I hear it all the time, “What’s the BEST Survival Knife David?” So today, I’m coming clean and going to share with you THE best survival knife in the world for any situation that you find yourself in. Ready!?
Okay… So What Makes a Great Survival Knife?
Well there’s a lot of discussion and debate about this, probably because the term, “survival knife” means many different things to many different people.
Here’s the Problem… A bushcrafter, hunter, doomsday prepper, tactical or military professional… or just regular folks - LIKE YOU and Me… are all likely to come up different conclusions about what constitutes the best survival knife, because of our experiences, expectations and how we see the world.
So let me ask YOU this… “What is THE Best Survival Knife?” Okay, Got your answer? Yeah, I had mine to, until a good friend blew my mind one day - when he said to me, “David, the best survival knife is the one you have on you, when you need it most.” Think about that for a moment… This really makes a lot of sense. Because, if you are like me, you’re probably not always going to have your preferred, primary survival blade with you… or on you all the times. So when a disaster, crisis or emergency strikes - and your primary survival knife is not available - the knife that you Everyday Carry ON Your Person becomes your primary survival knife. Make sense?
So I can’t stress enough that you need to have at least one or two everyday carry knives on you at all times. For me, I have a 5 tier approach to everyday carry, survival cutting tools that I think you might find helpful… HERE it is…
5 Tiers of EDC Survival Knives: TIER 1 - Neck Knife - A good neck knife is my primary EDC blade because it travels unnoticed and invisible around my neck at all times. My personal choice in neck knives is the super light weight and capable CRKT Folts Minimalist or my new favorite (and soon to be released on Kick Starter) Ultimate Survival Tips: MSK-1 Mini neck knife.
TIER 2 Pocket Knife - When I need a blade quick, I’m reaching for me pocket knife. Now for me, my pocket knife changes depending on the situation. If I just want a general general utility blade… either my Schrade First Response or Gerber Propel are coming along. But if I’m traveling or for some reason want more of a self defense blade, my Gerber Covert - OR - Mini Covert usually get the nod. TIER 3 - Belt Sheath Knife - Next, because many folks wear belts, I recommend a small to medium sized belt sheath knife or multi-tool as your TIER 3 EDC. For me, I carry my trusted, Leatherman Wave multi-tool on my belt. Now, beside having a great fine and serrated edged blade, my Leatherman wave has a pile of other tools that come in handy almost every day.
TIER 4 - Wallet Knife - When I leave the house I ALWAYS have my wallet in my pocket… and a wallet always seemed like like a great place to keep a back up blade. So… in my wallet I carry an Ian Sinclar CardSharp 2 as my last ditch knife. It’s lightweight and thin, wicked sharp, and only takes up a credit card slot in my wallet… but easily folds into a very capable light duty knife. See my full review of this knife for more.
TIER 5 - PRIMARY Survival Knife - My 5th and final tier for an everyday carry survival knife is my primary (or preferred) survival knife. This is the ONE knife I want with me if things go bad real bad. My past favorites range from my Mora Light My Fire, OKC Blackbird SK5, Gerber LMF II… the newer Gerber StrongArm or my Becker BK-2…
MY Favorite PRIMARY Survival Knife - I'm a bit biased, but now my preferred Worst Case Scenario knife, is the blade I have been working on for over 2 years with my design partner Jeff Freeman - the Ultimate
Survival Tips: MSK-1 Multi-Scenario Knife. When I can’t carry it on my belt it’s usually not far away, waiting quietly in my EDC backpack.
BONUS TIP - For a super cheap - last ditch blade, take some heavy duty - duct tape to secure a standard - old school razor blade (with cardboard blade protector) to the inside of your wallet - or even - the inside your shoe under the insole… But whatever you do, don’t forget about your EDC blades when entering weapon-free buildings or going through TSA check points… like I did one day with my Leatherman Wave - that almost cost me my tool and missing my flight. Well, there you have it… a 5 Tier Approach to Everyday carry to ensure that you have a survival cutting tool on you at all times. Thanks for hanging out… like, comment and share this post with others you think it will help - and remember - Be Prepared… Because You Never Know!