When you are alone and vulnerable in survival situations, one thing tends to be your companion that follows you wherever you go and whatever you do – and that is your survival knife. Whatever survival task there is you might be planning, a survival knife is the essential survival tool you must have to accomplish it. You need a good survival knife to hunt game and to make traps, to cut and slice wood and cordage, to ward off threats, to baton wood to clear out a path in the wilderness, and whatever you can think off. However, aside from the basic functions mentioned above of a survival knife, we have listed below are some determining features or important parts of a survival knife.
• The Blade
This is the metal blade that extends from the handle. You can’t have a survival knife without a blade and there are different blades for different tasks. There are some that are for chopping, filleting, skinning, and more to that effect. Some blades are also made with more amount of steels than others so when you are making your choices, at least make sure your knife is made of stainless steel as it does not rust as fast.
Well, this is just like the blade. The handle can be made with different types of materials, ranging from wood, plastic, polypropylene and some with rubber. So, when choosing a material, choose the one that can withstand any weather condition.
• The Butt
This is often located opposite of the tip as it is the handle end of the knife. This can be used for many purposes in survival cases, and some of them do contain a metal cap that you can unscrew and use as a storage compartment.
• The tang
This is the unexposed part of the blade as it is the unsharpened part that usually extends down the handle. When a knife has a full tang this means that the solid piece of metal runs down the handle as well and it has more substantial profile than a partial-tang blade. There are many types of tang available on the market as knives come in all shapes and sizes so you will have to choose the one that fits your purpose.
• The Grind
When you hold the knife directly in front of you, the point facing you is called the grind of a knife. The shape of the grind determines some important things like the knife sharpness and the need for regular sharpening.
• The sheath
Well, you might think this is not a knife part, but knife sheaths are more important just like the knife itself. Sheaths should not be just a random thought, you need to make sure the one you chose is strong and sturdy.
When it comes to choosing a survival knife, going for fewer extras gives you considerably more; it’s best to forget all the fancy things you see on TV or in the movies. It is all about power and performance. Performance should always be your priority.