Survivalists : What Are The Top 5 Best Survival Tools and Multitools?

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So What Is The Best Multi-tool?

With the huge number of survival tools on the market today, finding the best multitool can be confusing to the beginning survivalist. Some are so cumbersome and of such low quality as to be almost worthless in many situations. This article will help you choose the right survival tools for optimum efficiency and safety in any survival situation

Many of us spend a lot of time outdoors because of our occupations and hobbies. We are farmers, hunters, anglers, campers, construction workers, loggers, and the list goes on and on. It is extremely important for us to carry high quality tools which are useful for everyday work and for other outdoor purposes. We are the people most likely to really need them.

Man's First Tool

Survival is the thing!
Survival is the thing!

My Kingdom For A Good Knife!

The number one survival tool is, unsurprisingly, the knife. But what kind of knife? Well, this depends upon you and your particular occupation or hobby. Wearing a survival type hunting knife, which may contain a compass, fish hooks and line, waterproof matches, etc., may not be possible if you are working at a particular task.

The long blade, while very versatile for hunters and anglers, may impair movement to a certain degree if one’s work entails squatting or other awkward working positions. In this case, a good lock blade knife is better utilized and more comfortable. Any survival tool which is awkward to carry or wear will often be left at home. Always choose tools which may be carried comfortably and safely.

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Quality Survival Hunting Knives

Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife, Serrated Edge, Black [22-41121]
Gerber Prodigy Survival Knife, Serrated Edge, Black [22-41121]

Excellent knife for survival and hunting uses.

 

The Best Survival Hunting Knives

Military style knives are the top choice of many who are looking for a good multi-purpose outdoors knife. These survival knives are carefully tested and are made of the highest quality materials.

They may also contain a simple survival kit in the handle with implements such as fishhooks, compass, matches, etc. all of which may aid in almost any emergency situation.

The best survival knives are not inexpensive, but are well worth the price if you are ever faced with an actual emergency situation.

Less expensive knives can be found which are of good quality, but examine the materials and included accessories closely before you make a purchase.

The Best Survival Pocketknives

Like the hunting type knives, a folding pocketknife may be bulky or awkward to carry on your person. But some folding pocketknives come with a case to wear on the belt, much like a survival hunting type knife or multi-tool.

While the cost of the particular pocketknife you choose can be indicative of its quality, it isn’t always an assurance of its utility. Whether you choose a survival pocketknife of the Swiss Army Knife type or simply a durable, high quality steel, traditional style pocketknife, make sure it meets your own particular requirements.

Weight and ease of opening and locking of the blade are two important qualities to look for in ant type pocketknife. A good knife also makes a good future family heirloom.

The Best Survival Multi-tools

If you watch Survivorman or Man vs. Wild on television, you are aware of how important a multi-tool can be in any survival situation. Multi-tool brands are made by many different companies, each with their own combination of tools included with each model.

The size and weight of the multi-tool should be considered along with the particular tools included in the multi-tool itself.Younger adults and females may prefer a smaller model of multi-tool for easier and safer use.

Be sure not to choose a cheap multi-tool for any outdoor purpose. The steel used in many of these multi-tools is not favorable for efficient use in survival situations.

It is best to choose a survival multi-tool with a small wood saw as part of the choice of accessories. With wood being the primary material at hand in many outdoors situations, a good wood saw is second only to the knife blade itself.

The Best Survival Saws And Axes

For the serious outdoorsman and survivalists, a good axe or saw is always part of the package. Hunters, campers and anglers, among others, enjoy the use of these fine tools.

Versatile, yet rugged, these tools are worth their weight in gold in any survival situation. For constructing shelters or maintaining a fire, they are well suited for use in the wilderness.

Survival saws come in both rigid and folding styles. The folding variety of saws are the most popular because of their ease of portability and size.

The axe can be of several sizes and may have other added features. Once again, quality is the chief factor in choosing either of these wonderful tools.

Survival axes come in many sizes and shapes. Some are merely hatchets but others are larger, more utile tools made especially for outdoorsmen and survivalists.

These hand tools often have other useful features made into the axe itself. A quality made hatchet axe is not inexpensive.

The Best Pocket Survival Tools

Because of today’s technology, even urban dwellers can carry around a small bit of survival equipment. There are several very fine tools made which may be carried in a wallet or purse. These tolls are often referred to pocket survival tools.

Just because you spend most of your time in the city, doesn’t mean you must be unprepared for emergency situations. There is always room in your purse or wallet for a pocket survival tool of some sort.

Even starting a fire in a survival situation is made easier with a pocket tool made especially for this purpose.These pocket survival tools may give you the edge you need to make the difference in your situation, or the well being of family and friends.

Choose the tool which fits your lifestyle and personality. After all, it’s your life. Survive with the fittest. Make the correct choice by purchasing the best quality survival tools, and feel confident in doing so.

But remember this. Any survival tool of poor quality is a very bad choice, especially if your life depends on it. Money means nothing if you aren't around to spend it. Choose wisely!

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Great hub! You know I was thinking that this hub will come in real handy for most of us one day! Thanks!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You never know, GW! 12-21-12 is coming up soon!


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

I don't know anything about 12/21/12 ? Have I missed something while hubbing? lol


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Check out my Dec. 21 2012 end of the world party hub. LOL


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Ohhhhh..I will...I was just thinking of something more sooner than 12/21/12...I will still take two knives to go thank you ;)


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks,GW! You seem like the "survivor"type. Keep the pointy ends down!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I definitely need one or three of these knives. And you can take them to work! Sweet. I never knew about the 'cards'. I'm going to check them out.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The cards make wonderful inexpensive gifts for those you care about. You never know when one might come in handy. They will also cut a seatbelt in an emergency situation.

Thanks for reading,Austinstar!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I should get one of these - I might get lost in the mall someday! I actually have a nice survival knife that a guy friend gave me years ago. Wonder where the heck that thing is?? Great info, RD!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Better find it before we have to go to the cave! Thanks Holle!


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

Nice article! Thank you for your comment on my snake piece.-Garnetbird


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

And thank you,Garnetbird! One good turn.....


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice tool, I learn much from you.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for commenting,prasetio!


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traderx 6 years ago from Las Vegas

you forgot one - best survival woman partner. After all, if Man is in survival mode, he will need some company ...


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

That is a given,traderx! Someone has to clean the fish and build a hut.LOL


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Interesting descriptions Randy, I see a lot of cross over in application here. I'm wondering, what would be the best way to use any of these tools to start a fire?

Thanks for the great article,

Ben


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Some have flint and steel fire starters, Ben. All that's required is dry tinder of some sort. A few strikes and voila, warmth and security. Thanks for reading!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

thanks Randy, I always wondered, if you don't have actual flint and steel, I wonder if you can just use a hunk of metal (whatevers laying around) and smack it against a stone into the tinder for a spark? I wish I could say I was camping soon to try it but it's going to be awhile for me. What do you think?


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Obscurely Diverse 6 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

Oh, cool... It is more nifty tools for the Mayan Prophecy of Doom. I was looking for a 'beer making kit' and a good solid flask amid all this survival stuff, but I never found it.

LOL! Nice hub... :)


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Well Ben, it is theoretically possible to use a hunk of steel and a stone to start a fire, but highly unlikely to work in a survival situation. Flint and steel works fine, but not just any flint or steel.

I am compiling a survival article which actually illustrates how to start a fire by rubbing 2 sticks together. It can be done quite easily if you know how. It's handy to know and it seems to impress people, surprisingly. Thanks again!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't written the "how to make a flask or beer" survival article yet. But give me time! Thanks ObDi!


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

When I read you hub what I remember is "Man vs Wild" tv program (by Bear Grylls). Well trained survivalist and very good with all these tools. Great hub Randy.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I prefer "Survivorman" over Bear Grylls, Ign! Although Bear is entertaining, he is not alone in the wilderness when making his show. He does give some good survival advice though. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Awesome hub Randy!


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Michael. Most of us men like the survival stuff. It's in the genes I guess. Thanks for reading!


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Lalulinho 6 years ago

It must be in the male genes--really. I am a liberal, vegetarian New Yorker, and I couldn't help but stop and read your hub when I saw the title. Am looking forward to your survival skills hub--I have seen the two-sticks start a firing thing, I think at one of these Polynesian cultural shows in Hawaii. Looks like they use dried coconut husk as tinder, but it seems to work. By the way, I scanned and very much liked your other hubs as well--interesting, useful, and most of all with a good sense of humor.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm glad you enjoyed my hubs, Lalulinho. I really must get back to my survival hubs as I really enjoy writing them. Lately, I've been concentrating on hubs which make money and have been putting off articles which interest me personally.

the Polynesian fire starting method is a little different than the one I use, but they use what they find handy as do I.

Thanks for the comments too!


LegendaryHero 6 years ago

Very informative, thank you. How are you counting these?


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

By the category of the tools, with the hunting knife being #1 on the list. The multi-tools would normally give the most options but knives seem to have a long history of being the most used in survival situations.

Thanks for reading, Legendary Hero!


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diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Randy: Just found your hub(s). I have an Uncle Henry knife, a Bear Paw lockback, one of the last Schrades made i imported from the 'States. A prized possession: maybe not the best, but good enough. Bob


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I love knives too, Diogenes! Like you, I still own some very old knives which have served me well over the years!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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J. McCoy 6 years ago from CA (originally)

Nice hub! Thank you for differentiating between quality and utility. My personal interest survival tools has gradually changed over the years reflecting my growing love for learning and using a minimalist approach to survival; primitive living skills. But as for survival TOOLS, I really like the Leatherman Charge TTi. It has exactly what I like to use the most and nothing more. But, what tool you would take if you only got to choose one item to survive with?


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for checking out my hub, J! I wear a Leatherman of some sort on my belt almost daily in my construction and farm work. I have worn several out but good thing they have a lifetime warranty.

The Charge TTi is a great choice and the quality is great. Yes, you can have too much variety in the tool selection if not careful!

Thanks again!


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dwtj1982 6 years ago from Indiana

Great Hub, Randy. Whenever I am outdoors fishing of camping, I like to take a decent full-tang knife, pocket knife, and multi-tool. I have been looking at getting the new knife that Gerber and Bear Grylls created. Looks like a pretty decent knife and I am willing to bet it's good if Bear put his name on it.

I carry around a Gerber multi-tools too. These are great for small chores and should be something that we all carry with us. Thanks for the great information.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I know what you mean, dwtj! I spend the majority of my time outdoors and I am never without a knife or my trusty Leatherman multi-tool! Yes, you can't go wrong with any of the knives or multi-tools made by Gerber! The steel is of the best quality and they stand behind their products.

Thanks for the great comments and for stopping by and reading my hub! Let me know how the Bear Grylls knife pans out if you decide to get one!


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tdarby 5 years ago

The Ka Bar is good. I especially like the ESEE knives, you don't have them here on your list but they are sure good survival knives. Especially the little IZULA they make. It is small and portable. Gerber knives and tools are always a good choice.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for the input,tdarby! I will check out the ESEE knives for another hub!


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jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Hey Randy,

You have any recommendations for knives that are compact and lady friendly? Seems like all of these hiking knives are geared towards men. Can you help?


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer! Mulitools and pocket knives both are made in smaller sizes for both ladies and for older children too. The Amazon links will take you to these tools and more.

Thanks again!

Randy


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TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

I have 3 leatherman varieties. I actually have an easier time opening/closing them than my husband since they are compact and fingernails can be useful. I have one in my car, one in my bag for opening vials and bags at work and one in the house. It's amazing how many things they are useful for :)


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Tahoe Doc-I've worn out several Leatherman Multitools both on the farm and doing construction work. Very fine steel in the tool. The pocket survival tools are great to keep in a vehicle.

Thanks for the input and for your experience with the tools.

Randy


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HKrafston 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

That's some good advice. Hardest environment for survival is extreme cold weather landscapes.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

So right,HK! Not a frozen landscape type of person, myself. LOL!

Thanks for reading!

Randy


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paypalku 5 years ago from Yogyakarta

Very useful equipment to survive in the wild.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Very true, paypalku! Nothing beats having the best survival tools when you need them. Thanks for reading!

Randy


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

nice hub


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for reading and for the comment, daffodil!

Randy


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

This is a great idea. I think it is important to have the right tools for the right job. We live up in the mountains, and we hike quite a bit. My husband will bring along his knife, just in case. On one occasion we saw a snake. He didn't need to use it, but I am sure glad he brought it with us that day.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hi Jo! It always pays to carry at least a knife any time one ventures into the wilderness. But a good multi-tool is the best choice for those who are outdoors often.

Thanks for your input and time!

Randy


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sofs 5 years ago

Oh wow! this is an awesome hub. Though I wouldn't know what to do with a knife or axes I am convinced that I need one..

Great information here.


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Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Sofs! Everyone needs at least one knife! I wrote a hub just about survival tools for ladies too! They come in colors now to match your shoes and purse. I try to cover all angles, if you couldn't tell!

Thanks again,

Randy-ssssss


sup67 4 years ago

nice!i bet all you guys at the end of the world most people will have all these items in storage.hahahaahaha


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Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I hope they don't ever need them at all, sup67! Better to have them and not need them, than the other way around. Besides, as a hunter/angler/camper/amateur archaeologist I tend to use these type tools as a matter of course! Thanks for your time!

Randy SSSSS

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