MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1 Primitive Survival Knife - With Drop Loop Carry Sheath
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1 Primitive Survival Knife - With Drop Loop Carry Sheath
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive
MSK-1® Primitive

MSK-1® Primitive


Regular price $199.00

Introducing the Most Affordable MSK-1 Knife Ever...

All the MSK-1 "Magic" - For Half the Cash!


When we launched the MSK-1 Survival Knife in 2016, the response was incredible! MSK-1 quickly became the #1 Funded Survival Knife on Kickstarter

But David was still a bit disappointed (and so were many of you). Here's why...

They Said a Super Affordable MSK-1 Was "Impossible!"

MSk-1 Primitive Ultimate Survival Knife

You see, David's original vision was to design the most versatile, user-customizable, survival knife system ever imagined - at half the price of the MSK-1 Elite - so it would be within the reach of almost any budget.

David approached many manufacturers - but because of the complexity of the MSK-1 knife and his high standards, they all said that a 1/2 priced MSK-1 could not be done - especially without significant compromise.

David was not willing to trade quality and functionality for a cheaper knife. So he continued searching...

Success! A New MSK-1 Priced for Almost Any Budget

Road blocks were everywhere, but David never gave up his dream to create a high quality, budget priced "every-man's" MSK-1 for you. 

So, after nearly 4 years of persistence - and a full two years of prototyping - we are now proud to offer you the MSK-1 Primitive Survival Knife.

Made For Hard Use in Extreme Situations

Handcrafted in the wilds of Central America by blade masters that specialize in forging exceptional knives meant for hard daily use - MSK-1 Primitive is forged from the same tough, edge-retaining, 1075 high carbon steel that we use in our popular MSK-1 Black - MSK-1 Primitive  (at 0.22 inch thick) is a full one ounce lighter than MSK-1 Elite (at 0.25 inch thick) without any reduction in performance.

What you get is a lighter in the hand (and on the wallet) bushcraft blade, that is made for hard (all day) use in any situation.    

Clear coated with our tough, oxidation-repelling finish, MSK-1 Primitive is accented by our beautiful, rustic, hardwood handle grips.

Includes Our NEW 20-Item Micro Handle Survival Kit

Held in place by our exclusive, field removable, stainless steel bolt system (with bow drill divot), the handles are easily removed to store (and carry) our new Micro Survival Kit - Version 2 (that includes 20 essential survival items). 

This is What a "Simple" Leather Sheath Should Be... 

MSK-1 Primitive Knife Sheath

MSK-1 Primitive travels in our beautifully antiqued, multi-carry, leather sheath that is designed for left or right hand carry in a high (belt loop) or low (drop leg) loop carry configuration. This sheath also sports a "hidden" rear strap and pocket to carry extra gear, like our Tiny Survival Guide.

Design Your Ultimate Survival Knife Kit

MSK-1 Primitive is made to be customized and upgraded (by you) to serve your changing needs. It's easy to build out your ultimate survival knife system with our exclusive line of add-ons, sheaths, handles and kit accessories.

All the MSK-1 "Magic" - At Half the Price

MSK-1 Primitive sports most of the key features and capabilities of the original MSK-1 (and our New MSK-1 Elite line-up) - while being our most affordable MSK-1 ever.

* Limited Quantities are Shipping Now... Get Yours Today!

INCLUDES: (1) MSK-1 Primitive Knife (Made of 1075 High Carbon Steel)  (1) Set Hardwood Handles (with Stainless Steel Bolts) (1) Antiqued Leather Sheath (1) Handle Survival Kit - V2

MSK-1 / PACK-1 Model Comparison Chart*

MODEL Primitive (P) Black (B) Elite (E) Warrior (EW) PACK-1
Primary Use Utility / Survival (P): Bushcraft / Camping (B): Tactical (Both): Tactical / Utility / Survival (E): Camping / Bushcraft Military / Tactical / Utility / SERE / Survival
Primary Edge
Full Tang, Fixed Blade Fine Edge
Full Tang, Fixed Blade Fine Edge
Full Tang, Fixed Blade Fine Edge 
Double Edge No
(E): No (EW): Yes
Triple Edge No (E): No / (EW): Yes No
Blade Material / Finish 1075 @ 55-60 HRC (Tougher than 1095) / (P): Blasted Satin (B)Traction Black Powder Coat (154CM Stainless Steel @ 60-61 HRC: Covert Graphite Black Cerakote 154CM Stainless Steel @ 60-61 HRC: Covert Graphite Black Cerakote
Blade Thickness 0.22in (0.56cm)
0.25in (0.64cm)
0.19in (0.48cm)
Handle Set (P): Real Walnut Hardwood (B): Tactical Jet Black G10  + BS Gray Liners OD Green Canvas Micarta Slabs Infused with Bees Wax OD Green Canvas Micarta Slabs Infused with Bees Wax + BS Gray Liners
Handle Bolts: Stainless Removable w/ Bow Drill Divot:
(P): Tumbled (B): D-Cote™ Black Oxide D-Cote™ Black Oxide Divot, D-Cote™ Black Oxide
Blade Length
4.6in (11.7cm)
4.6in (11.7 cm)
4.7in (11.9 cm)
Total Length 11.3in (28.6cm)
11.3in (28.6 cm)
10.2in (25.9 cm)
Weight 13.0oz (369g)
14.0oz (396g) 8.9oz (252g)
20-Item Handle Survival Kit 2.0 Yes Yes Yes
Pommel-End Ferro Rod Striker Yes Yes Yes
Sheath System
(P): Antiqued Leather (B)Tactical Black Kydex: ACS™   Tactical Black Kydex: ACS™ Adaptable Carry System  

Tactical Black Kydex: ACS™ Adaptable Carry System: Multi-Carry / Multi Setup
ACS™ Sheath Compatible  
(P) No (B): Yes Yes Yes / Limited
Made in USA
No - El Salvador Yes - USA
Yes - USA
Lifetime Warranty (Details) Yes
Bundles Available 
Yes - Stock Dependent Yes - Stock Dependent
Yes - Stock Dependent

See Knives Elite / Elite Warrior

*Since We Are Constantly Improving the MSK-1 and PACK-1 Knife Line Up, Final Shipped MSK-1 Knife / Sheath / Kit Specifications May Vary Slightly.


If You Are a USA Veteran or on Active Duty for the US Military, We Want to Get the MSK-1 Elite Warrior Into Your Hands! We'd love to give you a 10% Military Discount (with Valid Military ID). Please Contact Us BEFORE You Pre-Order. See contact details at bottom of page. 

*OUR VETERANS and ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY DISCOUNT is available ONLY to persons who are currently serving, or who have served honorably in the USA Military (ONLY). BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER - Please email a copy of your current military ID, DD 214 or VIC Card to us so that we can verify your United States of America Armed Forces service. Once verified we will send you a special code that you can use during checkout for 10% off the purchase of any MSK-1 Knife Kit. THANK YOU!

To ALL International Customers (those outside of the USA)
Please know that your country may charge significant import: fees, duties, taxes and / or tariffs.  These fees are YOUR sole responsibility to pay in order to receive the gear that you ordered from us.

HERE is an simple online calculator to get an idea of what your Import Duty will be:

If your order is returned to us from the shipper for free (USPS Only) - we will refund your order total minus the shipping fees. If the carrier you select (UPS, DHL, FedEx) does not return the knife and / or gear - you will receive NO refund.

Paying IMPORT Fees is YOUR Responsibility. Please make sure you understand your TOTAL costs (including import fees) BEFORE your order. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Customer Reviews

Based on 55 reviews
Shane Deaton
MSK-1 Primitive Bushcraft Review

This knife was designed as a tool to do almost anything, and it does not disappoint! The size, weight, balance, ergonomics, and design are all excellent. It is different, but David designed it to be different than everything else out on the market for a reason. It simply can do things most other knives cannot. As a user and collector of knives, David's MSK-1 is exceptionally thought out in design and functionality. The MSK-1 knifes are meant to be used and used hard giving the user an advantage in any situation. A knife becomes an extension of the user: it provides all of the features that give it an advantage over ever other knife in my collection. Like many others, I wanted to get my hands on one to see for myself and it did not disappoint! Actually, the only disappointment I had was in myself for not ordering this sooner. Everything about this acquisition has been exceptional from the ordering experience (super simple), to shipping (very fast), to the packaging (All companies should provide this personal touch) to the performance of the MSK-1 in real world usage. If you're in the market for a knife that will provide you with all of the features and performance in One Tool, my recommendation is to make the investment now, because to quote David "Be Prepared, because you never know!"

William Edwards
WOW !! It’s a beautiful beast

Fit and finish is quality all the way . Weight and feel in the hand is perfect a knife that’s going to be passed down to my son . Couldn’t be more pleased . Thank you David

William Comeau
Awesome Knife!

I was very pleased with this purchase. I got a real good deal on this knife and it is perfect. It has become one of my favorite knives in my collection. Thank you David for the effort you put into the design of this product and for taking care of Veteran's and Dad's everywhere.

Steve Phelan
Primitive knife A+ customer service is AAA+++

Great experience! Thank you

Great product, great customer service

I contacted customer service. They were so friendly and I swear they flew the primitive knife too me. I have not got to try it yet but the entire package is awesome. Much better than I expected for the price. Thank you everyone that works at ultimate survival.

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