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#241603 - 02/22/12 04:43 AM Primary Survival Knives

Just curious. What is your primary wilderness survival knife? what would your dream Survival knife be? My primary is a Bowie i made, with a commercial surval knife as back up in case of loss or breakage. What sheathware do you use or prefer? Thanks for your responses and thoughts.

Edited by Snake_Doctor (02/22/12 04:44 AM)

#241604 - 02/22/12 05:35 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
haertig Online   content

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2252
Loc: Colorado
My primary survival knife is the one I ALWAYS have on me. Wilderness, urban, day, or night.

In my case, that is a Byrd Robin these days. In the past it was a Spyderco Native, but I've grown to like the less expensive Byrd Robin even better for day-to-day carry.

When I go out into the winderness I usually suppliment my primary survival knife (not replace it, supplement it) with something a little bigger. That may be a Mora Clipper or a Cold Steel SRK. Whichever I feel like lugging around at the time. The SRK is pretty heavy, so mostly it says at home while the Clipper gets to go. I bought the SRK only because it was on sale, a factory second, a long time ago ... $29. Couldn't resist at that price, even if it was a Cold Steel (a fairly low-end knife), but honestly it doesn't get much use.

I don't have a dream survival knife, because I think the ones I already have (although inexpensive) will do everything I could ever need.

#241605 - 02/22/12 05:39 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
2005RedTJ Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
My EDC is a Kershaw Ken Onion Tanto folder, never put my pants on without it. My SHTF knife would be my Cold Steel older model Recon Tanto (tough as nails and I got it used but for free). I keep it in the SHTF bag, which is always either in my Jeep or the house.

#241610 - 02/22/12 08:38 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
bigreddog Offline

Registered: 07/02/06
Posts: 253
SAK - the one knife I am sure to have on me and reliable edc. You can get a lotdone with a SAK

#241611 - 02/22/12 09:52 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
CoastalGuy Offline

Registered: 09/07/10
Posts: 12
Loc: Wilmington, NC
Spyderco Atlantic Salt- bright yellow. I have it on my person 99% of the time. It is the knife that I will have with me if something happens- my dream knife would probably be an Al Mar SERE variation, or a Chris Reeve fixed blade.
If I go to a formal function, I scale down to a Spyderco Dragonfly, a small Leatherman, or an AG Russell gentlemans knife.

#241612 - 02/22/12 10:06 AM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7416
Loc: southern Cal
Some variety of Leatherman Tool, currently the Blast or Wave, along with an SAK Classic. Actually the Classic gets the job done most of the time. I sometimes throw in an CRTK Stiff Kiss, but that is rare....

Edited by hikermor (02/22/12 03:49 PM)
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#241615 - 02/22/12 12:09 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
MostlyHarmless Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 982
Loc: Norway
Current: Mora 840 / 860 (carbon v.s. stainless)

Dream: Fällkniven F1

#241619 - 02/22/12 12:41 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
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Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 3601
Loc: Ontario, Canada
All my kits have a knife. (Buck, Rukko, CRKT, SAK, Gerber) Every kit has a folder, most have a multi-tool, and there's a fixed blade for my longer term kits, but I always have my Leatherman Wave on my belt. I also have an SAK on my keychain, which is almost always with me as well.
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#241620 - 02/22/12 01:29 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1644
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
my EDC is a Benchmade Elishewitz Aeries Axis lock, and for more formal occasions a Reeve Sebenza

my GHB has a cut down 12" Collins SA (Guatemala) machete, and old Cold Steel SRK with carbon V blade, Victorinox Farmer

most of my outdoor recreation time is on the water, so typically have a Randall 5" #10, but lately have been carrying a Grohman #4

gave my Reeve Yarborough to a friend's son when he was deployed to Afghanistan

#241621 - 02/22/12 04:03 PM Re: Primary Survival Knives [Re: ]
ThinkThink Offline

Registered: 05/07/11
Posts: 4
My Camillus Heat is always in my pocket.
SOG Paratool on belt pretty much always.
On any outdoor hike/hunt/walk/adventure of any distance I have a Mora Bushcraft Triflex on my belt.
On a real backpack/longer dayhike, i add a gerber sportaxe.

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