What to Look for in a Survival Knife
There is a new show on the History Channel called Forged in Fire. It’s now my husband’s favorite and I thought it was pretty clever too. The premise: The bladesmiths must forge a signature weapon using everyday steel objects like ball bearings and shovels as their only source material. Their blade creations are then judged on style and strength.
I like that it’s taking us back to good old-fashioned techniques that can be useful in survival situations.
I actually learned quite a bit about pocket knives and blades from watching those episodes.
- The ideal knife size is 9-11 inches.
- It’s better to have a “full tang” handle if you are going to count on your blade for longevity and other things besides cutting.
- While the idea of a hollow handle to store important items might sound good, it’s just a recipe to lose your important item. Blades are easily set down and lost.
Whether you’re planning a camping trip, or just like to be prepared, a survival knife is a crucial tool to have. It can be used to cut, dig, split, and pry, to name just a few functions, and its compact, pocket-sized exterior makes it easy to bring with you anywhere you go.
Survival vs Pocket Knives
Unlike a survival knife, a pocket knife tends to have multiple tools. The three most common types are jack, pen, and multi-purpose knives. A jack knife is the most basic of the three, usually consisting of one blade, and a simple hinge. A pen knife has between 2-3 blades and hinges at both ends of the handle. The tools on a multi-purpose knife vary, but the most popular functions include a can opener, scissors, and a screwdriver.
In my opinion, a folding pocket knife is an essential tool for your emergency kit. You never know when you might need one. Whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty survival knife or an everyday pocket knife, consult this infographic guide to pick the best one for your needs! Catch an episode of Forged in Fire