Fixed blade knives have different designs, depending on their intended use. This article explains the major types in common use: hunting, tactical, camping, and survival.
Without the complexity of a folding and locking mechanism, fixed blades can be
- easier to clean
compared to folding knives, making them attractive for rough outdoor use.
Campers and hikers looking for a general purpose fixed blade knife will be faced with a large and confusing range of models. The key to understanding knife designs is to understand their intended purpose.
Camping knives are mini-machetes, designed for chopping wood
- for firewood
- for clearing a campsite
They are large – over 6 inches for the blade. Simple carbon steels such as 1095 are popular for their toughness.
Choosing a Best Fixed Blade Camping Knife
The varieties of steels and blades can be confusing.
The first-time camping knives buyer should start with a modest knife to gain amazing camping experience with before spending money on an exotic super steel model.
Best Three Fixed Blade Camping Knives for 2017 Reviewed:
KERSHAW SHUFFLE II
The latest Shuffle II offers a bigger blade & longer handle, but with the equal multi-functional flexibility & best pricing that made the Kershaw Shuffle such a hit in the fixed camping blade market. But the Shuffle II’s look is very sharp from the Shuffle. With a tanto blade, firmly textured handle, & BlackWash blade, the Shuffle II has a brawnier look & feel.
The blade is made of 8Cr13MoV, a quality stainless steel known for its ability to hold an edge, strength, & hardness. The heavily textured handle enhances grip, while still being comfortable to hold & use. A liner lock secures the Shuffle II's blade open in use but closes easily when its tasks are done. It also features the strong finger contours, handy bottle opener, screwdriver tip, & lanyard attachment that help define the Shuffle.
The value for the money on this one is nearly unbelievable. I own a full range of folders, from no-names to high-end production ZT & Spyderco, & it's amazing how often I elect to carry the Shuffle 2 as my EDC.
The blade came nice & sharp in the usual Kershaw fashion, & I took it up a little from there. It holds an edge acceptably & is easy to sharpen. No, it's not S30V, S35VN, Elmax, etc., but it's quite serviceable, easier to sharpen than those more premium steels, & easily up to EDC tasks. The width & thickness of the blade gives it lots more solidity than one gets in folders this small, & the tanto blade shape mostly presents two cutting surfaces: one for heavier cutting (e.g., rope) & the other for more delicate or precision cuts (e.g., packing tape).
- Multifunction - Has multiple blades or tools, enabling it to perform multiple functions.
- Reversible - Pre-drilled holes in the handle enable the user to change either the tip position or the side on which the knife carries.
- Manual - There is no mechanical assist, such as SpeedSafe, used to open the folding knife. It opens the classic, old-school way.
- Liner Lock - Locks the blade open during use; one side of the knife's steel "liner," the steel plate to which the handle scales are attached, moves into position behind the blade to securely lock it open.
- Made in China
- Blade Length: 2.25" (5.7 cm)
- Weight: 3 oz. (86 g)
- Overall Length: 6.25" (15.3 cm)
- Handle Length: 4" (10.2 cm)
- Handle Material: Glassed Filled Nylon
- Blade Steel: 8Cr14MoV, Blackwash Finish
- Bottle Opener, Screwdriver, Lanyard Hole
- Thumb Stud
- Manual Opening
It's one of those knives you wish you could have, but the fact and others of the situation proves you can't do it, so you just carry on as if it didn't even cross the mind.
- Overall a very delicate looking knife – black stonewash blade is a nice touch
- For a knife at this price point, overall fit & finish are good
- Uses 8Cr13MoV blade steel, which is appropriate for the price point
- Nice ergonomic handle for a knife this small
- Screwdriver & bottle opener an exact added touch on this little EDC
- Should comfortably fit in your pocket with your other EDC items
- The knife hole was a bit firm out of the box
- Thumb stud opening not as user-friendly as supported open
- Although the handle has texture, apparently not enough to make a difference in slick conditions
- Was decently sharp out of box, but I still felt it required touching up
- Tanto style blade may not be the genuine for every cutting chore
Regardless, of the list of cons the Kershaw Shuffle II is worthy of EDC rotation, particularly when location needs to carry a knife with a shorter blade length.
KA-BAR BK-22 Companion Fixed Blade KnifeThe KA-BAR BK-22 placed second because of its great features & its sleek style.
This blade has the potential to hold up for a very long time. It is made in the U.S.A, and it is well put together. This knife includes a durable BK-22s polyester sheath with a front cargo pocket with velcro to close it and holes around the bottom to lash it to your leg.
This blade is a 5.25-inch blade, it is straight edge and composed of 1095 cro-van steel. The flat grind provides a sharp edge that will hold for a long time. The blade has a hardness rating of 56-58 hardness which is hard enough to pry, split kindling & slice other materials. This knife highlights a drop point blade which is the curving of the blade on the spine. This allows for easier skinning and wild dressing game. Another excellent part of the blade of this knife is the fact that it is full tang. Full tang means that the metal that makes the blade extends all the way through the handle. The handle is formed out of Grivory; a glass re-enforced nylon. Which is created primarily for comfort & control? It also has a hole at the bottom to loop parachute cord through it, around your wrist when using. The handle is more uniform in texture, but it has a projection at the rear of the handle to keep your hand from slipping off the handle. This handle also has a pommel invented into the back for pounding tent spikes, breaking the glass & even self-defense.
- 10.5 inches overall 5.25-inch blade
- 5.25-inch handle
- 3.2 0z.
- 1095 cro-van Steel
Morakniv EldrisThe Mora Eldris has been a long-anticipated addition to the Mora Kniv range. It’s a compact fixed blade which has been designed with a precision blade for tasks such as whittling, spoon carving & the like
- Coil Shape: The coil shape in the heart of the knife is firmly related to the heritage of Morakniv. The knife with the red coil-shaped handle is probably as well known as the famous Dala horse in Sweden.
- Pattern: The rhombus pattern is a traditional pattern that is present in many variations in Mora & the region of Dalarna. In the handle, the design provides a significantly improved grip. Besides its high functionality, it also pays tribute to our region & history.
- Scandi Grind: The knife is ground with a sc&i grind which makes it easy to keep sharp.
- Blade Finish: The blade has a semi-matte finish appreciated among the outdoor community. Steel: The blade is 2 mm thick & 56 mm long (or in this case short). It is constructed of high-quality Swedish stainless steel (12C27) that is handled to the highest quality in Mora knives own factory.
- Hole: The rear part of the handle has a hole for fastening a Lanyard, rope or other gadgets according to preference.
- Click Lock: The handle has a built-in click lock between the sheath & handle to guarantee that the knife stays in place when worn around the neck. Secure Grip: The outer shell is created of TPE, a rubbery polymer that provides a firm & secure grip. The core of the handle, visible in the barrel shape, is made of polypropylene. It is a polymer that makes the knife & the handle very rugged.
- Rugged Core: The center of the handle, visible in the barrel shape, is formed of polypropylene. It is a polymer that executes the knife & the handle very rugged. Handle Shape: The symmetrical handle allows flexible use of the knife with a two-way fit in the sheath. The drop design on the back is big enough to keep the knife steady in your handle. Ground Spine: The spine of the blade is filed to make the edge excellent for use with a fire starter. This suggests that you do not need to use the side of the blade when starting your fire, which makes your knife stay sharp for longer.
- Sheath Shape: The sheath is firmly inspired by sheaths first made at the beginning of the 1900s. Sheaths that today can be found on the classic line of knives, & look that looks almost the same as they did back then. The heart-shaped cavities on the sheath, the regular appearance & the triangle shaped tip is a trademark of a classic Morakniv sheath.
- Pocket Size: The knife's design makes it a more durable & rough option to a folding knife. When the blade is placed in the sheath, it is small enough to be carried in a pocket. & when used, the feeling of serving with a fixed blade knife is just unprecedented.
- Symmetrical: As with the knife, the symmetry of the sheath is of great importance, since it allows you to place the knife in the sheath from both sides. Protective Polymer: The sheath is made of polypropylene, a polymer that makes it rugged, & thereby provides an excellent protection of the knife.
- Blade Length: 2.2"
- Overall Length: 5.6"
- Blade Thickness: 0.08"
- ;Weight: 2.8 oz.
- Sheath: Polymer
- Made in Sweden
Most knife specifications have a basic information of the blade geometry, but in this section, I will be taking a more comprehensive look at geometry & balance.
Using a set of gauges & precision measuring equipment including a Vernier protractor, calipers, fixed radius gauges & the different Arc Master adjustable radius gauge (the one that looks like a crossbow).
These measurements have been tabulated & are presented along with a few reference blades (8″ Chef’s Knife, 5.5″ Santoku & the popular Fällkniven F1).
Key aspects such as the primary bevel angle, grind type, blade depth, blade thickness, length, weight are detailed, along with balance information.The ‘Balance relative to the front of the handle’ tells you if the knife will feel front heavy, or if the weight is in your handle (a positive value means the weight is forward of the front of the handle). The ‘Balance relative to the center of the handle’ indicates how close to a ‘neutral balance’ the knife has in the handle.In the case of full convex grinds, the approximate center of the grind is used for the primary bevel angle estimate.
The principle that Morakniv has aimed for with the Eldris is to bring together the features & advantages of a pocket size knife but with a fixed blade instead of a folding one. A smaller knife is not only easier to carry, but gives you increased control when using it, & is safer to handle than a larger one. By choosing a fixed blade, the idea is more durable & better suited to rough use than a folding knife. When the knife is sheathed, it is still small enough to be easily carried in a pocket.
It is no surprise that the Eldris features a Sc&i-grind, & this makes it well suited to operating with wood as well as making it easy to keep sharp. Having given the Eldris a good practice, here I’ve given it a quick touch up on a stone & then a strop.
ELDDIS VS. THE COMPETITION:
There are not a lot of neck knives out there that get it right. Often they are too thin & uncomfortable to use. Or their blades are wonky & unusable. That’s not the case with the Mora Eldris. The Eldris designation provides a full-size grip. & as I have already touched on, every centimeter of the blade is usable & has a defined purpose.
Mora knives have always been traditionally budget friendly & very affordable knives. So, it’s not a surprise that people have been shocked to see a smaller knife that’s more expensive. However, it does appear Mora are viewing at taking a step up the ladder, a move towards improved quality & higher production value knives on top of their existing budget range of knives.
Something that might be a ‘pro’ for one user can be a ‘con’ for another, so the comments are categorized based on my requirements. You should consider all points & if they could be beneficial to you.
|Can be worn round the neck or carried in a pocket.|
|Secondary locking strap..|
|Pocket-sized fixed-blade knife..|
|You will want more than one.|