For a skilled outdoorsman or an expert prepper, nothing can be as important as having a good survival knife. It’s a basic item that should always be included in any survival gear and not one of these guys would ever go out without having this gear on their side.
Survival knives come in many forms and are molded from different materials. And most common types of survival knives are the fixed blade type and the folded variety. But which one is better when used in extreme conditions? Can you always rely on the fixed blade to do most of the general tasks as it is expected to do? Or should you go for the portable version in getting the job done?
Today, we are going to give an in-depth look into these 2 types of knives and determine if whether or not one is really better than the other, or they are both just equal in function.
To better compare the fixed blade from the folding type, we are going to evaluate these knives under these 4 categories: versatility, durability, portability, and cost-effectiveness.
Versatility – Basic survival skill dictates that the fixed blade survival knife is more versatile than the other as most experts agree that you can practically use this gear in most of the survival situations you might encounter. While this is some true in some cases, you still cannot discount the usability of the folding type. For instance, when it comes to carving, slicing small pieces of meat, whittling an object, etc. the folding knife provides better control for these kinds of jobs. This goes without saying that the fixed blade is not entirely versatile as most of would think as it can’t do some tasks that a folding knife would do best.
Durability – Obviously, when we talk of this aspect the fixed type will always come out as the winner. The moving parts of the folding knife sacrificed its contention for being the ‘more durable’ blade as it compromises the strength of the entire knife as a whole. Thus, you cannot use it for chopping wood or other heavy duty work with it. Moreover, the handle casing of the blade needs to be cleaned occasionally or rust will practically lock the blade shut.
And though foldable blades are considered inferior over its fixed counterpart, there is no assurance that a fixed blade will not break over time. But this is mostly due to the fact that some people tend to misuse the survival knife, causing it to become dull or entirely break at some point.
Still, the fixed blade type will always come out on top in this battle.
Portability – When you’re facing a survival situation, you need to carry as much items that you deem to be useful or necessary as you can to endure this situation and come out alive. This is where the foldable blade will excel as it can be easily stored inside your pocket (thus, earning the name “pocket knife”. Fixed blade knives are usually seen beside the waist area as it can be hard to store on other parts of the body. Yeah, you may be able to store it on foot (lower leg area) or the bicep area. But will you be able to pull it out quickly if you’re being attacked by a wild animal? Not really… Other than that, it packs a bit of weight too.
Most survivalist favor the folding blade type as it is compact and very easy to carry. It’s very convenient to bring along that the famous adventurer and survivalist, Bear Grylls often carry a foldable survival knife in most of his survival shows on TV. He even included a couple of foldables in his Bear Grylls survival knife gear through his collaboration with a reputable knife company.
Looking through this assessment, we can safely say that the foldable survival knife is the better knife in terms of portability.
Cost effectiveness – When you talk about the price, well they are practically the same because there are a lot of cheap foldable survival knives you can buy nowadays. The fixed type will always remain as the popular choice for many. So how, can we assess these knives by comparing their prices?
Well, it all boils down to quality. A wise buyer should always buy something that’s worth more than what you’ve paid for. A good deal is always the best deal, so to speak. And don’t be fooled about the cheapness of the product because it’s not always wise to go for the cheaper one.
Don’t compromise any feature of the blade just to save a few bucks. Lastly, go for the best brands being sold in the market today. Not all of their knives are pricey because they also sell decent knives that can accommodate your budget.
So which is the better knife to include in your bug out bag? That’s up to you really. As long as it provides all the basic things you need, then you already have the best in your hands to accompany you in your journey to survival.
About The Author:
Michael Martin is a former Navy Pilot who believes no matter the circumstance, one should always be prepared. Upon entering the civilian world, Michael spent his time traveling the globe and observing different cultures. Growing up in as the son of a serial entrepreneur it was only a matter of time before he took his love of the outdoors and passion for helping others to new heights by founding Bug Out Bag Pro. As a survivalist & entrepreneur, his vision is to help educate and prepare families everywhere with the information, skills and tools to survive any situation they may face!