What Knife Should a Prepper Carry

What Knife Should a Prepper Carry

by Leopold Lacrimosa

I was asked by a group of preppers to write a short article on what kind of blades should one carry in time of need. After giving it much thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that if SHTF time you should be prepared by carrying several different knives on your person.

Let’s look at the ones I would and do carry. First off, deep down in my pocket I have a traditional 2 blade pocket knife. Now the one I use has beautiful Mother of Pearl scales on it. I pull it out to use, I don’t get the dirty “why is he carrying a weapon” look for these social minded liberals. Rather I get the “Ooh, that’s a pretty knife!” instead. But if I think I’m going to be needing it in a bit stronger situation, I switch it out with a 3 blade stockman pattern knife with stag scales. This way I don’t have to worry about damaging the MoP scales. One of these knives are always on my person. They’re not big knives but are able to do most daily cutting jobs I come across due to the variety of blades. Style wise, size and blade count are all a matter of personal choice. Remember the lager the knife the heaver it sits in your pocket. Usually, a Jack knife has one blade while a Trapper has two. Stockmans are known for three blades and a Congress has four. On this knife, a modest $60- $100 should get you a good knife.

3 Bladed Stockman

3 Bladed Stockman

I almost always have a top quality Tactical knife clipped to the inside of my pants pocket. (I take it off when I go into buildings like schools and such and leave it in the car til I get back.) This should be a mid-size knife with a blade about 3.5” – 4” in length. It should be of good quality steel, no less than 0.14” thick blade. The handle should fit in the hand comfortably. Since my hands are different than everyone else I can only recommend you pick up the knife you are interested in and hold it in your hand. The handle material should be tough such as Macarta or G-10 not wood or bone, both which can chip or splinter under duress. The blade locking mechanism needs to be strong. I suggest you forgo a liner lock unless there is a built in secondary lock you can engage. Back locks are usually the strongest though I’ve seen some truly strong rolling locks. Though automatics and auto assist knives are cool and fun, you’ll have a piece of junk when the spring breaks. In this range of knife you should be spending $150-$300 range.

Viper Free

Viper Free

The next knife you should have is a fine fixed blade multipurpose knife. When I say multipurpose, I talking about a knife to do a multitude of jobs from daily camping chores, to heavy cutting to even defending yourself with. The knife should be of the best quality carbon steel and make. The blade should be 6” – 8” long. It should be a straight edge. The spine should be 1/4” thick with a full tang. The handle should be solid material. Stag is ok in this because of the thickness usually used in a handle of this size. You got to remember it worked well for the deer or elk for many years. Mammoth tooth is strong but it adds a lot to the price of a knife. A guard is recommended. Even a double guard. I personally recommend a clip point Bowie knife. Good for use in skinning an animal yet large enough to fight with. Intimidation helps when in a fight and a Bowie is high in that factor. For this I prefer a custom handmade knife over a factory model not to say there are not some good fixed blades out there that are factory made. You must certainly go with reputation in the case of who is going to make it for you. Price range should be $200 – $500. Anything priced over that and I want to put it on a shelf for display purposes only.

Bowie Knife

Bowie Knife

If you carry a secondary fixed blade knife then I would suggest a double edge dagger. A dagger has one purpose and one purpose only. Smaller than a Bowie it can be used in your other hand in conjunction to your Bowie.

Dagger

Dagger

Last but not least, everyone needs a good quality hatchet for general chopping work. It will help save the edge on your knife. Remember, I said hatchet not an ax. A hatchet is intended for light chopping, such as small limbs or bushes while an ax, depending upon the head size can be used for for chopping jobs of all sizes, and some ax heads are even double-bitted to increase the work interval between sharpening. The main difference is weight and size. A hatchet you can carry without to much problem but I’d hate to have to lug an ax around all day especially if I need a hand free for a rifle or gun.

Hatchet

Hatchet

The last knife I recommend but it is not necessary to have is a machete. Great to have if your into surviving in the jungle but remember, if your name is not Danny Trejo or you’re not planing on trekking through the wilderness, there is a lot of other equipment you may need to carry instead. This is optional not mandatory.

Danny Trejo - Machete Kills

Danny Trejo – Machete Kills

There you have it. Recommendations of what knives to carry by a knife guy.

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