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.
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!