7 Vital Considerations When Choosing The Best Survival Knife
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When you are stuck in a survival situation, there’s just no way of telling what might happen or what all can go wrong. As simple as that. Hence, it would be mindful for you to keep in mind that literally, anything can happen. Plus, things are bound to be even worse for you if you are not prepared. By this I mean, not prepared with the proper knife at hand.
Let’s face it – choosing the right knife which will work the best in any survival situation is an absolute must. It may just be the most important decision you will ever make in the case of your overall safety. However, the choice a person makes is a personal one, since there is always a large variety of different knives to choose from, across the board.
Apart from it being a personal choice, you have to understand that a great deal of time and patience needs to be invested from your side to make sure that you do enough testing and research in general. No two ways about that, really. On that very note, let us take a good look at some of the most important factors to keep in mind while selecting a survival knife:-
- Fixed Blade: While many people prefer a folding blade, a fixed blade is essential for making sure that your survival knife is strong. In this regard, most of its strength comes from a fixed blade. Just remember that any joint in a knife is a point of weakness and that is exactly what you want to avoid. A folding knife is also hard to clean because of the small joints. It is advisable to have a fixed survival knife, if you have a safe place to keep it, as it takes more space in the kit than a folding knife.
- Full Tang: When talking about a good survival knife, the tang should be as large as the handle itself. A full tang knife will ensure that the knife has all the stability and strength that it needs, as well as ensuring that it also has a proper sense of balance. Partial tang is also another weakness that your survival knife should not have. Your handle might break due to a partial tang knife when a hard object is hammered with it.
- Comfort: Not only does the handle need to be as comfortable as possible, but should also have the right size for your hand; allowing you to have a firm grip because, in survival situations, a lousy grip might lead you to lose the knife and get exposed to the threat. A blade guard is a must because it protects your hand from the sharp blade. It is important because when you strike a hard object, the blade can cause harm to your hand (in case of no blade guards), simple physics.
- Blade Thickness: Basically, the thicker the blade, the more damage it will be able to withstand. It may not be as sharp as a thin blade, but it can be enough sharp for your use. This raises the most important questions, “What do you want to use it for?”. If you simply need a survival knife for your survival kit, then having average thickness, but sharp edges is a better choice for you.
- Blade Length: The ideal length should be between 4-6 inches. Anything longer or shorter would be inconvenient to use. Make sure that the length of the blade ensures perfect balance.
- Blade Material: Not all knives are made from the same materials. As simple as that. Make sure that you know all the different types of steel out there as that will make your decision process a whole lot easier.
- Sheath: When it comes down to a fixed blade knives with a sheath, make sure that the sheath is made from sturdy nylon or solid leather. Don’t make the mistake of treating the sheath as a mere afterthought.
At the end of the day, you need to make absolutely sure of the fact that you don’t fall for any sort of gimmicks whatsoever. After all the tips, you need to be equally aware of what to avoid in general.
The mention of features such as hollow handles, built-in compasses, and shiny blades should be enough of a warning for you. Sure, they may initially seem like a good idea initially, but in reality, they are worthless gimmicks. There’s really no need to waste your hard-earned money on stuff like that simply because you haven’t done your homework about gimmicks in general.
Just remember, with the right knife and the proper skills, a person can do just about anything. While looking for the elusive perfect survival knife, you would do well to keep that fact in mind at all times.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.