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 fixed blades with options from ESEE, Ka-Bar, Spyderco, and more.
1. KA-BAR USMC 1217
The KA-BAR USMC 1217 is a legendary knife. In 1942, this knife was chosen by the United States Marine Corps to be the combat knife for the Marines. Since then, this knife has been part of the standard equipment of many soldiers. This is a large knife and it feels very sturdy. The handle has protective parts which keep you from getting close to the razor-sharp edge while using it. The blade is made out of 1095 carbon steel, which does not make this knife stainless. Luckily there is a black coating on the blade which makes maintenance a lot easier.
2. Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife
Loaded with innovations, this knife has everything. The Gerber Ultimate Survival Knife features a half serrated, drop point blade, a textured rubber grip, a steel hammer pommel, and an emergency whistle. The durable sheath has a sharpener and a firestarter.
When you’re braving the great outdoors, it’s about working smarter not harder. That sentiment is reflected in the knowledge you possess but also the tools you choose to bring along. Operate like an expert with the Ultimate Fixed Blade, it’s specifically designed to address your needs in the wild.
3. Cold Steel SRK - Survival Rescue Knife
The Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was built with one aim in mind, to produce the toughest multi-purpose survival tool in the industry. A knife you can truly trust with your life!This practical and tactical fixed blade was immediately embraced by the Military and Special Forces community – and issued by the Navy SEALs for BUDS training - who appreciated the SRK's versatility and durability in even the worst conditions. This classic design is now available with SK-5 high carbon steel.
4. Morakniv Garberg
With the Garberg full tang knife you can start the fire with both flint and fire steel. It’s also easy to resharpen the knife in the field. The exclusive leather sheath gives the knife a beautiful natural look.
The blade is made of 3.2 mm thick high-quality carbon steel. The DLC-coating is not just aesthetically pleasing but resistant to corrosion and scratching. The combination of Scandi grind and carbon steel makes the knife effortless to resharpen. Both the spine and rear-end are ground to a 90° sharp angle, making it compatible with a fire starter. The black leather sheath has an attractive simple design and is built to last.
5. Gerber Strongarm
The Strongarm is a fixed blade tactical knife, available in either a semi-serrated or fine edge blade. All Strongarm knives are full-tang blades, descending all the way through to the pommel for a stronger and easier to wield knife. Complete with a diamond textures rubber handle for a more comfortably secure grip.
With a full tang, 420HC steel blade and rubberized diamond-texture grip, this is a knife you can rely on. The MOLLE-compatible multi-mount sheath system offers optimal customization, keeping your knife ever at the ready in combat situations.