Ideal size survival knife

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  1. JMJ

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    OP, I missed part of you question. I'm a huge fan of a choil on a knife. I've got XXL glove wearing hands and like the extra control the choil provides me for doing small tasks, especially with bigger knives. I plan to add a choil to my Junglas and possibly my 5.
     
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    I'm the opposite, the majority of my pack is empty in the event I need to put stuff in there as I go. So while have all that, the pack is not heavy.
     
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    I do go lighter in the summer. In winter I go heavy since I'm in secluded areas a lot for work on the water. If an airboat breaks down on marsh it can take hours til help gets to us. MREs, rocket stove, small tent, brick of fatwood, personal FAK and extra dry clothes. Probably overboard, but I'd rather be comfortable and hang close to the boat. We also carry SPOT locators.
     
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    My EDC lately. I have long fingers so you see the choils here.........
    I might get caught without my fixed but my folder would be fine in a SHTF situation.
    Spyderco Manix 2 XL with a thin blade of almost 4in...grippy and decent sized.
    More than useful to skin what ever and survive with.
    Much prefer my fixed 5 1/4in blade but SHTF just to have a blade is a plus!

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    "Ideal" is defined by the context. What's the environment and season? :)
     
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    Fiddleback producing kephart for me. 4" blade perfection. Another would be a Nathan Coruthers EDC
     
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    You're a knife whore and will be editing this comment in 30 days or less.
     
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    Not with this one. This is my go to knife
     
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    Yaaaaaaaawn
     
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    I would go with a 6 inch knife, give or take. ESEE 6 or Ratmandu.

    I would try real hard to secret a scandi, too. Several of the Helle line would be enough or even a Mora Bushcraft.

    Only one? The 6 or RMD.
     
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    My Rodent 5 is same size blade length wise as the Ratmandu.
    I like the handle and the way it feels in hand better than the RMD.
    Also like the more defined pummel so if I need it won't booger up the handle.
     
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    Ideal/sized survival knife? Only One?

    The 4. Enough heft to manage the big stuff, small enough to easily conceal when low profile is the better stance.
     
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    Tough call. Chances are I will be in an urban or suburban environment when TSHF so I'd pick my Dpx Hest original. If I know I'll be in an austere environment, then I'd pick my Esee 6.
     
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    If I had to choose only one knife length I would have to go with 4.5" blade.
     
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    Wife says size doesnt matter. :)

    After a lot of thought ive come up with: Whatever blade you got during your survival event will do. Important part is have it on you. For me ive got a couple of three inch blades on me at all times. One to cut dirty things and one to cut things that i eat.

    With all that being said id love to have my esee four on me. Maybe ill whip up a simple sheath and start carrying the 4. Then a junglas sheath. And an ar15 sheath. Yikes.
     
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    I'm gonna say a 4 inch blade. I have debated this in my head and packing different knives on outings from hunting, fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains, to hiking and bike riding trails. I am very fond of the Esee 6 and believe it is an excellent choice for a survival knife but the length kills it for me for most of my outdoor adventures.
     
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    I'm a fan of the 4-4.5 range, and I have a few that go from light to heavy. ML Kephart, Spyderco Bushcraft, LT Wright Scatty Crafter. My next might be a 3 HM, that looks like a winner.
     
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    My ideal survival blade is an axe without a doubt, but my only bring one knife is usually my 3. That said I like something with a 5"ish blade, choil and a bit of heft
     
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    This is it. Bark river aurora II in 3v
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