5 Simple Survival Knife Hacks Everyone Should Know

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This article will be going over the absolute best survival knife hacks you should be learning and inserting into your survival arsenal.

The best survival knife is not the best hunting knife, and the best hunting knife is not the best survival knife. Field dressing, cleaning, skinning, and boning are all done with a hunting knife. 

A survival knife is useful for making fires, building shelters, chopping, batoning, prying, hammering, spearing dinner, and various other tasks. You don’t want to ruin a good hunting knife by using it for survival tasks.

If you would like to learn more about the best survival knives, be sure to check out our How to Choose a Survival Knife article to learn more.

Without further ado, let us dive right in

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1. Knife Sharpening

The majority of preppers/survivalists do not consider packing a knife sharpener in their bug-out bag. Not a problem, as long as you can find an old dish/plate/bowl — any dish will do, as long as it has a rough “ring” across the bottom.

2. Breaking A Car Window

The exposed tang in the backside can be used to break a glass. Side windows shatter more easily than windshields, which are made of a tough-to-break glass laminate. Make sure you strike the glass as close to the edge as possible, NOT the center. Once you get a tiny crack going, you will be able to break the whole thing easily.

3. Fire Starting

You can start a fire by striking the sharp edge of a rock with the blade of your closed pocket knife. The rock must be tough enough to shave molten steel slivers from the knife in search of flint, chert, quartzite, jasper, obsidian, or granite. 

Carry a carbon-steel knife instead of a harder stainless-steel blade. You can catch the sparks using some cotton or flammable material. To learn more about fire starting, be sure to check out our How to Start a Fire in the Wild: 7 Best Techniques article, where we outline the 7 best ways to start a fire out in the wild.

4. Cutting Saplings and Splitting Wood

If you’re only used to flimsy, cheaply made versions, it may be difficult to imagine a survival knife as a hatchet and ax substitute. A large, full-tang model with a flat edge to the blade back, on the other hand, can be a formidable wood-splitting or cutting tool. 

The design allows you to pound the sharp edge into a log or sapling with a piece of wood or a mallet. This is commonly referred to as batoning.

5. Medical Use

A clumsy, untrained hand can do as much harm as good with a knife in a medical emergency, but the tool is as useful in first-aid as it is in basic campsite routines. It can be used to cut improvised bandages or to drain pervasive blisters with a disinfected tip. Our Survival Medical Kit (The Ultimate Guide) article also goes over how you should be packing a survival medical kit.

Final Words

Now that you have learned about the absolute best survival knife hacks that you should be learning and applying in your survival skillset, you have just improved yourself.

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