Best Fixed Blade Knives
Written by Andrew Hamilton and Updated by Blade HQ Staff Writer Logan Rainey on 5/18/2020
Fixed blades are more durable than folding knives. There’s no lock to fail. That’s pretty simple stuff. If you’re camping, hunting, or tend to abuse your blades, you MUST have a fixed blade in your collection. Which one makes the best fixed blade knife? We’re going to break down the top 7 fixed blades with options from ESEE, Ka-Bar, Spyderco, and more.
After we break down the specs and details of each knife, catch a review from one of our genius customers.
1. ESEE Izula
The ESEE Izula is the perfect choice for your survival kit, hiking pack, or bugout bag. This Fire Ant Izula is high-vis and made from coated 1095 steel, a steel known for toughness, durability, and field sharpenability. When you choose ESEE, you’re buying into a network of survival training headed up by Mike Perrin and Patrick Rollins. It’s one thing to design and manufacture cool knives. It’s another thing entirely to push every blade to its limits in life or death survival situations. Slap on some aftermarket scales, wrap it in paracord, or carry it as is. You can't go wrong with the Izula. If you love ESEE as much as we do, be sure to check out our Best ESEE Knives article.
- 2.875" 1095 Drop Point Blade
- 1095 Handle (Micarta Handle Scales Available)
- 1.90 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Alexander K. says…
"You should give into the knife urges already. This thing was startlingly bright out of the package. Just what I wanted though. The knife came quickly from BHQ. Service was excellent as they even threw in a sticker since I asked for one haha. The knife came hair popping sharp and I'm sure will perform well. Knife comes with a bunch of stickers and information from ESEE as well as a belt clip with hardware. You can orient the knife vertically or horizontally. The knife felt small in my extra-large size hands, but a paracord wrap really helped a lot. It now feels really nice and I think I found myself a new EDC fixed blade. 10/10 Thanks BHQ and ESEE."
2. KA-BAR USMC Bowie Fixed Blade
Introduced in the 1940s, the Ka-Bar USMC marked a move away from dagger-like trench knives and a move towards more utilitarian designs. The Ka-Bar USMC fixed blade bowie is one of the most widely used knives in history with regular issue to soldiers still taking place to this day. It’s up to you if you add this piece to your display case or put it to work.
- 7.00" 1095 Cro-Van Clip Point Blade
- Leather Handle
- 11.20 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Will B. says…
"If you want a combat/survival knife, this is the classic. You cannot go wrong with the Ka-Bar 1217. It's a sturdy and reliable knife that will last even the most abusive tasks. 1095 Cro-Van steel is a great choice too. Keeps an edge well and is easy to touch up. And lastly, support the Marines with the Ka-Bar 1217. Classic knife. Classic choice.”
3. Morakniv Robust Fixed Blade
It’s a crazy world we live in when you can get a bombproof fixed blade for less than cost of a date night at Chili’s (No hate. I’m still all about that Skillet Queso and those Southwestern Eggrolls). Anyway… the Mora Robust is an amazing knife. Keep one in your car toolkit, take it camping, or give one to Junior as his first blade. You can’t go wrong adding one of these on with your next order.
- 3.625" High Carbon Clip Point Blade
- Rubber Handle Scales
- 3.56 oz. Weight
- Made in Sweden
Liam G. says…
“Highest value fixed blade. You'll be hard pressed to find any brand that offers the same value for the money as Morakniv, and this is no exception. While this installment is marketed to a craftsman, it can be easily used for the outdoors. You will need to file the spine for fire-starting though, since it will not be optimal for that usage. Just watch the Dutch Bushcraft Knives review on this to see how truly ROBUST this knife is!”
4. Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade
If you’re a soldier or just want to own the most rugged and overbuilt fixed blade, the Gerber StrongArm has everything going for it. Grippy as all get-out rubberized handles complement a full tang construction and the bonus striking pommel at the butt of the knife. If you previously owned the Gerber Infantry, this knife feels like the refinement of that already successful formula. Check out our awesome Gerber StrongArm Review where we put it through the wringer and give it a Knife Life Score.
- 4.875" 420HC Drop Point Blade
- Rubber Handle Scales
- 7.10 oz. Weight
- Made in USA
Baldemar G. says…
“My main camping knife. This is the only knife I take with me when I go camping, and I’ve never felt like I need anything else. It’s strong, sharp, and it carries awesome because of its well thought out sheath. Love this knife.”
5. Spyderco Bow River Fixed Blade
The Spyderco Bow River is a versatile fixed blade that was designed to manage a wide range of outdoor cutting chores. Spyderco collaborated with popular custom knife-maker Phil Wilson, who put all his hunting and fishing expertise into this design. This compact fixed blade is built with a full-flat ground blade and an ergonomic G-10 handle. The Bow River comes complete with a high-quality leather sheath for secure belt carry.
- 8.14" 8Cr13MoV Trailing Point Blade
- G-10 Handle Scales
- 3.90 oz. Weight
- Made in China
Marco R. says…
“This knife is an incredible value. Handles are beautiful. The blade is ground and finished quite nicely. Very well balanced. This is in the top 10 "bang for your buck" list. Not sure how many of these Spyderco will decide to produce, but I suspect these will go like wildfire regardless. Oh yeah, and this thing comes with an incredibly nice black leather sheath."
6. CRKT Minimalist
Alan Folts' Minimalist series of fixed blade neck knives are available in several blade styles. The CRKT Minimalist Cleaver has the same extremely secure three-finger grip as other models and adds a high utility cleaver cutting profile. Includes a neck carry cord and glass-reinforced nylon sheath.
- 5.125" 5Cr15MoV Cleaver Blade
- Micarta Handle Scales
- 1.68 oz. Weight
- Made in China
Kyle F. says…
“This has mainly been in my pocket around the house. Been used for boxes, scraping off stickers and that sort of thing and the edge has held up well. I LOVE the grinds on the blade itself and the shape is super cool. Like all the minimalists I own the handle fits perfectly. Great knife for a great price by a great company.”
7. Cold Steel SRK
The SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) from Cold Steel is a versatile knife that can withstand the most extreme abuse. It offers a tremendously strong clip point that’s fine enough for delicate work, yet possesses enough belly for efficient cutting, slashing and skinning strokes. At 3/16 of an inch thick, the Survival Rescue Knife provides the sturdiest possible point and edge configuration, without sacrificing sharpness. The SRK’s handle sports a single quillion finger guard and a deeply checkered Kray-Ex grip. Item includes a Secure-Ex sheath for comfortable everyday carry.
- 10.75" SK-5 Blade
- Polymer Handle Scales
- 8.20 oz. Weight
- Made in Taiwan
Will G. says…
“Incredible blade. SK5 steel is forgiving but very tough, although it will need frequent touch-ups. Originally bought this blade to take out on field exercises while on active duty, but it has quickly become a constant companion in all sorts of adventures. Strong enough to take anything you throw at it, and at the price you never feel bad at putting it through the wringer. I would bet my life on this Cold Steel.”
Fixed Blade Overview
When it’s time to get outdoors, you need to have a fixed blade on your hip. Good luck trying to baton with a folding knife… It didn’t work out so well for us on our camping adventure. Get the right tool for the job, and you’ll spend more time having fun and less time hating your life.
Need more fixed blade knives? Check out our American Made fixed blades Knife Banter video below for more knife goodness.
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