Find your match from the best survival knife brands for the perfect blade you can depend your life on.

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In this article:

Hoffman Richter
Benchmade Survival Knife
Blackheart Survival Knife
Brite-Strike Survival Knife
Browning Survival Knife
Buck Knives
Cold Steel
Condor Survival Knife
EnZO Trapper O1
ESEE Survival Knives
Light My Fire
Schrade Survival Knife
TOPS Survival Knife

The Best Survival Knife Brands to Help You Choose From
Which Survival Knife Is Right for You?

A survivalist simply won’t go anywhere without his trusty survival knife. A wilderness survival knife is an important tool for hunting, cutting, slicing, making other tools, building shelter, and so much more.

It can also be used to defend yourself from an animal or human attack. We have put together a list of the best survival knife brands you can depend on.

It’s worth noting survival knives have to be tough enough for heavy outdoor duties, so the best, fixed blade knife will guarantee they won’t break easily.

One more thing: your needs in a survival knife may be different from those of others which is why we have a long list so you have a lot of options.

1. Hoffman Richter


This knife is made with high-quality 440C stainless steel, to create the perfect balance of a blade which holds an edge but is still easy to sharpen. The ultra-tough titanium coating ensures it will last a lifetime.

2. Benchmade Survival Knife


The 140 Nimravus makes a great field knife. It proves stainless steel construction is not leaving the game anytime soon.

Their survival pocket knives made them one of the best-known knife companies today.

3. Blackheart Survival Knife


It may be expensive, but the Gunner 12 is a custom knife with impressive specs. The blade cuts well however you position the knife.

It’s great for bushcraft survival as well as for tactical use in law enforcement.

4. Brite-Strike Survival Knife


With a high-tech LED flashlight attachment, the Brite-Blade appeals to preppers and survivalists who like to use multi-tools out in the wild. This blade is great for camping and wilderness survival.

5. Browning Survival Knife


Browning is a reputable name in the world of firearms. Over the years, the company decided to expand into the blade market.

Its small size makes the Ignite the ideal survival knife for those with small hands.

6. Buck Knives


A product of the collaboration between Buck and Ron Hood, the Punk is a good bush knife which can also handle combat duty when the situation demands it.

7. Cold Steel


From the name, Master Hunter is designed primarily for hunting. This knife doesn’t come cheap, but it’s an excellent option for the outdoors. Bring a sharpener if you want to use it as a survival knife.

8. Condor Survival Knife


The Bushlore is a high-performance survival knife matched with an excellent sheath. Its blade is high carbon steel with a length of 4.25 inches.



Admittedly, it’s a survival machete, but the ChanceInHell deserves a spot on this list for its real potential. This award-winning fixed blade is made of durable carbon steel for rough environments.

10. EnZO Trapper O1


The Finnish knife maker is known for its lightweight, rugged and build quality. The Trapper is no exception.

This high-quality knife is versatile enough for craftsman and outdoorsman utilization.

11. ESEE Survival Knives


Its good looks coupled with durability and reliability could be the reason the ESEE-6 is a favorite among survivalists. It has an excellent balance and blade designed for harsh environments.

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12. Fallkniven


The S1 is solid proof survival knives do not have to be gimmicky to be effective and trustworthy. The design is simple, yet the blade is made from laminated Cobalt steel for the best performance.

13. Gerber


The added gizmos can take the appeal away from the Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro, but if you learn to adapt to it, you have a good survival knife in your hands.

14. Helle


If you’re a Survivorman fan, you can overlook the fact that the Temagami is not a full tang knife–but at least it’s lightweight.

15. KA-BAR


The Becker Companion is a good survival knife which offers great value. It’s a fine-edge utility survival knife made from 6.4 millimeter thick 1095 Crowe Van Steel.

16. Light My Fire


Light My Fire and Mora came together to create the Swedish Fireknife, a survival knife with a firestarter in the handle. Apart from it, this knife is flexible and extremely sharp.

17. Morakniv


Just a tad below $20, it’s hard to believe a great survival knife could be this affordable. The grip of this knife feels very good in the hands and has phenomenal ergonomics.

18. Ontario


The 499 is probably the most trusted survival blade since it is the standard-issue military knife. This knife has an overall length of 9 inches, a steel butt cap, and a highly durable blade.

19. Rothco/Smith&Wesson


Think of this knife as an ultimate tool designed especially for urban survivalists. If Smith & Wesson can make one of the best firearms in the world, sure enough, the company can make a name in fixed blades.

20. Schrade Survival Knife


Its name Extreme Survival Full Tang Drop Point Fixed Blade TPE Handle may be a mouthful, but everything else about it is just right.

21. Spyderco


The Bushcraft stays sharp and strong for just about every survival use you can think of. This blade can amazingly survive hacking and twisting as a characteristic for Scandinavian blades.

22. ToolLogic


Sure it may be a folder, with gizmos like a flashlight, firestarter and emergency whistle, but the SL Pro 2 is so effective it earned its place among the fixed blades on this list.

23. TOPS Survival Knife


It has a unique, aggressive shape and a price which discourages some, but the Tom Brown Tracker gives no excuses. Users can swear it’s durable and reliable.

Check out this video by Tac about testing the Fallkniven S1:

These survival knives sure look intimidating and they’re in this list for a reason. The quality and cutting power of these knives are a dream for hunters and survivalists.

So take your pick and experience the best knives money can buy!

Did we leave your favorite survival knife brands off the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 20, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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