View Poll Results: Most Important Consideration For An Outdoor/Survival Knife

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  • Blade Type (Fixed vs Folding)

    87 64.93%
  • Blade Steel

    15 11.19%
  • Blade Length

    5 3.73%
  • Blade Thickness

    9 6.72%
  • Tang

    6 4.48%
  • Sharpening Ease

    12 8.96%
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Thread: Most important considerations for an outdoor/survival knife

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    Most important considerations for an outdoor/survival knife


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    This is kind of a follow up to an earlier poll.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...-Knife-Of-2014

    I am doing some "market research" and creating a blog post about what to look for in a survival knife. Here are some considerations. Which is the most important?

    Blade Type (Fixed vs Folding)
    Blade Steel
    Blade Thickness
    Blade Length
    Tang Type
    Handle
    Ease To Sharpen

    Thanks for the help!

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    It's kinda hard to narrow it down to 1 specific thing. I guess if you have to the poll so far seems about right. I would say personally that if you didn't have the right combination of the first 4 tho, that the question would be moot.

    Like, let's say you have a fixed blade. But it's made out of crappy steel. Or fixed blade but it's only 3" and made outa crappy steel and 1/8" thick. In those cases I'd rather have a quality folder.

    Out of everything tho, I'd say ease of sharpening would be the least important.
    Last edited by sirupatespecial; 01-31-2014 at 11:47 AM.

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    It has to be fixed. Otherwise, you may as well forget batoning or chopping.

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    This is what I would look for...

    Fixed blade
    Full Tang Construction
    High Carbon Steel (Tougher than stainless and easier to sharpen in the field)
    Decently thick stock blade (not talking 3/8" here, but also not 1/8")
    Longer blade to handle a whole multitude of tasks from smaller whittling to chopping/splitting of smaller pieces of wood(getting to dry wood in a wet environment) - 4-6 inches seems to be a good range for me.

    A "survival knife" should be the jack of all trades. The master of none, it should adequately handle any task you throw at it and last as long as you need it to.

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    All depends if your are trying to sell "survival knives" to us or to the general public. For the general public, the most important consideration is which guy on TV endorses it. And that's fine. They'll take it out car camping at the state park one weekend a year and play "survival" within 100 yards of the car.

    If you are trying to sell "survival knives" here...then I would do some research on whether or not "survival knives" and "survival" "sell" here among serious knife and outdoor enthusiasts. It may not be a selling point.

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    I like to pair a blade (like the BK17) with these specs:

    Fixed
    Full tang
    Carbon steel--yay Becker HT
    slightly over 1/8 inch stock
    4 to 5 inch blade

    with a blade (like the BK9) with these specs:

    Fixed
    Full tang
    Carbon steel--yay Becker HT
    3/16 to 1/4 inch stock
    6 to 9 inch blade

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    Definitely fixed blade (try batoning with your folding knife).
    I would never buy a fixed blade knife that wasn't full tang.
    Thicker blade, but with an appropriate grind for the thickness. If it is to be a hard use knife it must be robust.
    The handle would have to be very sturdy, I prefer scales bolted onto the tang of the knife.

    As far as steels go, it doesn't have to be super high carbon, there are some really nice steels that can inhibit rust a little better.
    I have an esee 6, which is a large blade knife, and I pair it with my spyderco bushcraft for hunting, etc...I find I use the bushcraft more, because it's shorter blade is a lot more user friendly with skinning, and finer work.

    If you want to sell knives though, put a survivalists name on it, put the word "tactical" somewhere in the name, add a full brass knuckle style finger guard...and don't forget the seatbelt cutter! It could be made of tin and it will sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k1ssthecook View Post
    Definitely fixed blade (try batoning with your folding knife).
    Done that:
    (time travelled too...look at the date)



    To make this:





    (I survived...)
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    I have no dinosaur in this orgy.

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    Most important consideration: something you'll have with you.
    Buy my books! Amazon: Barnes and Noble (Stabman): Barnes and Noble (Brutal Justice):

    I have no dinosaur in this orgy.

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    Fixed scandi at about 3-4" blade.

    Tang spine thickness is not important unless you can't properly use a knife and need to baton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HwangJino View Post
    Tang spine thickness is not important unless you can't properly use a knife and need to baton.
    Ah dang, how did I survive before the internet was invented to tell me I didn't know how to do things?
    Buy my books! Amazon: Barnes and Noble (Stabman): Barnes and Noble (Brutal Justice):

    I have no dinosaur in this orgy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabman View Post
    Most important consideration: something you'll have with you.
    This Stabman guy is alright.

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    Ergonomics would be it for me. Using an uncomfortable knife for extended periods of time can cause blisters, blisters burst and become wounds, wounds get infected and I don't want MRSA when I'm trying not to die. Having a knife that can chop and batton is handy, no doubt, but I carry a tiny little folding saw all the time, and a larger folding saw most of the time so that I don't really have to do that with my knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiet View Post
    This Stabman guy is alright.
    I keep waiting for him to say something that ISN'T witty and original. I've been waiting a year, and I suspect I'll have to keep waiting for quite a while.

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    Stabman, what kind of folder is that? Very nice.

    I'm not saying that batoning with a folder is impossible, it requires proper technique. If you put too much torque on the joint, it will snap. The handle could also break the handle, rendering it useless.

    Folders require more maintenance, if you let moisture get inside it can rust from the inside. Which is why i don't skin with one.

    If a folder is all you have, so be it. If given the choice, fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabman View Post
    Done that:
    (time travelled too...look at the date)

    To make this:

    (I survived...)
    Glad you made it back stabman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabman View Post
    Done that:
    (time travelled too...look at the date)


    (I survived...)
    Dang... that was a good looking shelter you made... or will be... or... ?!
    Regards, Dale
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    Hi all,

    Stabman bet me to it. While I don't yet own the likes of an ESEE Izula ll, it is most likely something this size that I want on my person (i.e. EDC) in the event of an emergency.
    Hell, I can carry most anything in my Car but, what if I can't get to my Car ? That being said, I usually carry (on my person) three knives......a small SAK, a Spyderco PM2 and a small custom FIXED blade Nick Rossi EDC.

    Regards,
    HARDBALL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiet View Post
    This Stabman guy is alright.
    Yeah he is. His book looks interesting too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stabman View Post
    Done that:
    (time travelled too...look at the date)



    thanks for sharing the pics. Glad you survived to fight another
    To make this:





    (I survived...)
    thanks for sharing the pics. glad you survived to fight another day.

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