Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife Review

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If you are looking for a new survival or med-size knife, then this is the one for you. I have found that the Cold Steel SRK is a great item, but don’t take my word for it. When it comes to the Cold Steel line, their SRK has been a popular item for more than a decade. It is not only the company that made it their go to knife, but it has become standard issue for the team members of the U.S Navy Seals that go through Basic Underwater Demo/Seal (BUDS) training.


With that said, I have had the SRK in my collection for a long time. I want to share with you the reasons I find this knife to be one of the best knifes I have ever owned, and why it has created a name for itself. Let’s get to it!

The overall length of the SRK is 10 ¾ inches, with a six-inch blade. Weighing in at 8.2oz and around 4oz for the sheath, the total weight is only about 12oz. This means that it is light weight, can easily be carried for long periods of time and when in use, will not require massive amounts of stamina.

Being dubbed SRK, this means it is a very versatile blade, naturally a survival knife and a rescue knife, but if needed it can also be used as a combat knife and as a utility blade. I personally used it for camping too, where I have done a bunch of wood processing, but it continues to hold up and keep going. This is very important to me, of course.


Let’s get to the blade, the point is designed in a classic clip and it starts as a 4.75mm thick (3/16 inch) steel piece, then the knife got a hollow grind that startd about 2/3 up the blade, with a swedge being added to create a fine tip. The blade has a black coating applied to it, but it easily comes off during use. The coating is not included on the San Mai III version which is laminated stainless.

I have put my SRK under various tests over the years and at first I was surprised how well it held up to the use. However, now more experienced with the SRK, I have grown to expect nothing less than quality from them. It makes splitting wood easy, the handle is comfortable to hold and does not weight a bunch, and the tip is as sharp as a needle and holds up great.


  • High quality, lightweight design
  • Holds up under use


  • Black coating comes off easily


Overall, if you are looking for a new survival knife, this is one of the best out there. I highly recommend giving it a try and you may just find that you won’t want another knife that doesn’t hold up to the quality of the SRK. You can find a coupon for this knife at Smoky Mountain Knife Works and Blade Hq.  If you’re looking for a survival knife with a survival kit in the handle, try the Iconic Rambo First Blood Knife.