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.

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

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28" SURVIVAL JUNGLE HUNTING MACHETE KNIFE w/ SHEATH Military Fixed Blade Sword

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

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Schrade Knives Extreme Survival Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife SCHF36

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

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Rothco Silver Blade Deluxe Adventurer Survival Kit Knife Tactical Knife 3235

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

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TOPS Micarta MINI SCANDI SURVIVAL Straight Fixed Neck Knife + Sheath! MSK-SURV

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

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COLD STEEL 49LCK SRK Survival Rescue SK5 carbon fixed knife 11 3/4" overall NEW!

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

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Bowie Knife/Combat Machete/Cleaver/Survival/Camp Hunting Knife

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4 PC Black Tactical Hunting Combat FIXED BLADE SURVIVAL CAMPING KNIFE Set

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25" SURVIVAL HUNTING BUCKSHOT Military FULL TANG MACHETE Fixed Blade Knife SWORD

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DEFENDER 15" Stainless Steel RAMBO Hunting Knife & Survival Kit w/ Sheath SHARP!

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19" Full Tang TACTICAL SURVIVAL Fixed Blade MACHETE Hunting Sword Knife

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Colt Eickhorn CTCK military combat survival knife

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ONTARIO USA 9717 HUNT PLUS CAMP FIXED BLADE KNIFE w/ SHEATH 6" BLADE 11" LENGTH

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Kukri/Machete/Bowie/Knife/Heavy duty full tang 5MM thick/Combat/Survival/Camping

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GERBER WARRANT FIXED BLADE HUNTING KNIFE FULL TANG RAZOR SHARP W/ NYLON SHEATH

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KERSHAW - CAMP 14 Machete 20" CARBON STEEL Zombie Killer sword knife ax kai 1076

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ONTARIO USA 9710 SPEC PLUS ALPHA SURVIVAL FIXED KNIFE CARBON STEEL with SHEATH

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SCHRADE Micarta Full Tang Straight Fixed Blade SURVIVAL Knife + Sheath! SCHF61

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

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M1 Hellfire/Combat machete/Sword/Bowie/Knife/Full tang/Rubber grip/Survival

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COLD STEEL SRK SURVIVAL FIXED BLADE KNIFE SK5 CARBON STEEL KYDEX SHEATH 49LCKZ

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Emergency Survival Knife Urban Best Military Style Compact Extreme Tactical Boys

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Schrade Knives Extreme Survival Fixed Blade Knife SCHF9

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Defender 11" Survival Tactical Knife With Blade Sharpener Fire Starter

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COLD STEEL RAJAH II 62 KG Knife Outdoor Camping,Tactical Knife GOODS IN AMERICA

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Karambit Knife Mikarta Handle Sickle Blade Fixed Blade Best Fix Survival 2534 MP

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BlizeTec Survival Fixed Blade Knife: 3-in-1 Full Tang Hunting Knife

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NEW in Box with Sheath UZK-ZF0050 UZI Jungle Commander Tactical Survival Knife

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

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15” LARGE SURVIVAL BOWIE HUNTING KNIFE w/ SHEATH Fixed Blade Hunting Knife

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New ONTARIO PILOTS SURVIVAL KNIFE 5-94 W/SHEATH

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SCHRADE SCHF40LD FIXED BLADE TACTICAL KNIFE FULL TANG w/ MOLLE MOLDED SHEATH

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Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife 2 Color Variations 2 Blade Types *BRAND NEW*

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EXTREME Duty Jungle KUKRI Knife CRUCIBLE CP Steel Standalone SURVIVAL Machete

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Survivor/Cleaver/Machete/Bowie/Full tang/Combat/Survival/Wood grip/18"

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Ontario Military Survival Knife

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"Spirit of Beowulf" Parker Battle Tested Survival / Adventure knife

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M-Tech/Knife/Blade/440SS/Full tang/Concealable/Kydex/Belt sheath/Survival/Combat

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Schrade Knives Extreme Survival Frontier Fixed Blade Knife SCHF38

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Gerber Blackie Collins River Runner Survival Dive Boot Fixed Blade Knife USA

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

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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.