The Best Fixed Blade Knives

When you consider the fact that knives are man’s oldest tool, then you need to recognize that fixed blades were the first form of them. Even today, many moons later, fixed blade knives are the most widely adopted blade variant across the world. From the hunting knife to the kitchen knife, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve probably got one of each, if not multiples of each in your home. But with all of the variants available in the market today – from blade shape to steel type – it’s never easy knowing which one will be right for you. Once we’re done testing those blades, we know exactly what they can and cannot do – and that should narrow down your list of final contestants to just a handful.

As it has been for the past few years, tactical and hunting knives – which generally become hybridized within their classifications – are the most popular of fixed blade knives. You’re most likely going to carry a fixed blade knife on your belt which means size isn’t really an overall factor – so the current trend in the market is to go bigger and thicker. This subcategory is known as a “camp knife” and though its numbers don’t come close to a classic hunting knife or skinner in terms of what’s available in them out on the market, they have the ability to replace a hatchet or even a shovel – so they’re appealing to survivalists and folks who spend a considerable amount of time out in the outdoor world trying to figure life out.

That said, the leader of the pack – in terms of fixed blade knives – is still generally under 4” in blade length, features a drop point style blade, and resembles something your grandfather or father may have carried back in their day. This is a generalization of course, but the old adage still rings true – if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Though blade and handle materials have changed, and more blade shapes slowly slip through the cracks every few years, why bother reinventing the wheel when it already rolls so well?

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Helle Utvaer
98
Best in Class
2016
Construction & Mater... 10
Ease of Use 9
Steel Quality 9
Durability 10

Full tang construction

Functional pommel

Includes storage and care instructions

Sheath is right-hand only

MSRP
$270.00
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Boker Plus Coye Ridgeback Fixed Blade
95
Construction & Mater... 8
Ease of Use 10
Steel Quality 8
Durability 9

Compact

Balanced size and weight

Thick blade for a smaller knife

Bead blasted

Belt clip lacks durability

No lanyard hole

MSRP
$89.95
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N/A
TOPS Knives Tom Brown Tracker #1
94
Construction & Mater... 9
Ease of Use 8
Steel Quality 8
Durability 9

Multiple blade edges

Balanced & ergonomic

Functional sawtooths

Heavy

Expensive

Difficult to sharpen

MSRP
$310.00
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Camillus Soar
93
Construction & Mater... 8
Ease of Use 8
Steel Quality 8
Durability 9

Titanium bonded steel

Ergonomic handles

Thick blade

Spine jimping

Heavy

Unbalanced

Nylon sheath

MSRP
$45.99
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Helle Utvaer

The Helle Utvær is a phenomenal representation of what a modern survival knife should be. Hundreds of years ago, there were people out “in it” really trying to survive and they had knives very similar to the design of this one. But do not be mistaken, the Utvaer is not an homage to the past but a resurrection for the future. There was a lot of thought that went into its design and composition, and it was an honor using and abusing it!

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