Imagine yourself in a heated survival situation. Let’s say you have gotten lost because you wandered off from your hiking buddies. You have sustained a couple minor injuries including a sprained ankle. It’s getting dark, drizzling and you have to build a shelter and do camp stuff. A survival genie appears and grants you one wish — but the catch is…you can only wish for a knife. ANY knife you want. So, which knife do you choose?
Obviously, you want to maximize your chances of survival. What you need is the best all around survival knife. You need a knife that can take on the following tasks:
- Batoning wood
- Falling small trees
- Cutting rope
- Digging (if you have no other tool)
- Self defense
- Skinning game
Now, choosing the best all around knife means the knife will be a jack of all trades knife. Since you want a knife that can do all of the above tasks, the knife you purchase must be well rounded.
I can think of no better all around knife than the Kabar Bk2. There’s a good reason why this knife has been issued to all branches of the military. Hell, it even sees widespread use in the police force as well. The Bk2 is simply the best jack-of-all-trades knife that does many jobs very well. Yes, maybe not as well as a knife made specifically for a certain task but it will get many different jobs done with zero complaining.
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What makes this knife so great?
First off, this knife has the two basic elements of any good survival knife: a fixed blade and a full tang. Fixed blade knives are superior over the folding type varieties. Folding knives introduce a vulnerable weak spot in the blade while fixed blades have no single point of weakness. Full tang means the blade metal runs the length of the entire knife — from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the handle. This makes for an extremely durable blade that isn’t going to break on you when you need it most.
A folding knife with a half tang won’t even get through a single piece of firewood before it shatters — along with your hopes of surviving.
The length of the Bk2’s blade is 5.5 inches. This makes it an adequate companion to chop wood. I found the blade to be just long enough to make wood chopping easy. While a longer blade would make processing firewood easier, this isn’t the only thing you’re going to need it for — especially in a survival situation.
The length of the blade makes this knife extremely easy to work with. It’s long enough to chop wood yet short enough to skin fish and perform finer, more delicate tasks without being awkward to use. You can put a nice edge on this sucker too, that’s for sure.
The best knife for your belt
There are other knives out there that do specific jobs very well. But I got to say, the Bk2 is the one knife I would take with me into a survival situation. It’s lasting durability and versatile design make this knife a must have companion for your belt. By the way, Kabar makes another great knife called the Bk7. This is another great knife you might consider as well. Click here to check out my comparison post between the Bk2 and the Bk7. Long story short, I would still recommend the Bk2 if you had to choose between one or the other.
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