Searching for a new hunting knife can be difficult. Not only do you need a blade that will function well out in the woods, you also need a knife that just feels right. A good place to start is asking yourself whether you want a fixed knife.
As we like to say at knifeista, no piece of machinery is perfect. The right weapon for one person would be a terrible choice for another. At the end of this article, you may find that a fixed blade would be a terrible blade for you. In that case you will probably want to look into folding hunting knives. However, you might realize that a fixed blade is just right for you.
The best feature of a fixed blade is its durability. The steel of your knife will run right through the handle and it will be well anchored. You don’t have to worry about the locking mechanism on your knife malfunctioning because it doesn’t have one! In the same way that a revolver is more reliable than a handgun, a fixed blade is more reliable than a folding knife. In addition, fixed blade knives are often made with thicker materials than other knives. As such, you can rely on a fixed blade to not break on you in the middle of a hunting trip.
The unfortunate side effect of a fixed blade is that it can be awkward and unwieldy. Since the knife can’t fold it will be over twice as big as a folding knife. You will have to carry it in a sheath which can make climbing or sitting uncomfortable. The extra weight may also become a problem if you have to travel far.
In addition, a fixed blade knife is slightly less safe than a folding blade for transport. A pocket knife can be folded up during transport and there is almost no risk of it suddenly opening and injuring its owner. A fixed blade is always open however. It is not uncommon for people to injure themselves when walking or running with a fixed blade in hand. If comfort and safety are serious considerations for you, you might want to consider a pocket knife.
However, if you have heavy duty work to do in the woods, you will probably still want to bring a fixed blade knife. The durability and heft of the blade make it perfect for cleaning a big animal like a dear or clearing brush from your favorite hunting spot. Also, as previously mentioned, fixed blades don’t have pivots or locking mechanisms that can get messed up, which is actually an improvement on folding knives as far as safety goes.
Cost and Style
For most people, the final considerations are cost and style. Unfortunately, if you’re on the fence, price probably won’t tip you one way or the other. Both folding knives and fixed blade knives run the gamut from twenty dollars to a hundred. However, as far as style goes, I have to give points to the fixed blade knife. You can get some pretty cool looking pocket knives, but there is something just manly about a big knife strapped to your leg as you walk off into the woods. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should sacrifice functionality for style or size. But if you’re looking for the coolest knife, I’d go with a fixed blade hunting knife.
So what did you think? Are you going to go buy a fixed blade hunting knife? If so, we recommend you check out the Ridge Runner Executive Bowie Knife. It is both a beautiful knife and a highly functional one, perfect for cleaning big game. If you don’t like that knife, check out our blog for a list of 5 great and cheap hunting knives. And if you are still unsure about what knife you want to get, check basspro.com and overstock.com for more in depth hunting knife buying guides.