If you are embracing the theme of National Preparedness Month to redesign your go bag, stock up on essentials, or create your first emergency kit, some of the most important items to have are a knife and multi-tool. So, to help you sort through the myriad items available to you, we put together a list of recommended tools and knives.
We are starting out with the StatGear Surviv-All Fixed Blade Survival Knife (above) because it offers much more than just its 4.25" drop-point 440 stainless steel blade. It features a rubberized handle with steel pommel that helps you keep your grip in nearly any weather. The sheath is equipped with fire steel, a cord/strap cutter, and a sharpening stone. Another option with some added tools is the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Serrated Blade Knife, which has a 4.8" blade and rubberized grip with pommel. This set even offers an emergency whistle along with a fire starter and sharpener.
Looking for something a little more compact? A folding knife is probably the best choice, such as the KERSHAW Oso Sweet with SpeedSafe Assisted Opening and 3.1” steel blade. If you want something with a bit of style though, the CRKT Fossil Folding Knife is a great option, with a 4" steel blade and a carved-out thumb hole for one-handed opening.
The first thing that comes to mind when you think “multi-tool” is probably a Swiss Army knife like the Victorinox Climber Pocket Knife, in signature red. This model folds down to just 3.6", has stainless-steel construction and 13 tools, including a couple of blades, tweezers, screwdrivers, and more. If you want something a little bit different, the CRKT Guppie Carabiner Multitool features a unique design that can be clipped–on almost anywhere.
For a more conventional multi-tool, you have a ton of options, depending on exactly what tools you want, but a good start would be the Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier, which has 10 tools, including well-sized pliers, a saw, scissors, and a wire cutter, in addition to your more basic options. If you want something even more packed, try the SOG PowerAssist EOD Multi-Tool, which comes with a nylon sheath and features two assisted blades that are accessible even when the tool is closed.
Hopefully, this will help you get started on your kit so you can be ready in case of an emergency. What is your favorite knife or multi-tool? Let us know, or ask questions, in the Comments section, below.