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I think the term gets destorted or interperted as fighting knives to often.
Personally a survival knife can be a Swiss Army Knife http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/Product.htm?category=outdoor&product=53861& and actually they are more versitile in a true survival situation. I generally break down knives to a couple of catagories for survival. Fixed blades, folders and pocket or pin knives. Each has its place and usefulness and generally the folders and pockets are the ones that are most useful in survival situations.
For a fixed blade survival knife the Cammillus Pilots survival knife is on of the best with its thick tang and nut pummel. It does have a weak point in the clip point tip. http://www.cozycook.com/kitchen-34512.html

One of the most useful folders is a Buck 110. Thousands upon thousands agree.http://www.pronto.com/Hunting-and-Fishing/Buck-110-Folding-Hunter-Knife-10304206451-CG.nto

The most useful pocket is an American military sometimes called a Scout knife with its usable blade, can, bottle and screwdriver blades.http://www.donrearic.com/demoknife1.htm
Now for a fighting knife I have a couple of favorites.
The Ka-Bar Marine being one though I personally favor the Camillis version with its sharpened clip point.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka-bar
The SOG "sterile" bowie comes in there as well.http://www.coutellerie-tourangelle.com/sog10001-sterile-bowie-xml-2801.html
 

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Personally, I think the term got distorted with the el-cheapo POS hollow handled knives.

This is not an area to skimp on. Get the very best. Use it for what it is intended to do. I know you know this, but I just had to say it for the newbies.

This is one area where I disagree with survivorman TV show (or was it Grylls? I get them confused) . I saw him abuse his knives by using them to cut thru bamboo by banging a stick or rock on the blade to force it into the wood. Not good...In fact, it is dumb. Just dumb. Someone like him should know better.

I'd sure hate to break a knife when i really needed it.

Personally I rely on a K-bar and a Buck 110, and a locally made blade.
Plus for more delicate work, a leatherman.

I believe that this is an area where some think that there is a uberknife that can do it all. That is why I have different blades for different jobs, because I know better.
 

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My Survival Choppers...Traditional but Modernised Marine K-Bar and Spec-Plus Marine Raider Bowie..The Raider is a GREAT knife for just about anything you could imagine using it for..both razor sharp..:cool:

The one on the far left is a Spec-Plus Kbar copy. I dont have it anymore..

The Multi-tool is a SOG and the Swiss Army is a Mountaineer..

 

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PI saw him abuse his knives by using them to cut thru bamboo by banging a stick or rock on the blade to force it into the wood. Not good...In fact, it is dumb. Just dumb. Someone like him should know better.
Batoning is dumb? Really? It is a fairly common practice for a bushcraft knife. How else do you split fire wood? IMO if you can not split fire wood / baton with a knife it is a POS as a survival knife. I have no intent or desire to stay up all the night tossing tiny pieces of wood into the fire to keep it going. Anyway that struck a cord with me because it is one of the things I require of a survival knife

To me a survival knife is exactly what the title says. A knife that I can use for all things I need to do to survive. It must be indestructible, able to take a razor edge and hold that edge. Easy to sharpen with whatever is available. Big enough for the big jobs like splitting wood, use as a weapon if need be but not so big that it is cumbersome or unable to do the finer tasks.

The Becker BK2 full tang straight edge flat ground blade with a drop point made of 1095 high carbon steel at a full quarter inch thick, five and a quarter inches long by one and three quarter inches wide fits that definition perfectly. As well as some high end custom knives that I have that cost eight times as much.

For a few months it has been my EDC around the homestead as I do my chores. An example of a days use. Hacking through ice that a shovel won't go through. Trim branches to half an inch thick in a single stroke off of dead fall trees all day long. Chopping those trees up and batoning . splitting them for fire wood. Cutting baling wire and rope to tie some wood bundles to take camping. Cut the top off of a number ten can. Slice left over rib roast and onions for sandwiches. Cut off the end of a negative car battery cable to replace the connector. Butcher and skin a rabbit the dog caught. Split the carcass to lay it flat in a green wood grill made with the same knife. Shave magnesium to start the fire with. Spiral cut a piece of scrap leather to make string to stretch the hide. Crack the skull open to get the brains to tan with. Cut the tags off of some clothes the wife bought and a piece of string off of a dress she was wearing. All in all it does everything I would need to survive in the wilderness.
Inside the hollow removeable Grivory handles I have put a mini survival kit with some fishing line, a snare wire, a wire saw, fire stick, a couple of .45 caliber candles a couple of hooks and some duct tape. The lanyard is made of about six foot of paracord

 

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The Marine raider is my choice for an all around bush knife. I think the term "survival knife" is over used and misleading.

I also like to carry a hatchet as well,and I have several to choose from. The SOG fusion Tactical hawk is one,and I have a couple of Gerber axes to choose from also.

In my opinion,I think the bush knife should be accompanied by a belt axe because having both can save a lot of work and time. Also,both can be used for defense or to take game if need be.

Rodgers Rangers carried both,who am I to break tradition...:thumb:







http://www.sog-knives.net/sog-knife.php?prodnum=F01T-P

http://www.knivesplus.com/GB-45912-Gerber.HTML

http://www.knivesplus.com/GB-45905-Gerber.HTML
 

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Becker has a knife for just that purpose. It is the Brute. It has a flat spot up towards the tip so you can hit it with something to split wood. Attached is a line to the knife I am talking about.

http://www.knivesplus.com/CM-BK1-BKT.HTML
It is no longer in production if you are lucky you can find some one who may sell one for around $300. I really want one and am looking. Though it is a bit big for what I think of as a survival knife more of a camp knife IMO. But you are right it is designed to baton with. For those that like the larger blades there is the BK7 (seven inch blade) BK9 (nine inch blade). As I said my prefered survival knife is the BK2 because at 5.25 it fits into the 4 to 5 inch range that I think is ideal for a survival knife.
 

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My Survival Choppers...Traditional but Modernised Marine K-Bar and Spec-Plus Marine Raider Bowie..The Raider is a GREAT knife for just about anything you could imagine using it for..both razor sharp..:cool:

The one on the far left is a Spec-Plus Kbar copy. I dont have it anymore..

The Multi-tool is a SOG and the Swiss Army is a Mountaineer..



Holy @!*%....what a beast that Marine Raider Bowie is! I could have saved myself a lot of money when I bought my RTAKII. I use the RTAKII all the time when building overnight fires for splitting wood. 1095 seems to hold up great in cold conditions when batoning. I have not had any problems that a usual sharpening couldn't take care of.

I don't "beat" on anything I own. That's what these big survival knives are made for!

Any of the larger Becker knives are also excellent. There's so many great knives out there I can't buy them all :D:
 
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