A knife is one of the most important tools to have in a survival situation. There are a multitude of uses for knives, however, choosing the wrong knife could make basic tasks a lot harder. Over the years I have noticed that there are several criteria that need to be considered when buying a knife. Those criteria are:
- fixed or folding
First off, fixed knives and folding knives can both have advantages and disadvantages. A fixed blade knife is good for durability and for larger tasks such as chopping wood or similar items. The downside to a fixed blade is that its hard to conceal and may be difficult for mobility. A folding knife is good because it can be put in a pocket and easily traveled with. A downside to a folding knife is that it could close on you and wouldn’t be as durable as a folding knife.
The length of a survival knife is a very controversial subject however no answer is wrong. For me personally, I like a fixed blade knife of 5 inches. The reason I chose this length is that it is large enough for basic tasks but not too large to handle. Also, this knife length feels comfortable for me. The size all depends on the person, with some people using large knives while others being more comfortable with small knives. A knife loses much of its importance if it is hard to handle and use on a daily basis.
There are other things to consider such as price and steel quality, however, I feel that the top 2 are the most important criteria.