It’s always best to be prepared. That’s why anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or people who just want to know that they can take care of themselves in the worst case scenario should invest in the best survival knife. We spent a lot of time doing research to put together this survival knife review to help you make the right decision. First, let’s take a look at some of the key features you should know about before shopping.
Blade Length: As you read our reviews, you’ll see that blade lengths vary quite a bit. In fact, the range goes from 3 ½ to 10 inches. There’s not really a “right” length for a survival knife, it’s personal preference.
Total Length: When thinking about the total length, consider where you’re going to keep it. Whether you’re looking for something to stick in your glove compartment just in case or planning to carry it with you, length matters.
Fixed Blade: Most of these knives are fixed blades but we did include one folding knife so you have options no matter what you prefer. Each has their benefits but, again, it’s all about which you prefer.
Sheath: If you want a fixed blade, you have to have a sheath. It’s the only way to make sure you’re carrying it safely and it protects the blade when it’s not in use. Plus, it easily attaches to your belt.
Handle Material: This is also personal preference and the materials range from wood to rubber to metal. The most important thing to consider is that the handle is comfortable to hold. Grip is really important, too.
Pieces: Sheaths aren’t in this count so if you see that there’s only 1 piece and it’s a fixed blade, know that there’s a sheath included. As you’ll see, some of these come with a nice amount of survival supplies, too.
Now that we’ve covered our survival knife buying guide, we’re ready to get right into our reviews. Are you in a hurry? If you don’t have a lot of time, check out our top and budget picks first. They’re really easy to find, they’re the first 2 items on our list. All of these knives are really awesome, though, so read through to the end if you can! You just might find exactly what you’ve been looking for. Ok, let’s go!