In this article, we review the best fixed blade knives available in 2017. There are times when a fixed blade is the best option. For survival purposes, you cannot beat it. There are things you can do with a top rated fixed flade knife (or a tactical knife) that you just cannot do with other knives.
With a good fixed blade knife there is a full litany of survival benefits you can:
- Create a shelter
- Split wood for a campfire
- Cut lines, ropes and whatever else
- Open cans
- Skin dinner
The list just goes on and on. There are many benefits to owning one. As a matter of fact, if you have to pick one type of knife for your survival pack than this would be the type to choose.
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Gerber LMF II (our top pick)
Type of Steel
The type of steel matters greatly in how well a knife will function. Some manufactures farm out the production of their products and get away with using 400 series steel. Knives made of this lightweight steel sharpen easily, but they do not hold the edge and can easily snap when you are using them. We decided that any knives (no matter how cool they looked) made from 400 series steel was a no go.
Double edged blades get a lot of attention but according to those in the know they are not the best choice. You will use it as a tool, and a double edge blade will make those closer chores harder to handle. You want the blade to have a belly on it, and you want it to be a single edge for best versatile use. We decided that we would rule out the double edge blade from our search.
Full Tang Construction
If you want to be able to pry, chop and cut you want it to last then, there is no exception to the full tang rule. A full tang gives the blade its power. We only considered products with a full tang construction.
Comfort is Key
We also looked at knives that had great handles. A well-balanced handle makes it much easier to use. The best of the best is going to be a knife that has a good strong handle that makes light work or all of your tasks.
If you have been holding off from taking the plunge and making the purchase you are not alone. There are a lot of people that just have a misconception about them (thank you Rambo). You do not have to have the desire to filet someone from head to toe or decapitate them to know the value of them.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that this type of knife would “get in the way” because it is larger or heavier than say a foldable model. While it is likely larger and heavier, it can still be compact enough to stow away in your gear. The larger, heavier size means that it is more durable and more doable!
Mechanisms can easily fail right in the middle of using your knife, and the blade can snap shut or worse yet snap off. Once the blade has snapped off there is little you can do to repair it and if you are out in the woods you are going to be left holding the bag (or the broken one).
A fixed blade knife if not going anywhere. You will have the leverage you need and the power of the blade.
Top 3 – Fixed Blade Knives 2017
1. ESEE’s 6P-B
- 11 and ¾ inches long
- Micarta handle with thumb grip and lanyard hole
- Molded sheath with belt clip
- Fully removable handle
- 1095 carbon steel
- Drop point with belly blade
What others have to say:
The handle is bomb proof. You can easily remove the handle if you needed to use the blade at the end of a spear for fishing.
What we love:
We love the construction. It is a great all around tool. The Micarta handle is shockproof and can withstand a bomb. Even the molded sheath is of top quality. It is the perfect shape and size for every task you may come across.
2. Ka-Bar Becker 22 Companion
- Full tang
- Cro-van steel
- Zytel Handle
- Removable handle with lanyard hole
What we love:
We love the feel of the knife; it is rugged. We also like that the blade is constructed out of very hard steel which means you can do it all with it (and not fear it breaking). The handle is virtually indestructible, and so is the blade. Of course, it is a single edge blade. The thickness of the blade is also just right. It is thick enough to chop yet fine enough to filet a fish.
3. Gerber LMFII (Black)
- Full tang
- Sheath with built in sharpener
- 10-inch blade of stainless steel
- Handle is glass reinforced nylon
What we love:
We love that it has been tested in the field under extreme conditions by the military and came up as a clear winner. We like the handle because it is easy to hang on to, and we like the blade that is tough.
It was tested by the military and did things like puncture the fuselage on a plane and break the windshield on a chopper. It is a great survival knife.
The ESSE’s 6BP made is our top rated list for the construction, and overall customer satisfaction.
It would be a great buy for anyone that is in the market for a fixed blade. If you want to be prepared for anything, this is the knife that can do it for you.