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Preview – Unusual Suspects – Survival Knives

Self-preservation is a subtle theme throughout this issue, so here we take a closer look at survival knives: our “SHTF” column elsewhere in this issue features two bizarre-looking survival blades, while this edition of “Unusual Suspects” focuses on the more conventional types.

After our rigorous (if unscientific) testing, we found that if a tool is marketed as a survival knife, it better meet three crucial criteria: have a stellar handle, be made of durable materials, and offer a sharp yet versatile blade. Among this bunch, there are no losers. All excel in certain aspects — the key is figuring out what aspects are most important to you and when. Once you do, no doubt one of these tools will make a home in your go bag. Turn the page to find out which one we’d bug-out with.

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Make: KA-BAR
Model: Johnson Adventure Gamestalker
OAL: 8 inches
Blade Length: 4 inches
Blade Material: 440 stainless steel
Weight: 4 ounces
MSRP: $66
URL: www.kabar.com

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Make: Benchmade
Model: 162 Bushcrafter
OAL: 9.2 inches
Blade Length: 4.43 inches
Blade Material: S30V
Weight: 7.72 ounces
MSRP: $200
URL: www.benchmade.com

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Make: Camillus
Model: Les Stroud SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife
OAL: 10 inches
Blade Length: 4.75 inches
Blade Material: 440 stainless steel
Weight: 8.2 ounces
MSRP: $58
URL: www.camillusknives.com

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