Great Survival Knives for every Budget

Published by on Jan 6, 2016

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There are an infinite number of so-called survival knives available these days, but these are my recommendations for some of the best at several given price points. These aren't silly hollow-handle "Rambo" knives with a few matches and a fishhook shoved inside. These are serious tools for survival and bushcraft. All are well-rated and capable knives designed for hard use in inhospitable environments. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.


Under $20 (Click the name of the knife for the latest price)

Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife

Blade length:  4.1"
Total length:  8.6"
Weight:  4.1 oz. (w/ sheath)
Steel:  1/10" thick Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel
Sheath:  Color-matching plastic sheath with belt clip
Notes:  Limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty. Made in Sweden.

$20 - $50 (Click the name of the knife for the latest price)

Schrade SCHF36 Frontier Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife
Schrade SCHF36 Frontier Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife

Blade length:  5.05"
Total length:  10.41"
Weight:  12.3 oz.
Steel:  1/4" thick Powder Coated 1095 High Carbon Steel
Sheath:  Black Nylon Belt Sheath with Ferro Rod and Sharpening Stone
Notes:  Made in China.

Condor Tool and Knife Bushcraft Basic 5-Inch Black Blade, Walnut Handle, Leather Sheath
Condor Tool and Knife Bushcraft Basic 5-Inch Black Blade, Walnut Handle, Leather Sheath

Blade length:  5"
Total length:  9 5/8"
Weight:  9.5 oz.
Steel:  1/8" thick 1075 High Carbon Steel
Sheath:  Handcrafted Welted Leather
Notes:  Made in El Salvador.

$50 - $100 (Click the name of the knife for the latest price)

Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife

Blade length:  5.25"
Total length:  10.5"
Weight:  16 oz.
Steel:  1/4" thick 1095 cro-van steel
Sheath:  Black Glass Filled Nylon
Notes:  Made in the USA.

Real Steel Boker Bushcraft G10 Liner Fixed Knife
Real Steel Boker Bushcraft G10 Liner Fixed Knife

Blade length:  4-1/8"
Total length:  8-5/8"
Weight:  6.1 oz.
Steel:  .138" thick D2 Steel with scandi grind
Sheath:  Kydex sheath with belt adapter and fire starter
Notes:  Black G-10 handle scales with red G-10 liners. Made in China.

$100 - $150 (Click the name of the knife for the latest price)

Tops Knives B.O.B. Brothers of Bushcraft Knife
Tops Knives B.O.B. Brothers of Bushcraft Knife

Blade length:  4.75"
Total length:  10.00"
Weight:  9.6 oz.
Steel:  .190" thick 1095 High Carbon RC 56-58
Sheath:  Black Kydex with rotating spring steel clip
Notes:  Available with green canvas G-10 or Black Canvas Micarta handles. Made in the USA.

ESEE 5P-OD Plain Blade with Canvas Micarta Handle
ESEE 5P-OD Plain Blade with Canvas Micarta Handle

Blade length:  5.25"
Total length:  11.00"
Weight:  16 oz.
Steel:  1/4" thick 1095 high carbon steel
Sheath:  Black Kydex with ambidextrous clip plate
Notes:  Canvas Micarta handles w/ Bow Drill Divot. Made in the USA.

 

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