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6 FIXED EDC BLADES

Knives Illustrated - - Front Page - STORY BY CLINT THOMP­SON, PHO­TOS BY MAN­U­FAC­TURES, GLENN VIEW FORGE: KRIS ALEXAN­DER, AND AU­THOR

Ial­ways say, no mat­ter how fast you are with your pocket-clip folder, you can­not beat the knife with the blade al­ready out. Many other peo­ple who rely daily on a pocket knife have gone to the fixed-blade EDC. For those of you who work in an of­fice, car­ry­ing an EDC fixed-blade knife will most likely be frowned upon, with many in an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment shar­ing the sen­ti­ment, “I know you have a knife, but I don’t want to be re­minded each time I see you.” But for the rest of us the EDC fixed­blade makes some real sense. Fol­low­ing are six great fixed ev­ery­day knives, re­gard­less of your bud­get.

01 Schrade Model SCHF14

To me the Schrade SCHF14 is a cool-look­ing small knife. The 3.4-inch blade is right at my limit of what I con­sider a le­gal EDC fixed-blade. Of the six sam­ples, this knife is the thick­est at 0.140 inch. I like the han­dle as it al­lows a good grip while be­ing long enough to ac­com­mo­date all but you Sasquatch types. It weighs in at 5.6 ounces, which edges out one other knife re­viewed here. The sam­ple sent to me is a strong knife which per­formed well, while hold­ing a rea­son­able edge. Con­stant ev­ery­day use will take the edge off of the best knives. The truth of it is, if the edge is hard to dull, it will be hard to sharpen as well.

In daily use I sub­jected the SCHF14 to cut­ting open boxes re­ceived in the mail and then break­ing them down for re­cy­cling, as well as other var­i­ous tasks. I also used it to clean trout I caught in a moun­tain stream and found it was ad­e­quate but not ideal. Other good uses would be clean­ing small-to-large game. I never use more than a 3.5-inch blade to clean game from tro­phy chip­munks to elk.

“FOR MY FISH CLEAN­ING DUTY, I LIKE AND USED THE MOSSBACK BIRD AND TROUT …”

02 CRKT Mossback Bird and Trout For my fish clean­ing duty, I like and used the Mossback Bird and Trout. I don’t use a knife to field-clean birds and rab­bits, but will use the Mossback for all other small game, such as squir­rel. The Mossback works great for my moun­tain trout or any fish of this size. I found the thin 2.851-inch blade to be fa­vor­able and it worked very well with what­ever I chose to use it for. Most any ev­ery­day chore could be per­formed by the Mossback, but a more-suited larger fixed-blade works bet­ter for heaver use, such as chop­ping and hack­ing limbs and saplings.

Be­sides clean­ing trout in the moun­tains, I used the Mossback for cut­ting rope and string, cut­ting meat when cook­ing steak fin­gers over an open camp­fire, sharp­en­ing green saplings to cook the meat on, open­ing boxes and then tear­ing them down for re­cy­cling, as well as many other tasks around the house and kitchen. Each day I car­ried the very light Mossback, which tips in at 2.0 ounces with­out sheath, I found other uses and be­gan to rely on this knife. I found the ny­lon drop-in sheath to ride high and com­fort­able, mak­ing the Mossback very ac­ces­si­ble.

“THE BACK­PACKER KNIFE IS A 100% MADE-IN-THE-USA PROD­UCT.”

03 White River Knife & Tool BACK­PACKER – Black

For a very good EDC, the Back­packer from White River Knife and Tool might be the one for you. The sam­ple sent to me has an over­all length of 7.0 inches and sports a 3.0-inch blade. With­out the Ky­dex sheath, this knife weighs in right at 2.45 ounces, mak­ing it light and very func­tional. The very sharp stonewashed CPM S30V steel is well-suited for EDC, in­clud­ing your three-day back­pack­ing ad­ven­ture. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing Ky­dex sheath al­lows you to choose how you will carry the Back­packer. You can ad­just the sheath for car­ry­ing this knife in your boot, dan­gling from your neck or on your belt. I chose the belt op­tion as I like my tools at my waist­line, such as my 1911 .45, ex­tra magazine and EDC fixed-blade.

I used the Back­packer for nearly iden­ti­cal jobs I did with the pre­vi­ous two prod­ucts. The Back­packer knife is a 100% made-in-the-usa prod­uct. All com­po­nents (in­clud­ing the thread for the leather sheaths, not in­cluded with this prod­uct) are made in the USA. The han­dle is cov­ered with 550 para­cord, which can be re­moved for emer­gency use such as a tourni­quet, bind­ing or se­cur­ing items.

“… THE MINI KUKRI NECKER WOULD WORK WELL FOR CLEAN­ING SMALLTO-MEDIUM GAME WITH ITS CURVED BLADE.”

04 710 Mini Kukri Necker

The Mini Kukri Necker from 710 Cus­tom Sheaths was de­signed by my buddy, J.D. The knife it­self is very func­tional as an EDC and is cute as well. To add to the do­mes­tic du­ties of an EDC, the Mini Kukri Necker would work well for clean­ing small-to-medium game with its curved blade. How­ever, J.D. de­signed this knife for EDC self-de­fense, for which it is well suited.

I car­ried the Mini Kukri around my neck in its Ky­dex sheath, although I nor­mally don’t carry a neck-knife—but this lit­tle bug­ger is light and com­pact. The blade is 2.5 inches long with an over­all length of 6.5 inches. My sam­ple has a plain edge with a black fin­ish. The blade is made from 80crv2 steel and will take lots of use. This knife is light at 3.60 ounces, so hang­ing it around your neck would not be a prob­lem. The han­dle is 3.25 inches and will fit small-to-medium hands. The Mini Kukri Necker comes in five op­tional han­dle col­ors. They are Earth brown, Sand tan, Jun­gle green, Con­crete gray and Mid­night black.

“MANY OTHER PEO­PLE WHO RELY DAILY ON A POCKET KNIFE HAVE GONE TO THE FIXED-BLADE EDC.”

05 Art Mal­don­ado Cus­tom

When I took this sam­ple from the box, I was im­pressed with the de­tail in which he in­vested con­sid­er­able ef­fort. The 3.0-inch blade of D2 steel, has a mir­ror fin­ish and a nice sharp edge. The smooth bone han­dle is 4 inches long, which just fits my medium-size hand. The en­tire knife with­out the sheath weighs 6.1 ounces. The smooth bone han­dle with a slight in­dex fin­ger re­lief is held, in part, by two medium-size brass pins. The leather sheath was won­der­fully carved and ex­pertly made.

I tested this knife, like the oth­ers, by cut­ting 550 para­cord then cut­ting open boxes, cut­ting the card­board box, sharp­ened stakes, green bam­boo and then cut­ting 550 para­cord once again. This cus­tom knife did great, with no dis­cernible dif­fer­ence be­tween the first para­cord cut and the last cut. I car­ried this knife for a few days find­ing it com­fort­able and for­get­ting I had it on with my 1911 .45.

06 Glen­view Forge Cus­tom

Phil made this sam­ple knife from 1084 and 15N20 steel. He uses a 1940 Lit­tle Gi­ant power ham­mer and forge to make a 35-layer us­able piece of metal. The look of the Da­m­as­cus blade is beau­ti­ful. This cus­tom knife has a 3.25-inch blade with a 3.5-inch han­dle, adorned with spalted pecan wood. The scales are set off by the three mo­saic pins, which aid in keep­ing them in place. This Evans Cus­tom knife is light but with some heft, giv­ing me a good feel when hold­ing and us­ing it. The sheath is made of leather and is a drop-in de­sign which I greatly pre­fer for a smaller EDC fixed-blade.

The test on the Evans Cus­tom was to first cut 550 para­cord then open boxes, cut card­board, sharpen stakes, cut green bam­boo and then re-cut the 550 para­cord. This knife per­formed with an ex­cel­lent rat­ing by re-cut­ting the 550 para­cord as eas­ily as it did the first time. Phil has about a four-month wait­ing pe­riod from the time he gets an or­der till he ships. Like all cus­tom knives, you can re­quest most any knife de­sign you want if you have the dol­lars. Al­ways Pre­pared Re­gard­less of where you spend the bulk of your time, you should al­ways have a knife some­where on your per­son. The Fin­nish have a say­ing, “A knife­less man is a life­less man.” Although there may be en­vi­ron­ments where a fixed blade would draw un­wanted at­ten­tion, car­ry­ing a fixed blade as an EDC is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar due to the abil­ity to ac­cess it and put it to work with lit­tle to no trou­ble. If you aren’t al­ready car­ry­ing a fixed blade ev­ery day, you should con­sider giv­ing it a shot—the knives de­tailed in this ar­ti­cle are a solid start­ing point. KI

Left Knife: Schrade’s SCHF14 is a rugged small fixed-blade. I use this knife while per­form­ing out­door chores in­volv­ing cut­ting and scrap­ing, in­clud­ing cut­ting sticks into sharp tools for cook­ing hot dogs for din­ner. Right Sheath: Schrade’s SCHF14 EDC fixed-blade comes with a very func­tional Ky­dex sheath. I like this sheath as it car­ries close and rea­son­ably high on my belt.

Left Knife: CRKT’S Mossback Bird and Trout is per­fect for clean­ing fish and game birds. I used this prod­uct to clean trout on the Tay­lor River in Tay­lor Park, Colorado. Right Sheath: I love the can­vas sheath the Mossback Bird and Trout is sup­plied with. For this type and size of knife I pre­fer the can­vas or leather sheath.

Left Knife: The White River Knife & Tool Back­packer, is a great prod­uct which comes very sharp. The 550 para­cord-wrapped han­dle is com­fort­able in my hand and as­sists with get­ting a great grip. Right Sheath: The White River Back­packer line of knives comes with a Ky­dex car­ry­ing sys­tem. With this sys­tem, you can carry this very sharp blade around your neck, in your boot or on your belt.

Left Knife: The 710 Mini Kukri Necker is a very cute but func­tional self-de­fense knife. Right Sheath: The 710 Mini Kukri Necker is car­ried via the neck knife method. The knife is se­cured in a well-made Ky­dex sheath.

Left Knife: The Art Mal­don­ado Cus­tom sam­ple is a finely made knife which per­formed well in the cut­ting test. The 3-inch blade is pol­ished D2, but to date, has re­sisted scratches and wear marks. Right Sheath: Art Mal­don­ado’s sam­ple of a cus­tom EDC is ac­com­pa­nied by a finely made leather sheath tooled with a leaf pat­tern.

Left Knife: Phil Evans forged this 3.25 inch from ad­her­ing 1084 and 15N20 steel to­gether. Phil folded this red-hot metal into 35 lay­ers and then twisted it into a fi­nal prod­uct he forged into the beau­ti­ful blade you see here. Right Sheath: Phil Evans’ cus­tom knife comes with a very func­tional leather sheath. The sheath has a bas­ketweave pat­tern, which helps hide small scratches. I like the way the cus­tom knife sits deep in the sheath, but not too deep to make it dif­fi­cult to draw.

Top: Phil Evans has been mak­ing knives for over 22 years. He hand-makes the knives with steel he pro­duces over a coal forge which dates from the 1800s. In 2015, he was fea­tured in the His­tory Chan­nel’s “Forged in Fire.”

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