Updated on 16 October, 2021
For many years now many different types of knives have come and gone, but there are some distinct differences between the good ones and the bad ones. If you're looking to buy a small fixed blade knife, you should take your time and find one that has a good grip. You need the strength and durability of steel on your fingers when you're going to have to use it, and a good grip will mean the difference between slicing your food and making it easy to cut with. The best knives in the world won't do any good if they have a weak or loose grip.
This is actually a problem I've run into more than once while making a small fixed blade knives review. There are so many good products out there these days that the competition is fierce. As such, some manufacturers try to slip past their competition by using cheap material or manufacturing inferior products. I've been fooled by this too many times.
Here's how you can avoid the pit falls of most reviews. First, make sure you know what type of blade the product is made with. Some are made with both stainless steel and carbon steel. Then you want to find the best small fixed blades for your particular situation.
One popular type is made with a plastic sheath and a metal blade. These are great if you plan on carrying it in the field. However, for everyday use, you'll probably want to carry one of the sheathed knives that accept a cord. The advantage of this is that you can easily change out the sheathing, replace the blade, etc without taking the knife out of storage.
Another popular option is the tactical knife. It has a thin, comfortable grip and a clip point blade. A very popular choice is the folder, which has a medium-length handle with a strong grip. It is ideal for a single-edged tactical knife because it won't slip when you carry it in the field. It is also great if you carry it on your belt because it will stay put and won't move around.
The last option is the bushcraft knife. Most are double edged and come in large sizes. They are perfect for carrying in the field, but can't be taken on trips to the forest. If you plan on going into the forest with your bushcraft knife, make sure you get a fixed blade. You can also get a folder, but they aren't as common.
Make sure you carry your knife in a sheath that is big enough to carry the knife in. Most sheaths are made with a zipper or other closure to help protect your gear from weather and abrasion while it is in your bag. You can find sheaths made with various kinds of material, including leather, nylon, or carbon fiber.
Small fixed blades are a great choice for your EDC and for your general pocket knives. Choose a knife with a large, comfortable grip, one that you can't fail to hold onto. If you don't like the feel of a larger knife, choose something smaller. As long as you carry a knife that is comfortable and easy to hold, you'll have an enjoyable time with your new knife!
You will want to choose your overall length based on what you'll be doing with the knife. The most important factor when choosing your survival knife is how well you can use it. You should be able to easily close the blade, lift it up, and find a use for it. Most hunting knives are used for quick tasks, such as opening a case, catching a fish, or killing a animal. A smaller overall length will be better for these tasks.
Since my Small Fixed Blade Knives review last updated, I have carried the Schrade Ka-Bar as a general all purpose knife. While it is small and compact, it packs a powerful punch. It's size is perfect for clipping gear, carrying it in a backpack, and even putting it in a pocket for emergencies. In fact, the Ka-Bar performed so well during our review that I bought one for myself as well.
One of the things that Schrade has done since my review last updated is to increase the size of the original version of their folding blade. The new crkt folder sports a 3.5 inch overall length and a full six inches of blade. This is perfect for a wide variety of purposes. It's just a little bigger than my original crkt, but the difference is insignificant when compared side-by-side. This version of the crkt also sports an improved locking mechanism. If you're looking for the best fixed blade hunting knife on the market today, the Schrade Ka-Bar is an excellent choice.