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The 14 Best Fixed Blade Knives in 2020

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The 14 Best Fixed Blade Knives in 2020

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When you think of an everyday carry knife, chances are you will have a folding knife in mind. But when you need a knife that cannot and absolutely will not fail on you, a fixed blade knife is the best option. Unlike folding knives, fixed blades don't have any moving parts to break or opening mechanisms to fumble around with when you're in a rush. Their inherent durability makes them well-suited for hard-use critical tasks, especially when you're in the outdoors or in a survival situation. 

Plus in many jurisdictions, a fixed blade knife might be your only legal carry option. And if you have the idea that folding knives are too big for everyday carry, know that not all of them are built like the comically huge knife in Crocodile Dundee. There are plenty of EDC-friendly fixed blade knives out there, and there's a great selection of designs released in the past year. In this guide, we'll round up our favorite recent fixed blade knife releases, and go over why they deserve a place in your own carry.

KA-BAR Becker BK2 Fixed Blade Knife

KA-BAR Becker BK2 Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Zytel handles
Camping/hunting/survival knife
Black finished blade
Specifications
Blade Length
5.25"
Blade Steel
1095 Cro-Van
Weight
15.9 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The KA-BAR Becker BK2 is a chunky knife built for serious outdoors work. The 1095 Cro-Van tool steel blade is ready to take on all challengers, even being batoned through wood when you’re preparing to make a fire for your shelter, and the black Zytel handle is ergonomically shaped to give you a good grip on the blade for more delicate tasks like splitting kindling or skinning game. The small choil at the heel of the blade also works for dealing with twigs of small rope, making it an even better companion for you when you’re out in the field.
Morakniv Garberg Fixed Blade Knife

Morakniv Garberg Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Textured polymer handle scales
Survival outdoors hunting knife
Scandi grind
Specifications
Blade Length
4"
Blade Steel
14C28N Sandvik
Weight
5.98 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The venerable Morakniv is one of the EDC communities’ favorite fixed blade knife for everyday carry, with its keen Scandaniavian design and immense durability for its price. The Garburg model is one of the most EDC-friendly options in their line, with reliable full tang construction which allows you to use and abuse this knife when you have to, especially if you find yourself relying on it to keep you alive in the outdoors when making fire or shelter.
Cold Steel SRK Fixed Blade Knife

Cold Steel SRK Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Rubber handle
Tactical rescue knife
Kydex sheath
Specifications
Blade Length
6"
Blade Steel
CPM-3V
Weight
8.15 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
When lives are on the line and you’re looking for a big knife to take on big tasks, Cold Steel should be at the top of your mind. Their SRK (Search Rescue Knife) sports a handy 6" of cutting power enhanced by super-premium CPM-3V stainless steel composition. The knife has a classic clip-point shape that makes it good for cutting, slicing, and piercing tasks, and the large rubber handle with blade guard makes this an ideal choice for carry on or near the water.
Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Rubber handle
Military tactical knife
MOLLE/PALS webbing-compatible polymer sheath
Specifications
Edge Length
4.875"
Blade Steel
420HC
Weight
7.1 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The StrongArm is Gerber’s premiere military survival knife, with a full-tang 420HC stainless steel blade relied on in the field for years and a proven design with ergonomics made for hard use in rough situations. The rubberized diamond-texture grip affords good purchase on the knife during heavy use, and there’s a striking pommel at the rear for defensive applications. For added convenience, especially for military and law enforcement, the included modular sheath is MOLLE compatible, letting you attach the knife to a wide range of vests, belts, bags, and other gear depending on the mission at hand.
CRKT Folts Minimalist Cleaver

CRKT Folts Minimalist Cleaver

Purchase
Key Features
Micarta handles
Minimalist compact neck knife/food prep
Zytel polymer sheath
Specifications
Edge Length
2.125"
Blade Steel
1.68 oz
Weight
5Cr13MoV
EDC Rating


Price
$
The CRKT Folts Minimalist Cleaver is a community favorite when it comes to lightweight and low profile fixed blade EDC carry. Some might scoff at the 5Cr13MoV stainless steel blade, but softer steel is actually preferable if you plan to use this knife for cleaver tasks, as it’s less likely to chip than harder steels and it’s a lot easier to resharpen. The thin handle helps this knife stay lightweight at just 1.68 ounces, but it also lets you get a full-on grip with the blade during a chop.
Spyderco Ronin 2 Fixed Blade Knife

Spyderco Ronin 2 Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
G10 handle scales
Tactical knife
Wharncliffe-style hollow ground blade
Specifications
Edge Length
3.625"
Blade Steel
CPM-BD1
Weight
3.9 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$$
The Ronin 2 is one of Spyderco’s best fixed blade knife designs, made in collaboration with custom knife maker Michael Janich and reminiscent of his Yojimbo folding knife. Unlike the Yojimbo though, the Ronin 2 doesn’t need to be opened before use, and its skeletonized full-tang construction makes it light enough at 3.9 oz for everyday carry. An ergonomic black G10 scale provides the user full control during use, and the choil of the knife acts as a guard against inadvertent accidents during hard use. The blade itself features premium CPM-BD1 stainless steel with a 3.625“ long hollow-ground cutting edge on its distinct modified Wharncliffe blade with a straight cutting edge and a pointed tip for piercing work.
TOPS Knives Mini Scandi Fixed Blade Knife

TOPS Knives Mini Scandi Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Black canvas Micarta
Neck knife
Modified Scandi grind
Specifications
Edge Length
3"
Blade Steel
1095
Weight
3.8 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The 3" Mini Scandi Survival is one of TOPS Knives’ most successful fixed blade designs for everyday carry. Its name describes what you get: a compact survival knife featuring a blade that draws from traditional Scandanavian outdoors and working knives for its shape (and edge geometry). Because of its 1095 tool steel composition, the Mini Scandi Survival is up any outdoors survival cutting, chopping, and slicing task you might encounter and it won’t break like your standard EDC folding pocket knife would when used the same way.
Buck Open Season Caper Fixed Blade Knife

Buck Open Season Caper Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Dymondwood handle scales
Hunting/fishing outdoors knife
Hollow ground drop-point blade
Specifications
Edge Length
2.625"
Blade Steel
2.2 oz
Weight
CPM-S30V
EDC Rating


Price
$$
If you’re looking for a lightweight hunting knife for dressing fish and game, a caper knife is a good choice. Buck’s Open Season Caper uses premium S30V stainless steel and a gorgeous ergonomic Dymondwood handle that makes this a knife that looks as good as it can cut. The scalpel-style design of the blade makes it good for detail dressing work, and the strength of its steel composition means it will hold its edge even if you rough it up a bit working through hard material like bone. The top jimping at the spine of the blade as well as the curved choil allow you to get a close up choke grip on the knife for the utmost in control. When you’re done with the blade, slip it into its classic leather sheath and go about your day.
ESEE Zancudo Fixed Blade Knife

ESEE Zancudo Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
3D G-10 handle
Camping outdoors knife
Spear point shape
Specifications
Edge Length
3"
Blade Steel
CPM-S35VN
Weight
3.8 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$$
ESEE’s Zancudo folding knife is a top tactical knife pick, and it works even better as a fixed blade with more sturdiness without moving parts compared to the original. This particular model levels things up even more, with premium CPM-S35VN stainless steel full tang composition and a dazzling 3D-carved G10 scale on the handle that makes it easy to grip and control every cut you make with the knife in hand.
Böker Plus Prymini Pro Fixed Blade Knife

Böker Plus Prymini Pro Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
G10 handle scales
Compact neck knife
Kydex sheath
Specifications
Edge Length
2.36"
Blade Steel
D2
Weight
3.46 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
We don’t recommend that you use any knife for prying tasks (there are dedicated pry bars and tools that you should use for that). But if you were to do that with a knife, the Böker Plus PryMini Pro has what it takes to not break under the strain with your first try. This Jesper Voxnaes design is short and stout, adding additional strength to the inherent advantage of using a fixed-blade design in the first place. And for more standard (and responsible) tasks you can avail of the D2 tool steel blade to tackle even big cutting and slicing with ease.
Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter Fixed Blade Knife

Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Richlite handle scales
EDC, camping/hiking knife
Stonewashed finish
Specifications
Edge Length
2.75"
Blade Steel
CPM-S90V
Weight
3.11 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$$$
The Benchmade Hidden Canyon hunter in CPM-S90V is the ultimate premium fixed blade you can get in their line. Beyond its great looks thanks to its sleek drop-point design and striking stabilized Richilite wood handles, that special blade composition with deep belly makes this a great slicer, which is good because its intended design is for camping and hiking. But even if you don’t go outdoors often, this knife is a capable EDC blade in a beautiful package that you should consider at any rate.
WE Knife Co. Reazio Fixed Blade Knife

WE Knife Co. Reazio Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Carbon fiber scales, titanium screws
Modern gent’s EDC
Compound flat/hollow grind edge
Specifications
Edge Length
3.375"
Blade Steel
Bohler M390
Weight
3.8 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
If you’re looking for a fixed modern gents knife, you should take a look at the WE Knives Reazio. Designed in collaboration with Toni Tietzel, the Reazio features a unique compound blade grind and shape that allows you a flat grind near the handle for rougher chopping and a hollow grind as you approach the tip for delicate slicing. That unique design is further complemented with premium CPM-20CV stainless steel built into this full-tang non-folding fixed blade, and the beautiful carbon fiber scales (attached to the knife with 6AL4V titanium screws) look great in hand.
Viper Knives Koi Fixed Blade Knife

Viper Knives Koi Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Carbon fiber scales
Modern hunting knife
Rear lanyard hole
Specifications
Edge Length
3.375"
Blade Steel
Bohler M390
Weight
3.8 oz
EDC Rating
Just released
A lot of fixed blade hunting knives seem stuck in the past, with older steel and traditional materials like wood and bone, and Jesper Voxnaes has decided to shake up the category with a new modern take on a hunting blade. The Viper Koi features with premium M390 stainless steel and a distinct design with Voxnaes’s famous design language written all over it. The satin 3.375" flat ground blade is all belly from the heel of the blade to its slightly upswept tip, making this an excellent slicing blade which works well for piercing tasks as well. To keep things lightweight, carbon fiber handle scales were chosen over wood and bone, and there’s even a large lanyard hole at the rear for easy retention.
Emerson CQC-7 Fixed Blade Knife

Emerson CQC-7 Fixed Blade Knife

Purchase
Key Features
Textured G-10 handle scales
Tactical knife
Tanto blade shape
Specifications
Edge Length
4"
Blade Steel
154CM
Weight
5.86 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$$$
The CQC-7 is one of the best-designed tactical folding knives, and its defensive potential is improved even further in its fixed blade version. You probably know the wave-shaped opening Emerson knives have as a way to quickly deploy a folding blade from a pants pocket. But when it’s on a fixed blade knife it serves its original purpose: as a blade catcher to prevent injury when you’re working against an assailant who is also armed with a knife. Without the folding mechanism, there’s improved strength thanks to the full-tang design, but the CQC-7 fixed blade also benefits from an improved textured G-10 grip that’s more ergonomic than on the folding version as well.

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Drus ·
Some of the leaner Ecos knives are worth mentioning as well
CampDiplIng ·
Good selection.
4 out of these 14 brands are already in my knives inventory...
Thus I am at home here EDC.com 😉