6 FIXED EDC BLADES
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.”