A longer survival knife can help trim branches by chopping in the direction of their growth. The author chops low and off to his side, ensuring the blade completely clears his leg.

CHOOSE YOUR SURVIVAL KNIFE

A SURVIVAL KNIFE IS MUCH LIKE A FIGHTER PUSHED INTO THE 12TH ROUND OF A 10-ROUNDER

Rather than mimic the copy-and-pasted adage that a survival knife is the knife you have on you when you need it, I’d rather give my opinion. A survival knife is a multipurpose tool. There won’t be many spoons, try sticks, or gnomes carved during a survival scenario, let alone carved with the characteristics of a survival knife.

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I’d recommend four inches to seven inches in blade length with a tang that runs the entire knife length,

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