A survivalist simply won’t go anywhere without his trusty survival knife. A wilderness survival knife is an important tool for hunting, cutting, slicing, making other tools, building shelter, and so much more. It can also be used to defend yourself from animal or human attack. We have put together a list of the best survival knife brands that you can depend on.
It’s worth noting that survival knives have to be tough enough for heavy outdoor duties, so a fixed blade will guarantee that they won’t break easily. One more thing: your needs in a survival knife may be different from those of others. That is why we have a long list so you have a lot of options.
Which Survival Knife Is Right for You?
1. Hoffman Richter
This knife is made with high-quality 440C stainless steel, to create the perfect balance of a blade that holds an edge but is still easy to sharpen. The ultra-tough titanium coating ensures that it will last a lifetime.
The 140 Nimravus makes a great field knife. It proves that stainless steel construction is not leaving the game anytime soon. Their survival pocket knives made them one of the best-known knife companies today.
It may be expensive, but the Gunner 12 is a custom knife with impressive specs. The blade cuts well however you position the knife. It’s great for bushcraft survival as well as for tactical use in law enforcement.
With a high-tech LED flashlight attachment, the Brite-Blade appeals to preppers and survivalists who like to use multi-tools out in the wild. This blade is great for camping and wilderness survival.
Browning is a reputable name in the world of firearms. Over the years, the company decided to expand into the blade market. Its small size makes the Ignite the ideal survival knife for those with small hands.
6. Buck Knives
A product of the collaboration between Buck and Ron Hood, the Punk is a good bush knife that can also handle combat duty when the situation demands it.
7. Cold Steel
Its name makes it known that the Master Hunter is designed primarily for hunting. This knife doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an excellent option for the outdoors. Bring a sharpener if you want to use it as a survival knife.
The Bushlore is a high-performance survival knife matched with an excellent sheath. Its blade is high carbon steel with a length of 4.25 inches.
Admittedly, it’s a survival machete, but the ChanceInHell deserves a spot on this list for its realistic potential. This award-winning fixed blade is made of durable carbon steel for rough environments.
10. EnZO Trapper O1
The Finnish knife maker is known for its lightweight, rugged and build quality. The Trapper is no exception. This high-quality knife is versatile enough for craftsman and outdoorsman utilization.
Its good looks coupled with durability and reliability could be the reason the ESEE-6 is a favorite among survivalists. It has an excellent balance and blade designed for harsh environments.
The S1 is solid proof that survival knives do not have to be gimmicky to be effective and trustworthy. The design is simple, yet the blade is made from laminated Cobalt steel for the best performance.
The added gizmos can take the appeal away from the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro, but if you learn to adapt to it, you have a good survival knife in your hands.
If you’re a Survivorman fan, you can overlook the fact that the Temagami is not a full tang knife–but at least it’s lightweight.
The Becker Companion is a good survival knife that offers great value. It’s a fine-edge utility survival knife made from 6.4 millimeter thick 1095 Crowe Van Steel.
16. Light My Fire
Light My Fire and Mora came together to create the Swedish Fireknife, a survival knife with a firestarter in the handle. Apart from that, this knife is flexible and extremely sharp.
Just a tad below $20, it’s hard to believe that a great survival knife could be this affordable. The grip of this knife feels very good in the hands and has phenomenal ergonomics.
The 499 is probably the most trusted survival blade, since it is the standard-issue military knife. This knife has an overall length of 9 inches, a steel butt cap, and a highly durable blade.
Think of this knife as an ultimate tool designed especially for urban survivalists. If Smith & Wesson can make one of the best firearms in the world, sure enough, the company can make a name in fixed blades.
Its name Extreme Survival Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade TPE Handle may be a mouthful, but everything else about it is just right.
The Bushcraft stays sharp and strong for just about every survival use you can think of. This blade can amazingly survive hacking and twisting as a characteristic for Scandinavian blades.
Sure it may be a folder, with gizmos like a flashlight, firestarter and emergency whistle, but the SL Pro 2 is so effective it earned its place among the fixed blades on this list.
It has a unique, aggressive shape and a price that can discourage some, but the Tom Brown Tracker gives no excuses. Users can swear it’s durable and reliable.
Check out this video by Tac about testing the Fallkniven S1:
These survival knives sure look intimidating and they’re in this list for a reason. The quality and cutting power of these knives are a dream for hunters and survivalists. So take your pick and experience the best knives money can buy!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.