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Popular Survival Knives That Didn’t Make The List

Take one look at Amazon and you’ll see that there are more survival knives than people on this planet.

So far I’ve only reviewed the very best survival knives but you can browse some of the more popular choices below at your own peril.

Ontario 7500 Blackbird SK-5 ($102.99): Very plain but excellent survival knife. Rather expensive no bullshit knife made for the minimalist.

ESEE 4P ($104.56): The small brother of the ESEE 6 with tiny a 4.5 inch (11.43 cm) long blade. Better invest $25 more and buy an ESEE 6.

KA-BAR Fighting Knife: Made to stab people, not to survive storms and avalanches.

KA-BAR US Marine Corps Fighting Knife ($71.21): World famous knife design, used by US soldiers and marines all over the world. Makes a great combat knife but a rather lousy survival knife. If you like the looks go with Buck Knives Special 119 instead.

KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion ($78.36): Boring, plain, average knife. You can get a better knife for less. Get’s my manufacturers idiot award for intentionally misspelling the knife’s name. What the fuck is a “Campanion”?

Gerber LMF II ($63.99): If you use this knife, I’ll hope you’ll die in agony. Mega popular for no other reason than good marketing this knife is an overpriced piece of shit for amateurs. What do you expect from a blade that “converts to a spear” and has a sharpener integrated into it’s sheath? Short blade with half of it’s length serrated makes this knife essentially useless.

Leatherneck Cold Steel SF ($53.84): Another average knife that convinces more through it’s bad ass looks than any real survival features.

Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife ($37.97): It’s made for Air Force personal for God’s sake. Basically a cheaper (but not necessary inferior) version of KA-BAR’s US Marine Corpse Fighting Knife with a metal saw on the top of the blade to cut yourself out of a crashed airplane. Do you fly planes or helicopters? If not then don’t buy this knife.

Leatherneck Cold Steel SF ($53.84): Another average knife that convinces more through it’s bad ass looks than any real survival features.

Ontario 499 Air Force Survival Knife ($37.97): It’s made for Air Force personal for God’s sake. Basically a cheaper (but not necessary inferior) version of KA-BAR’s US Marine Corpse Fighting Knife with a metal saw on the top of the blade to cut yourself out of a crashed airplane. Do you fly planes or helicopters? If not then don’t buy this knife.

The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme is an excellent low-cost survival knife.

Schrade SCHF9 Extreme ($38.84): Hugely popular survival knife made from good steel. Pretty good low price choice that looks stunning. Would have been place three in the cheapest survival knives category.

Gerber 22 Prodigy ($42.02): Short, average knife for it’s price range. Would be more useful with a straight edge. Advertised as a “tactical knife”, not sure why you would bother with this.

There we go, you’ve arrived at the end of this article.

To summarize this whole post in one sentence: No matter if you’re from the US, UK or Australia, the best survival knife 2016 is the Fallkniven A1.

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