According to most EDC knife experts including myself, there are 6 criteria you should look for when purchasing and EDC knife.
- A good survival knife should average between 9-11 inches in length like the KA-BAR Full Size Marine Corps Fixed Blade pictured above, to be capable of performing a variety of tasks from hunting small game to splitting sturdy pieces of wood.
- A fixed blade on a survival knife is a must. This ensures both sturdiness and durability when performing rugged survival tasks such as chopping, pounding, batoning, and rigorous cutting.
- A “full tang” knife, or a knife blade made from one continuous piece of metal, avoids loosening in the handle. If in the event the “full tang” blade does become detached from its handle, it can be securely wrapped with cordage and still allow your knife to be fully functional.
- Your survival knife should be single blade with a flat ground spine, which will make it dual function as a knife and a striking tool. The flat edge can be used for striking a fire starter rod and for grounding stakes in the ground, and more.
- A solid butt or “pommel” on your knife, will allow you to use the butt of your knife for pounding and hammering, and for chipping ice for ice fishing.
- A knife with a sharp pointed tip ensures the ability to thrust or stab your target, especially through thick barriers such as animal fur and clothing. It’s also great for a spear hunting, as well as, prying, drilling, picking, cleaning game and fish, removing splinters, and more.
What to Look
Besides these 6 survival knife essentials, everything else about your knife boils down to your own personal taste. For instance, the color or finish of your knife, rather or not you’d like finger guards, the blade style, rather you’d like serrated or non serrated, and the knife’s design, to name a few. To gain knowledge, experience, and a familiarity with your knife, you should carry it with you and practice using it on a regular basis. Don’t wait until an emergency situation to become situated with your knife, because then it may be too late. There are many options for concealing your EDC knife, such as pocket holsters, self waving deployment, lanyards and fobs attachments, and pocket clips. which all allow you to carry your EDC knife in the most practical, but discreet manner possible.
Why Carry a Knife at all Times?
There are many reasons to carry an EDC knife, topping the list are outdoor survival and self defense. Everyday, countless people are thrust into unpredictable, unexpected survival situations. Survival in these situations greatly depends on experience, knowledge, and resources on hand. One of your best tools in a survival situation is a sharp, sturdy knife.
An EDC Knife as a Survival Tool
If you ever find yourself in an outdoor emergency situation while camping, hiking, skiing, boating, fishing, or even the dreaded car, bus, or airplane accident, a knife can be your best friend. A knife can be used for basic survival skills such as to free yourself from an entanglement, hunt for food and water, start a fire, perform first aid, build a shelter, and for self defense.