Best Bug Out Bag Knives: 7 Hands-on Reviews, Buying Guide

Deciding on what tools to pack in a BOB can be exhausting. 

There can be many aspects to a tool or piece of gear that must be decided upon even after choosing the tool itself. 

In the case of this article, a knife. 

Some people may think a knife is just a knife and any old one will do. But when you consider that the contents of a BOB could save your life, I want a knife that I know I can depend on. 

Among outdoorsmen, a knife is a highly personal tool. There may be features that I like in a knife that someone else downright hates. 

For the above reason, the knives suggested in this article are suggestions. They are my picks because I feel they make great bug out bag knives. 

Generally, I do not own super expensive knives so, many of the options on the list are going to be quite affordable. 

Part of the reason for this is that I like a BOB that is more tool heavy. Even though a BOB is meant to get me from point A to point B as quickly as possible I always plan for the worst case scenario. So, you should have more than one knife.

The more affordable a knife is, the easier it is to have multiples.  

After the list, I will briefly discuss some of the features you should be looking for in the best bug out bag knives.  

Best Bug Out Bag Knives: My 7 Hands-On Reviews 

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review 

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review

I know, you are probably thinking, “what, a folder?” In the case of the Pocket Bushman, absolutely!

I will admit that it is kind of an ugly, simple looking knife but it is probably the toughest folding knife I have ever owned. 

It is also quite large. When fully extended the overall length is 10 ¼” which makes it almost feel like holding a fixed blade.

I have owned this knife for years and used it for tasks I would not normally use a folder for. As much as I have abused this knife its lockup is just as tight as the day I bought it. 

The one downside is that this is not a knife you can quickly fold back up. A piece of cordage attached at the end of the handle must be pulled straight out while holding the blade to disengage the lock.

This is a bit tricky and takes some getting used to but it doesn’t take away from how great this knife is.


  • Blade length is 4 ½ “
  • Overall length is 10 ¼”
  • The blade material is German 4116 stainless 
  • Handle material is 420 stainless
  • Stainless steel pocket clip

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SOG Hunter Revolver Knife Review 

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review

This knife would not be one of my first choices for a long-term scenario simply because it is not as solid as I would like. Given that it is not full tang and has moving parts it should be packed as a secondary blade.  

However, this is another one I have used for years and it has come in handy because it has two cutting tools in one. 

On one side it has a 4.75-inch blade with a gut hook that can be used for general cutting tasks and processing game. 


By pressing a button on the handle, the knife revolves around into the handle and a 4.75-inch wood saw comes out. 

I have used the wood saw extensively with minimal sharpening and have chewed through a lot of wood with it. 

As I mentioned above, the lockup of the tool isn’t that great but then again I have never had any problem with it. Getting multiple uses out of a single tool helps a lot in saving weight in a BOB.


  • Blade length is 4.75 inches with gut hook
  • Saw length is 4.75 inches 
  • Weighs in at 6.1 ounces
  • Glass-reinforced nylon handle with a lanyard hole
  • Black nylon sheath 

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Morakniv Companion Review 

Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Review

The Companion is one of my favorite knives to use for almost any task. 

The great thing about them is that they are so affordable that having more than one in a pack is very doable. 

If you want two of these, I choose a stainless steel model as well as a high carbon steel model. The stainless makes a great food prep knife while the high carbon blade is great for everything else, including starting a fire. 

The Scandi grind on these knives has become one of my favorites. The cutting-edge bites into the material which prevents the knife from slipping. It is also a dream to sharpen because it requires little effort and skill. 


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