Emergency Kits – Need a Knife??

Welcome to another edition of our “72-Hour Kit” Series.  Each week I will share ideas for items to add to your emergency/72-hour kit(s).  The hope is that by taking small steps every week, we will become better prepared without spending a fortune.

 

This week we are focusing on KNIVES.

 

Why is it important to have a knife in your emergency kit? And what kinds are best?

 

Typically, having a multifunction knife is best.  Of course, before you decide on a specific type/brand, you need to consider a couple of things:

  • Where do you live?  If you are in a cold climate, you may want/need a knife in your kit that will be able to cut wood for fires and heat, that kinda thing.  If you live in a warmer climate, your needs will be different.
  • What type(s) of emergencies are more likely in your area?  Of course we can’t predict all disasters, but for me, living in Utah, I’m not likely going to have to worry about hurricanes, or even tornadoes.  Do you live near an earthquake fault line?  Are you in tornado country?  Are wildfires a common occurrence in your state?  Knowing and thinking about these things may also help you to get a better idea of what you’ll be in need of.

This knife is a nice one, with a lot of functions.  It retails for $60.95.  Currently it is on sale at Amazon.com for only $27.43!  This is a Tool Logic SLP2 with a tactical folding 1/2 serrated knife with LED flashlight, magnesium fire starter and signal whistle.

 

This knife, on sale at Amazon.com right now for only $0.99 plus shipping, retails for $19.99 and is a small keychain-type multifunction knife.  It has a small compass on it as well.

 

There are hundreds of different options for knives.  If you don’t like the two I’ve highlighted above, then by all means, do a search for others.  There are SO many choices!  Here are some places I’d recommend looking for more information:

 

BladeOps blog

Essential Packs

QuakeKare

The Knife Connection

 

 

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