rd youngest brother got a Becker bk2 for his b-day earlier this year and a gerber big rock a few years back. And my youngest brother didn’t want a knife, so I got him a tomahawk.

  8. I’ve had a Buckmaster 184 for years and, while it may be a bit heavy, I would definitely count on it to do any job I would call on it to do. Although it does have a hollow handle, it is very strong.
    As for a multi tool, I have a Gerber model 600 that has never failed me.
    I also have a Buck 870 that I carry in my pocket as an everyday knife.
    I am very happy with them all.

  9. When it comes to ‘Survival Knives’ the best survival knife is the one you are carrying. This brings us to Every Day Carry (EDC) knives. Most EDC knives are folders that fit in your pocket, as not many people strap on a sheathed straight blade knife every day.
    The knife should have a 90-degree spine so you can scrape a ferrocerium rod and bark from a tree/branch without damaging the blade.
    I have a number of single blade folders by Kershaw, Benchmade (Doug Ritter), Zero Tolerance (301 and 350), CRKT, Spyderco, and Falkniven. Folders can provide you with a readily available knife for multiple uses, but not a realistic tool for batoning through wood, where a full tang straight blade knife is the better option.
    So, I carry a good folder every day, with my Leatherman Wave on my belt, and in my GHB I have a good Falkniven F1 straight blade as a backup, only to wear if needed.
    Also, a knife made of high carbon steel, like 1095, is a good choice as well; which can also be used as a steel striker with flint. Yes, the carbon steel is more prone to rust, but is easier to sharpen and holds an edge well; just keep a thin coating of oil on the blade for protection. I also like the patina that the high carbon knives acquire over time.
    The grind of the blade is also important to consider; a convex blade is sharpened by stropping spine to blade across fine grit (2000) sandpaper and a leather strop with black and green stropping paste. The Convex sharpening of the ‘spine to blade’ direction is just the opposite of what most people are accustomed to by sharpening in a ‘blade to spine’ direction for Scandi, Hollow, or Flat . I mention this only because the need for different sharpening tools based on the blade grind. The KnivesShipFree web site has a great series of videos for sharpening a convex blade.
    Some states have limitations on the blade length, with 4 inches being acceptable almost anywhere, but a straight blade used for batoning wood is better to have at least a 5 inch blade so you do not have to baton your handle.
    In my BOB, I keep a Bark River Bravo, a ZT 301, a Leatherman Wave, and a BAHCO Folding saw for my cutting tools. I also carry a KSF sharpening kit and a small coticule to keep my tools sharp.

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