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August 09, 2012
Best Hunting Knife: Fixed Blade or Folding Knife? - 8

Fixed blade or folder? It’s a decision all hunters face when choosing the knife they’ll carry on a hunt. Based on 
conversations with knife makers CJ Buck and Edmund Davidson, there are arguments for both.

Says Davidson, the very nature of a folding knife means there is a weak spot in its construction. “The fixed blade is much less likely to fail under pressure.” Buck also prefers a fixed blade. “It’s trustworthy in hand for what can be awkward game-processing tasks,” he says.

The expediency of cleaning the knife is also a factor. “When you’re field dressing an animal, materials like hair, fat, and blood can coat the mechanism of a folder and fill its channeled handle,” Buck points out.

However, Buck and Davidson both understand why some hunters choose a folding knife. “For one, a folder is compact and packs up nicely,” says Davidson. “There have been many advances over the years in materials, processes, and designs that make today’s locking folders stronger than they have ever been,” adds Buck.

The two agreed that choosing a hunting knife is much like choosing a hunting rifle—it boils down to personal taste and preference.

 

Pictured Above: Kershaw 1050 Folding Field
BLADE LENGTH: 3.75 in.
WEIGHT: 8.6 oz.
STEEL: AUS-8A
PRICE: $100

Pictured Below: SOG Woodline Fixed Blade
BLADE LENGTH: 4.8 in.
WEIGHT: 8.3 oz.
STEEL: 8Cr13MoV
PRICE: $60

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from Lohycore wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Unless you're stuck with the "if you were on a deserted island..." scenario, you can carry both. I do, and the reasons for doing so depend on the trip. Really, can there be too many knives?

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Blue - I looked several places and the MSRP of the Kershaw 1050 Folding Field is $99.95 with most retailers selling for less than that.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

And one more thing, 'Editors'.... I want you to tell me EXACTLY where you found Kershaw's Folding Field Knife for $100.

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from JM wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I don't really have a preference. I usually carry both a fixed blade and a folding blade when I go hunting(A Buck 110 and a Buck 119).

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I vote for the fixed blade for serious hunting use, although a good sturdy folder is nice for general carry.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I prefer fixrd blade knives but have used both. One of my favorite folder is a Remington Big Game.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Fixed blade all the way.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Definitely prefer a fixed blade. Had too many close calls with folders over the years.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Definitely prefer a fixed blade. Had too many close calls with folders over the years.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Fixed blade all the way.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I prefer fixrd blade knives but have used both. One of my favorite folder is a Remington Big Game.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I vote for the fixed blade for serious hunting use, although a good sturdy folder is nice for general carry.

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from JM wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

I don't really have a preference. I usually carry both a fixed blade and a folding blade when I go hunting(A Buck 110 and a Buck 119).

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

And one more thing, 'Editors'.... I want you to tell me EXACTLY where you found Kershaw's Folding Field Knife for $100.

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from cjohnsrud wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Blue - I looked several places and the MSRP of the Kershaw 1050 Folding Field is $99.95 with most retailers selling for less than that.

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from Lohycore wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Unless you're stuck with the "if you were on a deserted island..." scenario, you can carry both. I do, and the reasons for doing so depend on the trip. Really, can there be too many knives?

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