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6 Best Survival Knives for your Bug Out Bag

Survival Knives

A survival knife is without question the single-most important item item to have in an extended disaster scenario. So, it is critically important to choose survival knives that can handle the wide variety of tasks they will need to complete with ease, comfort, and reliability.

Every survival kit should contain a durable, strong, and of course sharp fixed blade knife. Fixed blade knives are highly preferred to all forms of retractable knives because of the strength and durability they provide.

Always choose a full-tang model survival knife. Tang refers to the length that the steel blade extends through the length of the handle, so a full tang knife is actually one solid piece of metal with handle grips. This means the knife will be much stronger and less likely to snap or break than a retractable or partial-tang knife.

Another important consideration in choosing your survival knife is the type of metal used in the knife. The two most common metals are stainless steel and full-carbon. Full-carbon knives are a lot stronger than the stainless steel models, a feature which is essential in most survival tasks. However, the stainless steel models are unlikely to rust and corrode which means they are likely to still be useful over time.

Most survivalists choose full-carbon models for the strength they offer right out of the box and if the knife ever corrodes they will simply replace it at that time.

Pro Tip – If possible, choose a model made from tungsten carbide. It’s the strongest metal on Earth and is widely used in industrial applications and even to cut diamonds!

Alright, without further ado here are the Top 6 survival knives that should be considered for your bug-out-bag.

Ka-bar Becker BK-22 Fixed Blade Knife

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The Ka-bar Becker BK-22 Fixed Blade Knife is a full-tang survival knife that measures a bit more than ten inches long and features a 5 1/4 inch stainless steel blade. This knife also has an included polyester protection sheath for safe storage. At a cost of $70 the BK-22 is moderately priced and definitely worth it’s value.

Essee 6P Survival Knives

The Essee 6P measures a total length of 11 3/4 inches and has a blade which is 6 1/4 inches long. It is a full-tang contruction knife made of high-carbon steel. It includes a heavy-duty sheath made of molded polymer for durability and has a handy lanyard loop so you can hang it from your belt.

The Essee 6P is priced at $115 which is toward the high end of pricing for survival knives, but the quality and durability of this model justifies the cost.

Gerber Strong Arm Survival Knives

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Definitely not baby food, the Gerber Strong Arm survival knife boasts a high-carbon steel blade, full-tang construction, and even a striking pommel built right into the handle in case stabbing just isn’t enough to make your point. It’s surprisingly low-priced at only $60 and very durable to boot. You can even choose between black and brown colors.

Buck Knives 119 Special Fixed Blade

Made in the USA, the Buck Knife 119 Special is one of the few knives to still come with a real leather sheath. It’s made from high-carbon steel and measures 10 1/2 inches with a 6 inch blade. It is very strong for its size. You can pick up this knife for around $79.

Boker Magnum Collection 2019 Survival Knives

When money is no object or you simply want the best of the best, look no further than the Boker Magnum Collection. Their 2019 model is 14 inches long with an 8 1/2 inch blade. It’s made from high-carbon steel and of course it is full-tang construction. A premium high-quality survival knife, but priced as such at almost $300. Still, if you ever were in a fight with a bear, this is the knife you would want to have.


A survival knife is the most important piece of survival equipment you will ever buy, don’t skimp on quality because your life actually will depend on that knife. Boom.


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