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Lets stop and think a bit part 2
by: TnJohn

While I do not do flint knapping I have watched several videos on the subject just to see what all is incurred. And the number ONE thing in all the videos was safety! NEVER NEVER NEVER pound two rocks together to break them without EYE PROTECTION, and a lot of bandages. You cannot break rocks without chips flying off, and getting sharp edges that will cut you. This was the advice of people with many, many years of experience. They said they always had chips from the rock hit them in the face every time and they always cut themselves at least once before they could fashion a usable blade. This is the last resort action anyone, even the experienced, should ever take because a cut eye in a survival situation would greatly increase your chances of DOOM. Even just a deep finger cut could introduce a bacterial infection that would make a really bad situation even worse. Get a good high quality steel knife and always carry it.

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Who Cares Part II
by: Anonymous

Now this comes back to the point of the question, best knife for a survival situation? I may be stoned in effigy for this suggestion, but we are all entitled to our opinions.

I regularly, day in and day out, carry a decent folder (Cold Steel Recon 1) in sheath with velcro fastener and small compartment with 2 sided sharpening stone, w/coarse and fine grit surfaces) and a small belt/boot knife in sheath (CRKT "Sting" by A.G Russell). W
hich is one solid piece of forged 1050 coated w/ teflon to help resist corrosion) which is unobtrusive so it's not uncomfortable to carry all day and doesn't cause those insecure paranoid types in our population to start dialing 911 to tell the police that "I just seen a scary man carrying a "sword"?!" Why, one might ask do I choose these particular knives? Well, when I drop out of the sky or wake up in a ditch after a crash in the middle of nowhere, these are the 2 tools I will definitely have on me to help me survive the situation, I can cut myself out of my seatbelt, break a window, as well as carve wood, gut a fish/game or use either to baton some firewood as either is nearly indestructible as far as knives go! This being a situation where I am merely trying to survive until I can get some help or otherwise escape the situation?

Now, would I carry something bigger if I am planning a camping trip? Sure, in that situation a hatchet/camp axe and a KOA Bushmaster Alskan Trail/Camp knife or perhaps an Ontario Knives RTAK with another smaller belt knife/pocket knife for chores not requiring the bigger blade? Have I found myself in a survival situation in my years on this planet? Yes, several times, once as the result of an unforeseen breakdown on a mountain road in January miles from nowhere after going to help a friend who got stuck in the snow? Had a medium sized "peanut style" pocketknife with 3 blades on me and used that to help make some tinder to start a fire to keep from freezing to death!

Another time during a day fishing trip which turned bad because of a severe storm which marooned us by the shores of a glacial lake unable to get back to our vehicle until the next day? That time I had a larger knife (KOA Bushmaster) in addition to my Recon 1 folder, which came in handy for firewood, an emergency shelter (lean to) and then cutting the heads off of some fish I caught earlier for dinner!

As I said it comes down to what you happen to have on you at the time? Make sure whatever you get, you can carry it regularly so it has the best chance of being available when your need is greatest!

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Who cares?
by: Joe Citizen

Who cares if said person can turn a rock into a frigging knife or whatever? Good for you! I'm happy for you! However, this has nothing to do with the main question of this particular blog for 99.99% of the population since the majority of people don't even know what flint knapping is, let alone how to do it? So, what knife is the best knife to have in a survival situation? This obviously could be answered from several standpoints? I've heard it said that the best knife for a survival situation is the knife in your pocket or on your belt, whatever that happens to be when you find yourself in said situation? Most of the time people don't plan to end up in a survival situation fighting for their lives, it usually happens as the result of an accident or misstep? So buying a top of the line survival knife is great as long as that knife is on you most of the time? Obviously, if your taking a trip out into the wilderness for camping, fishing or hunting purposes then you would be wise to prepare for the worst including taking a good quality knife with you which is sufficient for whatever "tasks" you would need a good knife for and why would one not take advantage of the technological advances we have made in workmanship and materials in this day age which has also resulted in a plethora of decent quality knives which are superior to much of what was available back in the more primitive days of our ancestors! If given the choice between an awkward piece of rock which has a usable edge and a knife made out of good quality steel with a comfortable handle, even a caveman would choose the "knife" if they had the choice?

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Lets stop and think a bit!
by: TnJohn

Todd B says learn about flintknapping and Shaykh Idris agrees whole heartily with him. I agree that the more you know in the primitive skills the better off you may be. But lets stop here and consider this, how long will it take you to make a usable knife? I don't really know, but I'm guessing it's a few hours at best. The same with collecting materials to make a bow drill, make the bow drill, then start a fire, a few hours here also. When you find yourself in a survival situation, what's already on your plate of things to accomplish? Number 1 in things to get done are shelter against exposure. Number 2 place is tied between getting a fire going and getting water. So in this modern day of plenty a good high quality knife on your belt plus a backup secured to your body with paracord underneath your clothing, and carry a high quality folder plus a fire steel or blastmatch, a magnesium fire starter, a lighter, and a small pocket sharpener in your pockets makes more sense to me. I mean carrying this little bit of extra weight is a lot less work than making a knife out of rock and making a fire drill, when you already have much to accomplish in a short time. I believe this site is here to help people survive using common sense and not to brag about who has the best skills.

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exactly so!
by: Shaykh Idris

I always wince when I see some one going on about The Best Knife...blah, blah. You have said what I think; the whole point about survival is being able to do so, whatever the circumstances, preparation, or lack thereof. I know how to turn a lump of rock into a flake, which will slice through just about anything: nothing fancy, but it sure does work: & has done so since the earliest times.

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