Large knives which can also be used as a pry bar, are often included in a Go Bag (aka/ GOOD Bag, or Bug-Out Knapsack). However, the downside is the weight of the tool, and the fact that these large blades are illegal in some parts of the country. Notwithstanding, since we often receive questions on this topic, here is some basic information on large knives.
Below you will find information on several large knife products which will also serve as a saw, pry-bar or multi-tool, which makes them far more useful in an emergency situation.
Another practical consideration is that it is probably better that the item not look too much like a big knife, as long-bladed knives are illegal in some areas, so carrying it on your person, or in your Go Bag, can become problematic. Also, a blunt-tip may be a far better choice as a pointed-tip blade will generally break when the tool is used as a pry bar.
In summary, the best large knife is one that has multiple uses. It should be suitable for cutting limbs off trees for firewood and building shelter, for digging, as a rescue tool to cut sheet metal and break glass, and also for use as a pry-bar. And since weight is a consideration if this is going to be carried on your person (rather than used at home or carried in a vehicle), selection needs to be even more deliberate. It must be an extremely strong tool if it will ever be used as a rescue tool or pry-bar. Here are some popular knives which fit this criteria:
Ontario Knife Company – SP8 Machete
|A great survival tool, the Ontario Knife Company SP8 Machete is light enough to carry yet durable enough to dish out cutting strokes to brush, limbs and other obstacles. It’s front end can act as a pry bar while it’s serrated back cuts through wood with ease. The SP8 comes with a sturdy side-loading Cordura/leather sheath, which features a leather loop for hanging from a belt and a pivot ring for free movement during wear.
Xtreme Rescue Entry Tool
Brand: Ontario Knife Company
Ontario Entry Tool – 24 Inch
The Ontario Entry Tool has many uses and is ideal for rescue personnel. The Ontario Entry Tool combines the functionality of five separate devices into one universal head design. The Entry Tool can be used as an axe, pry bar, hydrant wrench, for gas shut off and as a spanner wrench (2 1/2″ hoses and water mains).
The 24″ entry tool is 24″ in overall length and is made of S7 steel. The blade thickness of the 24″ Entry Tool is .375″. The Ontario 24 Inch Entry Tool is available in Black (OK9429G) or Safety Green (OK9429).
The 18″ entry tool is 18″ in overall length and is made of S7 steel. The blade thickness of the 18″ Entry Tool is .250″.The Ontario 18 Inch Entry Tool is available in Black (OK9428G) or Safety Green (OK9428).
|OK9428||18″ Entry Tool, Black||$82.54|
|OK9428G||18″ Entry Tool, Safety Green||$82.54|
|OK9429||24″ Entry Tool, Black||$167.78|
|OK9429G||24″ Entry Tool, Safety Green||$167.78|
Ontario Knife company
SP16 SPAX with FG/UC Sheath (NSN:4240-01-547-5927)
SPAX is 13.125″ overall with 8″ blade, .250″ thickness. SPAX is the perfect tool for fighting fires, opening and closing hydrants/gas valves or emergency rescues. FG/UC Sheath Leg Strap fits load bearing equipment, tie down, webbing on front to attach small tools/knives. Also available… SP16-SPAX-8420 NSN: 1095-01-515-9877 Combination black leather Cordura sheath include
|National Stock Number (NSN)|
|Blade Steel||1095 Carbon Steel|
|Blade Color||Black Powder Coat|
|Sheath Color||FG/UC Sheath|
|Country of Origin||United States of America|
Mil Spec Gear
Blade Detail: Plain Edge with Sawback
Blade Length: 9.00
Blade Material: 5160, Black
Carry System: Nylon Sheath
Handle Color: Gray
Handle Material: Micarta
Overall Length: 14.00
Special Features: Sheath comes with Sharpener, Whistle, Wire Saw, Fire Starter
MINI PRY KNIFE …AKA… “LEVERAGE 101”
ALTHOUGH MADE FAIRLY SHORT IN OVERALL LENGTH,
THIS IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG TOOL.
A FULL 3/8″ THICK … FULL TANG BLADE AND MADE OF 5160 SPRING STEEL.
WITH BLACK LINEN MICARTA, PISTOL GRIP HANDLES.
UPON REQUEST, TOPS FULLFILLED A REQUIREMENT FROM
A GROUP OF LEO’S….MANY OF WHOM DO ‘HIGH RISK
WARRANTS”, AND ‘FUGITIVE RECOVERY’….THE REQUEST
WAS NOT FOR A ‘TEAM TOOL’, BUT FOR INDIVIDUAL CARRY…
A SMALLER PRY KNIFE, TO BE CARRIED CLOSE
TO THE BODY, AND WHEN IN THE SHEATH NOT EASILY
DISTINGUISHABLE FROM SOMETHING LIKE A MULTI TOOL…
ITS USED TO OPEN WINDOWS, SECURE DOORS, BREAK GLASS,
OPEN CONTAINERS….AND OF COURSE
‘A TOOL OF ‘LAST RESORT’ …
O/A Length: 8 1/8″
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Thickness: 3/8″ +
Steel: 5160 RC 56-58
Blade Color: TAC Black
** PRY-PROBE-PUNCH TOOL ***
O/A Length: 10 3/4″
Blade Length: 4 1/2″
Steel: 5160 Spring Steel RC 55-57
Color: Black Traction Coating
O/A Length: 7 1/4″
Spoon Width: 1 1/4″
Shank Thickness: 1/2″
Steel: 5140 Alloy Rc 55-56 Forged Steel