Choosing the right bushcraft survival knife can be tough. There are tons of options to choose from. There are budget friendly survival knives that are less than $20. There are also bushcraft style knives that cost thousands.
So what do we need to look for when determining the knife to fit your needs? Making the right choice of survival knife is much harder than picking the one that looks the coolest. Although, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to pick the right one.
The first question we must ask ourselves when choosing our bushcraft knife is, what am I going to be using it for? All bushcraft knifes have an intended purpose. Some are designed to do a handful of tasks well, but are a terrible choice for another. The design, material, production and price will all determine what it is designed to do.
If you are a beginner who is just starting out bushcrafting, an inexpensive general-purpose bushcraft knife that’s well-made and works with wood is a great choice. The knife that checks all of those boxes would be something like a Mora, short for Morakniv. There are several great options within the Mora brand. The Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Knife with Sandvik Carbon Steel Blade, 0.125/4.1-Inch, Military Green is one of the most popular beginner bushcrafting knives on the market. The relatively thin blade works well with wood. It has an extra large handle to make it incredibly comfortable to use. The price tag also makes it easy to buy and try out.
Thicker or deeper knife blades, or blades with a significant bevel will prevent a knife from slicing well through wood.
A flat knife handle, or a knife handle with finger cut outs isn’t a good choice, because they will generally only be comfortable in one position. Keep in mind, you may be doing hundreds of repetitions of a task at a time with a bushcraft knife.
Some more experienced bushcrafters carry an all around bushcraft knife. They do multiple things well enough, but nothing particularly amazing. If you will be hunting or fishing on your bushcrafting adventures, and don’t want to carry multiple knives around, an all around knife may be a better choice for you.
My preferred all around knife is the Cold Steel SRK in SK-5 it can handle anything I need it to do, but doesn’t have a distinct advantage when doing certain tasks.
Once you gain experience and learn new techniques, you will form your own opinions when it comes to the best bushcrafting gear for you. Just remember that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on gear to be will prepared and equipped.