041 All About Best Types of Survival and Combat Knives Components

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I Explain all about the best types of survival and combat knives and tell you everything you ever need to know about the components of a survival or combat knife

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Discussion: Everything You ever want to know about survival knives

Know that we need it, but not what we need

  • know what we are using a knife for

  • know the components of a knife making them ideal

    • tang, pammel, handle, grind, steel, and other items

What are some good uses for survival knives?

  • Collect tinder, kindling, firewood (inner bark, branch hammer)

  • Start fire (with ferrocerium rod, shaving magnesium…more heat…faster starting)

  • Cut thread and gauze for mending items… or yourself

  • Shaping wood for shelters

  • Cut rope and strip vines for weaving your own rope

  • Collect edible plants (some hard to harvest by breaking open, inner meat or sap, cut thorns away)

  • Carve Items: spears, fishhooks, trap components

  • Skin game, gut fish

Choosing the best combat knife or bushcraft knife

  • The blade of a knife is the most basic reason for having it in the first place

    • fixed blade vs pocket knives

    • blade length of 4-6 inches

      • mobility and precision vs utility and functionality

    • Thickness

      • Thicker is more durable, harder to sharpen and doesn’t penetrate as well

      • Thinner lacks durability, may not hold edge

      • 5/32 – ¼”

    • Metal

      • High Carbon Steel

        • Harder, stronger, hold better edge, take abuse

      • Stainless Steel

        • Chromium reduces detrimental rust

        • Marine Uses

      • Carbon / Stainless Hybrid

        • Trade off between the other two

  • Blade Design

    • Edge

      • Straight

        • my preferred

        • best for battoning, sharpening

        • Doesn’t saw, so have one

      • Saw Tooth Back Edge

        • Good for sawing

        • Hard to sharpen

        • Cheaper manufacturers have this feature to make them look cool

      • Partially serrated edge

        • provides flat edge, but also serration

        • serration harder to sharpen and dull

    • Blade Grind

      • Full Flat

        • taper: spine to edge

        • difficult grind

        • low durability, high sharpness

      • High Flat / Scandinavian / Sabre

        • Like flat

        • Taper: middle of blade to the edge

        • lasting edge

        • loses some cutting ability

        • great for bushcraft and survival

      • Convex (axe)

        • Taper: spine to edge, curved

        • strong, sharp edge

        • hard to sharpen

      • Hollow (concave)

        • concave and beveled cutting edge

        • used on straight razors, skinning knives

        • sharp but weak

    • Blade Profile

      • Normal

        • Curved Edge, straight back

        • Easier cutting, best for thrusting

        • good for chopping, picking, slicing

      • Clip-Point

        • normal with concave formed back for thinner, sharper tip

        • best for picking, notching, skinning, and cutting

      • Drop-Point

        • Convex curved back

        • stronger point

        • less suitable for piercing

      • Spear-Point is a drop point where 2nd edge is sharpened

      • A few more that I don’t think are suitable for survival knives

        • tanto

        • kamazu kissaki

        • trailing point

    • Tang

      • Full Tang

        • Scaled Tang

          • Handle, two separate pieces

        • Encapsulated Tang

          • Handle molded around tang

        • Extended Tang

          • Tang goes beyond handle

          • Doubles as a pommel (explain)

          • Bear Grylls Knife by Gerber

      • Partial (many can be full as well)

        • Stick and Rat Tail Tang

          • large metal reduction, tang narrower than blade

          • lighter tang with reduced durability

          • USMC Fighting Knife by Ka-Bar

        • Hidden Tang

          • tang and fasteners are not visible

          • bear grylls gerber knife

        • Skeletonized Tang

          • tang cut away to reduce weight while keeping most of strength

          • Colt Tactical Fighter Knife

        • Tapered Tang

          • gradual reduction along length of handle

          • reduces weight while keeping most strength

          • be careful hammering or pommeling

        • Push Tang

          • handle is premade and slid onto tang, and fastened

  • Survival Knife Handles, How they fit, what material they should be made of

    • Choose a Pommel if possible

    • Comfort

    • Slip Free

    • Synthetic handle material

      • More resistant to chipping than wood

      • Zytel

      • Grivory

      • Kraton

      • Micarta

      • G10

    • Gimmick Free Always, Predrilled hole for lanyard

  • Sheaths for a Survival Knife, their materials and components

    • for survival, choose a combat sheath

    • Sheath Material

      • Zytel – Low cost, doesn’t retain moisture, doesn’t embrittle, doesn’t rip (go with this material)

      • Kydex – sturdy, embrittles when frozen, expensive

        • fallkniven abandoned kydex

      • Nylon with insert

        • flexible, inexpensive, versatile, but can rip (my second choice)

    • Components on Sheath

      • High crossover strap

      • Sheath Attachment

        • Good belt loop

        • Holes/slits down both sides for backpack straps

        • Attachment holes for lanyard to tie it to your leg

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Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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