//E151: How to Choose a Knife for Survival and EDC

E151: How to Choose a Knife for Survival and EDC

How to choose a knife is a common quandary. There are many options. There are so many things to consider. In this episode, we sit down with Marshall of GoingGear.com to answer those questions.

This is one of our favorite topics: Knives! They often don’t get enough air time here. But they are one of the most important and basic tools of survival. And it doesn’t matter if it’s for EDC (Every Day Carry) or for trekking through the woods. A good knife’s value can’t be stressed enough.

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Basic considerations for a knife topics discussed:

  • What’s the most useful size of a pocket knife?
  • What are the best locking mechanisms and why are they important?
  • What things does Marshal consider when looking at pocket knives for himself?
  • What knife point type makes the most senses to you for pocket knives?
  • What is the best handle material for pocket knives?
  • Are knife super-steels all hype?
  • What are the new super-steels these days?
  • What’s the story on Elmax steel?
  • How do A2 and D2 tool steels hold up for knives?
  • What are the top brands in pocket knives—excluding the super high-end custom stuff?
  • What’s the big fuss about Zero Tolerance knives?
  • What’s the most useful blade length for a fixed blade knife?
  • What are things to you consider when looking at a good fixed blade camping knife?
  • What are things to you take into account when looking at a good fixed blade bushcraft knife?
  • Does blade grind type/geometry really matter in a fixed blade knife?
  • What are the best handle materials for fixed blade knives?
  • To full tang or not to care about full tang, does it matter?

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By |2017-03-04T18:06:32+00:00November 23rd, 2015|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|7 Comments

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  1. Henry December 19, 2015 at 12:11 am - Reply

    What do you think of Fallkniven A1 as a survival knife?

    • Aaron Frankel December 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Falkkniven typically make excellent production knives. Lots of people bet their lives on them.

      I don’t have personal experience with the A1. The only negative from reading the specs is the size: 6 inches is a bit much. However, that is PERSONAL taste. I prefer knives in the 4.25 inch range. Your results may very.

      It’s also more of a “fighting knife” than a bush knife. Something to keep in mind. Totally depends on your intended us and experience.

  2. Dan January 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Truly helpful information. Any suggestions for sharpening a serrated pocket knife blade?

    • Aaron Frankel January 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      I don’t really have experience with serrated blades and personally don’t own any. But I’m sure there’s some YouTube videos on the topic.

  3. David June 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Very informative post, Aaron. I loved especially how you explained the way to choose survival knife. Looking to buy Fallkniven a1 this week for me. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Tony October 20, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    There’s an unbelievable amount of decent knives these days. AN EDC knife is completely different to a survival knife. The Fallkniven a1 is great as an EDC but for a survival knife, you’ll be out in the woods for a while, you’ll need to process a lot of wood, you’ll need something bigger like a kukri. You can’t go wrong with Kabar or Condor.

  5. Scott December 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I agree with the fact that there are so many options when it comes to choosing one. It can be very intimidating but searching out guides definitely helps.

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