A survival knife with a fire starter is a recommended combination by Modern Survival Blog for general applicable carry. Having both a knife and a fire starter will serve as excellent bushcrafting tools. Bonus: It will also help assure your survival.
I personally like the knife sheath that includes a holder for a fire starter such as a firesteel / ferro (ferrocerium) rod. It’s just a perfect combination. There’s nothing wrong with separately carrying a fire starter but this keeps it all in one place (the knife spine as a striker and the fire starter rod tucked in the sheath).
A great survival combination during wilderness activities or hiking, camping, and many other outdoor excursions.
The survival knife shown in the picture above is manufactured by world renown Swedish manufacturer, Morakniv (it’s a ‘Mora’ knife). And this particular model is called “Bushcraft Survival Black”.
Here’s what’s interesting about this particular design:
Specially Ground Spine for Integrated Fire Starter
The spine of the blade has been specially ground (flat with sharp 90-degree angle) so that it can be used with the fire starter.
It works by pulling the spine of the knife slowly and forcefully down against the fire starter. The action will shed 3,000 degree sparks to light your tinder bundle or even your camp stove. The included fire starter will yield ~7,000 strikes.
Related article: Tinder For Building A Fire
Batoning is the action of striking the spine of a knife forcing it into the end of a piece of wood in order to split it. The reason people do it is to get at the drier wood inside or simply for splitting into smaller pieces used for kindling.
The best way to describe the Morakniv Bushcraft, in fact most Moras, would likely be to call it a “2/3 tang” design. But don’t let this deter you from considering this knife. It’s built well. The Mora family of knives are some of the most popular and modestly priced bushcraft knives out there. They combine excellent metallurgy with modern manufacturing techniques to create a good knife that anyone can afford. If you want to chop a tree down with a blade, buy an axe. If you want a good affordable knife that can handle any task a REASONABLE person would use it for, a Mora is a great choice.
Survival Knife: Carving
A sharp survival knife will be used for all sorts of carving. It is a tool allowing you to prepare tinder and processing wood for all sorts of uses including shelter stakes, camp tools and whatever else comes in handy.
Tip: Use a survival knife to make a “feather stick”. When wood is damp and you don’t have tinder, carving a feather stick may get that fire lit…
Diamond Sharpener on Sheath
In addition to the removable belt loop and belt clip, a diamond sharpener is part of the overall sheath design. While I use other sharpeners for my knives, this one will serve as an emergency and is fairly coarse. I like that it is part of the sheath design, similar to that of the integrated fire starter.
Knives are one of those things that you could ask a hundred people “What’s the best survival knife?” and you’ll probably get almost a hundred different answers. One that we can all agree on though is “It’s the one that you have”.
That said, most will agree that the Mora knife (the Morakniv) is a quality brand and excellent mid priced choice. I happen to like this ‘Bushcraft Black’ model given it’s integrated fire starter design coupled with their reputation.
I know that it’s not a full tang knife (2/3), however that doesn’t seem to matter in this case. It’s apparently borderline indestructible.