Are you planning to spend some time in the wilderness? If so, you may be looking for the perfect outdoor survival knife. Unfortunately, this article will not make any recommendations as far as a specific brand or style goes. That kind of decision should be made based on whatever special features you are looking for. Instead, I will talk about the basic make up of a good survival knife.
A survival knife should be considerably versatile. It should be able to handle anything you throw at it. The main characteristic that differs a survivalist from a regular person is that they are always prepared. You need a knife that allows you to always be prepared as well.
The most important part of every survival knife is obviously the blade. You need a blade that will be strong enough to withstand a lot of beating, while continuing to hold a sharp edge. No matter the quality of the blade though, it will eventually need a good sharpening. If you forget your sharpener, a good survival knife should also be easy to sharpen with something that can be found in the wilderness (a rock for example). There are some knives that require a special sharpener, so unless you do not mind carrying the special sharpener with you into the outdoors, get a knife that can be easily sharpened by almost anything.
Another important thing to think about a knife before carrying it into the outdoors with you is its weight. You do not want to carry a knife that is so heavy or bulky that it gets in your way! Anything that restricts your movement could ultimately be your downfall! You also do not want a knife that is so heavy, you will not be able to handle it effectively once exhaustion sets in.
As long as a knife can meet the above needs, it can be used as a survival knife. If you do not already have a compass, there are survival knives that come equipped with one, but I would not totally count on the accuracy of some of those things. I carry a compass with me whenever I go into the wilderness, so I do not need this feature on a knife. I just need a knife that is sharp and versatile enough to handle any situation.