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please help me choose a survival knife: ka-bar vs gerber LMFII Asek vs Cold Steel SRK

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by glitch44, May 26, 2007.

  1. glitch44


    May 19, 2007
  2. michdad

    michdad Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    I had a Gerber LMF some years ago. If the new model is as quality as the old, you won't be disappointed. Don't know enough about the other 2 to even give an opinion.
  3. JGarth


    Feb 22, 2006
    Survival from what ...???
    Did you do any searches ... some research on these knives .... try it...read about them....
  4. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Welcome to Blade Forums!

    Of the three blades you have listed, the only one that is shaped like a survival knife is the SRK. And even it is a bit large for my taste. The others are fighting knives. Not the same thing.

    You might try reading up over on the survival forum. Click on the blue Training link at the top of this page. Then select the Wilderness & Survifal Skills forum.
  5. eyeeatingfish


    Dec 9, 2003
    Kabars are good knives.
    I bought my brother the SRK, he likes it.
    But looking at the gerber, I woud have to say go with the gerber. Its got quite a bit of utility included. I was surprised to see the sharpener in the sheath! Though if the gerber was made in china i wouldnt buy it.
  6. psinide


    Nov 10, 2006
    I have all three of those knives, I wouldn't get the SRK unless it was in Carbon V.

    I kind of like the Gerber a bit more myself.
  7. abiggs

    abiggs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    One more vote for the Gerber LMF II. It's a phenominal blade! For an all around survival knife, it's a hands-down favorite of mine over the other two. The sheath is top-notch and the built in sharpener is a great feature. Add that multi-tool of yours and you'll be set.
  8. vic2367


    Sep 15, 2006
    ka bar gets my vote,,,
  9. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    Out of those three, the Ka-bar gets my vote.

    Welcome to BF!!
  10. buzzemiah


    Nov 3, 2005
    I would take the KA-BAR .
  11. Elen


    Apr 10, 2007
    Out of those three I'd get the Ka-bar. I'd get the plain edge one, though. The good old Ka-Bar is decent value for the money. The Cold Steel SRK is overpriced in my view.

    However, if you can accept other options, there are lots of knives that are much better for survival (wilderness, for example) use than those three. You can search the forums for examples. I myself prefer a Fällkniven F1 or A1 for a survival & general use knife.
  12. destroythealter


    Oct 2, 2005
    Ka-bar definately.
  13. psy-ops


    Sep 27, 1999
    The RTAK fits your criterion and many of the guys in the wilderness survival forum put this in their survival kit. Price wise this is by far the best of the bunch.


    If you have any questions about what to put in your survival kit come over to Wilderness forums. That is the main topic of conversation there.
  14. texasboy


    May 23, 2007
    i'm a 13 year old boy and have had the KABAR about a year its a tough knife and the one i would get i dug two holes with it and the finish is worn away on the tip but o well i've thrown it into trees and bent the guards back double then rebent them back it is tough
  15. ashtxsniper


    Oct 28, 2006
    Kabar first CS SRK second Gerber last is the way I would go.
  16. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    That explains a lot.And that is sad. Perhaps you would consider using proper puncuation, and capitization. It would make for sentences that were actually readable!!
  17. JGarth


    Feb 22, 2006
    Forget throwing anything into trees ... get back in school, and learn how to communicate. From the looks of it ... perhaps a special ed class .....
  18. texasboy


    May 23, 2007
    I know how to comunicate. I also have no problem with social ed. Maybe some anger mangement problems though. Throwing the knife into trees was on the weekends. My school is curently out for the summer. By the way knifecollecter you are not supposed to start sentences with and. There should also be two spaces between the begining and the end of sentences.
  19. PatriotDan


    Jan 6, 2007
    Uncalled for... :jerkit:
  20. PatriotDan


    Jan 6, 2007
    The LMF is NOT a fighting knife. It's designed by a soldier as an edged tool for soldiers.

    It will not excel in rural environment where working on wood is the primary use if thats what is meant by survival. I'd go with a plain edge knife myself.

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