I am getting my SHTF preps in order and I want to get a good survival knife. I am looking for a fixed blade with a full tang and something that is versatile. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 665901
Any decent ones at Walmart or Sports Authority or Dicks's sporting goods that you can recommend? I'm Looking to spend under $50.
I'm no Crocodile Dundee, just want something that will come in handy.
Chain stores? No.
Stay far away from what is normally considered a "survival knife." These are often shitty blades that are too big for there own good.
If your speaking versatile, keep in mind that if you are looking for a knife that can be a knife, and chop wood, then you are not going to find it for under $50. If this is what you want, I recommend the Ontario 12" cutlass machete.
Since you probably don't know much about edged tools, I'd recommend something simple and to the point:
Try the Cold Steel Bushman. It costs about $30 on Amazon, and is a good all around blade. It is made of one solid piece of high carbon (the best) steel, and the handle is hollow so that you can simply pop in a sapling, broom stick, or any straight shaft to make a fully functioning spear. Very handy as a quick defense/offense weapon.
If you HAVE to go to wally world and can't buy online, you could always pick up the Buck 119 special for about $40.
Better still, get to an Ace Hardware or find a farm store and get an Old Hickory butcher knife. They cost about 5 dollars, and are made of excellent carbon steel heat treated to a perfect degree for easy sharpening and edge retention. These are the types of blades our forefathers pioneered these lands with hundreds of years ago, so they have stood the test of time for their usefulness and quality.