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from Bob Hansen on 02.27.13
A "survival" knife: N. Any knife used to survive whatever bad situation you may find yourself in. Lol, sorry, couldn't resist.
Seriously, "survival knife" is kind of an amorphous term, it means different things to different people. To me, it means a solidly constructed, medium-to-large single-edged knife, usually with serrations either on part of the blade, or on the back edge. It would have a steel pommel, so you can use it for pounding in stakes, etc. Those are about the general characteristics to me, but as I said, the term means different things to different people. And really, almost any knife can be a "survival knife" if you have it with you when you need it.
I'm glad you added "and how would you use
it?" because that makes it easy to answer. A survival knife is a knife that can do (almost) anything you can think of.
Is it the knife you have with you when you really need it?
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