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Tactical Force Knife - Best Survival Knives

Updated on October 21, 2014
The Best Survival Knives In This Tactical Force Knife Guide
The Best Survival Knives In This Tactical Force Knife Guide

Find The Best Survival Knives In This Tactical Force Knife Guide

One of the great things about Tactical Knives is that they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and practical applications. The right Tactical/Utility Knife can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Keep in mind, the best knife in the world is the one you have on you when you need it.

It makes finding the best combat knife, that meets and surpasses all of your survival needs, a wee bit more difficult than pulling a blade out of a cutlery set. If it was that easy, everyone would be Rambo.

Granted, no simple pig sticker will get you out of every dirty situation. But having one sure is better than having nothing at all.

So let's take a momment and check out my tactical knife reviews and we'll take a stab at finding you the best combat tactical knife for your needs.

It can make the difference between walking out on your own two feet or having your butt drug out on a stretcher.

Ka Bar
Ka Bar

The Best Combat Knife In The World

The best combat knife in the world has to be the KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife. It is a fixed blade with a tang that extends down the full length of the handle. As a sheath knife, it does not slide or fold out. That makes the solid features of this piece of cutlery one of the most extreme combat knives of all time.

If you want to disagree, that's fine. I have no problem with you being wrong.

Not only has it proven itself through numerous wars and countless combat situations, it is still one of the best selling combat military knives on the market today.

The Ka-Bar has been known as the ultimate fighting knife since it's debut into the military as the Mark 2 Knife (Fighting Utility Knife 1219C2) back in 1943. Originally issued to the Marines and Navy, it did so well, it soon found it's way into all the branches of the the military.

The beautiful thing about the Ka-Bar, besides it's history and service, is it's simplicity. So many modern Combat, Fighting/Utility knives today try to be all things for every situation. But when it comes to the KaBar, I have found that more, is less.

Very simple and very rugged. Great for sticking, slashing, chopping, cutting, digging, pounding, and for getting that crazy little itchy spot on my back that I just can't seem to reach. (Not a recommended use of the Kabar) It is a must have for your camping gear and equipment supplies.

When I hit the trails, go camping, hunting, or a simple romp through the backwoods, I take two blades with me. Whatever blade of the month I want to try out and my Ka-Bar for backup and dependability.

Still don't trust me? Wise man... Feel free to check out the over 600 Ka-Bar reviews on Amazon.

Smith & Wesson SWBG2TS Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife
Smith & Wesson SWBG2TS Border Guard 2 Rescue Knife

What To Look For In A Tactical Folding Knife

I am sure you don't have the time, or the desire, to sit here and read through a dozen or so tactical folding knife reviews. I could sit here all day and yap about a dozen different tactical blades that I like, but that may not help you find the best tactical folding knife for your needs.

Before we get started, let me make one thing perfectly clear...

I am not a hard core survivalist that thinks that civilization is going to disintegrate into a bunch of brain sucking zombies and that we are all going to be left to our wits, weapons, and killing skills to survive. But I do believe that we should all be prepared to defend and protect ourselves in any situation, should the need arrive.

One of the best ways to do this is to have a tactical knife on your person, at all times when legal, that can be easily retrieved and deployed as needed.

There is not a blade out there that is perfect for every situation. But there is one designed for your specific needs.

If you think about it... The needs of a Cop on the beat is different than the needs of a Troop in the field. Just as an Astronaut in space has different knife requirements than a Navy Seal in the deep blue. The one thing that unites them, besides their unique professions, is their dependence on good quality gear suited to their specific tasks and needs.

A combat/utility knife is a specific tool designed mostly for close quarters combat or specialized tactical tasks. That is why I am giving you a basic tactical knife guide instead of a specific knife recommendation.

A few things to look for when selecting a tactical knife:

Length: The first thing I look at is the overall length of the knife. Personally, I prefer that the full length of the blade and handle combined be between 7 to 8 inches. If it is too short, you have nothing more than a fancy box cutter, too long and you may as well have bought a bayonet.

The Steel: What the blade is made of is one of my least concerns. Most blades from reputable companies are made from very good steel. Trying to place one above the other is like trying to nail jello to a tree. If you stick with an American made knife, and/ or reputable knife makers, any stainless steel blade from them should be fine. It is when you start getting those no-name China and Pakistan blades that you may need to worry about the quality of the steel.

The Blade: When choosing a blade, always look for one that has a serrated section. The first couple of inches can be straight edge, but that can easily get dull. The serrated section will remain sharp long after the straight edge goes dull.

Blade Thickness The thickness of the blade is very important. If it is too thick it will be heavy and cumbersome to use. If you get one that is too thin, it will break under extreme conditions.

It would be ridiculous to break out a caliper to measure the thickness of the blade, but the thickness should be a minimum of 1/8 inches thick, or just a slight bit thicker. That is about the thickness of two quarters and a smidge more.

The handle: Most people think that the blade is the most important part of the knife, and that very well may be true, but when you think about it, you use the handle more than the blade. You may not use the pointy end of your knife every time you pull it out, but you do use the handle. Am I right or am I right?

The grip: When you grab the handle, there is an overall 'grip' to it. The handle needs to be form fitting to your hand, but not a forced fit. If the handle forces your hand and fingers to conform to it's design, it is wrong. Set it to the side and try again.

Also, the material of the handle needs to be solid. If I like the look of a knife, but it has a rubber or soft grip handle, I will not buy it. It may feel good and give the knife a firmer grip for a while, but it will not last. That stuff will tear, crumble, and fall apart over time and I have no use for it.

Carry Method Most tactical knives have a clip mounted to the handle and this gives you several ways to carry. In your pocket, in a case, or on your belt via the clip are the most common carry methods. I am sure that you can come up with many more... Most of the time I will use the Clip/Pocket carry method with just an inch or so of of the handle exposed for easy retrieval.

Blade Deployment Thumb stud, flipper, or ring hole? A tactical folding knife is not just an oversized pocket knife with a simple nail mark to help you flip her open. Instead, you should find a thumb stud on one or both sides for a thumb assisted open. Or a flipper extension or "kick" on the tang of the blade to help push it open. Or a finger ring hole on the spine to help you flip her open.

All three choices are good, but I prefer the thumb stud. I have cut myself when using a flipper/kick a couple of times, and the finger hole can be a little slippery if my hand is sweaty or wet. But the thumb stud has always proven to be a reliable assist with good grip and easy deployment assist.

For the most part, your choice in a tactical folding knife is going to depend on the specific tasks and needs that you have. Make sure you check out the tactical folding knife reviews on Amazon before you make your purchase.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      The closest I've gotten to a survival blade is my scuba knife. I do carry a working knife, however. Thought I'd check out your article, a good one by the way, to see if there are any brand names which I might check out for a replacement working knife. Great lens.