Welcome to the Knives and General Outdoor Survival Discussion thread!
This thread was pretty much made so we could stop filling up Firearms discussion and have a dedicated thread for discussion of knives, outdoors and survival type situations.
First let's see a couple things:
I want an awesome knife! What are a few good suggestions.
- Ka-Bar Becker BK2
- Ka-bar USMC
- Sog Seal Pup series
- Cold Steel SRK (Try for carbon)
- Fallkniven A1 Swedish
- Gerber LMF II (Decent)
- Esee-6 (The esse's all seem really good)
And more! Note, knives are also largely preference, you may not like any of the above and that's okay. These are just a few reliable survival type knives that have been tested.
Remember, the best survival knife is always the one on you.
Found a knife? Have no clue what it is? Post it here we can try to identify it for you!
What type of knife steel do I want?
There are plenty of good steels out there, but always aim for carbon, do your research and make sure you know what you're buying. Carbon steel is generally praised but there are plenty of good metals out there being used for knives, really just depends on the knife.
What are some good brands?
-Benchmade(Good but also paying for the name)
-Cold Steel(Spotty reputation but look pretty good, just research the knife)
-Mora (Cheap, great for bushcraft)
-Custom knives are often expensive, but ones with good reputation are often extremely nice.
This thread is mainly for knives, but we can also talk about their uses and the practicality of owning them! Like a survival situation.
"A mini survival kit is a survival kit which consists of those most essential outdoor survival tools and supplies which are the hardest to improvise or replace. A mini survival kit is intended to be carried along all the time and is usually designed to complement other survival tools carried along in a larger, separate bag. These kits may be referred to as BOATs, or Bug-Out Altoids Tins."
You can strap a mini survival tin to a knife, and have a small life pack on your knife at all times!
These are extremely durable rubber band type items made from old tubing, from a bicycle or such. Work great to hold a Survival tin to a sheath or any other practical purpose. They can also hold things together!
The best cord ever. This stuff is what the military uses for paratroopers and general all purpose tasks. It's also referred to as para-cord. This tough stuff can withstand up to 550lbs of pure pulling force, have this on you and you've got some cord that can do anything.
There's ton more out there, people come up with new crafty things every day.
Here's a few good resources for survival situations.
-SAS survival guide: http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Survival-H.../dp/0002171856
-US Field manuals: http://www.enlisted.info/field-manuals/
-Edible wild foods: http://www.amazon.com/Edible-Wild-Pl.../dp/B003S9W8VE (Basically most the field manuals.)
You can find some other cool knives/survival things at these dedicated forums and resources:
Always be safe, and have fun.
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