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Folding Blade Knife vs Fixed Blade Knife

September 25th, 2020
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Folding Blade Knife


What is a folding blade?

A folding blade is like the name suggests, a knife that folds and collapses into the handle. These knives are sold at a variety of different places with an array of quality and price ranges. A folding blade can be found anywhere from gas stations to supermarkets, to this site. 

Advantages of a folding blade

The biggest advantage of a folding blade knife is that it is discrete and easy to conceal. The folding blade is best known as a “pocket knife.” The knife is easy to store in your pocket, backpack, or car because it folds down into itself making it small and eliminating any pointy edges. The folding blade knife can also come with a variety of tools in one handle. Some pocket knives have small scissors, files, and different sized blades. The folding blade knives are the most universal tool that can be used for opening boxes, cutting fishing lines, or anything else that may need cutting.

Disadvantages of a folding blade

The biggest disadvantage of a folding knife is that the hollow handle and the point of the blade fold create weak points in the knife. This means that the knife is less durable and is more inclined to break at those points under pressure or with excessive use. Pocket knives are ordinarily smaller than fixed blade knives so they typically are not as strong. Folding blade knives are not meant for excessive harsh and forceful activities.


Examples of a folding blade knife

Beretta Big Game Knife w/ Stag Handle

The Stag handle Big Game Beretta 3-blade multi-tool knife is a handy pocket knife that any outdoorsman will find a wonderful addition to their hunting or camping arsenal.

Handle Length: 4"
Color: STAG
Country Of Origin: Italy
Steel: Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Model No: JK304B02
Blade Length: 3"
Condition: Used
Manufacturer: Beretta

Beretta Big Game Knife w/ Stag Handle | $159.00


Beretta Fieldlight Triple Blade Knife

Lightweight, slim, and durable material make it ideal for use in the field. Forged from AUS 8 steel with a sturdy Zytel handle. It comes with a belt loop sheath.

Handle Length: 
4.5"
Color:
Black
Country Of Origin:
Japan
Steel:
AUS8
Handle:
Zytel
Manufacturer Model No:
82442791838
Condition:
New Old Stock
Manufacturer: Beretta

Beretta Fieldlight Triple Blade Knife | $99.00


Moki Kronos Knife - 533

This is a brand new in the box Moki Kronos MK-533ANZ with amber bone stag handles. It is 3 3/4" closed. This folding knife has a mirror-polished 3 3/4" VG-10 steel blade with brushed stainless bolsters.

Handle Length: 3 3/4" closed
Color:
Burnt Bronze
Country Of Origin:
Japan
Steel:
VG10
Handle:
Amber bone stag
Manufacturer Model No:
4580500000000
Blade Length:
2.5"
Condition:
New
Manufacturer:
Moki

Moki Kronos Knife - 533 | $147.95


Fixed Blade Knife


What is a fixed blade?

A fixed blade knife is a blade that is fixed into a handle that can not fold and should not wiggle or move. Fixed blade knives are typically larger than pocket knives and found at hunting stores or online where firearms and hunting equipment are sold.

Advantages of a fixed blade knife

The biggest advantage of a fixed blade knife is that it is bigger and stronger than most folding blade knives. The fixed blade knives are commonly longer blades infused into thick wooden or steel handles making them solid and stable. Fixed blades are easier to maintain and harder to break. These blades are the superior survival tool. With a long, tough blade, these knives are great for fast deployment for self-defense, hunting and skinning, and cutting through large or thick material.

Disadvantages of a fixed blade knife

The biggest disadvantage of a fixed blade knife is that it is always open. The blade is always exposed; therefore, the knife has to be carried in some sort of sleeve or case. With the knife being larger, it is harder to conceal and less convenient to carry around and use for small, simple tasks. A fixed blade knife is more limited in its uses and is typically used as a collector item or hunting tool.


Examples of a fixed blade knife

Beretta Loveless-Black grip Drop Point Hunter Knife

The blade steel is a flat grind with a satin finish that is AUS 8. The tang is encapsulated by a very ergonomic and nicely checkered Zytel handle that also includes a lanyard hole. It is very sharp right out of the box and has great balance. Blade length is 3.38”. Overall length is 8”.

Color: Black
Country Of Origin
: Japan
Steel:
AUS 8
Manufacturer Model No:
82442791784
Blade Length:
3.38"
Condition:
New
Manufacturer: Beretta

Beretta Loveless-Black grip Drop Point Hunter Knife | $49.99


Fallkniven FI Military Survival Knife

This Fallkniven F1 Swedish military knife has a full tang 3.75” satin finish laminate VG-10 stainless drop point blade. It is 8.25" overall. It has a black checkered thermorun handle. It is a standard issue for various divisions of the Swedish military.

Handle Length: 8.25"
Color: Black
Country Of Origin: Sweden
Steel: VG10
Manufacturer Model No: 4787
Blade Length: 3.75"
Condition: New
Manufacturer:
Fallkniven

Fallkniven FI Military Survival Knife | $110.00


Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife

The Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was designed specifically with this in mind. A popular knife with Military and Tactical Law Enforcement Personnel, the SRK is the standard issue knife of the Navy SEALS for their BUDS (or Basic Underwater Demolition training), the SRK has proven its worth time & time again in the harshest environments.

Handle Length: 4.75"
Color: Black
Country Of Origin: Taiwan
Steel: SK-5
Handle: 4.75 Kray-Ex
Blade Length: 6"
Condition: New
Manufacturer: Cold Steel
Model: SRK

Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife | $44.00


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