Gear Review – Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife (SRK)

I’ve heard people talk favorably about the Survival Rescue Knife (SRK) in the past and when I saw it on Amazon for $66.08 I decided to order it.  This puts it in the same price range as my Ka-Bar Bekker Campanion, what I consider to be one of the best affordable knives out there.  Would I like to have one of the $400 high-end Cold Steel knives out there?  Hell yeah!  But since I’m highly unlikely to buy one (if someone wants to send me one to review let me know!) this is what you’re going to get.

Here are the specs for the SRK off Amazon:


Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife (SRK)

· Blade: AUS 8A stainless steel

· Sheath: Secure-Ex

· Blade length: 6 inches

· Handle length: 4-3/4 inches

· Overall length: 10-3/4 inches

· Thickness: 3/16 inches

· Weight: 8.2 ounces


Here’s the specs for the Campanion:


· Weight: 1 pound

· Blade Length: 5.25 inches

· Overall Length 10.5 inches

· Grind: Flat

Ka-Bar Campanion

· Shape: Drop point

· Edge Angle: 20 degrees

· Steel: 1095 Cro-Van

· Handle Material: Grivory

· Stamp: Ka-Bar Becker

· Knife Made in USA

· Sheath Made in Taiwan

· Limited lifetime warranty

The SRK is a little lighter than the Campanion, but still has a very good heft to it.  So far it’s proven to be a tough knife and in most areas does just as well as my Ka-Bar.

One area where it falls a little short is with chopping.  I used it to cut a spear haft for the Bushman and had to work a little harder because it doesn’t have quite the weight of the Ka-Bar.


This was not a big turn off for me because what it lacks in weight it makes up for in versatility. The blade is a little longer than the Campanion and it’s got a sharper tip. I found that out the hard way when I accidentally stuck it in my finger.  Ouch!  It would be easier to process small game and it felt good and solid when I used it to split firewood using the baton method. The knife came with a sharp edge and after using it quite roughly for a few hours it’s still sharp.

One thing I like better about the SRK is the handle. The Campanion has a grip where the bolts can work loose if you’re not careful, but the SRK’s handle is checkered kraton, which makes it very easy to grip.

As much as I love the Campanion I’ve pulled it out of my pack to give the SRK a fair shake. My plan is to use it through the spring to really get a good feel for it. Chances are good that this knife won’t replace the Ka-Bar, but it’s likely to earn a place by its side.

What’s your favorite knife?  Any recommendations?  (That’s a loaded question:  I think the only topic more popular to an outdoorsman is possibly firearms.)

Sound off below!

-Jarhead Survivor