5 Awful Traits for a Survival Knife

A survival knife is supposed to be easy to use when you need it. Many are good solid tools, but there are survival knives on the market that are less reliable.

Outdoor Life‘s Tim MacWelch has put together his list of five features you never want to see in a survival knife.

1. Hollow Handles

Yep, hollow handles are a fun place to store survival gear, but this tubular handle creates one major flaw: The knife has no tang. This means that the blade and the handle are two completely different pieces of metal, and this creates a weak point where they join. Survival knives should have a full tang, or at least a partial tang (like a “rat-tail”), so they don’t break in half when you need them the most… [continued]

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SOURCEOutdoor Life
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Jason Houser is an avid traditional bowhunter from Central Illinois who killed his first deer when he was nine years old. A full-time freelance writer since 2008, he has written for numerous national hunting magazines. Jason has hunted big game in 12 states with his bow, but his love will always be white-tailed deer and turkeys. He considers himself lucky to have a job he loves and a family who shares his passion for the outdoors. Jason writes full time and is on the pro staff of two archery companies; in his free time, he fishes and traps as much as possible.