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Updated on October 17, 2011

Survive with a Good Knife

The end of the world brings with it a plethora of things to cut. Slicing and dicing various objects, both in the kitchen and in the wilderness, will be crucial to survival. Not just any knife will get the job done. You could grab a butter knife from the junk drawer as you sprint out of the house into your SUV or you can prepare in advance by selecting from an online plethora of slicers and dicers designed to optimize long-term survival possibilities after civilization collapses.

Almost too many choices present themselves on far too many websites. These sites may or may not be reputable. A survival knife purchased from a company that vanishes tomorrow may result in wasted time and money. Shop carefully and identify reliable brands sourced from reliable manufacturers and distributors. We've done the preliminary legwork for you, at no charge: peruse our list of popular knife-like products and order the units that best meet your needs.

Impress the zombies and the survivors.
Impress the zombies and the survivors. | Source

Black Ultimate Survival Knife 15" W/ Compass

The first thing a knife should do for you is impress everyone who lays eyes upon it. No pearl handled cutting tool engraved with hovering angels and doe-eyed woodland creatures offers the cachet of a midnight black carving tool hanging from your well-worn leather belt.

This knife also has a built-in compass so you'll always know if you're cutting north and south. The compass doesn't need GPS satellites or On-Star or fancy computerized wireless gizmos to properly indicate the direction you need to hike in order to escape the onrushing zombie hordes. The thing runs on magnetism, which is absolutely free and doesn't discriminate.

Tucked in behind the compass is a hidden compartment containing fire starting gear and fishing gear. You can survive for a long time with just this knife and a little bit of water. Cut some kindling, start a fire, catch a fish, clean the fish, cook the fish, and snooze under an overhanging cliff face with nothing but your Black Ultimate Survival Knife and a pile of fish bones. It doesn't get any better.

No one will mess with you.
No one will mess with you. | Source

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F03T-N Jungle Primitive, Black Hardcased

Stroll confidently through the burned out remnants of any former population center when you carry this massive knife. Zombies, roving bands of mutants, and organized bands of Young Republicans will all afford you a very wide berth. When civilization eventually rises from the ashes of the long-forgotten apocalypse, you'll have the tool you need to wrest control of 40 acres and a mule in order to preserve your family name.

Depend on the molded Kraton handle to provide handle-specific functionality as you hack your way through overgrown shopping mall parking lots in search of canned goods that have not yet expired. Kraton polymers will be the envy of all the other survivors in your bunker. No one will challenge you when you idly suggest that perhaps you should have the last helping of re-hydrated strawberry shortcake.

The mostly serrated stainless steel blade will allow you to cut through really bad prose with deceptive ease. Stainless steel has long been the steel of choice for survival knives. It goes very well with molded Kraton. A geniune nylon sheath is also included. It makes a satisfying 'whoosh' when you whip out the knife to brandish it when surrounded by hunger-crazed post-apocalyptic denizens.

Take yourself on a knife adventure
Take yourself on a knife adventure | Source

Rothco Deluxe "Adventurer" Survival Kit Knife

Life after the disruption of everything you hold dear can be terrifying, but there's no reason it shouldn't be an adventure. Depend on this survival knife to provide sufficient adventurous equipment to keep a family of 4 busy for more than just a long weekend of foraging for basic nutrition by moonlight.

The compass ingeniously unscrews from the knife handle: you can comfortably guide yourself through the forest while concurrently physically threatening anyone in your traveling party who might suspect that they are somehow better than everyone else. You might even wish to delegate the navigation responsibilities to the nerds in your group: they are a wizard with waypoints but notoriously unstable with a massive survival knife hanging off the compass.

Gather your loved ones together and share with them the veritable plethora of functionality somehow crammed into the sheath. 'Almost magic', you might think, until the stark realization that your home, business, and Internet connection are all gone forever. Immerse yourself in the utility of the fingertip saw, fishing line, hook, and sinkers, Band-aids, pencil, harpoon, Signal mirror, slingshot, and morse code thing. Order one of these supertools for everyone in your survival party before the world ends and no one will accept your credit card.

Simple basic survival
Simple basic survival | Source

Tactical Survival Knife

It's just a knife. Don't spend precious survival time unpacking gear from the handle or trying to figure out how to sharpen a hopelessly serrated edge. Simply whip it out and slice something. It lives in a sheath on your primitive pants belt made from a discarded ammo belt. It's designed to cut through stuff that wasn't designed to be cut through. No one will ask you for a fish hook or a book of matches: they will observe your tactical survival knife and they will stand aside from you and your slashing.

The handle is rubber and the blade is basic un-serrated stainless steel. Real survivors can survive with a smooth razor-sharp edge ensconced in natures' perfect gripping material, rubber. Crouch by the creek on a chilly winter morning and clean your grimy fingernails with this simple but tactical knife. Wield it with confidence as you slice through the red tape enveloping the inevitable offers of financial assistance from well-meaning United Nations representatives.

The person with the simplest knife gets to lead the survival party and also cut the cake at the celebration party when rescue finally comes. While other knife-wielders are gathering up all their survival tidbits and gewgaws, you will be hacking a comfortable path through the jungle of what was once a landscape supply store. Everyone will follow you and your simple but effective knife of survival.

Stay sharp, regardless of your preferred survival knife.
Stay sharp, regardless of your preferred survival knife. | Source

Lansky Deluxe 5-Hone Sharpening System

Don't expect to find knife sharpening craftsmen on every corner after world markets collapse and crucial infrastructure fails. Be prepared to hone your blades to a razor sharp sharpness without guidance of grizzled old knife sharpening professionals. Sure, wandering guilds of handymen might be willing to help you overcome your dullness, but they will demand a heavy price: you may have to give up precious cans of cling peaches or Barbeque Pringles.

Buy several sharpening kits and cache them in crucial locations where you might find yourself holed up during a crisis. Even the coolest knife is nothing more than an expensive paperweight if it's got no edge. Turn off the TV and teach your family the techniques they will need to maintain their own cutting tools: they will thank you in the long run. Every survival skill helps.

A hone is the thing upon which you sharpen a knife. This mind bogglingly useful kit includes Includes extra-coarse, coarse, medium, fine alumina oxide, and extra-fine ceramic hones. No knife will be left behind.


The end of the world may be near: stay sharp.


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I don't know what I'll do with it, but I am sure I need one!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Oral hubbing is way too intense for me. We would have to assign a secretary to record the proceedings and an archival records officer to maintain the collection of papyrus. Let it go...


      You and Spalding are always welcome in our bunker.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      heh guys let me know where you will be so we can still do oral hubs - I'll come over in a dug out canoe but if I don't make it I should be on an island in the pacific with a soccer ball so be sure to visit!LOL

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      Nicomp: Everyone needs to select what works best during apocalyptic times. The adventurer knife and the sharpening system are my choices since I like to think of others and of myself as part of a group and because I don't want to give up my hoard of cling peaches.

      Thank you, and voted up along with everything else,


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      GNelson 6 years ago from Florida

      I have been selling survival gear for a while. This is a good hub. A good knife is a necessity. Survival situations can arise from a walk in the woods, a natural disaster, a manmade disaster, just to name a few. Being prepared makes sense.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @t08c15 : Thanks for stopping by!

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      t08c15 6 years ago

      The end of the world is really very near.

      Proof of this is the fact that many other hubs came out lately about survival.

      Thanks for the info.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @drbj: Great idea. gotta go...

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, nicomp, for this wonderful compendium, nay, cornucopia, of survival knives. Can survival guns be far behind?