Ka-Bar the best

by Scott
(Chico, ca USA)


I would never consider taking any other knife with me into the wilderness, especially when my life could depend on it. Ka-Bars are well-known for being indestructible pieces of metal. You can use them as a hammer, axe/hatchet, saw and wood splitter. Mine is also my first line of defense against an angry or hungry animal. With its 7 inch blade.





This weekend I went camping and I forgot my pocket saw and my axe. I was cutting down trees over 7-8 inches in diameter with my knife, whether it was hacking or sawing. I brought some logs that I was going to split too, I just took a hand sized rock and pounded the blade into the log and split it.

Not to mention that I have been doing this to my knife for over a year and it is still as sharp as the day I got it. After all, the knife has been Marine Corp proof for about 50 years.

I would recommend not getting the leather sheath, mine has gotten warped from getting wet while hunting. You can buy very nice after market sheaths. I bought the normal plastic sheath for mine and strapped my little survival pouch to it with my leathermen.

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My Ka-Bar combat knife

by Brandon
(Davenport, Iowa)


My favorite survival knife would have to be a Ka-Bar combat knife. It is a full tang high carbon steel blade that is Teflon coated and they are sharpened by laser when you get them knew.

They have a flat bottom on the handle so you can use it like a hammer, like pounding in tent stakes for example. They have finger guards on both sides and a grooved handle.

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Ka-bar knife

by Kevin
(WA)


I've been using a 5" tanto tipped non-serrated (though I wish it was) ka-bar for around a year now for hiking and survival practices. The grip is non-slipping and fits the hand well. The blade can be honed for a razor edge (careful, if the edge gets wet it will rust).

Also very important is the sheath, the one that came with mine is by far the best one i have. It has three locks to keep the knife restrained. It is capable of horizontal carry (more out of the way).

Also i always carry a Leatherman Juice S2 in my pocket. It is a fine little multi-tool that can take a beating.

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KA-BAR Becker Campanion Knife

by Herb
(US)

I have a BK-2 Becker Campanion. It's a Becker/Kabar and is stamped BK&T Kabar. This knife is the real deal. It is a bit heavy weighing in at a little over a pound, but it is indestructible.



It's made from 1/4 thick 1095 carbon steel, which is a full tang and has a nice pommel on the end of the handle for striking. With micarta handles made from laminated canvas the grip is unbelievable.

The blade width is 1 5/8" and just over 5" long...the whole thing is about 11" long. A solid knife and the price is nice too.

I highly recommend this knife my last time out I even used it to split up some kindling wood. Unbelievable knife.

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Favorite outdoor knives

by Bruce
(Las Vegas,NV)

I have 2 favorite knives that I take on outings.

1. The Boy Scout style military pocket knife. I carry this whenever I go out. It holds an edge well and has a variety of tools such as an awl and can opener.

2. If I do anything more than a short day hike such as overnight backpack trips or hunting in remote areas I also carry a Marine K-Bar. It's sturdy and durable.

Neither one are fancy or expensive but both are simple and very effective. They have done all the tasks I've needed them to do from cutting cord, starting a fire, making shelters and skinning.

* I have recently bought a RAT7 that I want to take instead of the K-Bar on my next trip. Looks like a good knife. It's a little thicker than the K-Bar.

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The Absolute BEST Survival Knife

by Phoenix
(Anderson)

This is perfect for forested areas, notice the serration on the blade.

This is perfect for forested areas, notice the serration on the blade.

I use a KA-BAR. These have blades big enough to cut, slice, chop, pair, or dice anything. Also, the blade is so strong you can even open cans with them, and it will still keep an edge.





KA-BARs have Kraton grip handles, which allows for excellent grip while wet.

These are PERFECT survival knives. You aren't prepared, unless you have a KA-BAR at your side.

They are truly well worth the higher cost. They will outlast you in a wilderness scenario.

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the k-bar mini

by Josef
(michigan )

I love the mini k-bar for its strength and its quality. The knife is pretty good for the money. I have used it in the woods constantly for 3 years, and I have sharpened it only twice.

For the long run in the woods, this knife is nice. Because it's a fixed blade and has a 5 inch blade which makes it ease to pack.

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Cammilus Survival knife

by Joe Puckett
(Durham NC)

Retired

Retired

Almost 25 years ago, I bought a Cammilus (K-Bar?) Pilot's Survival knife. It's 5 inch blade has saw teeth on the top. The handle is stacked leather and it has a full tang. I've had to replace the sheath once. I keep it sharp with the medium grit stone in a Lansky sharpener.

This knife was with me during all my deployments and field exercises as a Navy Corpsman assigned to the Marine Corps. Although I was issued the standard USMC K-Bar, I put it aside in favor of the lighter, handier and easier to use Pilot's knife.

The butt on the knife could drive tent pegs and often did. I've used it to split kindling for campfires, cutting branches to build field-expedient shelters and general camp chores. I've never had the need to skin small game with it but I'm sure it would have been just the ticket.

If I found myself in a survival situation, this would be the knife I'd want to have on my belt. In addition to this knife, I would also want to have my trusty Victorinox Tinkerer Swiss Army knife that I got for Christmas years ago and carry in my pocket every day. Keep the Rambo knives in the movies and hanging uselessly on your belt.


Be a wilderness survivor, not a wilderness victim.

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Carry at least two survival knives

by Jeff
(US)

I carry at least two survival knives. My favorite is the Becker bk2. I defy anyone to try to break this knife. It is 1/4 thick with a 5-1/4" blade. Knives over six inches are, for the mostpart, worthless. You need to keep the point as close to the hand as possible for safety and control.





Many complain is that it is heavy. But the weight gives the knife momentum to properly cut and baton. Additionally the bk2's shallow drop point further enhance its toughness. I've seen folks with Kabar and bowie pattern knives break the point off just by dropping them on a rock.

Also bear in mind, you don't need to spend a ton of money on some special knife that you are gonna get upset if you scratch it. I paid $60 bucks for my Becker, and each scratch and mark is a badge of pride.

My second knife is the ubiquitous Swiss army tinker 2. It complements the Becker with its small fine cutting blades and those invaluable scissors. By the way, the can opener on the Victorynox brand is the best I've ever used.

Multitools are nice and have come along way but they are way more bulky and much heavier than the Swiss army and thus far I have never had occasion to need pliers out in the wilderness.


Even though I have a multitool it usually rides in the car as a just "in case mechanic tool".

Over the course of my outdoor life, I did buy a Mora type knife (sportsman guide was offering two for 29.00) which is an excellent and cost effective knife, I am pretty sure that it is not full tang. My wife loves it and probably has cut more stuff with it than I have with my Becker.

If one should need one survival tool, I'd have to say one of the best is a German 60's vintage personal entrenching tool(shovel). Don't buy any modern versions with complex handles. Always get a good solid straight handle sharpen the edges, and you have got a decent light axe. You can effectively dig, hammer, cut and pry with it. It is heavy - yes. Is it practical - yes. Can it save your life - you bet.

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Different Favorite Survival Knives

by Mark
(East coast)

First, remember, everyone is different, so opinions vary greatly. Some people love large survival knives and others prefer small light weight knives with a complimentary folding saw or multi tool.





I have tried several knives including a Becker BK-2 Companion serrated. (now owned by Ka-Bar) By far the most durable knife I've ever used. I was able to split wood, cut small logs and do all the normal back country things needed. However, it is a heavy knife and takes up quite a bit of space.

I have also tried out the SOG Seal Pup Elite. This knife is really durable and lightweight and designed for more wet conditions.

One of my favorite knives I use is the Tom Brown JR T1 knife. The thing is amazing. It will do everything back country and with a decent weight. I would recommend researching this knife.

For a smaller less utilitarian knife but overall very durable and great in the field is the Ontario RAT-3 knife. I also love this knife. It's light as heck and holds up well. When I go out with this knife I also have a folding saw with me.

The other Ontario knife that is a bit larger but just as good is the Tak1.

You may also want to look into TOPS and Fallkniven knives. Absolutely amazing knives but pricey.

All of these knives have a few things in common. They are all full tang (blade goes all the way through the handle) with good blade retention, durability and a blade thickness of 5/32 to 8/32 with a length of no more than about 6 inches. Over 6 inches and the knife seems to becomes a bit cumbersome. (for me that is)

Remember, there are tons of manufacturers on the market producing many many very good knives. If you follow the basic suggestions when purchasing a knife and buy what feels most comfortable in your hands then you should be fine.

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KA-BAR

by Adam Doolittle
(Lake Forest, CA, USA)

KA-BAR

KA-BAR

I was introduced to my favorite knife when I was in the Marine Corps. The KA-BAR originated in WWII, and is still the favorite among US Marines. It has all of the properties mentioned on this website and has served me well for nearly 20 years through every climate and condition imaginable (desert, artic, jungle, mountain, etc.)

I have used it as a hammer, a can opener, a spoon, a hatchett, a shovel, a spear, a screwdriver, a pry bar, and oh yeah, a knife (I'm sure I missed a few uses, but you get the idea).

I know of no Marine, from any generation, that would ever entertain the thought of depending on another knife -- EVER!!!!

When I venture out into the wilderness, my first, last and periodic reviews of my gear always focus on my KA-BAR because I know as long as I have my KA-BAR, I'll be fine under any circumstances -- seriously --- no other piece of gear I own is as important to me as the KA-BAR, and no other knife I have seen or heard of comes close to the qualities that this US Marine favorite for over 60+ years has to offer.

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My Two Favorite Knives

by Jeff
(Belton, SC, USA)

My number one favorite survival knife is a replica of the Ka-Bar Knives used by soldiers from World War One, all the way up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The handle is groved, enabling you to maintain a good grip on the knife, even when slick with water or oil. The seven-inch clip-point blade is made of high carbon steel with blue finish (like a gun barrel) to keep it from rusting.
My second favorite survival knife is the Buck 119 Special. The only major flaw is the smooth wooden handle. The stainless steel blade has a clip-point like the Ka-Bar.


Learn to survive in the wilderness.

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Old School KaBar Story

by Dustin
(Raleigh, NC)

This isn't my *favorite* knife, but rather my first real one. I've had plenty of pocketknives, but this was my first real pig-sticker.

We were doing training and freezing our tails off posing as opposition forces (OPFOR) at an old airfield. We had to remain in view, as we were the objective of an observation/scouting mission. The temps dropped down to about freezing in a cloudless night. Found an old 55gal barrel with some debris tossed into it - we didn't want an open campfire. I couldn't get a fire lit - it kept choking the flames. Out came my KaBar and punched about 10 vent holes in the bottom of the barrel and we had a warm, toasty blaze going in just a few minutes.

Knife kept a decent edge, could use the pommel for some light hammering (anything real hardore would bust up the handle) and it was good for most campsite duties that my Leatherman Multitool wouldn't manage.

I gave the KaBar away to a former Marine buddy who was strapped for cash - you would have thought he just got the Nobel Prize - he cherished that thing.

Now I'm looking for a new knife - SOG SEAL Pup or Gerber LMF SAEK II Survival...

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