Survival Knives

Survival Knives

12 inch survival knifeSurvival knives are knives intended for survival purposes in a wilderness environment, often in an emergency when the user has lost most of his/her main equipment. Military units issue some type of survival knife to pilots in the event their plane may be shot down. Survival knives can be used for trapping, skinning, wood cutting, wood carving, and other uses. Hunters, hikers, and outdoor sport enthusiasts use survival knives. Some survival knives are heavy-bladed and thick. Other survival knives are lightweight or fold in order to save weight and bulk as part of a larger survival kit. Their functions often include serving as a hunting knife. Features, such as hollow handles that could be used as storage space for matches or similar small items, began gaining popularity in the 1980s.

Most survival knives have fixed blades that are 10 cm to 20 cm (3.9 - 7.9 inches) long with a full thick tang. They many times have hollow handles, which allow the user to store additional equipment in the handle. Some of these knives feature a compass in the cap. A hollow handle survival knife will have reduced strength and may break more easily when performing tasks such as chopping or batoning. Some knives even include holes in the handle such that the knife can be fastened to a long stick and then it functions as a spear tip. The capability to mount the knife on a stick to create a spear allows the user to better hunt wildlife at a safer distance.

Survival Knives

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1991 Pilot Survival Knife Hunting, Sheath Leather Black, Wet Stone Ontario USAF

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Ontario Air Force Leather Handle Survival Knife 499

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Mora Morakniv Kansbol 12C27 Fixed Blade Survival Knife Standard Sheath 01751

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Rothco Silver Blade Deluxe Adventurer Survival Kit Knife Tactical Knife 3235

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16" TACTICAL HUNTING SURVIVAL RAMBO FIXED BLADE MACHETE KNIFE Camping Axe Sword

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TAYLOR Surgical Steel Blue Thunder Ridge SURVIVAL KNIFE w/ SHEATH

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24" TACTICAL SURVIVAL Fixed Blade ZOMBIE MACHETE Hunting Sword Full Tang Knife

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JUNGLE KING 11" Black Tactical Knife & Survival Kit w/Compass, etc

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FALLKNIVEN F1 MILITARY Survival Fixed Knife + Zytel Sheath! Lam. VG10

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Jagdkommando Knife Full Size Twisted Tri-Blade Austria Armed Forces Replica

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Cold Steel Bowie Blade Bushman SK-5 Fixed Blade Survival Knife 95BBUSS

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7pc GREEN ZOMBIE HUNTER KIT SURVIVAL KNIFE THROWING KNIVES AXE KARAMBIT HUNTING

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CIMA High hardness Full-Tang outdoor survival fixed blade hunting knife

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Maxam SKJSK Survival Knife

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4PC SET Fixed Blade Wood Hunting Knife Outdoor Survival Bowie Camping + Sheath

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FALLKNIVEN F1 Pilot Survival Knife + Zytel Sheath

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28" TACTICAL SURVIVAL Fixed Blade ZOMBIE MACHETE Hunting Sword Knife Axe

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SCHRADE Full Tang Straight Drop Point SURVIVAL Knife + Sheath + FERRO Rod SCHF59

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MTech USA Xtreme MX-8054 Fixed Blade Tactical Knife, Black Tanto Blade, Black

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HCG RAMBO First Blood LIMITED SIGNATURE Edition Survival BOWIE Knife + Sheath!

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SOG SEAL Pup M37N Grey AUS8 Blade Tactical Combat Knife New In Box

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SCHRADE Mini Tactical Kukri Knife Outdoor Survival Bowie Camping Hunting Knives

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Mint Glock 81 Fighting/Survival Knife

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SCHRADE Full Tang Straight Drop Point SURVIVAL Knife + Sheath + FERRO Rod SCHF59

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TOPS Firestrike 45 Fixed Blade Combat/Survival Knife 1095 Steel Kydex Sheath

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Schrade Old Timer Bowie Knife Survival Bushcraft Bush Craft Knives Camping

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Glock Field Knife with Root Saw (CHOOSE COLOR) OEM Factory Survival

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SCHRADE SCHF6 EXTREME SURVIVAL M9 BAYONET 13" LONG with SCABBARD

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Extrema Ratio Dobermann IV N690 Steel Tactical Fixed Blade Knife Reproduction

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COLD STEEL RAJAH II 62KG Knife ALL BLACK Camping,Tactical Knife ITEM IN AMERICA

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SOG Tactical Outdoor Survival Defense Hand Axe Knife F09-N

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SOG SOGfari 18" Machete MC02-N Hardcased Black Blade w/ Saw Back Rubber Handle

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3PC Set Tactical Black Multi-Functional Aluminum Pen Pocket Knife Neck Knife

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"SWAT" "THREE BLADE" SHARP ASSAOULT SURVIVAL RESCUE FIGHTING HUNTING BOWIE KNIFE

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CRKT Thunder Strike 2032 Survival Knife 2-7/8" Fixed Blade Plain Edge w/Sheath

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13.25" Damascus Steel Bowie Blank Custom Knife Making Skinning Hunting Blade

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Bulgarian 6x5 Circle 10 Arsenal Black AKM/AK Bayonet Survival Knife Russian

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Bowie Knife/Combat Machete/Cleaver/Survival/Camp/Ridge Runner Brimstone canyon

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MORA LIGHT MY FIRE "BLACK PEARL CAMP KIT"

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28" HUNTING SURVIVAL Sawback Military FULLTANG MACHETE Fixed Blade Knife SWORD-E

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Glock Field Knife with Root Saw (CHOOSE COLOR) OEM Factory Survival

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2PC BLACK TACTICAL Survival Tomahawk Throwing Hatchet Hunting AXE + FIXED BLADE

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Ka-Bar Authentic USMC Fighting Utility Knife With Sheath 2-1217-8

$69.70
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Glock Field Knife with Root Saw (CHOOSE COLOR) OEM Factory Survival

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7pc Full Tang Dagger Pocket Knife Throwing Knives Tomahawk Axe Karambit Knife

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14" M48 CYCLONE TRIDAGGER Tactical Combat FIXED BLADE KNIFE Bowie w/ SHEATH

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Ontario SP24 Survival Knife w/Sheath and Sharpening Stone, pre-owned

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Survival Knives

More About Survival Knives

Prior to the late 19th century, outdoorsmen and military personnel did not use knives that were notably different from the knives used by butchers. Blades were relatively thin and the handles were often no more than two wooden slabs riveted to the tang. Serrations appeared on knives in the 19th century for use as a wood saw or fish scaler. Around the turn of the century, the modern concept of the "hunting knife" was introduced.

These knives incorporated heavier blades, crossguards, and pommels. And they resembled miniaturized Bowie knives. Cutlery manufacturers soon introduced similar knives of their own and it is from these that the modern concept of the survival knife is descended. These knives, along with machetes and bolos constituted survival knives as used by military, explorers, and outdoorsmen up through at least the 1930s.

Evolution of Survival Knives

During WWII, survival knives were issued to aircraft crew, as it was a real possibility that these personnel might be shot down over wilderness or behind enemy lines. Lifeboats aboard naval vessels also frequently contained survival kits including knives. These knives varied in design from one branch of the service to another and from one nation to another. The majority of them were simply commercial knives purchased in bulk by the military. From the Vietnam-era and to present, purpose-built survival knives evolved.

One design which became a popular fighting knife for troops in Vietnam was the Number 14 "Attack" Model. During Vietnam, Randall received feedback from a Combat Surgeon in the US Army's 94th Medical Detachment named Captain George Ingraham. Ingraham's request was for serrations on the spine to cut through the fuselage of downed aircraft to rescue trapped personnel and a hollow handle to allow storage of survival gear. Randall made the changes and the result was the first of the modern survival knives.

Survival Knives as a Bayonet

Some militaries (including the People's Republic of China, Great Britain, Germany, Soviet Union and United States) have redesigned the bayonet used with their issued rifle to include survival knife features. Historically, bayonets had functioned poorly as field knives, due to being designed primarily to turn a rifle into a thrusting weapon and only secondarily (if at all) to work as a field knife. The newer models function more acceptably and remain capable of being attached to the muzzle of a rifle.