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Best Survival knife?

Postby bryanrheem » Sun, 25 Dec 2011 13:27:08

Hey all,

I've been doing some research and actually got the Gerber LMF II. Took it camping recently to really test it out and was pleased with it's performance. While I bought firewood, the knife did exceptionally well splitting the wood. It also has holes to lash it to a pole for spearing. Again, used a fishing rod. lol. The back tip supposedly is sharp and hard enough to break glass... and yes, I didn't try that out either.

The knife is very well balanced and the grip provides a really positive grip, even when wet. I bought this over the Kbar or Sog so I'm curious if people have other opions on Survival knives. I really wanted a Spyderco Salt but they're not longer made.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Reverenddel » Mon, 26 Dec 2011 00:23:25

I have a plethora of "survival knives", but in truth? In the field, I use my Gerber Multitool more than anything blade-wise. I carry an axe for wood chopping, hammering in tent spikes, and such.

Now, I carry an inexpensive fixed blade, and wore it for awhile, but put it in the pack now, and rarely pull it out.

An axe, and a multi-tool seem to work best in the field under my conditions.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby OakRidgeStars » Mon, 26 Dec 2011 10:59:48

I have a Gerber LMF too, as well as a Gerber Back Paxe mini-axe and my Leatherman Wave multi-tool. There's not much you can't do with that combo.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby bryanrheem » Mon, 26 Dec 2011 23:55:54

I also have the Gerber mini-axe which I used also as a hammer for spikes. It's a great combo (LMF and mini-axe).


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby jrswanson1 » Tue, 27 Dec 2011 10:08:53

The best survival knife I have goes on the end of my CETME. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the bayonet on my Arsenal. And next year I'm buying a bayonet for my Enfield. And if I'm really lucky, I'll have a Swiss K-31 with bayonet before the new year :clap:


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Chasbo00 » Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:26:12

Reverenddel wrote:I have a plethora of "survival knives", but in truth? In the field, I use my Gerber Multitool more than anything blade-wise. I carry an axe for wood chopping, hammering in tent spikes, and such.

Now, I carry an inexpensive fixed blade, and wore it for awhile, but put it in the pack now, and rarely pull it out.

An axe, and a multi-tool seem to work best in the field under my conditions.


+1 When I went to Army Ranger School 40 years ago, I learned that I needed a good multi-function knife. I and most others ditched our big fixed blades. This is what I really need and used:

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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby allingeneral » Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:51:38

A thread about multi-tools? Well, I would be remiss if I weren't to post a link to a great selection of them available for purchase! :)

Multi-tools by Gerber, Leatherman, SOG, Winchester and more!
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby ChrisG19 » Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:32:15

I find my ESEE-3 does very nicely. It's blade is plenty long for most tasks and can be very sharp. The nice thing is it is made from 1095 steel which is softer than stainless, but can be sharpened on any flat rock. ;)

If I'm going for extended trips, the ESEE-5 gets the nod. It's an absolute beast! http://www.eseeknives.com/rc-5.htm
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby fuze » Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:46:19

Heres a few of my 'survival' types

Buck 119
Ka-Bar
Ontario SP10 Raider

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The SP10 is 1/4inch 1095

I love the little fiskar's axe's myself


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Reverenddel » Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:30:56

It's not so much "brand" as "build".

There are generally things you'll need a fixed blade for as an OVERALL survival knife. Keep in mind, a fixed blade isn't the end all, be all. Here's what I look for in a general fixed blade field knife (AKA "survival"):

1.) You'll need a knife that's balanced. If it's not? You're doing the work, not the knife.

2.) You'll need a knife with a thick enough blade. "Baton" thru some small-sized trees, or "beavering" a mid-sized tree requires strength. Thin blades fail.

3.) You'll need a knife with a FULL tang! I've seen good blades with pisspoor tangs just SNAP!

4.) You need a knife with a good GRIP! All those "pretty" grips usually slip like pigs with grease when wet, or covered with blood. Paracord wrapped around it usually can solve this problem, but why have the problem at all?

5.) You need a knife with an easily sharpened blade. It's why I'm not a fan of serrated knives. I dig 'em, until I have to SHARPEN them!

6.) You need a blade with a decent point. Having the point break off when you need it, just makes for another problem you can avoid.

Everyone's different, and like I said, I prefer my muli-tool, and tomahawk/Axe. But if I had need of a fixed blade, that's what I use as criteria. As to steels, and particular makers, etc, etc, etc? Figure out what you need, then judge it next to that... Gil Hibben may sell more knives than an knife designer out there, but he's YET to make ANYTHING I would carry into the field with me.

Gerber, Cold Steel, and Buck usually have a pretty good selection that falls into those above criteria, and they're ALL backed with a WARRANTY! That says much about them. :coffee:


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby derek141 » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:16:40

I like the Gerber LMF II; however am already the very pleased owner of the USMC multi-purpose bayonet that came out around 2005. It has served really well as a utility fixed-blade.

Similar to Chasbo00, the other and most frequently used knife in my gear is a Victorinox with the two blades, can opener, scissors, bottle opener (latter two with screwdriver tips), awl, and most importantly, corkscrew. :hysterical: It's small and light, tethered to my pack with 550 so I don't lose it.

I've never found the need in the back woods for a full-on Leatherman type multi-tool as much as I use them around the house.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Reverenddel » Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:47:29

OH! The Leatherman/Gerber Multi-Tool works for picking up the coffee pot, and other metal objects that were used near the fire...

Also, using the teeth portion can build a notch completely around a limb for a fire bow... Keeps the cord from slipping.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby meadmkr » Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:09:57

Don't laugh but my bail-out-bags each have 3 'knives' ranging from small folders, a multi-tool and usually a larger folders/fixed blade. One has a hatchet and the other a saw... Same with fire-starting (matches, lighter and mag.rod....)
My daily carry blades are normally a mid-sized folder and keep a small multitool in my jacket/computer bag. My skeet bag has a Gun Tool (multitool) and a mini folder. When I was in the Corps I normally carried 2-3 blades depending on the situation/training/range-duty/etc; a larger multitool and one smaller folder for myself and my KBar which often got borrowed (had my name engraved on it) to make sure I got it back. Stay away from gimmick 'survival knives' with hollow handles UNLESS you have multiple blades on you as they will break at the worst possible time!
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby SHMIV » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:31:57

meadmkr wrote:
Stay away from gimmick 'survival knives' with hollow handles UNLESS you have multiple blades on you as they will break at the worst possible time!



I've never cared for those things. They've always struck me as cheap, crappy, and overpriced. I wouldn't want one, even if I DID have multiple blades on me.
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby bryanrheem » Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:31:54

I was thinking about one of these... http://zombietools.net/tools/


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Reverenddel » Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:49:21

Dude...seek out something that is the same but MUCH less expensive! you're paying for "pretty graphics", and "Zombie" being in the title....


You can get some decent machete's from Gerber, and Cold Steel.

Cold Steel now makes a GLADIUS that's fairly balanced. It's not expensive, nor meant to be... But it's probably gonna save you some money in the long run.
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Jakeiscrazy » Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:56:31

Reverenddel wrote:It's not so much "brand" as "build".

There are generally things you'll need a fixed blade for as an OVERALL survival knife. Keep in mind, a fixed blade isn't the end all, be all. Here's what I look for in a general fixed blade field knife (AKA "survival"):

1.) You'll need a knife that's balanced. If it's not? You're doing the work, not the knife.

2.) You'll need a knife with a thick enough blade. "Baton" thru some small-sized trees, or "beavering" a mid-sized tree requires strength. Thin blades fail.

3.) You'll need a knife with a FULL tang! I've seen good blades with pisspoor tangs just SNAP!

4.) You need a knife with a good GRIP! All those "pretty" grips usually slip like pigs with grease when wet, or covered with blood. Paracord wrapped around it usually can solve this problem, but why have the problem at all?

5.) You need a knife with an easily sharpened blade. It's why I'm not a fan of serrated knives. I dig 'em, until I have to SHARPEN them!

6.) You need a blade with a decent point. Having the point break off when you need it, just makes for another problem you can avoid.

Everyone's different, and like I said, I prefer my muli-tool, and tomahawk/Axe. But if I had need of a fixed blade, that's what I use as criteria. As to steels, and particular makers, etc, etc, etc? Figure out what you need, then judge it next to that... Gil Hibben may sell more knives than an knife designer out there, but he's YET to make ANYTHING I would carry into the field with me.

Gerber, Cold Steel, and Buck usually have a pretty good selection that falls into those above criteria, and they're ALL backed with a WARRANTY! That says much about them. :coffee:


+1 on the full tang and the serration part!
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby ShortMan » Wed, 03 Oct 2012 20:33:49

For proper survival, I think you'd need a decent axe, machete, saw, large knife and a smaller blade for delicate work. Maybe even one of those hobby knife sets.
As well as a multitool. But actually if you have the space I'd recommend one of those rolls with the proper tools you'd actually need.
Otherwise, make sure to get TWO multitools each with good pliers. You may need them both to unscrew something.


Sorry for the bump. Winter is coming and I'm reading all these threads again.


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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby SHMIV » Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:22:21

ShortMan wrote:
Sorry for the bump. Winter is coming and I'm reading all these threads again.



The way I see it, a good knife discussion could use revisiting, once in a while. With that in mind, I thank you for resurrecting this old thread.
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Re: Best Survival knife?

Postby Reverenddel » Mon, 08 Oct 2012 08:40:04

Remember also, Ounces make pounds, and pounds make pain...

A machete is beneficial for over grown areas that you're traversing. Some come with a sawtooth option on the back so that kills two birds with one stone. So know your terrain, and if it's necessary.

Fiskars/Gerber axes by my estimations are the lightest, strongest, and most effective axes I have seen. Estwing are GREAT axes, and I love the sturdiness of them, but they weigh a TON!

I think you cannot beat a Kabar, because the butt of the blade can be used as a hammer.

On a lighter note? Those survival knives with the hollow handles? Worthless as teats on a boar hog. Snap like beans.


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