Backcountry-Ready: Learn About Survival Knives
Prepare for the unexpected with rugged, versatile survival knives from DICK’S Sporting Goods. Choose from fixed blade and folding blade survival knives, plus knife kits and a wide selection of specialized knives for hunting and camping.
DICK’S Sporting Goods carries durable, high quality all-purpose survival knives from Gerber®, Buck®, Cold Steel®, KA-BAR®, Boker® and other trusted brands. Whether they have fixed blades or folding blades, these knives are well suited to chopping, slicing and plunging cuts.
For more specialized needs, discover a range of survival knives designed for sawing, cutting rope, clearing brush and other tasks.
A high-quality, dependable survival knife is essential for long backpacking expeditions, wilderness camping, and other demanding outdoors activities. When shopping for a survival knife, there are several factors to consider:
- Folding blade or fixed blade: Folding blade survival knives have the advantage of being compact and easy to carry, and can often be clipped to your other gear for even greater convenience. A fixed blade knives, on the other hand, may be a good choice if you want to be able to draw and use your knife as quickly as possible.
- Blade length: Shorter blades are well suited to tasks that require precise control, while longer-blade survival knives are a better choice for heavier work like cutting brush.
While survival knives are available with several different blade materials, the most common are stainless steel and carbon steel. Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, making it ideal for situations in which the blade may be used repeatedly between opportunities for cleaning.
Carbon steel is easier to sharpen and can be ground to a sharper edge, so carbon steel knives tend to have the sharpest blades. If you choose a carbon steel knife, keep in mind that this type of steel is more prone to rust and corrosion, so it’s important to clean your knife thoroughly after each use.