Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

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Looking for the best fixed blade knives? Check out this review first before you go shopping and get your money’s worth!

In this article:

  1. How to Select the Best Fixed Blade Knives to Carry
  2. Things to Consider Before Buying a Fixed Blade Knife
  3. 7 Best Fixed Blade Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

Best Fixed Blade Knives Review: A Survivalist’s Guide

How to Select the Best Fixed Blade Knives to Carry

Finding the best, fixed blade knives to carry is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. For one thing, most survival knives (the good ones, anyway) aren’t exactly cheap. If you’re investing in a piece of gear, you’ll want to be sure it will get the job done when the time comes. Your survival knife will be your lifeline when SHTF, so you need to do your research.

The fixed blade is a straightforward knife, and it doesn’t have any bells or whistles. If you do the research, you can find them for very reasonable prices. The blade usually runs about six inches, and the knife usually weighs somewhere around seven to eight ounces, measuring between 10 to 11 inches in overall length.

So, where do you start when trying to find the best fixed blade survival knives? Which one’s the best? What’s a reasonable price?

Here are a few things to consider before buying a fixed blade knife:

  • It should be made to be strong.
  • It should be sturdy. The newest fixed blade knife offers a rubber handle, which provides for a better grip making it easier to work within various types of weather or under different hunting circumstances.
  • It should be dependable. The best fixed blade knives have blades that can be changed, so even though you can only use one blade at a time, you can carry a variety of blades with you. For example, if you are hunting larger animals, a heavier blade may be desirable. To cut through a thick hide, the heavier blade is needed. A serrated edged blade may help saw through an animal’s bones, and other special blades may help in removing the skin.

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Now, there’s something you need to do before you EVER walk into a store or go to Amazon. Read this list of seven of the BEST fixed blade knives that’ll never fail you in a life-and-death survival situation.

7 Best Fixed Blade Knives That Are Worth Every Penny

1. Benchmade HK Feint – RRP $75.23

Benchmade HK Feint - RRP $75.23 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Benchmade HK Feint - RRP $75.23 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

9.5″ Overall Length 14.5″
Blade Width 1 3/8″ Weight (Knife Only) 11.2 oz
Blade Steel 440C Grip Material Santoprene
Blade Shape Drop Point Guard Type Half, Molded into the grip
Blade Grind Saber False Edge No
Blade Thickness 3/16″ Spine “Jimping” No
Choil Yes Lanyard Hole Yes
Made in USA

BEST FOR:

  • Chopping
  • Skinning
  • Self-defense
  • Batoning

The Benchmade HK Fient may just be one the best benchmade knife ever. Benchmade knives can be pricey, but once you see the quality, you’ll understand why. Whether you’re cutting the cord, chopping wood or using it as a self-defense knife, this will get the job done. Check out our review.

2. Browning Ignite – RRP $33.27

Browning Ignite - RRP $33.27 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Browning Ignite - RRP $33.27 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

Blade Length 4″ Overall Length 8 1/2″
Blade Width 1 1/8″ Weight (Knife Only) 5.2 oz
Blade Steel 7Cr Grip Material Polymer, with rubber insert
Blade Shape Drop Point Guard Type Half, Molded into the tang
Blade Grind Hollow False Edge Yes
Blade Thickness 0.15″ Spine “Jimping” Jimped Thumb Ramp
Choil Yes Lanyard Hole Yes
Made in China

BEST FOR:

  • Trimming/sharpening/smoothing wood
  • Firemaking
  • Chopping food

Don’t let the price fool you; the Browning Ignite is a great knife for its price point and size. Whether you’re fishing, building a shelter or starting a fire, you can’t go wrong with this compact fixed blade knife. Check out the full review and form an opinion for yourself.

3. The Hoffman-Richter Wolf – RRP $99.95

The Hoffman-Richter Wolf - RRP $99.95 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

The Hoffman-Richter Wolf - RRP $99.95 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

The Hoffman-Richter Wolf knife is made of a 5.5mm thick piece of the best 440C stainless steel on the market, and the ultra-tough titanium coating guarantees The Wolf will last a lifetime. This is the knife I personally carry, and it’s the most badass blade I’ve ever strapped to my hip. The specs speak for themselves:

  • Full tang construction, making this knife virtually unbreakable
  • Fixed edge so you never need to worry about moving parts breaking or wearing out
  • Straight edge drop point blade, so that every inch of the blade stays razor sharp and usable (no serrations to become dull and useless)
  • 9″ Overall Length, my preferred size for universal use
  • 4″ 5.5 MM Thick Blade (that’s just shy of 1/4″) it’s hard to find a full tang fixed blade with this thickness
  • Ultra Tough Titanium Coating to make this knife even stronger

Still, don’t believe me? Check out this video:

Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

4.  Ontario RAT-5 – RRP $78.23

Ontario RAT-5 - RRP $78.23 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Ontario RAT-5 - RRP $78.23 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

Blade Length 5″ Overall Length 10 1/2″
Blade Width 1 1/2″ Weight (Knife Only) 11.1 oz
Blade Steel 1095 Grip Material Micarta
Blade Shape Clip Point Guard Type Half, Molded into the tang and grip
Blade Grind Flat False Edge No
Blade Thickness 0.19″ Spine “Jimping” Yes
Choil Yes (Both) Lanyard Hole Yes

BEST FOR:

  • Bushcraft
  • Firemaking
  • Trimming wood

The 1095 carbon steel on the Ontario RAT-5 makes it durable, sharp and long-lasting, and the knife is still an affordable choice. This is a great knife for bushcraft, and you will have no problem using it to perform a variety of outdoor and survival tasks. Click here for our full review.

5. Buck/Hood Punk – RRP $157.95

Buck/Hood Punk - RRP $157.95 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Buck/Hood Punk - RRP $157.95 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

Blade Length 5 5/8″ Overall Length 11″
Blade Width 1 3/16″ Weight (Knife Only) 7.5 oz
Blade Steel 5160 Grip Material Micarta
Blade Shape Clip Point Guard Type Half, Molded into the tang
Blade Grind Flat False Edge No
Blade Thickness 0.18″ Spine “Jimping” No
Choil Yes Lanyard Hole Yes

BEST FOR:

  • Bushcraft
  • Building shelter
  • Drilling
  • Chopping food

If you’re looking for a sturdy, reliable bush knife, the Buck/Hood Punk is hard to beat. Don’t let the price tag deter you because this knife is worth every penny. Read our review here.

6. Kabar BK&T Machax – RRP $93.57

Kabar BK&T Machax - RRP $93.57 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Kabar BK&T Machax - RRP $93.57 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

Blade Length 9 3/8″ Overall Length 14 5/8″
Blade Width 2″ Weight (Knife Only) 15.7 oz
Blade Steel 1095 Cro-Van Grip Material Zytel
Blade Shape Kukri Guard Type Half, Molded into the grip
Blade Grind Saber False Edge Yes
Blade Thickness 0.188″ Spine “Jimping” No
Choil No Lanyard Hole Yes
Made in USA

BEST FOR:

  • Building shelter
  • Cutting cord
  • Trimming/sharpening/smoothing wood

This is a sturdy, manly knife, and it’s as functional as it is cool to look at. Whether batoning wood, starting a fire or building other weapons, you’ll never go wrong with this knife. Check out the full review.

7. Ontario RTAK-II – RRP $200

Ontario RTAK-II - RRP $200 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

Ontario RTAK-II - RRP $200 | Strong, Sturdy, Dependable: Finding The Best Fixed Blade Knives

SPECS:

Blade Length 10.5″ Overall Length 17″
Blade Width 2″ Weight (Knife Only) 22.6 oz
Blade Steel 5160 Grip Material Micarta
Blade Shape Drop Point Guard Type Half, Molded into the tang and grip
Blade Grind Flat False Edge No
Blade Thickness 0.2″ Spine “Jimping” No
Choil Sort of Lanyard Hole Yes
Made in USA

BEST FOR:

  • Firemaking
  • Shelter construction
  • Batoning

The Ontario RTAK-II is a solid, affordable choice for a field knife, and it’s especially good for chopping wood and fire making. You can also use it to build a survival shelter or animal trap as this knife excels at trimming branches and cutting wood. Read our full review.

Check out this video from Howcast to find out what are the best self-defense knives out there:

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a survivalist is only as good as his tools. There’s one tool that is ESSENTIAL to have, not only in your BOB (Bug Out Bag) but also as an everyday carry. A good knife, specifically a full tang constructed fixed blade knife, is necessary for all bug out bags. We sure hope we pointed you to the direction of the best fixed blade knives for you!

Do you have a knife to add? Did we leave out your favorite blade? Let us know in the comments!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 28, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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