For experienced adventurers looking for a more purist outdoors experience, a survival knife kit provides the perfect challenge. As the name suggests, a survival knife kit is a survival kit packed inside a hollowed out knife handle or assembled in a pouch which can be easily attached to the sheath of the knife. Both setups have distinct advantages and disadvantages.
The knife to be chosen for a survival knife kit should be compact; a four or five inch blade length is all you really need. For maximum durability a survival knife should not have a kit placed in a hollowed handle; instead it should be full tang (the blade extends all the way through the handle). The sheath should contain several points of contact in which to lash a kit to the sheath, where the unit can be looped around a belt.
If you do decide for a hollow handled knife as the basis for your survival knife kit waterproof matches or flint can be stowed in the handle. In addition you can pack snare wire, fishing line, hooks, water purification tablets and other modest essentials. Additional gear should still be attached to the sheath. Nylon pouches or magazine pouches are handy for just such a need. These pouches can contain variations of the pocket survival kits, which can be assembled in something like an Altoids tin.
A knife survival kit should also contain a comprehensive first aid kit, attached to the belt with nylon or another pouch which can be waterproofed. Other items you might think to include are a wire ring saw or foldable hacksaw, a sharpening stone.
Avoid using a double-edged knife in a knife survival kit. These are more prone to personal injury and more likely to breakdown to the stresses of survival chores. Also avoid the oversized “Rambo” knives. They are primarily unwieldy and can cause the user to tire quickly while trying to set up a camp. The best knives to choose are knives that can be used for whittling, notching, slicing, and filleting. The only real use for a large knife would be chopping through dense brush (in the tropics), in which case a machete is more likely to fit the bill.
To make the most out of your survival knife kit, think carefully over the conditions you will be in and what scenarios in which you will need to use your knife. Once you’ve decided what you need and where to go the last thing to be done is to throw on your boots and enjoy your wilderness experience.