A few weeks ago, we posted on the debate between straight-edged knives and serrated knives, so we decided to explore another common choice knife enthusiasts have to make: fixed blade or folding blade?
Unlike serrated or straight-edge knives, fixed blades and folding blades almost always mutually exclusive because it doesn’t make sense to have both on the same knife.
Although it’s usually a matter of preference, there are functional differences between the two that are important to consider. If you’re thinking about buying a new knife and can’t decide between the two, here are some of the pros and cons about the two types.
Before there was technology to allow the blades to slip easily into the handle, there was the fixed blade. The great thing about fixed blades is that they are extremely durable because they’re usually just a solid piece of steel. In a recent interview Bear Grylls of Man Vs. Wild fame gave with Blade Magazine, he said he preferred fixed blades in the field, but would also ideally have a small folding knife for easy tasks. The conclusion of the fixed-blade knife is that it’s great to use for rugged field work, but probably not convenient to carry around for quick use.
While folding blades aren’t as strong as fixed blades, their main trait is convenience and safety. The area of folding-blade knives are cut in half when closed, so they’re smaller and easier to transport than fixed blades. Another great thing about folding blades is that they come in a variety of configurations, which you can learn more about here. These knives are great for everyday use in environments where you’d need to carry it in your pocket instead of a large sheath.