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So You Want To Get Into Fixed Blades: Fixed Blade Knives 101 | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #53

So You Want To Get Into Fixed Blades: Fixed Blade Knives 101 | THE SHED KNIVES BLOG #53

Welcome back to The S.K. Blog for edition #53. If you're new here, welcome! Fixed blade knives are the timeless workhorses of the knife world. Whether you're a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or just starting your journey into the world of knives, understanding the fundamentals of fixed blade knives is always a great thing to have in your mental tool box. In this guide, we'll take you through Fixed Blade Knives 101, covering everything from their basic components to safety protocols.

1. Parts of a Fixed Blade

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To understand a fixed blade knife, you need to know its basic components:

  • Blade: The sharp cutting edge of the knife.
  • Tang: The part of the blade that extends into the handle.
  • Handle: The grip or holding area of the knife.
  • Guard: A barrier between the blade and handle, protecting your hand.
  • Pommel: The end of the handle, opposite the blade.

Understanding these parts helps you appreciate the knife's construction and functionality.

2. Safety Protocols

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Safety should always be your top priority when handling fixed blade knives:

  • Keep it Sharp: A sharp blade is safer than a dull one, as it requires less force to cut.
  • Proper Grip: Hold the handle securely with a firm but not overly tight grip.
  • Point Away: Always point the knife away from your body and others.
  • Sheath Use: When not in use, keep the knife in its sheath to prevent accidental cuts.
  • Mind the Blade: Be aware of the blade's location and avoid contact with your body.
  • One Hand Only: Use only one hand on the handle and one hand on the sheath to use and store your blade. If you have to use two hands to unsheathe your knife, you're probably doing it wrong.

3. What Will You Use It For?

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Before choosing a fixed blade knife, consider its intended purpose:

  • Survival: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, look for a robust knife with features like a strong blade and versatile design.
  • Hunting: Opt for a knife with a sharp, sturdy blade suitable for field dressing and processing game.
  • Bushcraft: Choose a knife designed for woodcraft tasks, such as carving and chopping.
  • Tactical: For self-defense or tactical purposes, select a knife with a strong, versatile blade and ergonomic handle.
  • Everyday Carry (EDC): A compact, easy-to-carry fixed blade may suit your daily needs.

4. How to Use a Fixed Blade

Knife Featured: 2023 Shed Knives Sheepsfoot

Mastering the use of a fixed blade knife requires practice and technique:

  • Grip: Hold the knife with a proper grip, ensuring your fingers are away from the edge.
  • Cutting: Use slicing, chopping, or piercing motions as needed, always maintaining control.
  • Carving: For precision work, use your thumb as a guide to control the blade.
  • Choking Up: Move your hand closer to the blade for added control when performing fine tasks.
  • Batoning: When splitting wood, use a wooden baton to strike the spine of the knife for controlled splitting.
  • Feathersticks: Practice making feathersticks for fire-starting and bushcraft skills.

5. Maintenance:

When you have a lot of knives, you have to get creative when it comes to storing & maintaining them.

Caring for your fixed blade knife ensures its longevity and performance:

  • Cleaning: After each use, clean the blade with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Dry it thoroughly to prevent corrosion.
  • Sharpening: Regularly sharpen the blade using a honing rod, whetstone, or sharpening system.
  • Rust Prevention: Apply a thin layer of oil to the blade to prevent rust.
  • Inspect Handle: Check the handle for damage or loosening and address any issues promptly.
  • Sheath Maintenance: Clean and inspect the sheath regularly to ensure the knife fits securely.



Knife Featured: 2023 Shed Knives US Tanto

Fixed blade knives are versatile and reliable tools that have been essential to human survival for centuries. By understanding their components, adhering to safety protocols, selecting the right knife for your needs, mastering proper techniques, and performing routine maintenance, you can make the most of your fixed blade knife and enjoy a lifetime of safe and efficient use. Whether you're exploring the wilderness, working on a homestead, or simply need a dependable tool, a well-maintained fixed blade knife is your trusted companion.

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:

CEO & Founder of Shed Knives, W. Jack Billings

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.

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