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View Poll Results: SHTF knives
A leatherman/multi-tool with it's blade 67 68.37%
A small pocket knife 28 28.57%
A large pocket knife 26 26.53%
A small fixed blade 31 31.63%
A large fixed blade 65 66.33%
A kukri, machete or similar size/style blade 46 46.94%
A filet knife 17 17.35%
A butcher knife 11 11.22%
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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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The necessary shtf knives are...

And the answers are multiple choice....



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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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A good fixed blade at least 5-6" heavy duty and of hard steel to last longer.

A couple good folders as well.

And at least a hatchet.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #3
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I considered putting hatchet in the poll, but it's not really a knife. People could count their vote in the Kukri/machete or similar poll and simply say they prefer that.



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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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I'm with BSalty a 5in fixed blade SOG seal pup elite is my go to outdoors / survival knife and current choice for shtf knife.

I also carry a folder and multi-tool, both are extremely useful however there's not much that a small fixed blade can't do - if I can only have one - it's the fixed blade.

even so, I would still like to have my folding camp saw and perhaps my good hatchet along in a true shtf scenario

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Atleast one of all the above.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:59 PM   #6
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I seem to have a use for all of those knives (some more than others and some very seldomly) I would want a variety of knives to use as tools. I would want the whole list.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #7
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I think a Leatherman, large pocket knife, 4 to 5 inch fixed blade (small), and a machete cover about everything down here in the south. You can vary, but with the machete you don't really need a large fixed blade because the machete takes care of chopping and you can baton with either. Too big a fixed blade than makes all the game cleaning work harder and that's what the fixed is really needed for with a machete on hand. (or hatchet) A filet knife is a nice plus, but you can do without it and make do with the others if you're bugging out and want to keep weight down.




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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:13 PM   #8
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quality 3.5 inch blade (or similar).

that's all you need IMO. However I do have many other knives, many much longer and more formidable.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #9
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In my kit I have a SOG EOD multitool, a medium size folder, a medium sized fixed blade and a 12" sawback machete. I've tried several variations over several years and that's what I've found works best for me. I also carry a small credit card style tools that consists of a blade, a magnifying glass, tweezers, a plastic toothpick, a liquid filled compass and a P38 style can opener/straightslot screw driver.

I also pack a Glock folding shovel and an SOG hatchet/tomahawk.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #10
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In my opinion you can NEVER have enough blades. But this is coming from a self-confessed blade addict!

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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #11
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A trusty Kabar has always served me well. It is my go to blade.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #12
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I am not a knife guy but I have a Gerber multi-tool, a large fixed blade 7", and a machete. I feel those would be the minimum.
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Leatherman MUT, Emerson CQC 8, Cold Steel Recon Tanto and Cold Steel Kukri.

Leatherman provides weapons/mechanical/electrical task ability.
Emerson for general cutting/last ditch defense/skinning.
Recon Tanto is last ditch offensive/prying/utility.
Kukri chops and splits small wood well for fire and shelter building.
* Not a knife but I have used the Cold Steel Spetsnaz shovel to cut down small 4-5 inch dead trees, clear brush, dig a snow cave and cat holes.
If I had to pick one it would be the Recon Tanto. Looks like hell after Iraq Deployment and lives in the Truck for whatever I can throw at it.

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Old October 15th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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I can make do with a small 3-blade pocket knife, a large sheath knife, and an axe.

The other stuff is just "nice to have".

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Atleast one of all the above.
I agree with hawk, they all will have a use if SHTF. Now if I'm on the go, a small utility folder and carbon steel fixed blade for skinning game or SD use. dozier

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