Chapter 03: Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade

01: Hunting 101 – Hunting Knife vs. Survival Knife vs. Camping Knife
02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses
03: The Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Debate
04: Types of Knife Blades
05: Carbon Steel Knives vs. Stainless Steel Knives
06: What Makes The Best Knife Grip?
07: Best Knife Sheath

Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade

fixed blade vs. folding bladeWhen it comes to the 50 year old debate of Folders vs. Fixed blades – tempers can get high and the argument loud. If you’re an old-school hunter, you prefer the fixed blade because of its proven durability, strength and good old tradition. If you are a modern high performance hunter, you prefer a folding knife because of its convenience and safety. To tell the honest truth, both folding and fixed blade knives can perform the necessary hunter’s tasks like skinning and other game preparation. There are fixed blade knives out there that are not only light but also not bulky. There are also folding blade knives out there are so advanced in construction and material that they rival the performance of their fixed blade counterparts. It all comes down to personal preference.

 Fixed blade

fixed bladeFixed blade knives have an inherently stronger construction with most of them being full tang. It’s a solid piece of metal with a handle covering the metal on one end and either a fully smooth edge or partially serrated blade on the other end. Many hunters need the strength of fixed blade knives when they have to break through the pelvic bone of a deer or another large game by hammering the spine of the blade. This just cannot be done with a folding blade without ruining it. A fixed blade can also be cleaned and maintained a lot easier than folders and therefore can be expected to last for year, some even becoming family heirlooms. Being able to withstand great amounts of abuse and still be handed down to the younger generation is something that fixed blades have proven for generations.

 Folding blade

folding bladeFolding blade knives have a lot going for them too. They are a lot easier to carry and store which offers greater convenience to any hunter. Their blades are usually hidden and protected from the elements and only taken out when needed. There are folding blade knives out there that have locking mechanisms that gives them a strength level that rivals those of fixed blade knives. While most fixed blade knives are used for the outdoors, folding blades can be used in more civilized settings like opening boxes in the office of for concealed self-protection. Let’s face it, a foot long blade strapped onto your thigh is thrilling but you just cannot bring one to the office.

Summary:

As mentioned earlier, it’s just a matter of preference. If you are planning to hunt game and want a strong, classic and extremely durable hunting companion, a fixed blade is a great idea. If you are looking for a more versatile knife, something that you can carry around not just in the woods, then a folding blade might fit you a little better.

Carry on to part 4 in this guide: Types of Hunting Knife Blades

01: Hunting 101 – Hunting Knife vs. Survival Knife vs. Camping Knife
02: Hunting and Skinning Knife, Types and Uses

03: The Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Debate
04: Types of Knife Blades
05: Carbon Steel Knives vs. Stainless Steel Knives
06: What Makes The Best Knife Grip?
07: 
Best Knife Sheath

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