Best 8 Survival Knives For Chopping And Splitting Wood(Batoning)

As we discuss the best survival knives for chopping and splitting wood (batoning), the Tops B.O.B. Brothers of Bushcraft Survival Knife is getting great reviews, but I will also discuss what to look for in a batoning survival knife as well as the best eight knives you can buy.By batoning, we mean cutting and splitting wood with a stick or mallet in order to cut through the wood with a sturdy knife, chisel, or blade repeatedly.

The purpose of this practice is to obtain dry wood from the inside of the logs for use in making fires. Ideally, a knife is the best tool to use when batoning.

best survival knife for chopping wood

Best survival knife for chopping and splitting wood(batoning)

This batoning skill will give you a decisive edge if you must fight for survival in that extreme environment. It doesn’t even take much energy and is quicker to do than cutting wood.

If your batoning skills aren’t that good, you may even break your knife if you use it at the wrong angle.

You should be prepared for any difficult survival situation, such as hiking in a mountain range or traveling through a desert.

A survival knife is your best ally in such situations. A good survival knife is therefore essential.

Here are some of the best survival knives used for chopping and splitting of wood.

Let’s get you started with each survival knives separately. All these survival knives are available on Amazon, so choose the one you like the best. But even before that let’s have a look at what things we need to consider while choosing a survival knife.

Things to look for in a survival knife for batoning

  • Size: Don’t forget that we are looking for a survival knife with batoning abilities, this means that we need a knife that is good for other survival abilities besides of batoning, the ideal size of a survival knife that is being used for chopping and splitting wood is from 9 to 11 inches with a blade of around 5 inches long.
  • Fixed versus Folding Blade: always go for a fixed blade.
  • Full tang: prefer a full tang instead of a no tang or partial tang for more support and strength.
  • Hard and solid pommel

From what kind of steel should a survival knife blade for batoning be made of?

This will require another article since I could discuss the differences in steel for hours.

The type of steel is not a deal-breaker for the knife you choose; instead, you should look for a knife that is recommended by others who have used it (this is what this list is about).

It’s not all about the blade steel. Knife lovers should be careful not to place too much importance on the steel type because it does not determine how the knife performs.

Due to being a science to some extent, steel analysis can be difficult to understand.

Although the blade is made of premium steel or the highest quality range, it will not necessarily be better than the lower quality steel.

Knife performance is greatly influenced by the heat treatment techniques employed by the manufacturer as well as the design of the blade.

In addition to how you treat it, how you maintain it also matters.

Survival knife for batoning

In practice, all modern steels will work pretty well for most users, so you can consider spending more time examining other aspects of the knife, such as how the knife functions and other properties.

Now coming to the knives, we’ve mentioned earlier.

1. Fallkniven F1 survival knife

The Fallkniven F1 is an 11-inch knife with a blade of 6.3 inches, and it comes with a Kranton handle and Zytel sheath. A sheath protects the long, thick blade of the knife from rust and also helps keep it in storage. A scaly grip adds friction to the handle of this knife, which is very helpful while holding and using it and improves grip comfort as well. Due to its full tang, this knife is stronger and more durable.

2. Cold Steel SRK Survival Knife

Lastly, we have the Cold Steel SRK survival knife with a 6 inch blade. It has a concealex sheath that protects the blade. Furthermore, the knife’s handle is also rough, further enhancing its grip. A full-tang blade gives the knife a better grip. Due to the full tang, this knife has excellent strength and is able to withstand all types of pressure and torture while out in the field.

3. KA-BAR Becker BK22 Companion knife

The specifications of KA-BAR Becker BK22 Companion knife include a 1095 Cro-Van strong steel blade. And a 5.5 inches fixed blade. This one has a smooth grip, which is easy and comfortable to handle. This knife weighs more than the ideal weight of a survival knife and it also comes with a full tang.
Read more on the Becker BK22 here in my review on it.

4. ESEE-6 Survival knife

ESEE-6 Survival knife is specifically known as being ideal for batoning with its 11.75 inches length and with a long blade. The versatility added to it is by the curvaceous, smooth grip for a better, comfortable handle and a full tang.

5. Gerber LMF II knife

This Gerber LMF II Knife has a rough kranton handle for a good grip. Unlike the others, this one has serrations on its 4.84 inches blade which adds more functions. The blade stays longer owing to the 420 HC stainless steel blade which makes it rust-resistant.


With this knife, I’ve done so much and it hasn’t let me down. The serrated blade is a great tool for batoning and other survival needs, but it comes at a cost – As a complete survival knife, this knife works well, but its strength is lessened, so it is not a good choice for hard batoning (If you don’t push it too hard with hard batoning, this one can save your life).

This knife is one of my all-time favorites and you can read my review on it here.

6. Schrade SCHF36 Frontier

There is a good reason why this knife is so popular for outdoor use.

Schrade’s handle is made of stainless steel. A strong powder-coated blade makes up about 5 Inches of its 10.4-inch height.

However, once you get over the coating, this knife just amazes me so much. It could take some serious punishment and with the sheath and sharpening stone that come with it, I think this is the best knife for the money, with a price tag of less than 30$.

7.Condor Tool & Knife, Bushlore Camp Knife

This list couldn’t be complete without a Condor knife in it.
Condor Tool & Knife, Bushlore Camp Knife is One of Condor’s flagship knives that provides everything needed for camp environments, carving, batoning, and bushcraft. The wooden handle and the leather sheath add a classic and old-fashioned look. Which only adds to the atmosphere.

Its full tang construction will allow it to perform difficult tasks like cutting and cleaving as well as carving and preparing food.

In addition to the high-carbon steel blade, the cow leather sheath and walnut handle make this a very high-quality knife.

The Bushlore Camp knife measures 9 1/4 inches long and weighs approximately 12 ounces.

The price of this knife is a bit higher than most of the others on this list, but high quality comes at a cost.

8.Tops B.O.B. Brothers of Bushcraft Survival Knife

Another very high-quality survival knife with an overall length of 9 3/4″ which is 4 1/2″ of them is the 1095 High Carbon Steel blade.
With a Pommel features a scraper specially designed for striking Ferro rods in a safe and efficient manner and a leather sheath with a whistle and a fire starter this is one of the best survival knives in the world.
Friends who are using Tops B.O.B. Brothers of Bushcraft Survival Knife can’t stop complimenting on it and this knife will definitely be my next purchase.


Because a knife is the most important survival tool, it must be carefully selected, carefully used, protected from damage, and maintained.

Knives should not be used as spears or cutters.

In survival situations, a knife is a valuable tool.

A professional adventurer will always carry a knife. It is better to carry a knife that can perform multiple tasks, such as cutting trees, flinging out animals, and slicing and dicing vegetables, if you are going to carry just one. Some have a compass built into the handle or hollow handle so you can carry your survival kit inside.

Remember – “you are only as sharp as your knife”.

Knives are such powerful survival tools that you need to keep them sharp and ready for use.

Use the knife correctly, never throw it into tree trunks or stuff it into soil that can damage the edge of the blade, the most important part of the knife.

Maintain it with a non-acidic oil and keep it in its case if you aren’t planning on using it soon.

If you were looking for the best survival knife for splitting and chopping wood, I hope I helped you.

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