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3 Articles Every Survival Knife Owner Should Read

In today’s explosion of information, articles on survival knives abound. Some of these articles are incredibly helpful while others can be misleading or inaccurate.

Looking for some must-read articles about survival knives? Here are three helpful ones to check out without having to wade through the junk.

In this guest post by Creek Stewart, he begins by reminiscing about his fascination and love for survival knives even when he was young. Creek shares about the many disaster scenarios that people can be instantly thrust into. Many times, these situations can become life and death in nature.

By having a survival knife on hand, you can be prepared for unexpected events. Creek shares that there are hundreds of uses for survival knives but gives a list of 13 primary ones. Some of them include splitting, shelter building, hunting weapon and food prep.

Next, Creek goes through some of the features that are key in selecting a good survival knife. Some of the features he shares include a full-tang blade, a solid pommel like with the Ontario ASEK Survival Knife and a single edge.

Creek shares that many different knives achieve the same essential features in their own way. Some other features that survival-knife buyers must consider are sheath design, handle material, decorative milling and blade style.

Creek concludes by stressing the importance of continually improving your skills in using a survival knife. He reminds his watchers that the knife isn’t a “magic wand” and that it won’t do its job properly if the owner hasn’t developed the needed skills.

Everyone knows survival knives are great for cutting. These knives are far from a one-trick pony, though. Although there are endless uses for survival knives, this article serves as the perfect survival knife guide. Fifteen of the most valuable survival-knife uses are detailed.

One of the uses featured is obtaining firewood by cutting branches or splitting wood. This allows the survivalist to get to the center of wood resources where they are dry. The batoning technique is advised for splitting wood but that’s only if your knife has a full tang like in the Ontario RAT-7. Otherwise, you run the risk of breaking your tool.

Another highlighted topic is shelter building which involves things like cutting branches for your shelter, creating wooden stakes and clearing the area of brush where you’ll be staying.

Another lesser-considered use for survival knives mentioned in the article refers to first aid. Some of the ideas given include cutting a shirt or cloth to make a bandage and using the knife to get rid of splinters. The article will give you some ideas to better use your knife in a survival or rugged camping excursion.

This is an instructional article about twelve ways to ruin your survival knife in hopes that you won’t! Sometimes a devil’s advocate article helps to put things in better perspective. That’s exactly what this Survivopedia article accomplishes.

If you’re looking to put your survival knife to the test without ruining it in the process, this article is for you. Really, this is a valuable article for every survival knife owner. It helps you to avoid misuse of your knife in a survival situation which could put you and others at risk. The article will also help to ensure that you have your knife in the best possible condition for years to come.

Hopefully, these articles helped to increase your survival knife knowledge and to prepare you for any outdoor situations you may encounter. Now get outdoors to somewhere remote and stay safe!

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Become an Expert on Survival Knives by Watching These 3 Videos

There have never been more video resources to learn from than there are today. While, overall, that’s a good thing, it can also pose one major problem. With a limited amount of time, how do you find the best videos to help you better understand survival knives?

We at Survival Knife Pro are not only committed to selling you a great American Made knife. We’re passionate about giving you the knowledge you need to better yourself when it comes to survival knives.

In that spirit, we’ve waded through the web to share some quality resources with you. Here are three videos on survival knives that are sure to put you on the path to becoming an expert.

Creek Stewart became one of the most famous survivalists in America after his hit television show, Fat Guys in the Woods, debuted. The reality is that Creek was a master survivalist long before that show aired.

In this video, Creek gives you what he feels are the Top 6 Survival knife traits. His conclusions come from years of wilderness experience. Here’s an outline of what Creek discusses.

  • Size of the knife
  • Fixed-blade knife
  • Full-tang blade
  • Spear-point tip
  • Single-edged blade
  • Flat, durable pommel

Although these features are Creek’s first picks, the choice is ultimately yours. There are knives with features that differ from these characteristics that may suit your unique situation best.

What should you do if you get stranded in the backcountry without a sharpening stone? In this video, John shows you 5 ways to sharpen a survival knife without a stone.

You’ll learn how to sharpen your survival knife using the following:

  • The top edge of a car window
  • The underside of a coffee mug
  • Small file from a first-aid kit
  • Another knife
  • A river rock

John concludes the video with how to remove burrs from your survival knife after sharpening using a leather belt or strapping. Armed with this information, you’ll no longer have an excuse for a dull knife regardless of your situation.

Looking at a picture of a survival knife online or in a magazine can only take you so far. Sometimes an up close and personal view and discussion of a knife is helpful.

In this video, the ESEE Model 5 Survival Knife is discussed. This is another American-Made survival knife that Knife Pro sells and stands behind because of its superior quality. This video will help you get to know one of the many quality knives we offer.

Some of the features of this knife that are discussed are the following:

  • Great for batoning
  • A glass breaker
  • Strong durable blade
  • Superior sheathing with locking capability

At the close of this video, you’ll get to dream a bit about your survival knife system. You’ll see how to store many useful items in a small space such as fishing gear, a fire starter, iodine tablets and more. In no time, you can develop your own survival knife system and be ready for anything unexpected.

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Survival Knife Review: 5 of The Best Survival Knives in 2017

With all the survival knives on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to know which one to choose. If you’re feeling that way, you’re not alone.

Even seasoned knife users can experience this uncertainty when it comes time to make a purchase. If you’re looking for American Made survival knives of the highest quality, here are your top picks for 2017.

Hogue EX-F01 Fixed Blade

This knife, manufactured by Hogue and designed by Allen Elishewitz, is extra dependable. The knife’s full-tang blade means the user doesn’t need to worry about the blade breaking off from the handle. This makes the Hogue EX 01 well worth its value and gives the user the utmost confidence in survival situations.

The knife has an attractive green, outdoorsy look that blends perfectly into the surroundings for which it was built. The 12.5-inch EX F01 even comes with a Torx wrench. This allows you to store additional items such as matches inside the knife handle.

ESEE Model 5

The fixed-blade ESEE survival knife will be a mainstay for many years. The knife features a full tang and weighs about a pound. Nothing will stand in your way with this brute. It’s a survival knife on steroids. Despite its weight, the knife fits comfortably in the hand.

It’s the perfect choice for cutting through thick brush or for field dressing big game animals such as moose, elk and bear. Although the handles of some survival knives can become slick when wet, the ESEE Model 5 is not one of them. You’ll have no fear of a hand slip due to rain, perspiration or blood. This model tends to stay sharp longer than most survival knives, adding convenience, value and peace of mind.

Camillus Bushcrafter

This rescue knife is another made-in-America work of art. The Bushcrafter keeps a few tricks up its sleeves. Besides its usual conventions, it can be used as a bow drill. Hot sparks result when the back of the blade is hit which can be used to start a campfire as well.

The Camillus Bushcrafter has a full-tang design, four-inch blade and is 8.5 inches in total length. It comes with a leather belt sheath and the knife’s handle is made of canvas. If you anticipate a more rugged-than-average encounter with nature, bring the Bushcrafter along for companionship. It was born for the most adverse conditions that nature can conjure up.

Camillus CK9 Fixed Blade

Camillus’ reputation is one of a rigorous devotion to detail. The Camillus CK9 Fixed Blade knife will get you off to a safe and thriving start in the outdoors in 2017. It’s a great option for survival and trail blazing. This knife stores easily with a combined length of 9 inches.

You’ll also find a blade of the highest quality since it features 1095 high-carbon steel. The handle is comprised of canvas and the knife also comes with a survival whistle and nylon sheath.

If you’re looking for a compact but powerful knife that will deliver the results you need, this winning knife by Camillus will get the job done and then some.

Ontario ASEK Survival Knife System

Are you intrigued by the knives our US military uses or do you have a military background? If so, you’ll be pleased with this knife crafted by Ontario. The US military trusts and depends on this design with their lives.

So what makes the ASEK System stand out? Besides its normal knife functions, it can also be used as a spear, saw, strap cutter, hammer and plexiglass breaker. The knife is just a touch over ten inches in all and features a 5-inch blade with a saw-tooth edge. There’s no need to worry about ending up with a dull knife while in the wilderness either. Unlike many survival knives, the blades on this one can easily be replaced.

If you’re looking for an American Made survival knife for 2017, these five are well worth your look. There’s no need to stop there, though. There are plenty of other top-performance survival/rescue knives to choose from.

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4 Ways to Use Your Survival Knife to Procure Food

One of the greatest enemies of every survivalist is running out of food. Let’s face it. A bunch of fancy survival gear won’t matter if you become stranded in the wild and you end up starving.

A survival knife can greatly help your cause in procuring food should you run out of provisions while in rugged territory. Just how can you do that? Here are four ways.

Survival Knives and Clams and Mussels

Virtually every larger body of water contains clams and mussels whether salt or fresh water. If you find yourself near a larger water source, you may be in luck. The best attribute of this food source is that it can’t run, hop or fly away from you. Virtually every other animal does.

Look in the water for these hard-shelled morsels or dig into the muck, gravel or sand with your hands or knife. If you find what you’re looking for, use your survival knife to pry open the shells and use your knife to remove the meat. The Hogue Medium Tactical Drop Point has a nice sharp point for this kind of task. It’s always best to boil mussels and clams since you could get sick from bacteria if you eat them raw.

Try this one first if you’re near a body of water because you’ll exert a lot less energy than other methods if you can find what you need.

Field Dressing Reptiles and Amphibians

Depending on the time of year, you could score in a big way if you find a snake, frog, lizard or turtle. The grand majority of these animals are edible with few exceptions. There is poison in the skin of some frogs and toads so you’ll want to skin them.

Reptiles and amphibians are usually easier to catch than furry mammals are but still could provide you with a good meal and not a bad tasting one either. Use your survival knife to field dress anything you catch and cook everything, if possible. Turtles such as snapping turtles tend to run large and can be easy to catch when on land. Just one could provide you with a significant food source.

Create a Spear for Fishing and Hunting

If your knife has a spear hole, you’ll find attaching your knife as a spear point to a wooden shaft much easier and secure. That doesn’t mean you can’t do the same without a spear hole with a little more work. The CRKT Hoodwork features a handle that can be removed to better transform its blade into a spear.

The first step is to find a sturdy stick in the 3-5-foot range. Mark off one end of the stick to the length of your knife handle. Next, split the stick up to the point you marked off. Then cut off one of the splits.

You now have a ledge on the end of your stick to rest your knife handle against. The last step is to tie the handle tightly to the end of your spear. If you’ll be spear fishing and have ample twine or cording, you can run some line through the opposite end of your spear. This will create a retrieval system so you don’t have to slosh out into the water every time you throw your spear.

If All Else Fails, Eat Bugs

If you strike out on the bigger stuff, keep up your energy levels by using your knife to help you find bugs. Cut through rotten logs and trees and dig in the ground for something to eat.

Not all insects are created equal, though. Some aren’t edible. Avoid ones that are hairy, brightly colored or smell bad. If possible, boil your insects. If you can’t, some great choices that will treat your body right would include earthworms, grasshoppers and white grubs that live in the ground. You can pinch the heads off the grubs before consumption.

If you’re ever in the wild and need your survival knife to obtain food, don’t panic. The best plan contains multiple strategies. That way if one doesn’t work out, you’ll have a backup plan.

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​5 Tips for Survival Knife Care

You hold your brand-new, shiny survival knife in your hands. You’re impressed with the design and quality materials that went into your masterpiece. Understandably, you want to keep your knife in great shape for a long time.


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Even the best survival or rescue knives in the world will eventually fail to do their job if not taken care of properly, though. If you take care of your knife, it will take care of you when you need it most. Just how do you do that? Here are five tips for survival-knife care to get you started.

Correct Cleaning

The best way to clean your knife is by gentle scrubbing with soap and water. You’ll want to
avoid harsh cleaners or rough scrubbing pads as they can cause damage. Also, avoid placing your knife in the dishwasher. This is one of the most harmful things you could do to your knife because of harsh cleaning agents and high temperatures.

Be sure to thoroughly dry your knife after cleaning. This will prevent rust. Your knife
will also last longer if you refrain from touching the blade more than you must. Acids from oils in the skin can break down the blade of a knife over time.

Routine Sharpening

Regular sharpening is necessary if you want your knife to perform well. Not only will usability suffer if you don’t but a knife is never more dangerous than when it’s dull. Your greatest enemy when away from civilization is an injury. Imagine gashing yourself with a dull knife while in the middle of nowhere. That’s a survivalist’s worst nightmare.

Always keep your knife sharp to avoid such mishaps. There are two ways that you can do this. Either you can sharpen the knife yourself or hire a professional. If you’re new to knife sharpening, you may feel better about hiring a professional.

Another option is to purchase a sharpening stone and honing oil and practice. No, don’t let
your survival knife be the first knife you try sharpening! Sharpen older kitchen, hunting, filet or pocket knives first. Then you’ll gain the confidence you need.

Oil Your Knife

If you consistently oil your survival knife such as the CRKT Hoodwork, it will decrease friction. This will also help to prevent rust from forming on your blade. Just about any household or honing oil will work. Stay away from motor oil, though. You’ll get plenty of miles out of just a little oil, so don’t lay it on too heavy.

Avoid oiling handles made of plastic or canvas such as with the TOPS Lite Trekker Survival knife. These handles don’t require oil and this makes them slippery which could be dangerous were they to slip from your hand. You can use linseed oil on wooden handles to treat them. Mink oil works great to treat sheaths and leather handles.

Avoid Misuse

Survival knives became popular in World War II when US pilots used them in case they were shot down in enemy territory. The knife was there for building a shelter, obtaining food and self-defense in case of emergency. There were more common instruments to use when it came to opening cans, prying and needing an impromptu screwdriver while back on base.

Your survival knife could save your life or at least make an extended time out in the wild
more manageable. The best way to keep your survival knife in perfect shape is to use it only when essential and to find other tools to use around the house for everyday tasks.

Proper Storage

One of the greatest enemies when it comes to survival-knife storage is humidity which can
lead to corrosion and rust. The chemicals in sheaths can also damage the blade of your knife if stored long-term that way. For prolonged storage, remove your knife from its sheath. Then wrap it in paper and place it in a water-proof container.

American Made survival knives could truly save your life. For maximum durability, a full-tang survival knife is typically the best choice. With a little attention to care, your new survival knife should last you a lifetime or longer.

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Survival Knife Features You Don’t Want

Finding a good survival knife can seem like a bit of a hassle because there are so many different options available—some for aesthetics and others for quality. While aesthetics are important to you getting something that suits you, quality is much more important. You may have already identified everything you want to have in a survival knife, and that’s great. But before you set your heart on a survival knife, pay attention to these features that you want to avoid at all costs.

#1: Partial Tang

A partial tang will leave your knife hollow. That means when you put too much pressure on your knife, it may break. The last thing you want is a knife that isn’t strong enough to work when you need it. Any survival knife without a tang that extends to the tip of the handle is unreliable.

#2: Lousy Steel

A knife with a lousy blade also won’t do you much good. There are so many different combinations or steel that are available, but they shouldn’t all be treated equally. The most reliable survival knife blades are made of stainless steel or carbon. Both stainless steel and carbon are sturdy and effective. Carbon will give you a sharper edge, but stainless steel is less likely to rust in the elements. Still, if you go with one of these metals you are safe. Anything other than stainless steel or carbon is a bad idea.

#3: Slippery Grip

This one is likely pretty self-explanatory, but it’s definitely worth pointing out. When choosing a survival knife you’ve got to take a close look at the handle grip. You want to make sure it fits comfortably in your hand where you have enough control to use it to cut, split, spear and hammer. The last thing you want is for the knife to slip out of your hand while you’re operating it. A poor grip will also give you blisters which also won’t make using the knife very fun.

#4: A Short Knife

It’s easy to think of convenience when you’re choosing a survival knife. You want something that’s easy and portable. But that’s not the best consideration to make when you’re choosing a survival knife. Go with something that’s bigger than six inches but still smaller than twelve inches. That will give you enough knife to provide both strength and versatility of use.

#5: A Folding Knife

This one also plays into the game of convenience. The challenge with folding knives, though, is that the joint where the knife folds is a weak point. It creates too much opportunity for the knife to bend while you’re using it. And that could present quite a dangerous situation for you.

#6: Fancy Bells & Whistles

Survival knives don’t need to be fancy. Ditch the bells and whistles for something that is both practice and reliable. Once you start adding features to a survival knife, you take away from the strength of it being a knife. It becomes all these other things like a screwdriver, shears and potato masher. But this isn’t what you want your survival knife for. Try to focus more on the quality of the knife than the added bonus features that end up making the actual knife less useful.

All in all, the goal of selecting a survival knife is to choose a quality knife that has a sturdy blade and handle. Try not to get too wrapped up in all the options available to choose from. Keep your dos and don’ts in mind and you’re in good shape.

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Laws Anyone Carrying A Survival Knife Should Know

Whether you are shopping for a new survival knife or already have a vast collection, it is incredibly important for each carrier to know the laws that pertain to their carrying and ownership rights. The majority of survival knife laws vary by state which makes it even more important to be clear on what is or is not legal when carrying a survival knife. Check out the main types of laws to consider when discussing your survival knife rights below:

Ownership Laws

Ownership laws mandate whether certain types of survival knives can be carried in various states. Certain knives can be deemed as “dangerous” in a particular state that may ban it from being owned, however, in another state, the ownership of that particular knife may be completely lawful.

Carry Laws

Carry laws determine how a knife may be carried whether concealed or open. Again, state laws can vary on this topic. The majority of knives that are barred from carry are ones that are seen without any utility use and are typically only utilized as a weapon.

Other Laws

Other laws that can apply to knife owners focus on the display of a knife and committing a crime with a knife. These laws typically are enforced to enhance a penalty of a crime. Meaning if a crime is committed with a knife, there are laws that can increase the severity of the penalty because of the incorporation of a knife.

To look up survival knife laws for your individual state, visit to research ownership, carry, and any other laws that will pertain to directly to you.

In regard to federal knife laws, there is only one that was created in 1958 called the Switchblade Knife Act of 1958. Amended in 2009, this lawprohibits importations and interstate commerce as well as prohibits automatics from being mailed through the U.S. Postal Service. This law is only applicable for residents in a federal district or if you are traveling from state to state.

For general guidelines surrounding the legality of carrying a survival knife, here is a list outlining places knives can NEVER be carried in ANY state:

  • Schools
  • Courts
  • Planes
  • Most Federal Buildings
  • Military Installations (unless you are a member of the Armed Services)

Now that we’ve covered all of the limitations for knife carrying and ownership, there is a general rule to follow if you want to ensure your knife is generally legal in any state. A knife that is clearly intended for utility use is the safest bet. This would include pocket knives and multi-tools that typically have a blade less than 3 inches long.

Knife laws are incredibly important to consider when purchasing a survival knife. Now that you are an expert on the laws applicable in your state, browse’s selection of survival knives and multi-tools. With a large selection and affordable prices, you will surely find what you are looking for.

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​Choosing The Perfect Survival Knife

A survival knife is a great tool to have in your arsenal, even if you aren’t an avid hunter. There are a variety of uses you could get out of a survival knife. And while you might not keep it on your person at all times, it’s never a bad idea to have one accessible. Some of the most common uses of a survival knife are splitting and cutting, prying, self-defense and first aid. There are, of course, a variety of other uses. If you’re new to the survival knife conversation, we’ve put together a few tips to help you choose one.

Now, let’s start by acknowledging that nothing is really perfect. With that said, there are some major factors that work together to make a good, strong, reliable survival knife.

Choose a Fixed Blade

Folding knives might seem more convenient, but they just aren’t as sturdy or reliable. Even folding knives that lock into place are not your best option. Go with a fixed blade survival knife , such as the Hogue EX-F01 so you completely eliminate the risk of the knife bending while it’s in use.

Choose a Full Tang

Tang is the piece of the blade that extends to the handle. Some knives will have only a partial tang, leaving the handle hollow and undependable. When the blade extends to the end of the handle, you are less likely to experience the blade breaking off of the handle while you’re using the knife. A full tang survival knife just makes for a sturdier experience.

Choose the Right Size

Similarly to folding knives, there is also some added convenience with a smaller knife. Still, convenience shouldn’t be your first priority when choosing a survival knife. You need a knife that is long enough and wide enough to perform a variety of tasks. But don’t think that means the knife needs to be huge because a knife that is too big can also prove itself to be less useful. Try for a knife that is between nine to eleven inches. Some might go as short as six inches and as long as twelve. Anything outside of those parameters is probably not the most useful.

Choose a Sharp Pointed Tip

Survival knives can have different types of tips. Some are angled or rounded, and others are hooked. The best option is a sharp, pointed tip. A sharp tip allows you to stab or spear through your target no matter how thick the surface is. The pointed tip is just more versatile and can also be used to do the following: picking, drilling, prying, removing splinters, processing nuts and accessing bait.

Choose a Solid Pommel

The pommel, or the butt, of the knife is at the very bottom of the handle. This part of the knife is most useful for hammering and pounding. If you have a pommel that isn’t solid, it won’t do you much good. Pay close attention to the design of the pommel as well. If it’s hooked or rounded it may not lend as well to pounding and hammering.

There are quite a few factors to consider when choosing a survival knife. The most important factor to bear in mind is the usefulness of the knife. Try to avoid choosing your knife based on only one thing. Your best bet is to assess a variety of factors so you have one knife that can perform a number of tasks.

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​5 Tips for Survival Knife Care

When it comes to survival, having a reliable survival knife is quite high on the priority list. There are a variety of uses for a survival knife such as skinning game, spearing or chopping, and batoning wood—among other things. And with such versatile uses, it’s important to take proper care of your survival knife for an optimal experience. As you might already know, most survival knifes are extremely durable—which is another benefit to having one. Still, there are some best practices you should follow to preserve the durability.

Clean it.

Cleanliness is extremely important. No matter how strong the metal is, if you do not keep your knife clean it won’t live up to the lifespan you might be expecting. You use your survival knife in so many different scenarios and neglecting to clean it after each use might mean harmful bacteria can begin to grow. To avoid this, clean your knife after each use—even if you don’t think you’ve done anything too messy. Wipe your knife down before you put it back into the sheath. Clean the blade and the handle with soap and warm water. When you’re cleaning it, do not use anything abrasive because it could damage the metal. Even if your blade is corrosion resistant, you should still take proper care to clean it. Finally, once the knife is fully clean, wipe the blade and the handle dry. Make sure to dry off any moisture to avoid rusting.

Sharpen it.

There’s no point in having a dull knife. A survival knife is much more useful when it is sharp. And even though dull knives may still work somewhat, you have to exert more pressure for them to be effective. The more pressure you apply, the less control you have of the knife—and that can be very dangerous. Keeping the knife sharp means you can use it with ease and without concern of losing control to perform a task. So to avoid putting yourself and others in danger, make sure to either sharpen your knife yourself or take it to a vendor to be sharpened frequently.

Oil it.

Oil prevents friction and protects your blade from rust. You don’t need a lot of oil as a little will go a long way. Using too much could make the knife too slippery and that’s the
last thing you want. Just dab a small amount of oil and rub it on your blade. WD-40, Dri-Lube and 3-in-One are all great brands to choose from. If you’d prefer other brands or types of oils, that’s fine. The only oil that is off limits is motor oil. But any lubricating or household oil should do the trick.

Store it.

When you aren’t using your knife, it’s best to keep it stored in a dry place. That means no moisture or humidity at all. Remove your knife from the sheath when you store it because the leather attracts moisture which is not good for long-term storage. The leather also has chemicals that can damage the blade if the knife is stored in the sheath for a long period of time. The best way to store your knife is to wrap it in with paper and then put it inside a plastic bag. It’s also not a bad idea to drop some desiccant inside of the bag to absorb any moisture that might creep in. Place your bag in a cool, dry place and when you come back to it, it will be just the way you left it.

Repair it.

Knife repair may not be something you look forward to, but it’s a reality that comes with owning a knife. Typically knife warranties are void if you try home remedies to repair your knife, so before you take to online videos and advice of a friend, you should go to the manufacturer. As long as your warranty is valid, the manufacturer can typically manage the repairs.

Your survival knife is a very valuable tool, and the better you care for it, the more useful it will be to you when you need it most. It can be easy to skip one of these steps every now and again, but you don’t want to fall into a habit of improper care for your survival knife. Make a conscious effort to clean, oil and sharpen your knife to maintain the lifespan. And when you’re not using it, store your survival knife in a cool dry place.