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10 Best Fixed Blade EDC Knives

We  all know that folding knives make the best knives for EDC — they’re often lightweight, easily concealable, versatile and can be folded up into the pocket.

However, a small but growing number of people are ditching folders for fixed blades as their EDC knives. Why? A fixed blade can be more reliable, stronger, and a bevy of new designs means it can be just as compact and lightweight as a pocket knife.

If you’re thinking about starting to carry a fixed blade as an EDC in lieu of a folder, here are 10 of the best knives to start with. I may update it in the future with a list of 20 since I left off many good ones.

ESEE Izula

Let’s kick things off with one of the most popular EDC fixed blades around: the ESEE Izula. There’s something about the small US-made neck knife that’s won over so many fans. The blade is a mere 2.63 inches  with a versatile drop point blade design. The handle on the basic version is untouched, leaving users the option for customization. But you can also pick up some Micarta scales if you desire.

While I opted to put the Izula here, other ESEE knives warrant a look for EDC, including the Izula II and the Candiru.

Buck 113 Ranger Skinner

The Buck 113 Ranger Skinner is a classic fixed blade if there ever was one. The knife is a melding of the 112 Ranger and the 192 Vanguard with a slimmer and more streamlined design. The blade is 3.125 inches and made with 420HC stainless steel while the handle is walnut with brass bolsters and pins. It features a classic look that’s disarming and handsome.

KA-BAR BK11 Becker Necker

Like ESEE, I only wanted to include one KA-BAR Becker knife because there are so many good options. I decided to go with the BK11 Becker Necker but it was neck and neck (pardon the pun) with the BK14 Eskabar. Both knives have the same 3.25-inch drop point blades made from 1095 CroVan steel but converge with the handle.

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Cold Steel Black Talon II – Badass Knife of the Week

If you can find a knife that’s as fearsome and savage as our latest Badass Knife of the Week, we don’t want to know.

The Black Talon II, a collaboration between Cold Steel President Lynn C. Thompson and custom knifemaker Andrew Demko, projects an image so intimidating that even the most fearless attacker would run away at first sight.

Described as a modern masterpiece by Cold Steel, the Black Talon II features a curvaceous blade with a swept-down point and pronounced belly for maximum damage. When Cold Steel updated the original, the team used American XHP super steel and reinforced the tip to prevent breakage.

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Texas Knife Law Reform ‘Bowie Bill’ Signed Into Law

In an ironic twist, old knife laws in Texas prohibited the carry of one of the state’s (and country’s) most iconic knife designs: the Bowie knife.

But on Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed HB 1935 into law, which allows for daggers, dirks, stilettos, poniards, swords, spears and Bowie knives to be carried nearly anywhere in the state. The law takes effect Sept. 1.

The bill was set for a vote in the state’s House of Representative just days before the fatal stabbing at the University of Texas in May. The maniac apparently used a hunting knife described as a Bowie knife.

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Most Innovative Knife Designs From Grant & Gavin Hawk

If you take a look through some of our comments on our Facebook posts, you’ll see countless people lamenting the lack of innovation and design diversity in the knife world. These people have clearly never heard of the Hawks.

Grant and Gavin Hawk are a father and son knifemaking team that first started making knives in 1995. Whereas most knifemakers work on making knives within the confines of the modern designs, the Hawks have pushed the boundaries for what knives can be and how they can work.

The Hawks are owners of many patents and continue to find ways to completely shatter the traditional knife design. In honor of the innovative duo, we’re taking a look at some of their most innovative designs.

E.T. (External Toggle)

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We’ll kick off the list with one of their best known creations: the E.T. Standing for External Toggle, the E.T. helped put the Hawks on the map as innovative designers. The knife uses a unique toggle system to engage and close the knife at the butt of the handle. As this training video shows, there were actually a number of ways to engage the knife.

The knife was later picked up by Kershaw and took the community by storm. In 2005, the Kershaw/Hawk collaboration won the Most Innovative American Design at the BLADE Show and Best Overall Design at IWA. While the design was not entirely functional and was eventually discontinued, it showed what kinds of genius minds the Hawks had.

D.O.G. (Deadbolt Over Grabstep)

The D.O.G. was an early knife and among their first folding knife designs. It’s also notable for being the first collaboration between the Hawks and CRKT and it was a good one. This beefy folder was named after its locking mechanism. It has an automatic action that uses a deadbolt system to lock into place. I’ve heard people say they put the lock through the ringer without failure. Take a look at what one review had to say:

Unfortunately, it was discontinued and can rarely be found. It’s a shock such a great lock isn’t seen on more knives.

M.U.D.D. (Multi-Utility-Dirt-Defiant)

Do you hate when debris or gunk gets stuck in your lock mechanism? The Hawks solved your problems with the M.U.D.D. This was the first knife to use the Hawk Lock because it allows the lock to be completely sealed inside the knife thanks to the use of a rubber boot around the button. This prevents failure due to dirt from hard use. The lock mechanism is a spiritual successor of the Benchmade AXIS lock. It works essentially the same, but the way it functions on the inside is a little different.

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Gerber Ultralight LST – Badass Knife of the Week

If you don’t think a simple lockback folder that weighs less than an ounce and doesn’t have a clip or thumbstud can’t be badass, the Gerber Ultralight LST would like to have a word with you.

Our latest Badass Knife of the Week has years of history and craftsmanship by its side.

The original was brought to the market way back in 1980 by Mr. Pete Gerber himself. He elicited the help of the legendary Blackie Collins to design a simple but effective knife that was lightweight and rugged.

The result was one of the first knives to use all-synthetic materials in the handle, something countless knife companies do today.

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Victorinox Releases New Knife Made From Old Nespresso Pods

It’s hard not to love Victorinox.

The company always comes up with new and creative ways to liven up a design that dates back more than a century. Whether it’s something like the all-black Spartan PS, which uses a process called Polispectral, or its annual design contest that results in amazingly creative designs like this one.

Well, the famous Swiss Army Knife company is back at it again with another limited edition SAK that’s made from two dozen used capsules of Nespresso.

Nespresso is a premium brand of coffee that hails from Switzerland. Single serve machines brew the coffee from aluminum capsules. Both Nespresso and Victorinox have put an emphasis on sustainability so the two teamed up to bring knives made through Nespresso’s recycling program.

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Watch 500-Pound Knife Get Dropped Onto Used Toyota

If you’re not following the giant robot wars going on across the world, you’re not paying attention.

The team at the YouTube channel MegaBots Inc creates some awesome robots that they are planning to use to battle another giant robot very soon. Throughout the last year, they made the Mk.III robot, which is 16 feet tall, 10 tons, and worth $2.5 million.

So what does this have to do with knives?

Well, at the start of the year, MegaBots Inc teamed up with Simone Giertz — who is a non-engineer known for making awful robots — to make her infamous chopping machine significantly larger with the help of the Mk.III. Take a look.

Because that wasn’t part of the final design, the team had the leftover 500-pound knife that they decided to drop onto a used Toyota from a crane for laughs.

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Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter – Badass Knife of the Week

With Father’s Day this weekend, we thought it’d be pertinent to choose a knife that was made through a collaboration between father and son. Since we already featured the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 (from Sal and Eric Glesser) as a badass knife, we thought the next logical knife would be the United Cutlery Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter.

Gil Hibben is as close as you can get to a living legend in the knife community. Since 1964, the president of the Knifemaker’s Guilde and Cutlery Hall of Fame inductee has made countless knives, revolutionized the limits of design, and made knives for tons of movies.

It’s only logical then that his son would learn a thing or two from such a renowned knifemaker. But Wesley Hibben has not relied on his dad’s name or reputation to come into his own right as a respected knifemaker.

The Hibben Legacy Combat Fighter is the first ever collaboration between Gil and Wes and the results are spectacular.

Here’s a quick visual overview:

Its 5.875-inch blade features a razor sharp edge and a spear point tip with flourishes that give the design personality and ferocity. A pronounced finger choil allows the user to choke up on the blade while a raised thumb rest at the start of the spine offers extra control for finer tasks. A fuller also helps reduce the overall weight of the 12-inch knife.

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20 Knife Gift Ideas For Under $20

Finding a gift for someone is stress, whether it’s a small Christmas gift for a coworker, a graduation gift for your little brother, or a present for Father’s Day.

But don’t worry; we have your back.

Here’s a look at 20 easy knife-related gift ideas that are sure to get some genuine smiles and thanks. The best part is that everything’s under $20.

1. Engraved HallMark Lockback

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We’ll start with an easy one—the HallMark Stainless Steel Lockback. This is one of our bestsellers at the moment. Why? You can get this reliable little folder laser-engraved with an inscription of your choice for only $14.99. That alone makes this gift a no-brainer.

The knife is nothing to scoff at either. It’s a HallMark folder with a 2-inch blade and smooth stainless steel handles. It’s the perfect little knife to fit in your pocket.

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2. Kershaw Shuffle

Kershaw makes a darn good knife, and you can see its eye for design with the Kershaw Shuffle. This $19.99 knife is an excellent stocking stuffer thanks to its compact design. But this hugely popular knife isn’t just for show. It’s a tough utility knife with a built-in bottle opener and screwdriver/lanyard hole in the handle. The interesting K-texture is grippy and durable.

The Shuffle comes in a few different colors, but our favorite aside from the standard model featured here is the Black Shuffle.

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3. Cold Steel Karambit

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You can get more than just folders for under $20 too. Check out the Cold Steel FGX Grivory Karambit. The karambit is designed after the claws of large cats found in the jungles of Indonesia. It’s primarily a fighting or self-defense tool, but it also makes a great addition to any collection.

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Father & Son Knifemakers

My son is only two years old, but I’m already looking forward to all things I’ll teach him about my trade. Unfortunately, the things I work with aren’t necessarily cool. Sure, blogging and the occasional graphic design is fun, but it’s not nearly as badass as making knives.

A select few fathers and sons have traded thoughts and ideas surrounding knives, and some have even collaborated on designs.

Since it’s the time of year when fathers and sons get together, we decided to take a look at the father and son duos in the knife world. Let us know in the comments if we made any glaring omissions.

Michael and Baltazar E. Martinez

michaelmartinezandhisfather2_fullMichael, along with his father Baltazar, invented a number of items over the years, but what they’re best known for is the CRKT Ultima Fixed Blade. Michael Martinez is a sculptor, inventor, and martial artist who helped reinvent the fixed blade with the Ultima.

Here’s what Michael said at the CRKT site: “In my edged weapons training, I kept noticing how many knives didn’t feel right, didn’t have a grip that gave both control and comfort in the four fundamental tactical grips.”

His father, who was a mechanical engineer working on classified nuclear system design for the defense department for more than 30 years, contributed to the project by injecting his own design into the knife.

The result was a knife that achieved 22 out of 23 ideal contact points with its comfortable handle. Even though this father and son duo is mainly known for designing this one knife, they definitely deserve some recognition.

Sal & Eric Glesser

Few knife makers have brought such innovation and legitimacy to the knife world like the legendary Sal Glesser. Sal—the founder of Spyderco—not only pioneered features like the pocket clip, serrations, and ambidextrous opening hole but he’s also a very down to earth guy. You can find him frequenting knife forums and answering people’s questions with honesty and modesty. He designed the Delica, Endura, Military, Persistence, and many others.

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