Fixed blade knives and tactical fixed blade knives
What is a fixed blade knife?
Fixed blade (non folding) knives are designed for dozens of uses and people. Types of knives include hunting knives, survival knives, bushcrafting knives, boot knives, dive knives, throwing knives and more. You may also be forgiven for thinking that they aren’t for the average man but, they are carried by sportsmen, hunters, campers and anyone who needs a knife.
In terms of UK law: You cannot carry around a fixed blade knife in public. You may purchase and own one, and you may use it out in the countryside away from populated areas. However, for full details please do check the UK government website or if you’re not from the UK please check your countries government website.
What is a tactical fixed blade?
This is a term thrown around a lot. Well essentially tactical means that it’s black. Not always but you’ll be struggling to find a non-black tactical knife
Who needs a fixed blade knife?
We briefly mentioned above that a fixed blade knife, tactical or not is useful to a whole range of people. Going back to the dawn of man, where hunter gathering wasn’t a luxury but essential, you’ll find fixed blade knives of some shape or description. However, we have evolved since then, but the knife is still an essential tool. Some uses you could have for your fixed blade is to; cut rope/paracord, woodwork, chop food stuffs and for hunting (depending on your countries law). These are but a few examples of the many uses a knife has, you just need to look at your needs and you’ll see where it’s needed.
What are the key things to look out for in a fixed blade knife?
Without bogging you down in masses of detail in this post (we’ll do an in-depth one soon) we’ll talk you through the essentials of fixed blade purchasing and what you need to know:
Serrations: Some people need them, others don’t. If you are planning on cutting lots of rope, paracord or dare we say a little bit of sawing then these are a must have. We recommend that if you do want to saw, you get a saw. However if you want versatility in your fixed blade, then a part-serrated knife is for you.
Full tang or partial tang: We wrote an in-depth post about this before (https://www.heinnie.com/blog/full-tang-vs-partial-tang/), but if you want the basics: Full tang constructions are usually stronger as the blade material runs through the entire length of the knife. A full tang construction gives the knife a more even balance, which is useful for some chores, but a partial tang knife (blade heavy) will be useful for other activities.
Steel: This is a huge topic, and one that can (and will) have it’s own in-depth guide to. Saying that we have written a brief steels guide. The bare bones of it is that: some steels are better for strength, others for edge retention, others for durability and there are others which are a mix of all. Honestly it’s a bit of a minefield (but we are always here to help if you want to know more!).
Handles: There are numerous handle types available to you. The 3 tactical fixed blades that we feature today all have different handles. The Colt for instance has a very minimalist aluminium handle. It has contours grooved into the handle for added grip, but essentially it’s a very slim and lightweight option. The Schrade F14 on the other hand has a grip made of G10. This is a very popular grip and for good reason. It has great contouring for feel and grip, and it also looks pretty sweet! Finally the CRKT Ultima, this knife has and FRN (Fibreglass Reinforced Nylon) handle. FRN isn’t a million miles different from G10, the real difference is that it’s cheaper and lighter, and feels a lot more plastic. From our experience people tend to prefer one or the other, but honestly there isn’t a whole lot separating them.
Tactical Fixed blade knives
Below we’ve featured for you three tactical fixed blades sold at Heinnie Haynes. They are all a bit different an all have their own merits. In this post though we aren’t going to talk through this you but instead let you make up your own mind.
CRKT Ultima Veff Serrated
Blade Material: 4116 Krupp Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 12.7
Blade Thichness (cm): 0.2
Overall Length (cm): 24.8
Handle Material: FRN
Schrade F14 – Tactical Drop Point
Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV High Carbon Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 8.3
Blade Thichness (cm): 0.4
Overall Length (cm): 20.3
Handle Material: G10
Colt Tactical Fixed Blade
Blade Material: Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 9.5
Blade Thichness (cm): 0.4
Overall Length (cm): 21.5
Handle Material: Aluminium
We hope you’ve found this post useful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below!