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Top Ten Uses for a Survival Knife




No matter how prepared you are, it's always good to know how to use your resources in the most effective ways possible.

A good survival knife can help you out in a crunch in unexpected ways. From shelter to cleaning game, a knife is a truly versatile tool to have around.

By familiarizing yourself with some simple tips and techniques, you can make your already very useful knife even more beneficial to you in crucial situations. Take a look at these tips and tricks to fully master your survival knife.


First thing's first- Get yourself acquainted with what survival knives are all about.


Now that you know what you're working with, here are the top ten tips and uses of survival knives.

1. Warmth

Keeping warm is vital in survival situations. Learning the skills to use your knife for tinder gathering and fire starting could be the key to your survival.


2. Bow Drill Fire Starter

Creating a bow drill is made much easier with a good survival knife and some know how. You'll have a fire going in no time if you master this technique.


3. Shelter

Using your knife to cut down materials to create a shelter will keep you out of the elements.


4. Rope Making

Rope is invaluable in a survival situation, and having a knife that aids in you in making your own would make your survival all the simpler.


5. Carving Tools

In a situation where hunting is necessary, fashioning a tool to do would be vital. A survival knife could be used to carve many tools in a survival situation.


 6. Preparing Game

Knives can be very useful in the preparation of game.


7. Cleaning Game

Preparing your game to cook is made much easier with a good survival knife.


8. Defense

Having a weapon on hand when encountering predators could save your life.


9. Preparedness

Never leave home without your survival knife!


10. SOS

Knowing how to use your reflective surface to signal your distress could be your way to safety.



Here's a video showing some of these techniques in action!

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  1. Preventec47

    February 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I dont know how long ago the videos were made but does not seem to carry the knive any more and the
    website no longer
    would be nice to know who made the
    “standard issue pilots survival knife”

  2. Ron Sansbury

    March 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    This is the finest article on knives that I have ever come across!!!

    Thank you for your knowledge and care.


  3. Suresh

    May 2, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Images describes more than content and these top 10 uses of best survival knife.

  4. Thrower

    June 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Nothing new here. These are very basic things you can do with any knives really

  5. Jay

    January 11, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Cool Infographic and great info. Thanks

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    January 19, 2015 at 3:21 AM

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    April 11, 2018 at 9:16 AM

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  12. Mka Hredoy

    August 17, 2018 at 6:40 AM

    thanks for sharing this type of infographic

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