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Top 5 Survival Knives!

You are out in the woods alone, (this is not advised) and you have nothing but your survival knife to accomplish all of you basic needs to survive.  You build a shelter, start a fire and kill a bear to eat.  The next morning you hike out and find civilization once again. Then you live to be 100 years old telling this story many more times than you have years and  the story only gets better each time.  Of course this is the story we all want to tell our kids, grand kids, great-grand kids and everyone else kind enough to listen.  You only have one problem, you bought a crappy knife and died.  The end.  That is not as good of a story as the first, and it all starts (and ends) with the knife.

This illustrates the importance of buying a quality knife for all of your survival purposes.  These five survival knives are great examples of survival knives that that will do what you want and do it well.

#1. KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife

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KA-BAR

The KA-BAR Serrated Edge knife is a great choice in terms of survival knives.  I always like to look at a few aspects of a knife when I am decided to buy a knife.  The first thing I like to look at is durability.

Durability

This knife is very durable,  I have read hundreds of reviews on the KA-BAR website as well as Amazon where a lot of people have been very pleasantly surprised because of the fact their knife had lasted so long and so well.   Customers have said that they have been able to use their KA-BAR to split wood, pry things open and just slash things for fun.  No matter what you use this knife for, it will hold up.

Blade and Sharpness

The blade of the KA-BAR is  is 7 inches of  1095 Cro-Van steel.  This type of steel is just a plain, good quality, easy to sharpen carbon steel.  This type of steel is popular in KA-BAR knives.   Others who have reviewed this knife have also said that the edge of the blade on the KA-BAR held up very well.  Another said that the blade is made from a thick steel and that it is a full tang construction.   The edge angle on the blade is the common 20 degrees.  Overall the blade and sharpness is great.  One great feature on this model is the half serrated blade.  It allows for many more uses that just a knife with a regular blade.

Handling and Grip

The handle is a man made Kraton G handle made to fit comfortably in the hands (right or left) of the user.  Kraton G is a synthetic rubber, so it has that texture of a hard rubber, which is great for increased grip.  The whole knife measures 11.75 inches, 4.75 inches are handle.  This ensures that the handle is large enough for most users to use the knife comfortably.

Technical Specifications

  • Full Length-11.75 inches
  • Blade Length-7 inches
  • Handle Length-4.75 inches
  • Blade Material-1095 Cro-Van Carbon Steel
  • Handle Material-Kraton G Synthetic Rubber
  • Weight 0.65 lbs.

Check out this link to find the price of the KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife on Amazon!

 

#2. Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife

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Schrade SCHF9

This is the second choice because in reality its pretty close to the KA-BAR but it didn’t quite make the cut for first place.  Lets check the details and see exactly how it does.

Durability

The Schrade SCHF9 is a fixed blade knife that is known as a work horse among knives.  It has a 1/4 in thick, full tang blade that handle virtually any job.    Out of the hundreds of great reviews this knife has received on amazon,   almost everyone was impressed by its beefy bulky features that make it durable.

Blade and Sharpness

As well as the KA-BAR, this knife’s blade is made out of 1095 carbon steel.  The blade is full tang giving the extra strength through the handle.  This knife has great ability to hold an edge.  It comes pre sharpened, so right when you open it up it is ready for all of your survival adventures.  The actual exposed blade length is 6.4 inches.

Handling and Grip

When you hold the Schrade SCHF9, it has a great handle that is meant to fit the contours of your hand as well as aid you in maintaining your grip.  This is accomplished by making the handle out of Kraton, the synthetic rubber.  The handle can……handle….. most sizes of hands.  The handle measures 5.6 inches,  its a meaty knife for meaty hands.  The handle and the blade is pretty close in length making it a well balanced knife.

Technical Specifications

  • Overall Length-12.1 inches
  • Blade Length-6.4 inches
  • Handle Length-5.6 inches
  • Blade Material- 1095 carbon steel
  • Handle Material-Kraton Synthetic Rubber
  • Total Weight- 15.9 ounces

Check this link to find the price of the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife on Amazon!

 

#3.  Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife

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Ontario 499

The Ontario 499 fell in the third place spot.  It is a great knife, it is a military issued knife, so it is a little smaller for convenience.  It is a little different than the first two, but if its good enough for the military its probably good enough for us.

Durability

The Ontario 499 knife is a super durable knife issued obviously to the Air Force, also available to the public.  One thing that makes this blade a little different from the others is the fact that it is Parkerized.  When a blade is parkerized it has a chemical phosphate coating put on it to protect the steel and reduce the amount of corrosion and increase the resistance to wear.  The Ontario 499 has this because of the face that it is military issue.  This knife will hold up.  On the back end of the handle is a very strong butcap which can be used for hammering and pounding things.

Blade and Sharpness

This blade is made out of 1095 carbon steel like the others.  So as far as blade strength goes its pretty strong.  The 1095 carbon steel can hold and edge very well, it just depends on what your uses are with it.  That being said, you can always re sharpen a knife.

On the back of this blade it has small serrated teeth, not for sawing but for notching.   This can come in handy when making traps or making notches in trees.  The blade length is 5 inches.  It is a little smaller in comparison but it is a great option for something a little more compact.

Handling and Grip

The handle on this knife is made of natural leather.  This gives it a more rugged look and it also provides a good grip for the user.  The handle is 4.5 inches, this is a good size in comparison to the 5 inch blade. It allows for precise control of the blade.

Technical Specifications

  • Overall Length-9.5 inches
  • Handle Length-4.5 inches
  • Blade Length-5 inches
  • Handle Material-Leather
  • Blade Material-1095 Carbon Steel
  • Weight-Shipping weight is 12 ounces

Check this link for the price of the Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife on Amazon!

 

#4. Schrade SCHF3N Extreme Survival Fixed Blade Knife

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Schrade SCHF3N

Durability

The Schrade SCHF3N is a survival knife that was made for intense outdoor activities.  It’s blade is a full tang blade giving it a lot of durability.  The handle is also made out of a good material that should help it last a long time.  Depending on the tasks performed with this knife it will more than likely last you forever.

Blade and Sharpness

The blade on the Schrade SCHF3N is made out of  8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless steel.  This type of steel is Chinese made.  It is of decent quality, but it is not the best.   It is comparable to the Aus-8 Japanese made steel as well as the 440b stainless steel that contains 0.9% carbon.  It can hold an edge but will more than likely need to be sharpened more often.

Handling and Grip

The handle of this knife is made from Micarta.  Micarta is a material that is made in a very specific way.  It is layers of linen clothes that are soaked in phoenolic resin.  The end product is a material that is extremely smooth, durable and light weight.  These factors make it a prime material for knife handles.  The handle has smooth molded grooves to comfortably fit into your hands.

Technical Specifications

  • Overall length-11.8 inches
  • Blade Length-6.4 inches
  • Handle Length-5.6 inches
  • Blade Material- 8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless steel
  • Handle Material-Micarta
  • Weight-10.1 ounces

Check this link for the price of the Schrade SCHF3N Extreme Survival Fixed Blade Knife on Amazon!

 

#5. Sog F03T-N Jungle Primitive

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Jungle Primitive

Our number 5 pick, the Sog Fo3T-N Jungle primative is still a good knife it just wasn’t number 1….or 2… anyway its still totally worth taking a look at.

Durability

This monster of a knife has the look of a true survivor knife and according to the hundreds of happy people who have bought this very knife off amazon, it is very well built and feels super sturdy when they handled it.  The Jungle Primitive has a few different edges on it giving you options for use.  By spreading out the times you use each blade, you will reduce wear in it, so it will last longer.

Blade and Sharpness

The blade on this knife is made out of the  8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless steel.   This steel is a good quality steel, but it may require more frequent sharpening.   The blade length is 9.5 inches.  The long length of the blade enables a longer reach and more momentum during the swinging motion.  The blade thickness is 0.15 inches giving it a guaranteed strength.

Handling and Grip

The handle is approx. 5.8 inches long.  It is made out of Kraton.  The length of the handle plus the material it is build out of make it great for survival purposes.  It has a nice rubbery grip and plenty of room for your whole hand.  It also has slip protectors at the top as well as the bottom of the handle, ensuring safety for the user.

Technical Specifications

  • Overall Length-15.3 inches
  • Blade Length-9.5 inches
  • Handle Length-5.8 inches
  • Blade Material- 8Cr13MoV high carbon stainless steel
  • Handle Material-Kraton Synthetic Rubber

Check this link to find the price for the Sog Jungle Primitive! (On Amazon)

Conclusion

In the end all of these knifes are pretty close in all of the “judged” categories.   Another great thing about all of these knives is that they are all in a very close price range, so if you like all of them they are all decently affordable. I always do my knife shopping online at Amazon due to the fact that they can offer the best prices.  Another great thing about Amazon is that you can trust them.  Follow the links to amazon to purchase any of these five great knives or even just to check out the prices, but hurry, the prices may go up at any time!  Happy knife shopping!!

 

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Comments

  1. Great article. Interesting choices. I’ve been collecting knives for 34 years (by no means a “expert” of any type) and used two of the knives listed during my 20 years in the U.S. Army. K-bar is an excellent knife and I unfortunately saw the end results of it’s cutting ability in an accident with two soldiers. The USAF Pilot’s Survival Knife is okay and I have not tried the SOG knife that was also listed. I haven’t met anyone yet that has the two Schrade knives that were listed, but was wondering if I was the only one that noticed that they are “affordable” copies of the Boker Dive Knife and Chris Reeve knives. Just wondering how they fare, compared to their original counterparts? The above statement is my “humble” opinion.

  2. Just wondering if these are knives you’ve t&e yourself or if you’re just ranking them based on Amazon and other types of reviews? I’m seriously not saying this in a snarky way it just isn’t clear from the article.

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