As you can see I own quite a few knives. Most of which just sit in a drawer or on a shelf looking pretty. I have very few knives that I would trust in a “survival” situation. In fact I only use 3 out of all these regularly.
These 3 or 4 seen in this picture are the only knives I use on a regular basis. The top blade is a Frost Cutlery blade I got awhile back in a dealer kit I purchased. Since I got this knife in a kit I’m not sure exactly what they call it. The blade is 4.5″ total length 12″. The hilt on it sucked and I shattered it the first time I tried actually using it for anything more than carving sticks, so I have replaced it with a custom hilt I fashioned out of a solid piece of bamboo I had lying around. I carved it a bit longer than the original hilt to give me more chopping force. Using the original bolts and some gorilla glue to secure it, I then wrapped it with 550 paracord and soaked it in a bowl of water to shrink the cord and get a nice tight wrap out of it. Honestly I think the blade will snap before the bamboo will.
The second blade which I carry with me everywhere is a Smith and Wesson® ExtremeOps folder I got for christmas a few years ago. Since then I’v litteraly beat the crap out of it, Using it to split firewood, throwing it at trees during boring moments at camp, and prying anything that won’t move when I want it to. I think its the most use I have ever gotten out of a pocket knife without it breaking on me. The blade length is 3.25″.
The third knife isnt really a knife at all but a Leatherman® Squirt P4. This is my multitool of choice when I go into the backcountry. This leatherman has pliars like most leatherman tools but the other option for this particular tool had scissors. I used a micra for awhile that was great, but I was tired of lugging my big tool up into the woods when I planed on doing a little fishing. So I got the squirt with pliers because of my fishing habit, those hooks can be a pain in the butt to get out of a fish without pliers. Its also got a file on it which is great for sharpening dull hooks. This tool also has the most comfortable grip out of all the multitools I have ever used despite its tiny size. I got turned onto this multitool by earlylight over at Sectionhiker, go check out his article on knife size if your into ultralight gear or anything camping for that matter he’s got a great site.
The fourth one I use sometimes is an old swiss army knife. Im sure you all know the benefits of the swiss so I wont go into it, The only reason I dont usually carry it is because the squirt takes care of anything the swiss could do, so I usually leave it at home.
I left out a few knives in the top photo because of their size or because they are just deco blades. Couldnt really fit a machete in there with all the rest of em without making the other blades look tiny.
Weight isnt much of an issue for me when I decide what knife to carry, I dont want to be hampered by a tiny “ultralight” knife that will break when I need it most. I like to be able to rely on my blade and its nice to have a larger knife around for camp chores.