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Survival Gear Additions January 2019

Stockpiling seeds and knives for SHTF

Every year I try to focus on some aspect of prepping. Whether it is gardening, fishing, stockpiling various items, such as knives and backpacks… etc. 2019 will be no different. This year I hope to fill certain gaps in various preps.

Let’s take knives for example. My current stockpile of fixed blade knives with around a 4 inch blade is rather lacking. Why a four inch blade? Because they make a good all around knife. They can be used for everything from skinning a deer, to a camping, backpacking, hiking knife.

Some of the knives added to my collection during January 2019.

  • Morakniv Robust
  • Morakniv Basic 546
  • Morakniv 746
  • Morakniv Basic 511
  • Cold Steel Peace Maker III
  • SOG Seal Pup

First impressions and review of the knives will be posted in the coming months.

Best Survival Knife For Under 25 dollars

Cold Steel GI Tanto Survival Knife

You have $25 to spend, you want to buy a good quality knife, so which one do you buy?

What is the purpose of a $25 survival knife? In my opinion, knives in that price range are disposable. They are the knives that if lost or stolen are not going to be expensive to replace.

From a survivalist point of view, spend $100 on 3 or 4 knives, store them at your Bug Out Location, keep one in a tackle box or use them for hand out knives to friends and family. Someone breaks into your Bug Out Location, steals your knives, you are not out several hundred dollars.

Considerations

Sheath Belt loop or ALICE / MOLLE attachments
Made from quality steel
Full tang
Fixed blade

Most of the corner stores around here have knifes made in third world countries. Most of the ones I see sell for less then $10. For this purchase we need something that is made from quality steel, will hold a good edge and will be easy to sharpen.

Back around 1983 I bought into the survival knife craze created by Rambo First Blood. My first survival knife had a hollow handle, made of some kind of 440 stainless steel, held an edge like butter, and took an hour to sharpen. That knife was more of a play toy then a real duty knife. The hollow handled knives are a novelty item. If you want a serious knife, steer clear of them.

Related forum thread – Best survival knife for under $50

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