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Choosing A Fixed Blade Knife

How to choose a fixed blade knife
A Recommendation

There are so many fixed blade knives out there. I know there are as many opinions about which knife is best than there is knives in the world. However, in my opinion I think the one that makes the most sense for the money is the Schrade SCHF26. I wanted something that was quality and would last but wouldn't break the bank. At only $34 on Amazon, the price is excellent and the quality is wonderful as well.

What to Look For

First, I would like to suggest the types of things you should look for in a knife:

You don't want it breaking when you are doing strenuous tasks, as that can be very dangerous
9-11" overall length for the knife, with about a 5" blade:
This is the sweetspot for allowing you to do things that require more detail such as carving or skinning, while still allowing you to have the strength of a blade that can be used to baton wood
You're not Rambo, you don't really need the giant knife
Sharp pointed tip:
There are many different styles of knives out there. However, I like the sharp pointed tip as it is the most versatile
The sharp point allows the best defense against animals, can be used as a screwdriver, and can even pry difficult cans
Flat ground spine and a single edge blade:
The flat spine allows the knife to more easily be used as a fire starter
The single edge blade allows you to use the knife for batoning, this would be much more difficult with a double edge blade

The Military Shortlist

All the knives I looked into were full-tang. I did a large amount of looking around before deciding upon the SCHF26. I originally thought I would go with the KA-BAR US Marine Corp, the Ontario 499 Air Force, or the SOG Seal Pup Elite. All are great knives, however, when I held them in my hand they just didn't find feel quite right. I have large hands, so it is important to me to have a handle that is long enough. The KA-BAR and the Seal Pup just felt a little short in my hand for comfort. The Ontario had similar specs as the KA-BAR but was difficult to find locally so I ended up passing on it.

The New Shortlist

After passing on those, I began a new search. My new selections brought me to the KA-BAR BK-22 and the Schrade SCHF9. I thought I would go with the BK-22, I had it in my shopping cart and everything. It was an excellent knife, highly rated, and not a bad price at about $80 on Amazon. The BK-22 has a thick spine at a quarter inch and can take a beating. It's made from 1095 Cro-Van steel Solid. I was about to purchase it, when someone suggested I look at the SCHF26. As I looked into it I began to like it more and more. I watched videos and articles comparing the BK-22 and the SCHF26 and most people agreed that the SCHF26 is just a better value.

I pulled the trigger and ordered the SCHF26. I love it. The grip has a rubbery feel, it feels like it wouldn't slip out of my hand even if I was doing something in the rain. It has a spine that is a quarter inch thick and flat. It has a sharp point and is a single edge blade. The weight distribution just felt right in my hands. It was a length I liked by staying just under 11" and had a large handle at 5.4". I'm very happy with my purchase, needless to say.

Last Thoughts

For selecting your own knife, there are many that will work. I was splitting hairs comparing many knives, many of which I didn't list. People get very opinionated about which knife is best, and that's fine, we are all passionate about different things. I just think that as long as it is a knife that is full-tang, the right size, the right shape, and made of a good material you will be fine. Often, picking a knife is best done by placing it in your hand and determining if it passes the initial gut test. Good luck picking out a knife and if you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!

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May 12th, 2015