Pre-Order BELOW - MSK-1: Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life

Created by David @ Ultimate Survival Tips

Pre-Order BELOW - MSK-1: Ultimate All-Purpose Knife that Could Save Your Life
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529 backers pledged $197,693.00 on Kickstarter

MSK-1: An Awesome Survival Knife, that Chops Like a Hatchet, Cuts Like a Fine Carving Tool, is Full of Surprises and Made in the USA

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MSK-1 is a Complete Survival System You Can Use and then Pass On to the Next Generation
MSK-1 is a Complete Survival System You Can Use and then Pass On to the Next Generation

“If Things Went Really Bad in the World and You Could Only Have One Knife for the Rest of Your Life, Which Knife Would You Choose?”

I get asked this question all the time…

Hi, my name is David. I'm a former Marine, a Survival Instructor, Entrepreneur, and the Founder and Owner of Ultimate Survival Tips, a popular, survival blog and YouTube Channel (recently ranked by Watch Mojo as the #1 Survivalist Channel) with over 300,000 subscribers.

Over the years, I’ve used, tested, and reviewed hundreds of knives… but I've never found an all-in-one knife that could do everything I need for camping, backpacking, survival, tactical training, and general utility use wherever I go.

So in 2014, I decided to develop a solution… I started sketching, integrating elements from blades I loved, along with innovations that had never been seen before in one knife.

Let me introduce you to… MSK-1: Multi-Scenario Knife.

The MSK-1 is much more than an innovative knife that’s big enough for any job, small enough for any kit, and tough enough for any situation. It’s a complete survival system that you’ll be able to use for your lifetime and then pass on to the next generation.

When the original MSK-1 sketches were created in early 2014, we made the decision NOT to compromise on materials or cut any corners. To me this meant the knife HAD to be designed and manufactured in the USA and made from the finest materials. I remember saying…

“Dude, we’re gonna do this right or we’re not going to do it at all.”

Now, I realize... at the end of the day… my relentless commitment to excellence means this knife is not going to fit every budget… I wish it did…

But for those who support this project, the MSK-1 may be the single best outdoor gear investment you ever make.

Here are just a few of the epic features, advantages, and benefits included with every MSK-1.




  • 1.5" Mini Fire Steel Rod: Quick emergency fire starting 
  • 2 Waterproof FAT (First Aid Tinder) Packs: For starting fires, bandaid, disinfecting wounds 
  • 3 Ranger Bands: Secure gear and extend the burn time of your tinder for fire starting 
  • 20' of 50 lb. Line: Fishing, snares, mending gear or emergency wound stitching 
  • 1 Magnetized Sewing Needle: Navigation, or patching gear
  • 3 Hooks and Sinkers: Fishing 
  • 2 Two Safety Pins: Emergency gear repair 
  • 1 Liter Fire Resistant Food Grade Bag: Collect and purify water


I never understood why so many companies design a great knife only to wrap it in a terrible sheath, with limited upgrade and carry options.

So we went back to the drawing board and spent over a year, rethinking what a survival knife sheath should be.

The result is the Switchback ACS - Adaptable Carry System.


Our Switchback ACS - Adaptable Carry System is the first sheath package that switches from a feature-rich black, ballistic Nylon sheath, to a low profile, black Kydex tactical sheath by removing a single bolt.


Drop Leg, Belt, Pack or MOLLE Carry - YOU Choose!

Easily convert the Switchback ACS Sheath System to transport your MSK-1 in either the standard (left or right handed) belt or drop leg carry positions.

Both the Nylon AND Kydex Sheath builds come standard WITH ALL the hardware you need to attach your MSK-1 to a pack or MOLLE compatible gear.


Take Along the Gear that's MOST Important to YOU!

Both Nylon AND Kydex sheaths have a generous array of grommet holes that are designed to fit optional add-on tools like the MSK-1 fire steel holder and MSK-Mini Companion knife.

MOLLE webbing on the front of the nylon sheath accepts add-on MSK-1 Kit Pouches (currently in development), so you can customize your sheath and carry the gear that’s most important to you.


  • Full tang, fixed blade, fine edge 
  • Blade material: D2 high carbon, semi-stainless, tool steel
  • Blade thickness: 0.25 inches (0.64 centimeters)
  • Handle material: Canvas micarta 
  • Blade length: 4.6 inches (11.7 centimeter)
  • Overall length: 11.3 inches (28.6 centimeter)
  • Weight: 15.8 ounces (478 grams)
  • Handle survival kit 
  • Switchback ACS 2-in-1 sheath system: Ballistic Nylon and Kydex 
  • Made in the USA with American Materials
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • We'll even sharpen and tune your MSK-1 (just send it to us).



As you can see… there’s innovation behind every detail of this knife… But all this adds up to more than a tough, versatile, all-purpose outdoor knife…

The MSK-1 is a comprehensive survival knife system that’s designed to survive life’s worst, and help you enjoy life’s best.

Now we need your help. Your contribution will enable us to complete our first production run… funding the custom tooling, material purchases and highly skilled craftsman required to build each knife.

With your support, we’ll bring this one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, Made in the USA knife to you and to the world.

And please share this campaign with your friends and family.

THANK YOU for your encouragement and kind support! 

And remember, BE PREPARED… Because You Never Know.

David, Founder & Owner 

Ultimate Survival Tips:  YouTube - Website

We have done our best to realistically estimate delivery of your rewards for this campaign. Here is a timeline of what  you can expect when you back this project. 

MSK-1 in the News - At Blade Show - On YouTube

MSK-1 in the News - At Blade Show - On YouTube
MSK-1 in the News - At Blade Show - On YouTube

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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Oops... New MSK-1 Online User Guide is "LIVE"
9 days ago – Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:40:42 AM

Hey Friend, 

I forgot to tell you about the NEW Online MSK-1 User Guide in my last update.. 

Holy Cats, there's a LOT of stuff there including setup - maintenance - sharpening your MSK-1 - and TONs more. 

It's nearly a virtual MSK-1 playground... LOL

I designed this Resource / Guide it to have every resource / training I wished other knife and gear makers would post on their products.

We took a LOT of time to put this online resource together for you so that you can have the MOST AWESOME MSK-1 Experience Possible

Check It Out HERE:

OH - I almost forgot - I JUST Opened Up 5 More Seats for our ULTIMATE SURVIVAL CHALLENGE Training (July 10th - 14th in PA):

So if you want to test out your MSK-1 (in a real world training scenario) AND learn everything you and your family needs to MUSH better prepare and weather any crisis, disaster or emergency... CHECK IT OUT!  

MSK-1 Supporters TAKE $100 off (per seat)... HERE'S the discount code: 2017-100

Here's a LINK to the Training:

Enjoy the MSK-1 User / Resource Guide


FRESH MSK-1 Knife UPDATE - Yea! Kickstarter and PRE-Orders Shipping...
9 days ago – Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 09:28:45 AM

Hey Guys...

I'm getting a LOT of requests for a FRESH update - so here goes...

Through many continued challenges with coordinating the delivery of sheaths and knives, we are still (pretty much) on schedule with our last two updates. 

Most Kickstarter Pledges are Shipped and /or Delivered - YEA!!! ... With the exception of some International and USA Knife Systems - that include nylon sheaths, kit pouches and the kydex combat sheaths (these all should be restocked by the end of this week). 

But we are on track to ship all of the Kickstarter Pledges that are left to ship - by the end of June. 

Some Pre-Orders HAVE Started to Ship - Another YEA!  Our goal is to ship ALL Pre-Orders (PLACE BEFORE MAY 15th, 2017) before the end of July.  

The only variable I have is that our second Mini and MSK-1 knife order is promised by the first week of July (and of course I need these knives to ship many of your Pre-Orders).  

These knives are coming from an awesome manufacturer that Jeff and I have been vetting and working with for the last 8 months (to replace our previous manufacturers who could not keep a deadline to save their life - and caused us all a TON of frustration and months and months and month of waiting).  

BUT... I have a LOT of faith in our new manufacturing partner to deliver on time... so you can get your MSK-1 Survival Knife System ASAP. 


I'm loving all the photos and testimonials from you guys as you get and use your MSK-1 Systems. Please do send links to videos too... 

Excited about your MSK-1 system or do you have an MSK-1 story to tell? Send your MSK-1 experience words, photos and video to:

That's it for now,

Blessings Y'all!


28 days ago – Thu, Jun 01, 2017 at 01:52:18 PM

Greetings Friend,

I want to let you know that we just sold out of the second order of MSK-1 (the BIG) knives that are CURRENTLY shipping and are in the final stages of being manufactured.

So... if you are a Kickstarter Backer or have placed a Pre-Order before May 13th, 2017 -  You are ALL GOOD!

Your MSK-1 is in production NOW... and our GOAL is to have all Kickstarter Pledges and Pre-Orders fulfilled before July 31st, 2017. 

For Anyone Ordering from May 13th, 2017 on...

I will be placing our third order soon to begin production of more MSK-1s (the BIG knives).

So, to be conservative,  we will likely NOT be shipping NEW MSK-1 (Big Knife) orders placed from May 13th, 2017 on - until October 2017. I'll know more once I place the next order. 

But the Pre-Order site now says we are shipping Pre-Orders in October.

LET ME CLEARLY STATE that this does NOT affect YOU if you pre-ordered before May 13th, 2017.

One last thing... this date ONLY affects MSK-1 Survival Knives (the Big Ones).

We still have MKS-1 Mini Neck Knives in Stock AND All the Other Sheaths and Add-Ons will be in stock with some EXTRA quantities available for sale. (So you can continue to add to and upgrade your MSK-1 System.)

But even if we sell out of any NON-Knife items, our turn-around time for restocking MOST of these items is only about 30 days, opposed to approximately 90 days for knives.

Okay, that's it for now...

I just didn't want anyone to panic when they go to the Pre-Order Website and see that the Ship Date is moved back to October 2017.

This date is for NEW Orders placed from May 13th, 2017 on...

Finally, know that we are working hard to get all of your MSK-1 Knifes Systems out ASAP!

You're gonna love this knife.

Talk soon,


MEGA MSK-1 Update + VIDEO - Behind the Scenes (Building MSK-1s)
about 2 months ago – Mon, May 08, 2017 at 08:52:05 PM


First, WHERE Have I (David) Been?

Well, it’s been well over two weeks since I (David) had eye surgery, which has followed with a VERY, VERY slow recovery. 

Why am I telling you this? 

Well, it boils down to me not being able to see to use a computer, answer emails or respond to messages. 

I expected to be fully functional within 3 - 5 days (after my surgery), but was not prepared for the nearly three weeks of essentially not being able to see much. So I apologize to you guys for not keeping up with responding to emails and not posting a update in a while. 

Plus... I like to have something worth saying, when I post an update... and I think today I do. Here goes... 

MSK-1 Update... 

So while I have been sight impaired - our team of MSK-1, Ninja, Knife-Building Elves have been working hard behind the scenes to assemble knives and prep out many of your orders.

Check out this behind the scenes video...

So far we’ve got over 200 knives out to Kickstarter Backers with a mother load of nearly 300 more ALMOST ready to ship. 

We've been getting a bunch of great feedback from happy campers who have gotten their knives. If you’ve received your knife, we’d love to here what you think. Please send comment to us via email to:

SO What’s Shipping Next?

Shipping next are MSK-1 Knife System Packages with the ACS Nylon Sheath and Nylon Kit pouches to Kickstarter Backers.

These nylon sheaths were supposed to arrive at the end of April - but (as with just about everything else) the manufacturer had some problems. No one ever said this would be easy.

The good news is that these sheaths ARE shipping from the Pacific Northwestern USA to my location in Pennsylvania tomorrow (Tuesday May 9th)… So I should have them by the end of the week (next Monday at the latest).

This means we should be able to start shipping a boatload more of Kickstarter orders by early next week.

After this, we will begin shipping Kickstarter Orders that included the Bad A _ _ tan Combat / Tactical Sheaths. After this we’ll begin to ship Pre-Ordered MSK-1 Knife Systems.

If all goes as planned - I am hoping to have every pre-order fulfilled before the end of July. Obviously many before then. 

 Just know that I can’t really give anyone specific dates since knives are flowing in here at irregular rates and in varying quantities.

But I promise to you that whatever we have in stock to ship (as far as knives) they are going out as fast as humanly possible to you!

Old Manufacturers Fired - New Ones Hired... 

You should also know that in December we pretty much sold out of my original order of MSK-1s and Mini knives. So I needed to place a second order in late 2016 to handle the influx of Pre-Orders... 

Due to the SUPER crappy job several of our original knife manufacturers did keeping deadlines (which is why we are approaching a year since our Kickstarter launched), Jeff and I fired most of them and have been working with a new manufacturer in upstate New York just 4 hours from where I live.

Moving forward, this company has been around for nearly 100 years, makes fantastic knives and has a TON of capacity.

They are beginning to finish out my second order of MSK-1s and Minis which is plenty to cover all of your orders. 

This company is excited to partner with us so it’s nice to know that future MSK-1 production will be consolidated under one roof and done from beginning to end by one company who is committed to keeping their promised delivery dates. Imagine that... 

Heck, I can even do a day trip and drive up there and check on things. MUCH better than production being focused in the Pacific Northwest between 5 or 6 different manufacturers. 

When will you know your MSK-1 is coming?

As I have mentioned before, you will know we are shipping to you soon, once you receive an email from us to check / confirm your mailing address. Once we ship, you WILL receive a shipping confirmation.

Oh… and sorry to you all who received this email like 3 weeks ago… I jumped the gun and sent out the email before I received the nylon sheaths (that I am still waiting for). I should know better by now - but I was over zealous and optimistic that something was actually going to arrive to me on time :)

TWO Last Notes…

FIRST... if you have not yet signed up for the MSK-1 Updates Newsletter... you can do this right now. This will ensure that when I post updates, they will come directly to your inbox. Here's the link:

If for any reason your email address used for Kickstarter or Your Pre-Order has changed since your order - we NEED to know about this or you will not get any of the above mentioned emails.

Once again, thank you for your support, encouragement and most remarkably, your patience.

It’s been a long process - over twice as long as I expected... But the MSK-1 knives and the entire MSK-1 system IS fantastic and has exceeded my expectations in every way.

You’re going to love this knife!

Warmest regards,


MAJOR Update! MSK-1s Shipping… PHOTOS Attached
3 months ago – Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 11:33:15 PM

JOIN ME on Facebook “Live” Tonight @ 7:00 for a Video Update

Hey guys,

Sorry for NOT posting an update these past 2-3 weeks…

I was committed to NOT posting another update until I could tell you we are starting to ship... BUT, we ARE now ready to start shipping and will continue until all pledges and pre-orders are fulfilled.

Join me at 7:00PM EST TONIGHT (March 28th, 2017) on Facebook “LIVE” for a video update on the knives, to see them in person and to get all the latest NEWS!

Here’s a Link:

If you have to miss the Facebook “LIVE” broadcast - I’ll post the recorded video on our Facebook page for you to view any time.

If you HATE facebook… stand by, I’ll post a longer update in a few days - but my focus is now assembling, packing and shipping your knives.

One LAST thing before I go…

If your shipping address has changed since your pledge or pre-order please use this link and update your address now. Just enter our email to access your account information:

NOTE: We’ll also send you a final notice to update your shipping address a few days before we ship. That's when you will know that your knife is shipping / coming soon... 

FYI - 137 of you should have already received this notifications - Hint, Hint :)

Okay, thanks for your patience, trust and support (and see the photos - below - of the first FINISHED assembled MSK-1 knives)

Talk soon,