Looking for the best survival knife for your needs can be a task that is easier said than done. There are a ton of survival knives on the market and even more opinions on what should be the considered the best survival knife.
I have been an outdoor enthusiast all my life and have collected knives from a young age. There are many personal things that you should consider when you are trying to find the Best Survival knife for your needs however there are a few things that are constant and that all good knives should have.
Constants You Should Look For In All Quality Knives
The first constant that you should look for is a fixed blade knife, all good survival knives should have a fixed blade. These types of knives can handle much more punishment and hard use than a folding knife and will be a much better tool for chopping and cutting.
The second constant is that your fixed blade knife should be full tang. The tang refers to the extension of the blade metal all the way through the knife handle. Essentially the entire length of the knife should be constructed out of one piece of steel with the handles either bolted on to either side of the tang or otherwise covering the tang. Many good survival knives will also have an exposed tang butt cap on the end of the knife for hammering.
The third constant is good steel. This one is a biggie and separates the cheap knives from the good knives and the good knives from the great knives. There are two main categories of steel, Stainless and Non-Stainless. Stainless steel is generally softer than non-stainless but is more resistant to corrosion. There are many different types of stainless that range from complete junk to some of the most expensive knives on the market. Stainless steel can be a very good blade material but the good stuff can be expensive. For brevity I will list some stainless steels that are very hard, keep an excellent edge and will last a lifetime.