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Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Review

Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Review

 

“A well trained person needs only a knife to survive.” – Mors Kochanski.  Learning about survival and just camping in the outdoors I have learned about the importance of having a good knife when you are in the bush.  Having a good knife can make or break your experience.  So as I was shopping for a good survival knife I came across the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife.

When we are camping or if ever in a survival situation it is good to have a tool that has multiple functions instead of carrying multiple tools.  The problem is that for a good quality tool you tend to pay around $100.  This isn’t always attainable for those that are just getting started or on a limited budget.  Since I was just getting started I didn’t want to go all out of the wallet for something that I am just learning how to use and not sure if it would be for me.

Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife Review

Features

Blade

Made of 1095 steel which is used to make swords and cutlery.  The blade is also Teflon coating for protection against corrosion. It has a drop blade that makes slicing and chopping easier along with the big belly.  Now it isn’t stainless steel which shouldn’t be a problem if you are properly taking care if it.  The advantage of not having stainless steel is that it tends to be easier to sharpen.

The blade is also fixed blade full tang.  The spine is extra thick.  This is helpful when using a Ferro rod to spark a light.

The Extras

The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife also comes with a sheath made of ballistic nylon.  There is also an extra removable pouch which can be used to hold a Ferro rod or same size accessory.  The sheath can be attached to your belt and also includes a loophole at the bottom so that you can tie it to your leg.  This will make it easier when pulling the knife out of it.

The contour handle is 5.70”.  It is made of durable rubber with a non-slip grip which is perfect for wet conditions.  It is also includes a lanyard so you can attach a paracord strap.

The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife can be used for:

Chopping

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Stripping and Feathering

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Batoning Wood

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…and of course for other survival purposes such as starting a fire or using as a hammer.

Who is it for?

The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife is targeted for survivalists or bushcrafters on a budget.  For a high quality blade you are typically going to spend around $100.

Now this blade isn’t meant for the light backpacker at all.  This beast weighs 15.9 ounces.  However, in exchange for weight you are receiving a high quality blade that is going to last a long time with multiple purposes.  Schrade is known for producing high quality blades.

Details

Now the Schrade SCHF 9 Extreme Survival Knife can be found at many outdoor retailers, knife shops and even eBay for around $54+.  However, as with most of my gear I would recommend picking up off of Amazon where I bought it for around $30.

Pros:

  • Chops through wood easily
  • Can spark a fire using the spine and Ferro rod
  • The butt of the knife can be used as a hammer
  • Easy batons wood 3 to 6 inches thick
  • Includes a sheath
  • High quality, strong steel

Pros:

  • Heavy
  • The sheath cannot fit around a thick tactical belt

My Opinion

Now I’m not a professional knife collector or super experienced survivalist.  All I can share is the experience that I have had with this knife.  While taking it on a few mock bug out trips I definitely enjoyed chopping through tree limbs, splitting wood and even fettering.  It stripped the bark off of tree limbs like nobody’s business.  The grip on the handle made me feel like I was holding Thor’s hammer.

Unfortunately there were a couple of things that I was disappointed about.  I’ve been trying to keep my bug out bag under the recommended 25 pounds.  The Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife is not light at all.  There are definitely some lighter options on the market but at a higher price point.  In the warmer seasons I will probably keep this in my bag since it will be lighter but will probably explore other options for the winter.

The only other gripe that I had about the knife is that it didn’t fit around my 5.11 tactical belt.  To be fair the belt is a lot bigger than the normal belt.  So it probably wasn’t made with that in mind.  However, the sheath can be attached to molle webbing which I do have on my bug out bag.  I’m also in the market for a smaller belt so this won’t be an issue in the future.

Altogether I have thoroughly enjoyed the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife.  Coming in around $30 bucks it was a no brainer to at least give this a try.  Also, being that I am new to survival and bushcrafting I can always upgrade if I need to without really being out of pocket.  So I would highly recommend picking up this knife if you are in the market for a bushcraft knife on a budget.  This knife is more of an investment being made with the Schrade quality.

 

About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.