There’s no shortage of survival knives in the market, from big ones to small ones to everything in between. And, yes, many of them are billed as the “ultimate” survival knife. Same thing goes for the MSK-1, which combines thoughtful design and innovative features to bolster its claim to the “ultimate” billing.
Touted as a “complete survival system,” the knife combines a rugged blade with a handle that houses a full survival kit, so it really packs a whole lot more than initially meets the eye. And, yes, the blade will slice and dice with the best of them, boasting a quality that will let it “chop like a hatchet” and “cut like a fine carving tool.”
The MSK-1 Survival Knife has an 4.6-inch full-tang blade that boasts a fine edge, quarter-inch thickness for durable function, tough black oxide coating, and a center-aligned clip point for piercing and fine-cutting duties. It also gets an oversized finger choil for extra leverage and a jimped thumb ramp for easily adding pressure on the blade, while the canvas micarta handle should prove very easy on the hands. Designed to double as a survival tool on its own, the handle comes with a hidden survival kit (remove the bolts to access them), a steel bow drill pivot, a pommel fire steel striker, a tapered pommel for scraping and crushing, and built-in lashing holes.
Features include a 2-in-1 sheath made from nylon and Kydex, D2 high-carbon steel construction, and an overall length of 11.3 inches. And, yes, the sheath comes with all the hardware needed to attach to belts, packs, straps, or MOLLE-compatible gear.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the MSK-1. Pledges to reserve a unit starts at $339.