In a survival situation, a knife could make the difference between life and death, surviving or thriving. That’s why if you spend a lot of time in the wilderness, or even if you don’t but want to be prepared, you ought to know what kind of knife to have on your hip. That would be a survival or bushcraft knife, but how do you find one that will serve as many functions as possible? “Naked and Afraid” contestant EJ Snyder knows more about surviving in the woods than most, and here, he goes into depth about the survival tasks that will require a knife, including batoning, boring holes for traps, butchering, fire starting and more. Read his article to learn about how to choose the best survival knife for you.
Every aspect of life is saturated with opinions. The worlds of bushcraft and knives are no different. When it comes to something as important as survival, though, it’s not a bad idea to skip all the online forums and go directly to the experts who have put their tools to the test time and time again. In this story, regular KI contributor Jim Cobb turns to the survival instructors to get the rundown on their most tried-and-true survival blades. A few of the instructors, like Kevin Estela and Jason Hunt, have even designed their own knives to serve as their right-hand companions outdoors. Read about the range of models the pros depend upon and see if your own survival knife makes the cut.
ESEE knives are designed by folks associated with Randall’s Adventure & Training, one of the premier survival schools both here and abroad. These guys know what it takes to live in the most remote, unforgiving places on the planet, and the knives they choose are made to perform in extreme settings. The ESEE-4HM is a “handle modification” variation of the original ESEE-4 knife, which is a survival knife with a flatter handle, a finger guard and a choil. The ESEE-4HM is rounder and more ergonomic and measures 8.88 inches overall, with a 4.38-inch drop-point blade of reliable 1095 carbon steel with a flat grind. This is one reliable, comfortable knife to consider for your survival arsenal.
Of course you’d bring a big knife with you into the woods, but what about a saw? Too bulky and awkward to deal with? Not these handy folders. Our regular contributor Reuben Bolieu discusses the advantages of bringing a saw with you on your next outing – and why, if that outing happens to devolve into a survival scenario, you might rather have a saw with you than even a knife. In this article, Reuben puts three survival folding saws – the Bahco Folding Saw, the Corona Razor Tooth Saw and a generic saw from Dollar General – to the test. He also details a few blade combos that will save you precious energy.