I get asked quite often “What are your favorite fixed blade knives?”. This is a tricky question because if I have a choice, I grab the knife that’s the best fit for the job.
Favorite Fixed Blade Knives
I use quite a few different knives. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I can provide an overview of some of my favorite fixed blade knives. Each one has certain attributes which make it the tool for the job.
Ka-Bar Becker BK16
The BK16 has edged it’s way into 1st place for my go-to knife. The blade is almost the perfect, manageable size for most bushcraft or camping tasks. It’s blade length is 4 3/8″, making it’s overall length 9 1/4″. It has a full flat grind and is made from 1095 Cro-Van steel, with a HRC hardness rating of 56-58.
My only gripe about this knife, is that out of the box, there’s not a good edge to strike a ferro rod, but this is easily resolved with a little work, with a file, to square off a section of the spine.
The BK16 comes with the nylon sheath that provides a pocket to store items like duct tape, fishing line, a small multitool, like the Leatherman Squirt, and a mini-firesteel. This would provide an EDC camping/survival kit in one sheath.
Ka-Bar Becker BK7
The Becker BK7 is a combat and utility knife with a 7 inch blade. Originally this knife stole the show for me, but many times, I can make due with a smaller blade. The blade is 1095 Cro-Van steel blade and is 3/16″ thick at it’s thickest point.
This knife, while rugged enough for any camp task, would make for a lethal weapon, if it had to be used in that role. The Sheath also has a nifty pocket on the front which is the perfect size for a Becker Remora knife, which is perfect for those smaller camp tasks.
Becker BK2 Campanion
The Becker BK2 Campanion is one of the workhorses of my knives. If you could only survive with one knife, then the BK2 would be an solid choice. The thickness of this blade is amazing. You can see pictures of its girth on the Becker BK2 Campanion post.
While this knife is a workhorse, it is much to thick for skinning or other finer camp tasks. This is where you’d want to carry a secondary knife, like the inexpensive, but awesome Mora Knives.
SOG Seal Pup
I learned of the SOG Seal Pup from a retired operator. Anytime we’d be talking about knives, he would always mention it. I finally gave in to my curiosity and bought one!
It turned out to be a really great knife. It has a similar blade size to the Bk16, but with a much more aggressive looking profile.
It’s compact, and easy to conceal, if required, and it’s pretty rugged. Some models come with a partially serrated blade, to make short work of cutting cordage or straps
Like the BK16, the SOG Seal Pup comes with the nylon sheath that provides a pocket to store EDC camping/survival items.
Cold Steel Bushman
For the budget minded prepper or camper, there really is no better knife than the Cold Steel Bushman! Its one piece design is rugged yet elegant. This is the perfect knife, to keep in a Get Home Bag, because if someone steals your bag, then you’ve only lost a $25 knife. You can find out more details, about the Bushman in the post: Cold Steel Bushman, Budget Survival Knife.
Also make sure to carry a smaller, general purpose blade, to back up your survival knife and to handle smaller more delicate tasks (cutting food). The Swedish Mora Knives fit this role perfectly. For $8-15 you can get really strong, razor sharp knife, that hold an edge.
The Schrade SCHF9 is a highly rated 12.1-inch fixed blade knife made of high carbon steel. It is a versatile knife that you can use for bushcraft, camping, or any other outdoor or survival situations. The fact that it is constructed out of high carbon steel material is a big advantage as it is harder and tends to hold an edge longer compared to stainless steel.
This makes it work well in survival situations. It has nice ergonomics. The handle is constructed from a hard rubber, which offers a nice grip whether dry or wet. It fits comfortably in the hands, promoting ease of use.
Condor Tool and Knife CTK232-4.3HC
If you want to use a robust fixed blade survival knife then you can go for the Condor Tool and Knife CTK232-4.3HC. It is versatile that you can use it for almost all tasks that require the use of a knife around the campsite. The robustness of this knife makes it capable of handling all tough tasks, like carving cooking utensils and splitting wood.
The hardwood handle is comfortable enough that you will not experience pain even when used on tough tasks. It is also compact, so carrying it is easy.
Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife
The Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife is also a fantastic choice for those who want a multifunctional knife. It is highly durable, thanks to its premium stainless steel construction. The knife also guarantees sharpness with the aid of the pull-through carbide sharpener that comes along its mildew-resistant and military-grade nylon sheath.
Another advantage of this knife is that it is capable of retaining its edge for a longer period in between each sharpening. It is easy to use since it is lightweight plus it feels balanced and solid when you hold it in your hand.
Glock Perfection OEM Fixed Straight Blade Field Knife
A budget-friendly yet high-quality choice for fixed blade knife also comes in the form of the Glock Perfection OEM. With the sturdiness and quality of this survival fixed blade knife, it is surely a great addition to your field pack, belt, tool kit, and survival/bug-out bag.
It is tough enough to cut even the hardest tree limbs or break windows, thanks to its blade made of carbon steel. It also features a molded polymer handle. Another great benefit of this knife is that it has the right balance that makes it suit all conditions and activities no matter how extreme they are.
MTech USA MT-20-70C
The MTech USA MT-20-70C is also one of those survival fixed blade knives that have a lot to offer to its prospective users. It has the kind of versatility that most survivalists and preppers want from a fixed blade knife. It is because its built and construction make it suitable for survival training, hunting, camping, emergencies, disasters, SHTF, and other outdoor adventures.
Aside from its thick and strong stainless steel blade, this knife also has a comfortable black nylon fiber handle. Combined with the nylon sheath, carrying the knife is completely safe and easy.
Any of these knives, from my favorite fixed blade knives list should work for you in camping or survival situation. It just depends on what you’re really looking for!
How to Find the Best Fixed Blade Survival Knife?
Do you want to get a hold of the best and the most reliable fixed blade survival knife out there? Then you should start shopping while considering and researching these important factors:
Materials – The materials used in creating the fixed blade survival knife should be among the things you have to scrutinize carefully if you want to buy the right one. Among the most popular materials for this type of survival knife are carbon steel and stainless steel.
Fixed blade knives made of stainless steel are beneficial because they are rust-resistant. The stainless steel material is also perfect if you plan to venture to wet environments, like tropical areas. Furthermore, it requires less maintenance compared to knives made of carbon steel. The problem is that it is also costly and is harder to sharpen than the others.
As for the carbon steel, it is a good choice with its ability to hold its edge better compared to stainless steel. It will not rust provided you do not use it regularly. You may also want to go for a carbon steel fixed blade survival knife with a protective layer coating as it helps prevent rust.
Handle – Check the handle of the knife before buying, too. It is because it performs a couple of important purposes. One of these is that it ensures a comfortable and firm grip. Furthermore, it acts as your finger guard or enhances it with an aim of preventing your hand from sliding down the blade. Go for a tough handle – one that is unbreakable even when exposed to the extremes.
Full tang – Ensure that the knife falls under the category of full tang. This specifically means that its blade is created in a way that it extends the knife’s whole length starting from the tip to the handle’s end. Choose a full tang fixed blade knife as it can provide the strength needed in the majority of survival situations and emergencies.
Unlike the partial tang, which is extremely flimsy when used on situations that involve forcing the blade against hard objects, the full tang survival knife can be expected to be a lot stronger in that scenario. It also works more effectively for digging and prying.
Length of the blade – Spend time assessing the blade’s length, too. Note that longer blades can’t always be expected to work better compared to the others during survival situations. Your goal is to find just the right length – one that allows you to perform most tasks when you are planning to survive but still not too long that it will interfere with your movements.
It would be best to choose knives that are around 4 to 7 inches long. Most say that this is a comfortable length in the sense that you will not have a difficult time handling and carrying it. This length will not also hinder your movements in any way.
Make your choice based on the mentioned factors and you will be on your way towards investing in the best survival fixed blade knife and taking advantage of it in all survival situations.