Choosing a Survival Machete for your Bugout Bag

Sugarcane Machete M205A Choosing a Survival Machete for your Bugout Bag

A few weekends ago  I headed out to our local swap meet (flea market) to see if I could come across any deals for my survival preps. The place was packed, especially with my favorite kinds of tables – camping items and military surplus. In case you never realized it, these sales can be a gold mine for great survival and prepping gear at a very low cost. I combed through the bins of gear until I found a real gem of a machete, perfect for the Bugout Bag I was assembling for my younger brother. How did I know it was a good blade for the job?

Here’s how I pick out a new machete:
1. Solid Metal. The machete I ended up buying was made out of 440 steel, and the spine (the thick blunt end) of the blade is 1/8″ thick – that’s pretty tough and solid. If you’re able to physically handle a machete before you buy it, knock on it with your knuckles and shake the blade – if it doesn’t sound solid or if the blade looks flimsy, it’s not the best quality.
2. Full Tang. Similar to a quality survival knife, don’t even touch one that isn’t full tang. (the blade and handle are all one solid piece of metal with that piece of metal extending to the end of the handle.) Basically, you don’t want a machete that will end up breaking in your hand due to the fact that it has a handle that only has the metal from the blade going partially through it. With the rest of the handle made of less durable plastic or wood, it won’t hold up as well with out the metal support throughout.
3. “Dummy-cord” ability. ”Dummy-cording” is basically having the ability to have something physically tied to you, making it nearly impossible to lose. This is a good idea for nearly all of your important survival items, especially your machete. Make sure you get a machete that either has a hole at the base of the handle or an area between the sharp part of the blade and the top of the handle for you to tie on some leather straps or even 550 cord. This way you can have a loop for your hand to go through for safety, so you won’t fling your machete through the air if don’t have a tight grip.
4. Design Style. There are multiple different styles of machetes out there and each person will find they feel more connected to one or the other. Personally, I prefer the kukri style of machete. It is very blade-heavy; allowing you to put minimal effort into your swings to cut through whatever you may be hacking at. The thicker, curved part at the front of the blade also makes this chopping part of the blade much stronger because this is the part that you will be using for your heavier jobs such as chopping brush or cutting trees. The skinnier portion of the blade closest to the handle will be able to hold a razor sharp edge and can be used for your more delicate, smaller jobs such as filleting fish. (My personal favorite is the Ka-bar Kukri) However, that’s my personal preference. You may prefer another style, shape, weight or design. So take time to feel it in hand, and consider what tasks you’ll be using the tool for.1249 h lg Choosing a Survival Machete for your Bugout BagLike I stated above, my personal favorite is the Ka-bar Kukri (available on Amazon for $44)But other great models that I also enjoy and would suggest are: the Condor Tool and Knife El Salvador Machete , the Ontario 18in Military Machete , or the Ontario SP8 Machete.
Remember, these machetes are just another tool for the survivor. Be sure to practice with whatever materials you have so you’re comfortable with them and always remember to stay safe! Happy Prepping! - Skip

The Best Survival Knife for the Money – and it’s under $10

Mora 1 The Best Survival Knife for the Money   and its under $10

I love quality knives. I keep my Spyderco Tenacious on my hip nearly everyday. And as a prepper, having a quality blade isn’t just a hobby or a fashion statement – it’s a way of life. Over the years I’ve owned, used and tested dozens of blades, but one has surprised me the most of all. This blade takes a lickin and keeps on tickin! I’ve batoned firewood with it in the mountains of Alaska, I’ve fileted fresh fish with it in the rainforest of Costa Rica and it has never let me down. The knife that I say that EVERY prepper should own is – The Mora.

 

This little 3.8 inch, unassuming blade may seem slightly underwhelming, but I can assure you – this is quite possibly the most useful and quality knife you can own under the $100 mark. It’s sturdy full tang construction makes it durable and rigid for those fire making and shelter building chores. But at the same time, the carbon steel stays extremely sharp for those task like fileting fish or skinning game that require a bit more finesse.

Mora 2 The Best Survival Knife for the Money   and its under $10

The blade shape is great for multiple uses and comes razor sharp right out of the box. Even with heavy use I normally don’t notice the blade dulling down much in the first 6-9 months, and when it finally does get ground down too far for comfort, the carbon steel sharpens back to original razor quality with minimal effort. The molding of the grip feels natural in hand, however my only complaint is the plastic handle in the model pictured feels a bit cheap, but how can I really complain when the knife sells on Amazon.com for $8.99? (And higher end models are available as well with much nicer handles and sheaths, the will cost you a bit more though – The Heavy Duty Model is $14.97 for example.)

Overall, I give the Mora top scores for quality and affordability. Over the years, I’ve purchased at least 4 for myself to keep in my vehicles and bugout bags, and probably 10 more as gifts for friends and loved ones – and none of them have every snapped or broken. For the price, you’re not going to find a better survival knife. If you’re new to prepping and/or survival, on a tight budget, or both – this is the perfect knife for you.

The Mora Craftline Basic Utility Knife is currently available at Amazon.com for $8.99 and can be found here.

And as I described earlier, other “higher-end” Mora’s are available as well if you’re interested in something more advanced. My personal favorite of the special Mora’s? – The Mora Black Carbon Bushcraft Edition.

So what do you think? Is there knife out there that you believe trumps the quality and cost of the Mora? Have you had a positive or negative experience with this knife? We want to hear from you! Leave you comments below and tell us what you think.       – Skip Tanner

 

 

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So I get lots of alerts via email and twitter on sales and specials online. But today as I checked the computer, I saw there was an unusually large amount of deals on stuff that preppers like you and I would be very interested in. SO, as usual – I wanted to reach out to our readers and let you guys in on the action. And if you find any great deals you’d like to share with our readers, feel free to email them to me at expertprepper@gmail.com

Happy shopping and Happy Prepping! - Skip Tanner, the Expert Prepper

 

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Great Online Deals for Preppers

So I get lots of alerts via email and twitter on sales and specials online. But today as I checked the computer, I saw there was an unusually large amount of deals on stuff that preppers like you and I would be very interested in.  SO, as usual – I wanted to reach out to our readers and let you guys in on the action. And if you find any great deals you’d like to share with our readers, feel free to email them to me at expertprepper@gmail.com

Happy shopping and Happy Prepping! - Skip Tanner, the Expert Prepper

 

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