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How to Buy a Survival Knife

Learn some survival knife buying tips in this Howcast video with expert Dan Delavan.


Hi. My name's Dan Delavan. I'm owner operator of Plaza Cutlery in Costa Mesa, California. We have a great selection. We also have a website, And today we're going to be talking about knives.

In deciding to buy a survival knife you have to decide exactly what you're going to do with it, and what your plans are. And if you fly small planes and so forth, a hollow handle knife, you know while it's pretty cool, it isn't necessarily the strongest. Especially if you have to get through the side of your plane. So something a little bit more heavy duty, such as a Chris Reeves, the Strider, or a K-Bar Becker. Yeah, it's going to be a little bit more practical. Because again, you can get all those different features inside the sheath. So you have a lot of stuff in a small area to help you get out of where you need to be. Also you have to decide if it's going to be a do-all knife. If it's got to hack through different things, you're going to want something a little bigger, with a more heavy duty blade.

And there's a lot of custom, small production knives. Busse knives, you know, makes some great knives that way. Just may have to have a different type of sheath made for it to carry the extra stuff. Like any good knife, that's going to be around a 100 dollars, on up. Again, depends on the quality. If you're getting the Chris Reeves, they're going to be in the 300 dollar range. Same with the Striders, and Busses are going to be up in that price range. But if you want just a general type knife with a sheath that makes it versatile, and which to carry, it would be you know just over a 100 dollars to 200 dollars.

For the more of a regular, more moderate price, the Becker and other K-Bar models are a really good choice. Ontario makes a number of knives too. And again, they all have the pouch to where you can store different things in it. So depending on your situation, you know you can put whatever you need in there.

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