Having a good solid knife is one of the basic survival tools you must have. If I had to choose only one item of equipment to survive with, a quality knife would be it. If you have a good quality knife, you can either do, or make the things to do, any survival task you could need. But there are some jobs that are best done by a bigger blade.
Weight is always a consideration when planning your preps. For homesteading or bugging in, you can afford a lot of heavy items. If you are solar equipped, you can even use power tools in a grid down. But if you need to bug out and move on, all that heavy stuff might have to be left behind. A good survival knife will get a lot of things done, but many chores can best be accomplished by a bigger blade. And if you have to foot mobile by bug out bag, axes and saws are going to be weight prohibitive. While in Vietnam with the 101st Abn. Div, we lived in the jungle and mountains for extended periods of time, carrying everything we needed by rucksack. Ammunition, food, water, “necessities”. Weight was always a serious consideration, and if we didn’t need it, we didn’t carry it. I carried a military issue Ontario machete , slipped between the rucksack and frame. I found it extremely useful for clearing brush and all of the other chores machetes are designed for. It is still a good design.
A good machete is a versatile tool that is usually made with a full tang. They usually have blades of universal thickness designed to avoid chipping or breaking. Today, many manufacturers offer a variety of designs that you might find useful and I present a few of them here for your consideration.
Overall length: 18.11 inches. Blade length is 12.99 inches and is made from 420j2 stainless steel. It weighs 1 pound, 3 ounces and comes with a paracord wrapped handle and a nylon sheath.
Blade Length: 12″
Overall Length: 17 5/8″
Steel: 1055 Carbon Steel w/ Black Baked Matte Finish
Weight: 14.3 oz
Handle: 5 5/8″ Long Polypropylene
16 1/2″ overall length .5″ Military style soft leather grip with steel knuckle guard – Cool in summer and warm in winter. 1/8″ thick x 10 1/2″ high carbon steel blade hardened to Rockwell C47. Blade cuts branches and wood up to 1 1/2″ in diameter with a single stroke
Edge and reverse saw blade. Overall length 25.7 inches. Blade length 18 inches. Weight 18 oz.
Overall Length: 19.5’’
- Blade Length: 13.5’’
- Weight (with sheath): 25.4 oz.
- Weight (no sheath): 19.4 oz.
These are just a few of the choices you have when selecting a machete like large blade knife for your preps. Research your needs based on the type of terrain you may be surviving and your individual needs.