The Survival Knife

Why A Survival Knife is Essential

apocalypse survival knifeWhen designing a zombie survival kit, it is important to remember that you cannot survive on weapons and bullets alone. Food, water, and tools will be scarce or nonexistent. In order to be prepared for any situation that might arise, a survival kit must contain simple and multi-purpose tools for as wide a range of scenarios as possible. A strong, high quality survival knife is often the most efficient use of space in any kit.

There are countless high quality brands available. A trip to a local gun or outdoors store will offer plenty of choices, and most employees in these types of stores have a great deal of knowledge about which knives are best. Mentioning zombies is not recommended, as it can often raise red flags or at least give the impression you are not a serious buyer.

Remember that it is not your responsibility to educate the masses, they are either a believer or they aren’t. There will be no point in saying “I told you so” someday when you drive the same knife the employee sold you through their rotting undead forehead, so don’t bother getting into it with them now. Instead, simply ask for a high quality knife good for wilderness survival, and then pick the one that feels most comfortable.

Best Survival Knife Practices

Although a survival knife can certainly be used in a tight situation with the undead, the majority of the time it will be used in a utility capacity. For example, a first aid kit is much more useful when there is a knife available; bandaging wounds, cutting gauze, and cutting thread are all much easier with a knife. A knife can also be used to cut timber and firewood, as well as to fashion additional weapons such as spears and fishhooks. Having an extra spear or two can be useful for hunting small game as well as fending off the stray zombie or two that wander into your camp.

Just be sure not to use the same spear to kill zombies and wild game or you’ll quickly learn the most embarrassing way to become infected and join the ranks of the undead. Zombie tissue is extremely infectious and can be transmitted by even the smallest amount entering the bloodstream; keep hunting equipment separate from zombie weapons at all times!

There will be times when it becomes necessary to use a survival knife to directly engage the undead. As time goes on and ammunition becomes increasingly scarce, these situations will undoubtedly increase. Whenever possible, use a hand-to-hand weapon with better range, such as an aluminum baseball bat or a machete. If these weapons are not available, take care to avoid the hands and teeth of the undead; one stray scratch from the infected can spell a slow agonizing doom.

Survival Knife vs Undead

When using a knife on a zombie, remember that the undead feel no pain and have no blood flow. Typical knifing techniques like “going for the jugular” or the stomach will have absolutely no effect and will simply increase the likelihood of getting bit or scratched. Instead, use your foot to push the zombie back against a wall or onto the floor if possible, then with one quick motion jam the knife upward into the underside of the zombie’s head, just behind the jaw.

Alternatively, if a zombie is unlucky enough to have its back to you, a jab into the back of the head just below the skull is equally effective. Remember the only part of the zombie’s body that matters when trying to kill one is their brain. Once they are down and if there is time, an extra couple jabs into the brain is a smart way to make sure they stay down for good.

Do you have a good survival knife in your zombie survival kit?

Here are some of our top picks for survival knives with links to more information, ratings and reviews…

ImagesSurvival KnivesBlade MaterialDimensionsPriceRating
ESEE-6 Plain Black Blade Survival KnifeESEE-6 Plain Black Blade

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1095 Carbon Steel - 57 RcLength: 11.75"
Blade: 6.5"
Wt: 11.8 oz
$$5
Cold Steel San Mai Recon Scout Kraton Handle (Cordura Sheath)Cold Steel San Mai Recon Scout Kraton Handle


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VG-1 San Mai III metalLength: 12.5"
Blade: 7.5"
Wt: 12.7 oz
$$$5
Benchmade Killian Design Marc Lee Glory Knife with BK1 Coating and FB SheathBenchmade Killian Design Marc Lee Glory Survival Knife


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Stainless Steel/58-61HRCLength: 12.5"
Blade: 7.3"
Wt: 4.5 oz
$$$$5
Hardcore Hardware Australia BFK01-G Big Dog Survival Knife Black G-10Hardcore Hardware Australia BFK01-G Big Dog Survival Knife


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D2 Tool SteelLength: 12"
Blade: 6.69"
Wt: 16.7 oz
$$$$5
SureFire Delta Folding Combat/Utility KnifeSureFire Delta Folding Combat/Utility Knife


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Crucible CPM 330V SteelLength: 8"
Blade: 3.37"
Wt: 4.6 oz
$$$$$4.7
Cold Steel GI Tanto KnifeCold Steel GI Tanto Knife


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High Carbon SteelLength: 12"
Blade: 7"
Wt: 19.2 oz
$4.6
Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate KnifeBear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife


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High Carbon SteelLength: 11.8"
Blade: 4.75"
Wt: 15.2 oz
$$4.3
Benchmade Contego Plain Edge Folding Knife - Black/BlackBenchmade Contego Plain Edge Folding Knife (Black)


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Stainless SteelLength: 9.28"
Blade: 3.98"
Wt: 5.92 oz
$$$4
Marine Drop Point Survival KnifeMarine Drop Point Survival Knife

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1055 Carbon SteelLength: 12"
Blade: 7"
Wt: 19.2 oz
$3.9
SOG Specialty Knives and Tools AO3-P Arcitech Damascus Folding KnifeSOG Specialty Knives and Tools AO3-P Arcitech Damascus Folding Knife


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Nickel and Stainless SteelLength: 8"
Blade: 3.5"
Wt: 4.5 oz
$$$$$2.7

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