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The classic Companion is a sore dick deal - you just can't beat it!!
A good baseline for survival knives is morakniv knives.
I bought a couple of these and keep them in my car/bug in bag. One of them I've taken on backpacking trips and it handles Batoning/ campsite activities pretty well.
I bought a Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 4.1-Inch a few years ago. I use it for meal prep because it's fixed blade and about the size of a kitchen prep knife. The Amazon site shows its use for camping tasks, too.
EDIT - just saw this has been recommended a few times already. Must be good!
morakniv is the way to go
Edit: they have other variations, but all of their knives are excellent for price points
It's really important that you get a tool that's right for you. As you notice, I don't recommend planes, the other guy did.
I have reasons but they are mostly my own. For eexample I wouldn't recommend planes because they will only work when working on straight grain. The moment you encounter a knot, you'll be struggling. And on top of it, planes are expensive and only the expensive ones are worth getting. A cheap drawknife or rasp works fine but a cheap plane is gonna make you cry.
Now, you were saying you don't wanna file for 10 hours. I think you're a little bit mistaken about rasps. You will probably be surprised how quick a good, coarse rasp is. They can devour wood. The reason why you need a rasp is because there will be spots in wood where the grain is running off. A cutting tool will struggle to cut when grain runs off but a rasp will still work.
Alright, I recommend the following. Get yourself a rasp. I have no particular recommendation. Check out ebay and see if you can get one there. If not, get one from harbor freight. Look for a big one. Possibly these 4-in-1s.
Then, get a Morakniv knife. The company is famous for making high quality bushcrafting knives. These knives are absolutely amazing for working on wood.
And a knife is better than a plane or drawknife if you don't have a workbench. Just place the wood against the ground and your foot and use the knife.
On Amazon for $14, the companion. [link]
It's one of their cheapest and great. They come with a scandi grind. It's the best grind for woodworking and easiest to resharpen.
well im not an expert in any of those categories. but ive been doing a lot of heavy research into bushcrafting (ie watching all the top dogs on youtube and studyign their gear) and ill tell you knives are ultra important. the one you have listed is seen as a joke though it is a good one but without the serrated edge. you should add the mora $10 knife thats on amazon right now. [link]
Way cheaper and very good knife for what you need. And RAZOR sharp. I have one and the price makes it nice that you can beat it up. I guarantee you'll be impressed. It's carbon steel so you just need to oil the blade every once in a while or it will rust.
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, Military Green, 4.1-Inch [link]
Get a pair of Mora Companions for $14 each and if you find out that you want something more then you can look for something more focused for your type of outdoors use. Most "survival" knives are lumped together in one category that makes it difficult to distinguish what their type design is for. KaBar Becker BK2 is basically a sharpened pry-bar. The thing is practically bomb-proof but its thick blade and obtuse grind means that it won't be very easy to cut with. Esee knives are also tough, and feature more functional grinds and and a great warranty, but 1095 steel they use is still going to be inferior in edge retention and edge stability to premium CPM-3v or Vanadis 4-Extra that you see on stuff like a GSO-4.7 or the ZT-0180. Then you have knives like Falknivens that use high-end stainless laminated steels which are price because the process for laminating is expensive and complicated and provides a stainless blade with some of the impact absorption that normally is attributed to carbon blades while still maintaining a harder edge. The reason I suggest a Mora is that for someone new to the fixed blade game, it's an option that won't break the bank and is also probably the highest value for the price of any fixed blade available. It's the Timex of knives. Not fancy but it works and is easy to replace if you lose or break(which is still pretty unlikely) it.
That is the stainless. This is the carbon steel.
I suggest not getting green though it can be hard to see if you drop it or set it down and are in the woods/on the trail. I have the bright blue one. It is astonishingly ugly - but it will never be lost.
This is all you need. Literally. And on most days you're not even going to pull it off of your belt except maybe to cut some 550 cordage.
The axe is completely unnecessary and can be replaced by a lightweight hatchet or (my go-to) a folding saw.
The spear is the only interesting thing and really that would just be for fun because if you're really trying to catch fish there's a reason the fishing pole is the most popular way to do it, it works. Even the fishing pole is unnecessary if you have running water because you can make a funnel fish trap with a few sticks.
What do you need a leatherman for? Are you taking screws? Is the 3" saw going to help you out? The first rule of hiking/camping/surviving outside of a car camping trip is to reduce unnecessary weight and increase mobility.
He's a father. I'd recommend this btw: [link]
I own one, and it's just about the best knife I've ever owned, it's very reasonably priced too ;)
Try a mora for a couple of bucks more and a mini bic lighter.
Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Carbon Steel Blade,
[link] via @amazon
You can find super reviews on just about any Mora knife at Amazon, but here's one example:
Ben perso j'ai beaucoup appris de youtubeurs comme Survival Lilly, TA Outdoors et MCQ Bushcraft, il y aussi des français comme Chartreuse Nature ou Blackwolf Chris (plus brut de décoffrage, mais que je recommande pour les gueuletons qu'il se bricole dans la forêt), et on trouve de nombreux sites et ouvrages sur le sujet.
Question matos si tu randonne sérieux tu devrais avoir le plus important, mais il faut surtout un bon couteau (ce qui ne veut pas forcement dire cher, le MoraKniv Companion est un classique très robuste qui coute environ 15 boules), voire une hachette si tu veux beaucoup construire, et les essentiels de la rando (trousse de secours, popotte, tente ou hamac, tapis de sol, etc...). Perso je m'équipe beaucoup en surplus militaire, c'est bien moins cher, souvent plus robuste et plus pratique que du Décathlon de luxe. Après tout dépend de ce que tu veux faire, si t'a des questions n'hésites pas!
Good news, friend: [link]
For backpacking any tool that performs all those functions is unnecessary bulk. How much chopping will you really be doing? I carry a Mora Companion and a Deuce Trowel and suits my needs wonderfully. Just over 4oz combined and takes up almost zero pack space
I have never had a need to chop anything in the backcountry
Morakniv, in carbon.
If it rusts, he knows he's not taking care of it.
I got this one: [link]
It was this one: [link]
Is that the most awesome knife ever made?
The water that maybe cost like 3 dollars? And doesn't serve any use in my preps? And the food is arguably the only useful thing in that entire box.
[link] call it $15 for food
The rest was crap anyway. There go get better gear for less.
Generally, yes. It's too big.
I keep a Mora in my EDC bag, but I wouldn't carry it on my hip unless I was planning on using it for a while on something (it serves me as a camp knife or as a fixed blade if my pocket folder won't suffice).
For heavier uses, however (like batoning wood or chopping small trees), I have a larger knife that comes along. For that kind of job, I wouldn't want a tanto Kabar either, as it wouldn't have enough weight behind it to effectively chop something without me working too hard.
The Kabar is a good 'survival' knife for bushcraft type stuff in a pinch, or as it was designed, a 'fighting knife'. As far as practical uses that it is specifically good at, I feel that they are kind of limited by their very design.
I like carbon steel blades, but I also like sharpening knives....
Here is what I would start with.
Keep an eye on /r/hammocks as they will let you know when Woot.com is having a sale on the Youkon hammocks. They are good quality and will give you great comfort versus sleeping on the ground. I'm bigger than you and use one regularly.
Fine one anywhere. I recommend one with different settings so you can save battery or be able to see a good distance away.
You can go with a modern pack which will run you a bit of money or try your local Army Surplus store. They should have everything from your tacticool modern packs (I wouldn't suggest it but some like them) or your good old military ruck sacks. Just try them on to see what is comfortable for you. Don't be scared to load them up with junk in the store to see how the weight feels.
You can get the Companion in Carbon as well, but only in OD Green. [link]
I think I'll be grabbing a few of these.
I bought this as an EDC-type knife and I'm super satisfied with it. 5 years later, the blade lock isn't very reliable, but that's what you get with a cheap knife. it holds a nice edge.
alternatively, I use a mora. Not retractible, but it's cheap and it's my "kicker" knife. Sharp, durable and dependable.
Mora's are excellent knives [link]
I love this Mora knife.
Cheap, reliable, and very high quality.
The Morakniv Companion seems like a good starting point. Pretty cheap where I'm at ordering from Amazon.
Granted, I have a couple Gerbers. Mostly paraframe folders, and for the price, you're better off with a Chinese Kershaw, like the Oso Sweet
Not full tang but what I recommend: here
Full tang recommendation: here
like u/kimste2 said for the money you really can't go wrong with a Mora. If you insist on a full tang I also have a couple of the Survivor HK-106 knives and have been very impressed considering the price, they also come with a fire starter.
Mora - Light My Fire
Hatchets should have light handles. The objective is to keep pack weight down while focusing the weight it does have in the head so it can apply force. The gerber infantry is too large and the wrong material for being "outdoor ready" You would be better off with a smaller carbon steel blade so it can double as a fire starting steel. Folding tactical knifes are pretty mall ninja too.
This is my go-to survival knife. They're cheap but very durable, hold a blade well, are easy to sharpen, and very lightweight. I've been using this knife hiking and camping since I started, I've toyed with others but always come back to this simple blade.
I know this is a week old, but you should consider ditching those 3 knives on the right side. They look flimsy. Mora makes really good knives, solid, cheap, any survival expert would recommend them.