Discussion in 'Survival and Wilderness Skills' started by Graphyfotoz, Sep 19, 2016.
Some say 4in some say 12in........what's every ones personal pref?
Choil no choil
If I had to sell all my fixed blades off and keep only one, it would be the ESEE 6. My all around go to knife that can handle just about all of my knife needs! So the 6, would be my personal survival knife!
Mine would be a thin(ner) kukri, machete, or parang type blade. Something of carbon steel, 1/8th thick or so and 10-12" long. If I'm playing with "1 knife options" that will do 99.9% with good efficiency for me.
I'm with yeah...The 6 can handle most anything
I consider myself a good measure between 4.5 to 7.5 inches.
6 1/2" blade length would be ideal in my opinion. Let's see what might be out there in that size.
Oh my. That is the blade length of my ESEE 6. Ding, ding, ding. So that's my answer and I'm sticking to it.
I have a 5 1/4in and a 6in I alternate between
My 6in is a Busse Swamp Rat Mischief 6 (aka M6) came out 07/27/2006
Known as a modified bowie........ SR101 steel is tough as hell and sharper than sharp
I think it depends on what you're dealing with. Wood processing for me means dealing with a lot of scrub cedar with really tight grain so an axe or hatchet will be my best friend for that. For game processing, cooking, general camp goings-on I think a 4" blade shines.
I could easily get by with just a Fiskars axe and a Mora #2. I like variety though.
Best skinning knife I have is a Busse Scrapyard Scrapmax 460 (Elmax Steel) I got the wife.
Cut up 2 deer with it so far cuts like a champ and holds a NICE edge (460 = 4.6in blade)
Junglas or bigger . Chopping trees with a SAK or small knife under 6" blade length royally sucks.
Bigger knife = less effort, less fatigue, less energy/calories expended. Survival is about maximizing work results, with minimal calorie and energy expenditure.
My Junglas would probably be my 1st pick for most of the reasons Bushman5 mentioned. But I wouldn't feel under-knifed if I had any in the size between the laserstrike and 6.
Esee 6 all day long, it works well for most things.
I'm just thinking if you have ONE knife to survive with it hasta make a shelter.......skin game more than likely small game.
I can't see skinning a squirrel or a rabbit with a 6in blade.
Not trying to start a argument.....just trying to picture a one knife scenario.
Ideally a person would have a 6in for a camp knife and a 4-5in folder for skinning tasks.
But it's survival "ideal" is s rarity!
I definitely get what you mean! I've done some squirrels with larger blades and even a machete once cause it was all we had with us at the time. It's very doable, but takes some getting used to different ways of gripping the blade spine or wedging the spine into a stump and using it as a stationary tool. Skinning a deer with a Junglas is pretty easy if you slide the lanyard down your forearm and grip the spine about where the saber grind ends. Definitely not ideal, but practicing with it under normal conditions will make you more able when the suck factor goes up.
In what world? I go to work with at least on 4" folder on me and either a folding saw or a fixed blade in my bag, I go fishing, and bang 4" folder and a fixed blade or folding saw in my bag...why would I ever assume that if I get left out in a survival situation I would not A) have my folder, B) have my bag? Did I sign up for naked and afraid? If I did I'll just find a sharp piece of stone or the like to skin my partner with when they piss me off for being lazy and not bringing a useful tool to the party.
Ok so I'm not a weirdo(or only weirdo) for having a 6 with a survival pouch kit, a Junglas, a sak and a multi tool in my backpack. That's besides the izzy or 3 or LS I edc along with a leatherman in my pocket.
Hell no! That's why we wear cargo shorts!
Definitely my Izula folder.
Friends and coworkers mess with me about the weight of my pack sometimes. I told them I look at it like resistance training, but most of the time it sits in a boat, the truck or next to my desk.