If you are looking for a good knife to put into your hiking pack or bug out bag, or you really just want a survival knife, you can be overwhelmed by all of the options out there. Many people like to purchase a survival knife that can do multiple jobs. It can cut a rope, filet a fish, trim off a hangnail, and even save your life. That’s a tall order for a knife, but those kind are out there. Survival knives can range in price as well, so there is one to fit every budget.
The blade of your survival knife is probably the most important part, and what will be the deciding factor for most people when choosing a knife. It is the part that gets the job done, so it’s important to know that there are several types. You don’t want to purchase a blade simply because it looks neat. You want to purchase a knife that will perform best for you in your situation.
Here are two of the most popular blade types:
Clip Point Blades
The clip point blade is a popular choice. The blade has the appearance of part of the tip missing, but it is really just an angled edge. This will allow the knife to have a sharper tip, which makes it great for stabbing, but it also has a long belly, so it can slice well, too. It’s not a really strong blade though, so it might not be one to choose if you want an all in one knife that will get a lot of use.
Drop Point Blades
The drop point blade is another popular choice. It has a gradual sloped edge, and it is a good choice if you are looking for an “all around” knife that will work for all kinds of jobs. A great selling point for this type of knife is that it has a strong blade that won’t easily break. While it is not as a sharp as some of the other knives out there, it does have a broad tip, and is a great skinning or slicing knife, which is ideal for hunters.
Some of the additional different blade types include the tanto, dagger, trailing point, and spear, among others. Each of them has their own list of pros and cons and can be weighed against the clip point and drop point. All of them would make a good survival knife. Some of them will work better for some tasks than others, so what you are using the knife for will have to come into play when you are choosing.
You may find that you might want to purchase a couple of different knives: one for delicate jobs and one for bigger jobs, or a knife that does both. It’s totally up to you. The most important thing is that you do choose a good knife to add to your survival gear. Keep it sharpened, care for it well, and it will be one of your most valuable survival tools!