A Beginner's Guide To Fixed Blades | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #39
Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #39. If you're new here, welcome! Today, we're diving into the realm of fixed blade knives - a versatile tool that's a must-have for every outdoor enthusiast, camper, survivalist, and bushcraft aficionado. Whether you're a beginner when it comes to knives or you're looking to expand your collection, this beginner's guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to choose, use, and maintain the perfect fixed blade for your adventures. Let's begin.
Understanding Fixed Blade Knives
What are fixed blades? Fixed blade knives are a category of knife that has a blade which is permanently attached to the handle, resulting in a stronger and more robust construction. These knives excel in a variety of tasks like chopping, batoning, prying, and other heavier use situations.
1. Types of Fixed Blade Knives
Fixed blade knives come in various styles, each tailored to specific tasks. Here are some common types you might encounter:
Survival Knives: Designed for extreme conditions, survival knives often feature a robust build, a versatile blade shape, and additional features like serrations, sawbacks, and pommel caps for various survival tasks.
Hunting Knives: These knives are crafted with the intentions of field dressing, skinning, and other hunting-related activities. They usually have a blade shape optimized for cutting and a comfortable grip for prolonged use. These blades are also quite thin so they can "slice & dice" better.
Bushcraft Knives: Ideal for bushcraft and outdoor skills, these knives typically have a Scandinavian "scandi" grind or flat grind, making them excellent for carving, feathering, and other detailed tasks.
Tactical Knives: Designed for self-defense and tactical situations, these knives often feature a sturdy build, a sharp point, and ergonomic handles for a secure grip, like this 2023 US Tanto here
2. Choosing the Right Fixed Blade Knife
When selecting a fixed blade knife, consider the following factors:
Blade Material: High-quality steel ensures durability and edge retention. Popular choices include stainless steel and carbon steel.
Blade Shape: The blade's shape determines its intended use. Drop point, clip point, and tanto are common shapes, each specializing in different tasks.
Handle Design: A comfortable and ergonomic handle is absolutely essential for a top-performing knife. Look for materials like wood, G-10, or Micarta for grip and durability.
Tang Type: Full tang knives have the blade extending through the handle (example: 2023 Shed Knives Collection), enhancing strength. Partial tangs are shorter and less sturdy.
Sheath: A good sheath protects the blade and offers convenient carry options. Kydex, leather, and nylon are common sheath materials.
3. Knife Maintenance and Care
Proper maintenance ensures your fixed blade knife remains in top condition. Here's how to care for it:
Cleaning: Regularly clean your knife after use. Wipe off dirt, moisture, and debris, and dry it thoroughly to prevent corrosion.
Sharpening: Keep the blade sharp using a sharpening stone, honing rod, or guided sharpening system. Maintaining a keen edge is crucial for efficient cutting.
Oil the Blade: Applying a thin layer of oil to the blade helps prevent rust. Use food-safe mineral oil or specialized knife oil.
Store Properly: Store your knife in a dry place, away from moisture. If using a leather sheath, ensure it's clean and dry before storing the knife.
4. Safe Knife Handling
Safety is priority number one when using fixed blade knives. Here are a few guidelines to follow:
Proper Grip: Hold the knife with a secure grip and be sure your hand isn't too close to the blade. A finger guard will help out tremendously.
Cut Away from Yourself: Always cut away from your body to prevent accidents.
Controlled Movements: Use controlled, deliberate movements to avoid slipping and mishandling.
Carving Away from Hands: When carving, direct the knife away from your hands to prevent accidental cuts.
Knife Sheath: When not in use, keep your knife sheathed to protect both the blade and yourself.
5. Legal Considerations
Knives Featured: 2023 Atlas in Tiffany Blue G-10 & ZT 0707
Before carrying a fixed blade knife, be aware of local laws and regulations. Some areas have restrictions on blade length and carry methods.
A fixed blade knife is a versatile and reliable tool that adds value to any outdoor adventure. A well-chosen fixed blade can be your trusted companion in the wild for a variety of reasons. By understanding the different types of fixed blades, selecting the right knife for your needs, and maintaining it properly, you'll ensure that your tool is always ready for action.
To explore a wide range of high-quality knives, including the entire 2023 Collection mentioned in this article, visit the Shed Knives website HERE. Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next edition of The Shed Knives Blog.
About The Author:
Jack Billings is the 19 year old CEO and Founder of Shed Knives, a rising manufacturer of high-quality fixed blade bushcraft knives. With over 5 years of experience as a knife maker, he has developed a reputation for crafting durable, reliable knives that are designed for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters alike. Jack started making knives at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever since.
In addition to his expertise in knife making, Jack has a High School Degree from POLYTECH High School, where he studied Automotive Technology and obtained his ASE Certification. He is also a content creator for Shed Knives and has reached the eyes of over 600,000 people across the world through his work.
When he's not working on knives, Jack enjoys exploring the outdoors and has a passion for bushcraft. He also has a passion for the automotive world and enjoys learning about new technologies and advancements. Additionally, he has a great interest in language and is studying Spanish, German, and Arabic.
Jack's personal mission is to constantly improve himself, his products, and his processes in order to stay ahead of the rapidly changing interests of the knife industry and to surpass the competition. He takes great pride in American manufacturing and is committed to contributing to the growth of the world knife industry through his work.