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What Is The Best Survival Knife Or Multitool

Updated on June 8, 2013
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Choosing the Best Survival Knife or Multitool

For a hunter, angler, hiker, or camper, the choice of the best survival tools may mean the difference in life or death! Because these sports and activities take place outdoors and occasionally deep in the wilderness, there is always the chance of getting stranded or lost because of accident or mistakes.

Because of this, it is extremely important to be prepared for any circumstance which might mean being alone or stranded with no other means of communication with the outside world. But choosing the best survival tools can be confusing to someone not familiar with survival situations.

The article is intended to help you make the correct decisions when selecting just the right survival knife or multitool to carry with you on your wilderness outings. The tools mentioned here are high grade quality made survival tools which have been tested and proven to be trustworthy in survival situations.


Made To Survive A Lifetime

My personal Leatherman multitool.  The perfect survival tool.
My personal Leatherman multitool. The perfect survival tool. | Source
I couldn't get along outdoors without this great multitool
I couldn't get along outdoors without this great multitool | Source

Why choose these Survival tools?

Because I am an avid outdoors man , being a hunter angler, camper, and survival expert, I am well schooled in knowing how to recognize the quality and utility of the best survival tools. We will start off with the most basic of survival tools, the survival knife.

The size, shape, functions, and quality of the many survival knives on the market can tend to confuse the novice outdoors man. Some make the mistake of buying a very large and heavy survival knife which will probably be left at home because of its size and weight. This happens more than you may imagine. So be sure to take this into consideration if you are planning to carry most of your essentials on your person.

The tools examined in this article are the very best for camping, hunting, fishing and for survival purposes. I have and use some of the wonderful knives and multitools. I can vouch for their quality and utility as well as the durability of the tools themselves.

The Best Survival Knife

One of the best selling and highest quality knives I have found is the SE37-N SEAL Team Elite survival knife made by SOG. This knife is favored by the military all over the world. It has been proven to be dependable and trustworthy as befits a weapon and survival tool of the military elite. For the price, this is the best choice you can make.

Another great SOG survival knife is the E37T-K Seal Pup Elite. A less expensive version of the previously mentioned survival knife with the same high quality and dependability in all SOG survival knives. This lightweight knife is great for any outdoors activity and is easy to carry on your belt or in a backpack.

KA-BAR knives seem to a favorite of survival professionals because of their well made blades plus durability in rough circumstances. The KA-BAR 5020 army stamped and approved knife with the traditional leather stacked handle is well known by survivalists everywhere. It has been proven to be an exceptional knife for military and survival situations. This is a very good survival knife.

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The Best Choices In Survival Multitools

LEATHERMAN - Super Tool 300 Multitool, Stainless Steel with Leather Sheath
LEATHERMAN - Super Tool 300 Multitool, Stainless Steel with Leather Sheath

The model I use everyday and for all outdoor and survival situations!

 

Best Survival Multitools

Because of the great advances in creating new metal alloys,  the multitool is beginning to challenge the survival knife as the most important and useful of survival tools.  These compact little tools contain not only a very sharp knife blade, but several other very versatile tools important to survival situations.   We will examine a few of the best multitools for survival purposes.

Probably the best known of multitools is the Leatherman 831102 Supertool 300.  I can personally vouch for this great little tool and I carry it wherever I go.  I really like the quality of the steel and especially the saw blade for survival uses.  With a lifetime warranty this tool will ensure dependable use in any survival situation.  The best multitool available, in my opinion!

Another great Leatherman multitool is the WAVE BLACK NYLON DARK model 830246.  Similar to the aforementioned model but in a flat black finish.  It has all the great tools needed for survival in the toughest conditions.  As always, this Leatherman multitool uses the very best in metal alloys for many years of dependable service.  You can’t go wrong buying a Leatherman multitool.

Our last example of a high quality multitool is made by SOG.  Not only doe SOG make very fine survival knives, they also have produced an obvious winner with the B61-N EOD PowerLock multitool.  It also sports a very good saw blade for essential survival functions.  Another very well made multitool.

Folding Survival Knives and Pocket Tools

Because a lack of space concerns some outdoorsmen, I have included a few folding blade knives and pocket survival tools on this page. All of the knives are of the best quality and will do the job of most fixed blade knives. The difference is in the weight and size. These folding knives will perform perfectly in most survival situations and are easy to carry and use. Click on the ads for even more choices.


The final selection of survival tools contains the newest in lightweight, easy to carry pocket survival tools. Some of these tools will fit into your wallet and have several important functions. They are easily transported and stored for emergency and survival usage. Pick the one which meets your requirements.

The credit card sized survival tools are great gifts to your loved ones. they can slice right through a seat belt if the need ever arises. Some are sold in packs of three for distributing to those you care about. A great emergency tool!

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    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on your experience with the SAS handbook, Beth! I wrote another hub about survival tools and knives made just for the smaller hands of ladies and young people too.

      I've had several Leatherman multitools over the years and they are made of top quality materials and last a long time, as you can tell by the way the leather case looks! LOL!

      Thanks again for your time, Beth!

      Randy SSSSS

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      Beth100 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I own the SAS handbook -- it has helped me out numerous times!! (don't laugh!! :D ) I've been thinking about a multi-tool to add to my gear. You've provided me with exactly what I needed to know. :) No matter how an article is advertised, I only believe the testimonials of people that I trust who have actually used the item. The Leatherman is one that I've been eyeballing for several years but was never sure whether it would withstand rugged use. ha ha ha But, you've convinced me with your photo and words -- it's obviously well used and well loved! :) Thanks Randy!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank for stopping in, oldandwise! I appreciate your time and comments.

      Randy

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      oldandwise 

      6 years ago

      Very informative hub! voted up!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for the link and for your time and comments, Outbound Dan! I'll have to check out your hubs too!

      Randy

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      Dan Human 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Great hub, I'm going to link to your article for my backpacking knife specific hub.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for reading and commenting, KPF!

      Randy

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      KidsPartyFavors 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't own any SOG knives either Chris, but some swear by them so I decided to offer them along with the others.

      I highly recommend the Leatherman multitools! I have several of different sizes as I moved up to bigger models over the years. The quality of steel used to make them is very good.

      My Leatherman will cut high tensile barb wire almost as good as a cutter made for the job. If you've ever tried to cut this type wire, will understand how good the tool is!

      And I agree with you, I like that it is made in the US.

      Thanks

      Randy

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      Christopher Price 

      7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Good hub with valuable info.

      I'm not a big fan of SOG but, as you say, we knife owners have our biases. I also think Amazon gets more than enough business, and would suggest people check out A.G. Russell Knives for SOG and other good choices for good quality knives. They are priced well and have a steller reputation for service.

      I like to travel light, so for daily survival I EDC an Emerson Persian folder and a medium sized Victrionox Swiss Army Knife. I own a collector's edition Emerson Bowie I wouldn't hesitate to brush-whack with (should the situation require scuffing it up). I'd love to get a compact Leatherman Multi-tool when I can get around to it. It matters to me that the Leatherman is made in the USA.

      Welcome to Hubpages. Good job.

      CP

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks Stars!

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      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Constructive, productive information. GBY

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      7 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks, GH! I will reciprocate the favor!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Randy, thank you making people aware or how important it is to have the right survival tools. i am going to link my Treestand Safety hub to yours.

      Will rate up

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad you checked out my hub. CKG! Thanks for the nice comments!

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      classicknifeguy 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great Info on Survival Knives. Look forward to your other hubs as well. Nice Job!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks, UG! Those of us who use these tools have a certain loyalty to our own particular knives and multitools!

    • Unchained Grace profile image

      Unchained Grace 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Two knives I own have provided me solid backup throughout my military career, private contracting and personal. These are my Gerber Mk II and my Cold Steel Recon Tanto. Nice Hub and informative.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad to help you spend your money, MMC! And thanks for reading my article!

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      My Mother's Child 

      8 years ago from Southern United States of America

      My girlfriend collects knives. I know she will enjoy this hub when I share it with her.It will be interesting to see which one (or maybe more) knife she will need to buy next. Thanks for helping us spend money!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank you, Nikitha!

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      Nice hub! I liked it.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      By all means get it back! Or else get you a new one! Woman will survive! LOL! Thanks AK!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Cool info - I think I bought my stepfather one of those multi-tool things. I will have to ask him if he ever uses it and if not, I may need it back!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks, as always for your time and comments, Hello, Hello!

      Yes, these are some very important tools for some of us outdoors types!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      As you can see Bob, my old Leatherman has an awl on it too! Around the farm and for hunting and fishing, I use this great tool every day! The screwdrivers and pliers it includes saves me many steps to and from the tool box. I always have a pocket knife on me too and feel naked without one!

      The great old knives you mentioned bring back memories for me! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Your father was so right, Hopitalera! this is why I suggest not getting a knife which is too big and bulky to make it comfortable to carry! These types of knives tend to get left at home! Thanks for the insightful comments!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Never look into something like I am amazed of the variety and quality. They certainly look useful

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      diogenes 

      8 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I meant "Bear Paw"

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      diogenes 

      8 years ago from UK and Mexico

      I carry a navy folding knife with a marline spike. The spike is useful for punching a hole in anything! I also have one of the last Schrade knives made. "Uncle Henry, Bear Claw Lockback" Heavy duty folding knife with really rugged brass handle. Good article, enjoyed it. Bob

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      hospitalera 

      8 years ago

      My father always used to say 'It is called pocket knife for a reason, because it belongs in your pocket!' Same is true for larger knives, imho, they don't help you with anything if you don't have them with you, SY

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thank you Jeanie, especially for your testimony about the importance of having one of these tools with you when spending time in the outdoors! I appreciate your time!

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      jeanie.stecher 

      8 years ago from Seattle

      Yes, it is very important to have this survival tools with you whenever you are going outdoors, especially for camping. I have that multi tool in which my dad gave me as a gift, since I am fun of spending my weekend with friends on outdoor activities.

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