My father is a knives lover and a small dude, he recently asked me what is the best survival knife for Small Hands.
After researching it a bit, my main conclusion is that the survival knife of Browning Ignite will deliver everything that he needs for a very low budget.
However, I just fell in love with the beautifully designed super strong knife from the house of BlackFox – The Pocket Panther Fixed Blade survival knife.
With an abundance of survival gear in the market, it isn’t a tough task to come across an efficient survival knife. But while they all carry impressive features for average backpackers and campers, it gets tricky to find one which caters to the needs of users with small hands. The popular survival knives tend to be bulky in size and intimidating in their appearance, which don’t seem to be the perfect fit for dainty hands. But with the Browning Ignite Survival Knife, you don’t need to rely on a hulking alternative for your survival necessities.
The Best Survival Knife for Small Hands – Browning Ignite Survival Knife Review
Apart from the aforementioned major feature, this knife also checks off all the requirements needed to make a good survival knife. A fixed blade knife is highly recommended for survival needs, and this knife is equipped with one, the bush kind. However, delving into a comprehensive review will provide a lucid insight into everything that this knife entails.
Best place to get it is on Amazon.
- Overall length: 8 ½”
- Blade length: 4”
- Weight: 5.2 oz
- Blade Steel: 7Cr
- Blade Shape: Drop Point
- Blad Grind: Hollow
- Blade Width: 1 1/8”
- Blade Thickness: 0.15”
- Handle Material: Polymer
This compact knife is a godsend for all small-handed people. With a short and thin handle, it may be uncomfortable to grip for people with large hands. Upon holding, it tends to be somewhat slip resistant, regardless of being dry or wet. The slight hook at the pommel also helps it from slipping away.
The sheath, with its injected moulded polymer, happens to be pretty adequate for the price. Although the blade fits seamlessly at times, it tends to provoke some rattle and shows trouble while fully inserting it backwards. It also comes with a rubber ring that is supposed to be stretched over the end of the handle, but it provides extra retention. The plastic clip-type attachment may not be a favourable trait for some, as it has a tendency to get knocked loose from the belt. However, there’s an option of removing if it isn’t quite per your preferences.
The 7CR steel blade is considered an alternative to high-end stainless steel, like 440A.
This type of steel belongs to the middle range steels similar to 420HC, but with a little more carbon, which causes increased levels of resistance to abrasion resistance and sharpening, but also to weaker anti-corrosion properties
Being moderately short in size, it tends to offer impressive sharpening qualities, corrosion resistance, and edge retention, something all good survival knives should have. Further evaluation also ensures that it may carry good rust resistance, edge capability, and adequate strength.
The Browning Ignite comes in two colores – Black/Gray and Black/Orange.
Here’s a thorough assessment of how this knife performs in various tasks which are mostly required for survival in the wilderness.
Defense: Even when the blade is sort of short to be a godsend in unfortunate situations, the decent grip and swift movement is enough in circumstances where defence is a priority.
Food Preparation: Chopping vegetables and other edible items is a department where this knife performs up to the mark. In addition to that, it can also be used for skinning or butchering whenever it’s necessary during the course of your trip.
Hunting: You can use the tool as a throwing knife in some cases or as a spear at other times, but given the size, it is not recommended as getting it back may turn out to be a hindrance.
Chopping: Unfortunately, in terms of chopping, the knife does not live up to the standards set by other mainstream knives in the market. With many tests carried out on sticks and firewood, it falls short of being the perfect accessory because of its small size.
Firemaking: Rubbing it against a ferrocerium rod or a magnesium bar turns out to be fruitful if the goal is to start a fire. However, it is suggested that the tip should not be stressed too much during the process.
Miscellaneous: Besides these vital tasks, the knife can also be used for cutting cord during the process of fishing, sewing, or creating a reliable shelter. It can also aid in carving out, trimming or smoothing branches.
This knife retails at around $33, proving to be a steal with such impressive features.
Another great option to consider
Pocket Panther Fixed Blade By BlackFox
This small survival knife by BlackFox cost more than double than the first knife on this article but boy, this is a hell of a high-quality small survival knife.
I am actually planning on using this knife on my next camping in the beautiful California state parks.
Due to its size, it is well suited as a knife for immediate and daily tasks use, and as a small (and very strong)full tang survival knife and Bushcraft.
A bit on it..
Small and brave survival Tactical knife !!
Suitable for all needs in the field (an amazing survival tool) made by the Italian company Fox.
Well suited as a hunting knife, army knife, general use and survival.
Designed to serve as a tactical knife for
2.88″ gray titanium coated 440C stainless drop point blade, the blade is serrated on one side.
Handle: Quality wood (pakkawood), on full steel tang.
Sheath: Leather with straps. Including fire stone and streiker.
Can be hung as a breast knife.
A bit on the 440C stainless steel..
In the past, it was considered the finest steel among American steels. The 440 C is good steel but is now overshadowed by many new super steels.
This is stainless steel, which is used mainly for mass production of knives, and it is a good and achievable choice.
It is quite stiff and resistant to wear, and it excels in resistance to stains. It is capable of preserving its resonance better than its equivalent in the 400HC series, but at lower corrosion resistance.
The 440C blades can be sharpened quite easily. It has the highest levels of carbon and chromium among the entire group.
- Overall Length: 5.88″
- Blade length: 2.88″
- Weight: 130 grams
- Blade Thickness: 6 mm (!!)
- Material perpendicular: Natural and beautiful wood (
- Material sheath: Leather processed by hand sewing
- Type of steel: Stainless steel (440)
At such prices, these knives are the perfect accessory for your survival kit if you’re someone with small hands, and if you find all the mainstream knives not quite suitable in the long run.
I hope that I helped you with finding the best survival knife for small hands.
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