Survival Knives The Eternal Question?

Survival Knives The Eternal Question?

Survival Knives The Eternal Question?

I get asked this all the time, maybe this video response ( my answer) might surprise you? or disappoint you?


26 thoughts on “Survival Knives The Eternal Question?

  1. The best thing to do in a survival situation is to let somebody know where you are going and when they can expect you back. That way when you are overdue, they will come looking for you. In a situation involving being out in nature is to light a fire and stay put. Rescuers will be looking for you and will either see the smoke or see the fire through a thermal imager.

    1. Yep so many people don’t tell other where they are going and this really hampers rescue and that i can base upon being on the rescuing side. We wanted to beat this guy when he eventually walked into camp looking very sheepish because he chose to leave everyone, got lost because he really didn’t know the way and we had to mount a very serious operation (involving other rescue teams) to search for him as it was extremely rugged country.Ok, it all ended fine however, that particular incident has stuck with me.

    2. @Bush Camping Tools not to mention endangering the welfare of the rescuers. People have died searching for other people, only to find out that the person was never lost or was never in danger in the first place.

      I tell my scouts that if they get lost to find a good campsite with an open canopy and light a fire. If they go wandering around, then it makes it 100 times harder for the rescuers to search their grids because you could wander into an area that was already searched.

      Of course it’s best to not get lost in the first place. Always have a broad understanding of the area you’re in and know which cardinal direction to go to find a landmark like a road or river where you can get picked up easily.

    3. @Red Scorpion 6 Great advice for sure u are giving to your scouts! Yes, in that case I recounted to you we had to descend a treacherous gully (I mean treacherous in the day light let alone at 9pm at night) back into a canyon and go looking for him. We had all been already 12 hours in that canyon and very tired. Only 6 of us could go back with caving lights and a sleeping bag (in case he was hypo) and that’s why we also involved cave rescue as well. We had to give up and return due to fatigue before we became liabilities and resume at daylight thats when he came back to where we had set up about an hour after cave rescue turned up with more radios and lights. needless to say there were several of us who wanted to give him a little more than a talking to LOL, well it wasn’t funny at the time.

  2. Wise words. While good tools can help you survive a situation, they are not a solution on their own. Know how to use/maintain your tools and learn a range of survival skills (as you say, first aid, fire making etc.) My advice is always for people to properly assess their realistic requirements – do you only day hike? do you really go out for days at a time? do you car camp? etc. Once you do this you’ll be able to purchase a couple of good knives that meet your realistic needs without blowing your budget.

  3. Interesting thoughts on this thanks for the info Francis! I remember that scene in Cast Away when Tom Hanks accidentally left his flashlight on all night & the batteries died.

  4. Hello, I don’t speak english very well, it’s why I will speak in french now. En fran癟ais on dit “le meilleur couteau de survie est celui que tu auras sur toi quand sera venu le moment de survivre…”. Mon avis est le suivant et il m’a permis de r矇gler le probl癡me : 1.un couteau avec une lame assez longue pour s’attaquer a une petite b羶che 2. Une lame 矇paisse 3. Un acier facile aiguiser avec tr癡s peu de moyens. Je privil矇gie la t矇nacit矇 et la facilit矇 d’aiguisage quitte prendre un acier non inoxydable. L’acier O1 est pour moi un excellent acier pour la survie, tout comme le CPM3V ou le 1095 ou le Sleipner. J’ai d’ailleurs trouv矇 mon couteau de survie id矇al dans cette nuance, le Titano de Saturn knives.

    1. Welcome Jean-Christophe, unfortunately I failed French language classes at school however, my wife is fluent ! But now to your Saturn knives, WOW the Titano looks great and I am a big fan of Sleipner steel for outdoor knives!

  5. G’day BCT, think’n about whole survival game over the years; have access to something, even a Mora, a dog food tin stove, a piece of plastic as a shelter……but I’d rather have more decent kit and have the skills to knock up what ever, especially if separated from the good stuff. Should be taught in schools, although it does mean too much competition if the s*t does actually hit the fan, lol. Cheers Duke.

    1. Some schools I have come across teach kids how to safely build and light fires but for me this sort of stuff should come from good parenting. Of course not every one on the planet has both parents maybe or even parents who are interested in this sort of stuff but more interested in their cell phones and computer games.

    1. Sorry man, I’m def keeping it, it has some really cool stories attached to it from activities around the globe! Plus it almost resulted in a divorce too LOL! But thanks anyway!

  6. Your best vid yet, my brother from another mother! The best point you made was the most important survival tool is your brain. Now I also totally agree with your thoughts on knives. Simple is best. I stay away from compound grinds(i.e. tracker style blades). My favorite knives are my bark river bravo1 and 1.25,my Ed Martin t3 e&e,and my wrinkles knife. Sharpening in the field,I always carry a dmt double sided pocket sharpener(red and blue),and a spyderco double stuff. Ok enough rambling. Keep up the great work and away safe@

    1. Yeah he tells people what matters, not what’s trending on YouTube. I’ll be honest my brain is that of a not very clever indoors person, and I had not even considered what small things can go wrong and make a huge impact. I remember another video by Francis from a few years ago where he showed how to dig for water and remarked that people died from exhaustion because they were foraging for supplies or build shelters in the heat of day. Never forgotten these wise words.

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