Full Survival Knife Guide

The full survival knife guide below contains nearly 50 survival knives for you to compare.

Included in the matrix are 8 columns:

  • Knife pictures
  • Knife brand and name/model – (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Overall Length – Combined blade and handle length in inches.
  • Blade Length – inches
  • Weight – knife weight in ounces
  • Blade Material – the metal used in the blade
  • Price – These are approximate prices on Amazon.com.  These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.  But generally speaking: $ = under $40, $$ = $40 to $100, $$$ = $100 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
  • Rating – The average user rating on Amazon.com.  This can be very helpful in deciding if people are satisfied with their purchase.

*Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier

Survival Knives
Overall Length (inches)
Blade Length (inches)
Weight (ounces)
Blade Material
Tom Brown Tracker #2 High Carbon Alloy RC-58$$$$5
Helle Temagami Carbon Steel Knife
93.55.4Laminated Stainless Steel$$$$4.4
Cold Steel Master Tanto Knife
11.569.5VG-1 San MAI III$$$$4.7
Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife
11.136.3812Laminated VG10$$$$5
Cold Steel R1 Military Classic
11.6379.25VG-1 San Mai III steel$$$$4.4
Spyderco Gayle Bradley Folder Knife
8.0783.4385.5CPM M4$$$4.6
Fallkniven Pilot Survival Knife
8.333.88.4Laminated VG10$$$5
Benchmade Adamas Sibert
8.73.827.7D2 Tool Steel$$$4.9
Spyderco Bushcraft G-10 PlainEdge Knife
8.753.97.75O-1 carbon steel$$$4.8
ESEE-4 Plain Edge Blk Blade MOLLE Locks
94.067.41095 Carbon Steel - 57 Rc$$$4.7
Ontario Blackbird SK-5 Wilderness Survival Knife
1058.4154CM steel$$$4.4
ESEE-5 OD Plain Blade
10.885.25161095 Steel - 57 Rc$$$4.9
Buck 65 Hood Punk Knife
115.627.45160 Carbon Steel$$$5
ESEE-6 Plain Black Blade
11.756.511.81095 Carbon Steel - 57 Rc$$$5
Cold Steel Trail Master
14.59.516.7SK-5 high carbon steel$$$4.6
Buck Hood Hoodlum Hunting Knife
15.51014.65160 Carbon Steel$$$4.5
ESEE Knives Izula-II
6.752.8821095 Steel - 57 Rc$$5
Cold Steel Pendleton Hunter Stainless Steel$$4.6
Ka-Bar Mule Field Folder Knife
9.06253.757.4AUS 8A Stainless Steel$$4.9
Kellam Knives Puukko Fixed Blade Knife
8.253.756.4carbon steel$$5
CRKT M16-14SFG Special Forces Folding Knife
9.253.8755.98Cr14 stainless steel$$4.5
Spyderco Bill Moran Knife
83.93VG-10 stainless steel$$5
Helle Fjellkniven Outdoor Knife
8.253.944.5Laminated Stainless Steel$$5
Cold Steel Recon 1 Folder Knife
9.3845.3Japanese Aus 8A Stainless$$4.4
SOG Field Pup
8.544AUS8 stainless steel$$4.5
Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife
9.754.757.21420HC stainless steel$$4.7
Gerber LMF II Black Infantry Knife
10.594.8411.67420HC Stainless$$4.6
SOG SEAL Pup Elite
94.855.4AUS8 stainless steel$$4.7
Ontario USN-1 Survival Knife
9.625581095 Carbon Steel$$4.6
Ontario Air Force Survival w/ Sheath 499
9.559.91095 Carbon Steel$$4.8
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
10.55.5161095 cro-van steel$$4.7
Cold Steel SRK Kraton Handle
10.7568.2Japanese Aus 8A Stainless$$4.4
Buck 0119BKS-B Special Fixed Blade Knife
10.567.5420HC stainless steel$$4.6
Schrade Extreme Survival Fixed Blade Knife
126.422400 Series Stainless Steel$$4.6
Buck TOPS Nighthawk Hunting Knife
10.146.510420HC Stainless Steel$$4.6
KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife
11.75711.21095 Cro-Van steel$$4.8
SOG Seal Team Knife with Kydex Sheath
12.3710.3AUS8 stainless steel$$4.8
Ka-Bar Black Tanto Knife
12.888121095 Cro-Van steel$$4.7
Ontario RTAK II Knife
1710.522.55160 Steel$$4.6
CRKT 2020 AG Russell Sting
6.853.193.91050 HRC 54-55 carbon steel$4.6
Mora Companion Heavy Duty MG Knife
8.863.974.76Carbon Steel$5
Mora Bushcraft Black Carbon Steel Knife Steel$4.7
Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife
104.811.2High Carbon Stainless Steel$4.4
Cold Steel Survival Edge Black Knife
9.2553German 4116 Stainless$4.6
M-tech Full Tang Camo Survival Knife
10.3755.25?440 Stainless Steel$4
Smith & Wesson Bullseye Search and Rescue
10.55.887.4440 stainless steel$4.4
Cold Steel Bushman Black SK-5 Steel
12.25716SK5 Steel$4.7
M-tech Usa Full Tang Jungle Survival Knife
12.257?440 stainless steel$4.6
12 comments on “Full Survival Knife Guide
  1. Excellent Site! I am an avid hunter, fisherman and general outdoorsman. Someone once said a man without a knife is a man without a life. I use many types of knives, moreover I give them as gifts because a great knife is like a good friend, reliable and trustworthy.

  2. This chart is amazing man, I’ve been inspired by what you’ve done and will be creating a similar one based on skin care.
    Thanks for being a trendsetter

  3. Viewers should note that knife ratings are like restaurant ratings. Those who rate fast food joints are not the same folks who rate fine dining establishments, or places that serve healthful, organic cuisine.

    Same for knives. Those who rate tanto-bladed knives for survival are not the same who rate Fallkniven or ESEE knives, either of which I’d lean toward for functional, heavy-duty use over an extended time.

    Remember that KaBar and SOG Navy Seal knives probably work pretty well in the woods, but were designed as
    FIGHTING knives, not for bushcraft.

    When viewing ratings, consider the source. I love my Moras, but if I had to choose ONE knife to take for any kind of use in a harsh environment, it would be my ESEE-4.

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