Chopping and Fighting
Larger, heavier knives with a smooth or partially serrated blade can be your work horse for heavy chores like chopping through saplings for shelter, splitting kindling for fire, and of course, self-preservation through self defense. These should always be fixed blades, not folders, preferably with a full-tang blade due to the stress and strain of the task at hand. Chopping with a folder or a knife without a full tang can lead to a separation of blade and handle very easily. I've got to go with SOG on this one--for big chores, I use the SOG Force. This was my favorite new knife last year, and it's still in heavy rotation with my other favorites.