The 10 Best Fixed Blade Knives in 2019

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The 10 Best Fixed Blade Knives in 2019

When you think of an everyday carry knife, chances are you will have a folding knife in mind. But when you absolutely need a knife that cannot and will not fail on you, a fixed blade knife is the best option. Fixed blade knives don't have any moving parts to break or opening mechanisms to fumble around with when you're in a rush. 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.

TOPS Bull Trout

TOPS Bull Trout

Purchase
Key Features
Compact for EDC
High hardness blade
Leather sheath
Specifications
Steel
154CM 58-60 HRC
Blade Length
2.75“
Materials
Micarta
Weight
3.1 oz
Reviews


Price
$$
The Bull Trout is a compact, but full-bellied fixed blade designed by a TOPS shipping manager whose passion lies in fishing and the outdoors. The knife’s design addresses the needs and daily tasks of a man in his position, with everyday carry and utility as its main features. The Bull Trout comes with a 154CM stainless steel blade that holds an edge and requires minimal maintenance, while brown burlap Micarta handles with a generous finger cutout provide a solid grip. A chocolate leather sheath keeps the blade handy and ready for the next task.
Bastinelli Creations SIN Wrapped

Bastinelli Creations SIN Wrapped

Purchase
Key Features
Recurve blade
Wrapped full tang
Kydex sheath
Specifications
Steel
N690Co
Blade Length
3.5“
Materials
Kydex
Weight
3.44 oz
Reviews


Price
$$$
The Italian-made Bastinelli Creations SIN is an aggressive fixed blade that combines tactical performance in a practical neck knife package, thanks to its included Kydex sheath that lets you customize how you carry. Its 3.5“ black stonewashed blade comes with a few unique traits, including jimping along the spine, a subtle recurve shape to add a second geometry to its belly, and its use of Bohler N690Co steel best known for durability and capacity to be hardened to a high degree. Forgoing the usual G-10 handles, this version of the SIN comes wrapped with black cord on its full tang, offering a unique aesthetic and grip.
Buck 656 Pursuit

Buck 656 Pursuit

Purchase
Key Features
Lightweight
Hard steel
Polyester sheath
Specifications
Steel
420HC
Blade Length
4.5“
Materials
Glass-filled nylon/Versaflex
Weight
6.2 oz
Reviews


Price
$
While best known for their traditional lockback folders, Buck takes a different angle with the 656 Pursuit knife, notably with its use of glass-filled nylon/Versaflex handle with rubber overmolds for a lightweight, yet impactful grip. These handles, paired with finger grooves and jimping, give a non-slip profile to the 656’s full tang, allowing you to wield its 4.5“ 420HC drop point blade with confidence. And when it’s time to pack up, a polyester sheath wraps up and protects the knife until your next outing.
Spyderco Respect

Spyderco Respect

Purchase
Key Features
Extra-large clip point
Bowie cross guard
Leather sheath
Specifications
Steel
CPM 154
Blade Length
7.94“
Materials
G-10
Weight
11.2 oz
Reviews


Price
$$$$
This big bowie blade from Spyderco pays tribute to its founder Sal Glesser’s fondness for the classic American knife, but built with advancements of modern manufacturing and materials. It’s hard to miss the 7.94“ clip point blade in high-resistance, high-hardness CPM 154 steel, ending at the bowie’s signature cross guard. This extended, full-flat ground edge gives you plenty of room for even the biggest tasks, bolstered by an extra thick 0.3” spine. G-10 handles cover up the rest of the tang, and a handcrafted leather sheath stows the knife away when not in use. With the Respect, Glesser pays his to the timeless American staple.
Cold Steel 3V SRK

Cold Steel 3V SRK

Purchase
Key Features
“Supersteel” 3V
Duty ready
Secure-Ex Sheath
Specifications
Steel
CPM 3V
Blade Length
6“
Materials
Kray-Ex
Weight
8.8 oz
Reviews


Price
$$$
Cold Steel’s SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was designed with one simple task in mind: withstand the most extreme conditions a knife can go through. To do this requires the use of one of the toughest steels in the business, CPM 3V. Built specifically to resist tool breakage, 3V is a powdered steel with high wear and shock resistance which make it ideal for high-impact uses such batoning and chopping. Which makes sense considering the SRK is is a standard issue knife for the Navy SEALs for Basic Underwater Demolition training (buds). But even if you’re not on dangerous missions in your everyday life, the SRK has more than enough performance for EDC.
KA-BAR Becker Kephart

KA-BAR Becker Kephart

Purchase
Key Features
Bushcraft staple
Walnut handles
Leather sheath
Specifications
Steel
1095CV
Blade Length
5.125“
Materials
Walnut, leather
Weight
6.4 oz
Reviews


Price
$$
In 1906, Horace Kephart published a book called Camping and Woodcraft, which would go on to be the bible for campers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades to come. KA-BAR’s Becker Kephart honors the man’s legacy by reintroducing a knife of his design, built with modern materials and the company’s high standards of knife production. The 5.125“ spear point is classic, simple, and versatile, making use of 1095CV steel with its tough 56-58 HRC and plenty of edge retention. The Becker Kephart’s edge goes all the way up to its walnut wood handles to maximize its cutting area, with the wood handles offering a classic look and natural feel in hand. The KA-BAR Becker Kephart is a bushcraft knife built to last, honoring its namesake as it continues to be an essential part of the modern outdoor kit.
Bradford Knives 3D G4 M390

Bradford Knives 3D G4 M390

Purchase
Key Features
“Supersteel” M390
Micro-textured Micarta handles
Leather sheath
Specifications
Steel
M390
Blade Length
4.625“
Materials
Micarta, leather
Weight
6.3 oz
Reviews


Price
$$$$
The made in the USA Bradford Guardian line is a series of fixed blade knives built for extreme performance for everyday and outdoor use, in every possible size that best suits your needs. The Guardian4 is one of their larger fixed blades, with a 4.625“ drop point blade in ”supersteel“ Bohler M390, a high-performance steel with top tier hardness (60-61 HRC) and corrosion resistance. For this limited edition G4, the knife’s Micarta handles come with a special micro textured carbon fiber design (among others like wood and natural Micarta) bolted onto the rest of the G4’s tang. A lanyard hole and leather sheath completes the knife’s carry options.
ESEE Ashley Game Knife Micarta

ESEE Ashley Game Knife Micarta

Purchase
Key Features
Extended handle
Micarta scales
Leather sheath
Specifications
Steel
1095
Blade Length
4.625“
Materials
Micarta, leather
Weight
5.1 oz
Reviews


Price
$$
Designed by guide and big game hunter Ashley Emerson and representing his vast experience and needs on the field, the Ashley Game Knife (“AGK”) is a compact and lightweight fixed blade that still offers plenty of no-frills performance. The ESEE collaboration knife comes with a 3.5“ 1095 steel (55-57 HRC) blade in a very slightly upswept drop point that gives a longer, sweeping cut. This is offset by a longer 4.75” handle for better control, grip, and comfort, and comes with high-resistance Micarta scales for a solid grip. A leather sheath completes the EDC package.
WE Knife Co. Vaquita

WE Knife Co. Vaquita

Purchase
Key Features
S35VN steel
Carbon fiber handles
Super light
Specifications
Steel
S35VN
Blade Length
3.2“
Materials
Carbon fiber, Kydex
Weight
1.69 oz
Reviews


Price
$$
There’s plenty to like about We Knife Co.‘s eye-catching Vaquita fixed blade. While it’s one of the smaller knives on this list and designed more as a neck knife, its specs definitely speak for themselves. Its 3.2“ blade in an angular recurve shape comes in premium S35VN steel, one of the most advanced and resilient steels to be used for knives. It’s also extremely tough with a hardness of 59-61 HRC. The full tang blade is paired with equally premium carbon fiber handles, shaving enough weight to allow the Vaquita to carry the lightest on this list at only 1.69 ounces. A lanyard hole, custom Kydex sheath, and black bead chain lanyard offer a number of carry options for storage and carry.
Gerber Spine

Gerber Spine

Purchase
Key Features
Affordable price
Hi-vis handles
Glass-filled nylon sheath
Specifications
Steel
7Cr17MoV
Blade Length
3.7“
Materials
Rubber, glass-filled nylon
Weight
5.2 oz
Reviews


Price
$
Gerber’s Spine is a fixed blade knife designed to be “approachable” in use, features, and price, while still offering hard-use performance when needed. Its no-frills 3.7“ drop point blade offers plenty of edge and comes in 7Cr17MoV, a serviceable steel that’s easy to maintain and keeps the Spine’s price low. The knife’s full tang is accented by new, hi-vis Cyan handles in a rubberized, all-weather handle that’s as easy to grip and use as it is pleasing to look at. A matching glass-filled nylon sheath with belt clip takes care of EDC, with an oversized lanyard hole on the Spine itself offering extra carry options.

For more fixed blade options, check out last year's guide from the archives.

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