Preview: 8 Essential Fixed-Blade Knives For Survival

Whether bugging out or gearing up for personal defense, these 8 fixed-blade knives are up to the task!
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Preview: 8 Essential Fixed Blade Knives For Survival

In the Winter 2015 issue of SURVIVOR’S EDGE, Jay Pinsky put together a roundup of eight fixed-blade knives ready for the essential tasks of bugging out and personal defense. Included in the roundup were knife designs from Wilson Combat, Gerber, SOG and more.

“Wilson Combat’s legendary quality comes to the knife community with the Combat Utility Blade (C.U.B.), a knife crafted to work as hard and professionally as you do. If you’re in the market for a knife built to last a lifetime that can do it all, the C.U.B. is it. This versatile knife is made with CPM154 steel, with a 3D-machined G10 handle available in black, black and green, or black and gray.”

Pinsky included the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife from Gerber not only for its blade quality, but because the knife doubles as a miniature survival kit as well. “Survival knives earn their keep when they can do more than skin a rabbit. This knife can help keep you warm and cook your food with its fire-starter, and the emergency whistle just might be the ticket to get you home; it also includes a diamond knife sharpener and a survival guide. The rubber handle and hard, military-grade rubber sheath make it durable and
 keep it protected in the field.”

Known for its hard-use knives, SOG is a natural selection for any utility blade lineup, and for his Pinsky chose the rugged, 11.25-inch SOG Force.

“SOG knives are well made, durable and seem to always stay sharp. If you only have enough money for one knife, get the SOG Force. The use of AUS-8 stainless steel helps separate this clip-point knife from other high-quality knives because of the improved characteristics of the stainless steel when mixed with vanadium. AUS-8 stainless steel tends to be more durable, easier to sharpen and last longer than 440 series stainless steel knives.”

To read the full article, check out the upcoming Winter 2015 issue of SURVIVOR’S EDGE, available on newsstands and digitally Oct. 7, 2014. To subscribe, go to RealWorldSurvivor.com/subscribe.