Survival Necessities: Knives

Create a shelter
If it’s going to rain or the sun is sapping your energy, you can use your knife to cut large bushy branches off of a tree. Lean these branches against a trunk or fallen log to make an impromptu lean-to shelter shielding you from the elements.

Call attention to search parties
Most blades when clean can reflect a good deal of light. If you find yourself without your signaling mirror wipe it clean and practice reflecting light on targets. Once you feel good about your aim use the standard SOS signal of 3 short flashes, 3 long flashes, followed by 3 short flashes towards the rescue teams to get their attention.

Start fire with knife

Make a fire
Many knives, like the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife, have a flint exposure on the blade and a firestarter included. This will help you start a fire quickly and easily. If your knife doesn’t have a firestarter, you can use the knife to cut pieces of tinder to start a fire.

Make hunting gear
You can create a good hunting or fishing spear by finding a long straight branch. Cut off all the plant shoots and sharpen the edge or lash the knife to the end of the spear. Test and refine your spear by changing up the balance so you can get a predictable and accurate weapon.

Clean your catch
Whether it is fish or game, you are going to need to prep it for cooking. A nice sharp knife is needed to remove skin, bones, and parts that you may not want to eat.

Clear a path
Need to get from A to B? While a machete or a parang might be a more effective device for clearing brush that is in your way you can still use a knife to cut away obstacles in your path.

Gather intel
Use a knife to make different contraptions that would help you gather information on what is moving around your particular area. Don’t have a trip wire? Cut thin 6-12 inch twigs and place them on commonly used paths then conceal them by laying grass over the top. Check regularly to see if larger animals/people are walking through a given area, if they are broken you know game or someone is nearby.

Make rope and lines
While different techniques are used for different woods types which may or may not be available in your area it is worth reading up and trying out rope a corn making skills. Not only will you wow your friends it is a fun thing to do with your family. Check out this great video from

9 thoughts on “Survival Necessities: Knives”

  • Linda Boots

    great ideas and info I am using it for our
    Boy Scout Troop, along with my own personal
    knowledge. Thanks

  • Hayden

    Any time I see Grylls name attached to anything I dismiss that product as phony as he is. When he had a show he took chances NOBODY would unless they had a crew and rescue nearby. Who in a survivak sit. would run down hundreds of feet of loose shale when they could pick their way down without risking serious, maybe fatal injury without a rescue crew handy. The MANY chances he took were for showoff and would not serve a person well in a true survival situation. I don't care how able to handle a situation HE is.. just show me how I can survive by myself. PHONY SHOWOFF!

  • Raymond P. Narushof
    Raymond P. Narushof March 22, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Bear Gryll's may be a showoff but he shows what can be done (AS A POSSIBILITY,if YOU KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!)while the situations may be staged the ability to think out side the box that is shown can be the difference between life & death if you only use your injun,inuity :-) as they were pretty savy people! Ray Narushof

  • Brad

    Everyone seems down on Grylls; all one has to do is to do a bit of research, rather than stand back and wind up making "SNIDE and RUDE" remarks...get ahold of a copy of Grylls book. Read it ! Find out about the man, before you condemn him. He is a man of strong faith; both in God, and himself! I don't know the man personally, but I took the time to verify what he believes in, and how he conducts himself; hopefully others will also do so; rather than just run their mouths.... NUFF ' SAID!

  • Fred

    This information is useful IF you happen to have a shop nearby where you have a saw, electric, a vice and other tools needed. Also if you happen to go to your nearby Wal-Mart hardware store and pre-buy the tomahawk head.
    This guy would be better off showing how-to without the benefit of modern tools. Para-cord is a very useful item to have in abundance, but if you don't have it, you may want to learn how to use tree bark or some other type of natural substance to make string. This guy is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mona

    I think those of you who don't like him are just jealous because you aren't strong minded and willed enough to do the things he does. Everyone's untimate reason for "working" is to make money. He found a way to make a lot of it doing something he really likes and hopes to help someone else along the way. I love the guy. If my husband and I were in a real survival situation, I would want him to be one of my group.

  • Brooks A. Mick

    The survival skills and techniques illustrated by Grylls are useful. That the TV shows are staged for entertainment value is secondary and irrelevant. I think he should cook his rattlesnake meat a little longer, and it doesn't hurt to have a small salt-and-papper shaker in your survival kit...

  • Brooks

    PS: The Morakniv Companion blade, about $11 from Amazon, makes an excellent survival knife. No need to pay big bucks.

  • Doug Rodrigues

    Easier to just have a ball of heavy string in a survival kit.

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