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.
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.