A survival knife is common amongst the majority of preppers and survivalists, even outdoors people. It is the tool that can make a very bad situation, just that little bit better. But no matter how prepared you are, or how many survival knives you have, it’s always good to take a trip back to the basics and actually think what you survival knife will be used for in a survival situation.
Having a good survival knife is essential, and when you have the right tool, it can be used to preform many different tasks, not just self defence, but other chores you might not even think of. Bushcraft and survival knives have stood the test of time over many years, and have evolved from “ok” steel, to high quality super steel with amazing edge retention, and blade strength.
So, lets take a look at some things you might need to use your survival knife for in a SHTF WROL situation.
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1. Food Prep
From peeling fruit, to chopping meat and cutting vegetables, knives can make food prep so much easier. Of course, when you are at home, in the kitchen, it might be more appropriate to use a kitchen knife for food prep, but lets say you have bugged out, and have no kitchen utensils to hand, you survival knife might come in handy to prepare food from your bug out bag.
Trying to fend off a dangerous animal, or violent attacker, a survival knife might be your only choice of weapon in a survival situation, so make sure the knife you carry is versatile enough to carry out all the tasks you require of it. You can lash your survival knife to a stick with some paracord, and make it into a spear.
3. Splitting Wood
Having a good knife can make the difference between staying warm, and freezing to death. If your survival knife is the only tool you have to hand, it should be capable of splitting small logs into kindling in order to get a fire going.
It is important to have a full tang knife for this task, as other knives may not stand up to the abuse to well.
4. Fishing and Hunting
Fishing and hunting nearly all of the time require a knife. If you are already a keen hunter, or fisherman, then you know how important your survival knife is, but for those who are not, then read on.
When buying a survival knife, bigger is not always better. For example, when cleaning out game, a small fixed blade around 4-5 inches is normally all you need, and when cleaning out fish, a very thin knife is what is required, so take this into consideration when buying your knife.
Look for a good all rounder that can complete all the tasks in this list!
When fishing or hunting, your knife may need to be used to gut fish, clean deer, or even small game, such as rabbits.
5. Shelter Construction
Using your knife to cut down small branches, cut paracord, notch out wood and similar tasks will all be required by your survival knife. Make sure the blade is up to the task and ready to go at all times.
Shelter construction in a bug out situation may be your number one priority depending on the weather.
6. Carving Tools
In a situation where hunting may be vital to your survival, you can use your knife to carve out traps, or other tools for hunting, such as spears.
You may even need to carve out things such as a spoon, fork, even a tool for digging a small hole in the ground for water collection, or to use as a toilet.