It seems as if every time there’s a natural disaster somewhere there’s been no warning. Everyone is shocked and most are unprepared for the flood, the earthquake or the tsunami. Everyone’s life is in upheaval and it affects every aspect. All of a sudden you are not in your cozy living room anymore watching television. You’re in survival mode and just trying to keep yourself and your family alive.
You’re going to use all your instincts, skills and training to do whatever you can to make sure you all make it through the disaster. If you’ve prepared a survival kit ahead of time you’re going to be in much better shape than if you hadn’t. At least you will be able to alleviate some of the immediate problems.
You’ve got to figure out what you’re going to need in an emergency or in a disaster, whether it’s man-made or natural. One of the most useful tools is going to be a good quality knife with some versatility. This is basic Survival 101 as a cutting tool like a knife has always been a part of a man’s armory. The knife should be able to cut, slice, split, dig, work as a screwdriver, be helpful in self-defense, in cooking, hunting, and anything else you can think of.
In selecting the perfect type of knife for your survival kit you’re going to see all sizes, shapes and functions. It might be long, short, fixed, folding, sharp, angled, rounded, hooked or with flat tips. You’ll see single edged and double edged, some made of carbon steel and others made of stainless steel. You will see everything you can think of. But you can’t fit them all in your kit. You’re going to need to choose.
Every knife has a specialized function. So for your survival kit you would want a knife that’s going to work for all the tasks needed in a disaster. A fixed-blade probably makes more sense than a folding knife because you need it to be strong and the extra joints will work against that. A shorter knife will probably work better than a big knife because you’re probably going to be using it for small jobs like carving a precision snare set or dressing small game. For tasks like these a smaller knife is better. However you’re still going to need to use it for chopping and spearing so for these things a longer knife is needed. It might make sense to have a 9 – 11 inch fixed knife in the survival kit.
A second knife isn’t out of the question and for this I would recommend a short fixed-blade with a full-tang. If you don’t know what a full-tang is let me explain. It means the blade and handle are made from one continuous piece of metal. This means they’re very sturdy. They can be used as a spear if you remove the grip and attach the knife to a long stick with twine or tape. It’s very useful when you have to hunt down prey or if you have the opportunity to spear some fish for your next meal.
A knife with a single edge is easier to use than a double-edged knife because you’re able to apply some thrust from the blunt side. Another thing to pay attention to when you’re choosing a knife is that you’re going to need to hammer things from time to time and a knife with a solid pommel or butt comes in very handy for this task.
All in all if you only have room for one knife in your survival kit it’s probably going to be a short fixed-blade knife with a full-tang. This type of knife can handle almost anything and is very versatile, more than most other knives. It’s very important though to be able to use it correctly. If you’re going to survive a disaster and take care of your family get used to handling the knife. Use it around the house and for chores outside as well. Make sure you know how to sharpen it and make sure you include the sharpener in the survival kit. You never know when the next disaster will hit and knowing you’re prepared as much as you can be will give you some peace of mind.