When I hear the words Survival Knife the first thing I think of is the monster knives that Sylvester Stallone carried in the Rambo movies First Blood (1982), Rambo (1985) and Rambo III (1988). But honestly carrying a huge Rambo knife into the woods is just not realistic. Most modern survival knives used today are similar in shape and size, fixed blade, full tang knives made of super hard carbon steel, or stainless steel, that will keep a sharp edge for a long time. These days you can buy just about anything on Amazon and these are the best survival knives on their site. Each blade comes with a survival knife sheath so you can attach it easily to your belt, combat vest of bug out bag.

NameOverall LengthBlade LengthBlade MaterialDetails
SOG Kiku9.76″4.9″AUS-8 Stainless SteelDetails
ESEE 6P-B11.75″6.5″1095 Carbon SteelDetails
KA-BAR BK-1011″5.5″1095 Cro-VanDetails
Gerber LMF II10.59″4.84″420HC StainlessDetails

SOG Kiku

This is one WICKED looking knife! Kiku Matsuda is an incredible knife maker. His designs are amazing and having SOG mass produce his designs is a match made in heaven. Beautiful lines on the blade, simple thumb rise and an almost tanto style point. Even the scales on this knife are unique. This knife looks good and feels great in your hand.

Building upon SOG’s long tradition of honoring Japanese knife makers, the new fixed-blade Kiku uses the collaborative design talents of SOG and Kiku Matsuda, one of the foremost tactical knife designers in Japan. SOG and Master Kiku Matsuda have won awards on collaborations before, and this knife should turn heads, too. The elegant linen micarta handle is rugged and easy to clean, while the AUS8 stainless steel blade is set up for years of reliable service.


The ESEE 6 is a simple design with no compromises in the construction of an amazing survival knife. This is the most expensive knife in the list, and the longest overall length knife that is featured on this page. At 11.75″ it can be a daunting. If that is the case, look at its smaller brother the ESEE 5.

The 11.75″ ESEE-6P is a full tang 1095 high carbon steel construction with an black powder coated flat ground 6.50″ blade. This blade features jimping on the spine for increased thumb grip. The Handle is made out of Grey Micarta scales, with a lanyard hole in the rounded pommel.


This knife is a pure workhorse. One hundred percent utilitarian. Serious bushmen and weekend campers will both appreciate this survival knife. This is the best bushcraft knife on the list.

Ethan Becker founded Becker Knife & Tool in the early 1980’s and set about designing, manufacturing and selling the industrial-strength tactical and survival knives that he had always wanted for himself. His products, the BK&T line, have gone a long way to making these now popular all-black knives in demand. The Kabar Becker Crewman knife is no different. It is made of.188″ thick 1095 Cro-Van Steel and offers a 5 1/2″ straight edge blade. It has a black zytel handle and includes a heavy-duty polyester sheath with front pocket. The KA-BAR Becker BK10 is sure to be a hit with salty Beckerheads and those just learning about the brand.

Gerber LMF II

You should never list survival knives without including at least one Gerber. The LMF II is an incredible knife, with a partial serrated blade and a handle that fits your hand like a glove. Besides black it also comes in a tan and a green.

Down behind enemy lines? Left to fend for yourself? These are the scenarios that inspired the LMF II. Former military man Jeff Freeman led the charge to engineer this fearless new 10″ survival knife. And we field tested it with the troops.