If you plan to go to the wilderness, you will need the survival knives which are the most important tool that you will utilize in case of emergency situation. It can be used to carry out some activities like survival tasks, skinning, trapping, cutting wood, etc. When planning on buying survival blades there are 4 major aspects to look for, and these are:
1) The Blade Tang
2) The Material used for the blade design
3) The Shape/Design of the blade
4) The Handle
The tang can be described as the part of the blade that connects with the handle. The best knife is made from one piece of metal, and same piece are used to design the handle. On the sides of the metal, you will find some high grade materials that will form the grip. This particular type of tang can be categorized as “full tang” or “narrow tang”. However, ensure that you look out for knives having a “full tang” because of the support and strength. For cheap knives, they normally have a blade that is unconnected with the handle thereby reducing the lifespan of the knife.
The Material used for the blade design
There are two main kinds of steel used for the design of high-quality survival blades and they are; Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel. Steel blades have the ability to resist corrosion and are effective in a wet environment. A stainless steel blade requires less maintenance when compared to that of Carbon Steel. The limiting factor is that Stainless Steel is hard to sharpen. Moreover, Carbon Steel blades will never corrode if used frequently or glazed. Carbon Steel has the tendency of holding a sharper edge longer than Stainless Steel.
The Shape/Design of the blade
There are some sorts of disagreement about the choice of a straight blade or serrated type. Benefits of using a straight blade are that you can easily sharpen without it giving you too much of stress while the serrated blade is capable of cutting the rope with ease, but might require a specific type of sharpener. There are some special types of survival knives that usually come with a straight blade as the original cutting edge with a serrated edge at the end part.