What Is The Best Survival Knife?


Everyone knows no survival without a good blade, a robust and effective knife. It is even the most important tool in a hostile environment. So you might as well choose it well and secure the services of the best of them. Damascus team has looked into the subject to concoct a top 10 of the best survival knives on the market. There is something for all budgets and all tastes. 

1. Cold Steel SR1, a favorite survival knife

Our opinion: The extra robust blade of the SR1, designed for the most extreme and unforgiving environments, is the asset of this exceptional folding knife. A little gem that is hard to do without once you have adopted it. It no longer leaves the pockets of those who bought it.


  • Blade shape: tanto
  • Type of steel: CPM S35VN
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 205g
  • Blade length: 100mm
  • Length: 237mm
  • Blade thickness: 4.8mm
  • 2 years warranty

Advantages :

  • Its beautiful ergonomics, with an excellent balance in the hand
  • A blade of a more than the appreciable thickness and sharp as a razor
  • One of the brand’s best finishes
  • The bluffing solidity of this rustic knife


  • Maybe a little heavy (we had to find a negative point)

2. Gerber LMF II Infantry, military quality

Our opinion: Designed by and for the US Army special forces, this blade focuses above all on efficiency and versatility, the idea being that it can be useful in any situation. Its handle has a remarkable grip. Here you have one of the best survival knives for all outdoor activities: cutting jobs as well as tasks that require more finesse.


  • Blade shape: drop point
  • Type of steel: 420HC
  • Handle material: FRN, rubber
  • Weight: 330g
  • Blade length: 125mm
  • Length: 271mm
  • Blade thickness: 4.7mm
  • Warranty: 25 years

Advantages :

  • A handle that perfectly absorbs shocks, even electric ones!
  • One of the best multi-purpose knives on the market
  • A sheath with an integrated sharpener


  • The mix between cutting edge and serrated blade leaves us wary

3. Blue Pocket Knife

Our opinion: Here is a rustic blade of the best quality. The Blue Pocket Knife requires almost no maintenance, so you won’t need to clean and oil it every four mornings, or worry about rain, snow, or dew. If you want my opinion, considering its features, this knife was not made to show off. It’s a bit of a survival cutlery job: basically not the most beautiful, but strangely effective at work. This is one of the best survival knives we’ve ever seen.


  • Blade shape: drop point
  • Type of steel: CPM S30V
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Weight: 318g
  • Blade length: 112mm
  • Length: 232mm
  • Blade thickness: 4.1mm

Advantages :

  • Impeccable finish combined with a razor cut
  • Extra-hard steel stays sharp for ages
  • The grip is a little disconcerting at first but remains stable and comfortable
  • Funnily finished case


  • a bit heavy

4. Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro, for adventure seekers

Our opinion: Did you notice the three holes on the handle? They make it possible to fix the knife on a branch to make a spear of it. Ingenious. And you have there only one of the multiple characteristics of this survival knife developed in collaboration with the famous Bear Grylls, the adventurer of Man vs Wild. To sum up: it’s a very functional outdoor knife that combines a host of useful things like a survival guide (in English) and a fire starter.


  • Blade shape: drop point
  • Steel type: 9Cr19MoV stainless steel
  • Handle material: plastic
  • Weight: 280g
  • Blade length: 122mm
  • Length: 256mm
  • Blade thickness: 4.5mm
  • Warranty: 25 years

Advantages :

  • It’s a reliable knife: you can count on it
  • A blade suitable for heavy work
  • The accessories supplied with


  • the handle lacks grip
  • Sharpening on delivery could be done a tad better
  • The duration of the firestone

5. Explore by Opinel, French know-how

Our opinion: You have in this blade 130 years of history of French cutlery: the Opinel company is still run by the descendants of its founder and continues to manufacture its items in Savoie.

Read Other: The Best Blade Sharpener For 2022

The opportunity to play the local card without ignoring quality. We say yes.


  • Blade shape: clip point
  • Steel type: Sandvik 12C27
  • Handle material: polyamide, rubber
  • Weight: 155g
  • Blade length: 98mm
  • Length: 257mm
  • Blade thickness: 2.2mm

Advantages :

  • A great grip
  • The Opinel locking system that has proven itself
  • The value of money is simply unbeatable.
  • A practical fire starter system, but arm yourself with patience to make your first sparks
  • And it’s guaranteed for life!


  • The color, well…
  • As for its little brother, the No. 08 Outdoor, the whistle seems to us a gadget



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