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How we choose: The best fixed-blade knives highlighted here were selected based on 161 reviews of 88 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Benchmade Bushcrafter Family

user rating: 5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Fantastic knife with excellent ergonomics and a simple, stout, and sharp blade.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality design
  • High quality steel
  • Excellent balance and ergonomics
  • Lifetime FREE sharpening
  • Made in the USA

Reasons to Avoid

  • Sheath seems to be basic, and falls a little short of being up to par with the knife it is designed to house and protect

With all the buzz around the word “Bushcraft“ in the past 5-10 years, it has almost become like “tactical“ (aka “tacticool”) with regard to items being marketed towards the Urban Lumberjack crowd that spends more bank on products for their beards per month than most families spend on groceries. I’m not sure which direction things like that are heading. Quite frankly, I don’t care. I needed a knife that would be used in the woods, not one that would sit on a shelf to be admired.

Read more: Benchmade Bushcrafter Family reviews (3)

Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty

user rating: 5 of 5 (4 reviews)

Best camping knife I have ever owned.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy construction
  • Holds an edge well
  • Easy-to-grip rubberized handle
  • Hard plastic sheath can be worn on belt

Reasons to Avoid

  • No finger-guard
  • Doesn't work well with firesteel

I was given this knife about two years ago as a groomsman's gift.  It quickly replaced my old Gerber fixed blade as my favorite hiking knife. CONSTRUCTION The construction of this knife is fantastic. It has taken a serious beating from me and still looks and feels good-as-new. The blade itself holds a razor edge easily while I'm out in the woods (I usually realign it once every few months with a carbide sharpener).   While the knife does not use a full tang, the tang is well attached to the handle.

Read more: Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty reviews (4)

Morakniv Companion

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9 reviews)

Can’t beat the price for what you get! Very sharp right from the start, it’s a great multi-purpose carbon steel knife, very functional drop point blade. From prepping camp food to cutting rope, I’d recommend for anyone’s pack.

Reasons to Buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Sharp, very sharp!
  • Sheath secures knife tightly
  • Multi-functional
  • Handle grips well when wet

Reasons to Avoid

  • Carbon steel prone to rust/tarnish

I've had this knife for a little over three months and it has become my go-to knife both on and off the trail. From opening and breaking down cardboard boxes, to cutting lengths of rope, and even cutting some pepperoni while car camping it has performed awesome! Costing just a little over $13 from Amazon the following is what is included and its attributes: Carbon steel knife (see "Maintenance") - Made in Sweden Rubberized handle Plastic sheath 8.5 inches from handle end to blade tip Knife is 4 ounces (I do not have a digital scale, unconfirmed) You can see the comparison of its total 8.5" length and the blade height when next to a steak knife.

Read more: Morakniv Companion reviews (9)

ESEE Knives Junglas

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

The flagship of all Esee knives. The only knife you really need to do everything in the outdoors. This knife will do big and small knife tasks equally well.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great steel
  • Well balanced
  • Comfortable in the hands
  • Great at both large and small knife tasks

Reasons to Avoid

  • I'm not a huge fan of any Esee handle scale; The G3 scales at knife connection just feel and work better for me
  • Sheath is not really useful for belt carry.

If you're interested in an Esee product, this is the one you want first. I've worked this knife hard for about 6-7 years now. It is a do-it-all knife sized machete. You can chop with it, cook with it, carve with it, cut rope, clean fish, baton, scrape bark you name it and the Junglas can do it. It's got a very interesting high saber grind that provides both strength, rigidity, and flexibility. You could literally take this as your only tool and live in the wild for months. People complain a lot about rust but I found it a nonissue for all my Esee knives as long as I spray the knives off with g10 or wd40 periodically.

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SOG Seal Pup

user rating: 5 of 5 (3 reviews)

When I think of this knife, my knife I think of the following: reliable, quality construction, consistent performance, superior value. This is the single kinfe i've recommended most and i equally recommend it to you. Best uses for me have been camping and hiking, meal preparation and fishing, and miscellaneous uses.

Reasons to Buy

  • Value
  • Special Aus-8
  • Design
  • Handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • Could be a tiny wee bit bigger
  • Doesnt have tang to stick out on bottom

In my lifetime i've owned may knives from folders to fixed. I can honestly say, without a shadow of a doubt, this has got to be the best knife i've ever had and i'll tell you why. HANDLE/GRIP- this thing won't slide out of your hand even if you have fluids all over it and you can't beat the functionality of glass reinforced nylon. AESTHETICS- this things looks racy without being aggressive and superior styling makes it look elegant even dignified. BANG FOR THE BUCK- i got mine for 60 on ebay.

Read more: SOG Seal Pup reviews (3)

SOG Super SOG Bowie

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Hello, I bought my awesome Brand New SOG Super Bowie knife (paid a hefty price for it, too) about 2 weeks ago. I bought it off of Ebay and bought it brand new.  When it arrived and I unboxed it, it was boxed and packaged very professionally and as if extreme care was used by SOG.  The knife is massive and definitely a must-have.  The blade came incredibly sharp and with an awesome, very shiny wear-resistant coating! Just from handling the SOG Super Bowie, and looking at it, you can tell that is is built extremely sturdy and rugged.

Read more: SOG Super SOG Bowie review (1)

Ontario Knife Company SP-1 Combat Knife

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Best knife for the money. A one and done survival, combat, and camping knife.

Reasons to Buy

  • Made in USA
  • Tough steel
  • Bomb proof
  • Cheap
  • Solid construction

Reasons to Avoid

  • It may scare somebody?

This knife does not get enough credit in the outdoors industry. This is simply the best do-it-all camping/survival knife made for the price. In my pursuit for knife perfection, I spent a lot of money testing everything popular on the market. I have some really great knives as a result, but were they really that much better? No. When you're looking for bomb proof and high value it's definitely the venerable SP1. Unlike the Kabar counterpart, this knife has a full tang. I have literally beaten on and abused this knife for the past 10 years with no ill effects.

Read more: Ontario Knife Company SP-1 Combat Knife review (1)

TOPS Knives Brakimo

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Tops quality: great steel, holds an edge, micarta handles, and fits my hand like a glove. Kydex sheath with metal belt loop that rotates. The only thing I did differently was to add a 'D' ring and leather dangler. I recommend this product.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great steel
  • Micarta handles
  • Sharp out of the box
  • Kydex sheath

Reasons to Avoid

  • Added a dangler

This is my go-to knife for hiking and camping. It has great blade, steel that holds an edge no matter what I put it through. It was extremely sharp out of the box. The only thing I have done is run it over a strop after several uses. Scandi grind. Micarta handles helps with a grip. The narrow grip fits my medium hand perfectly. The sheath is made from Kydex and has a very good metal rotating belt attachment. I like a dangler with my pack(s) because I wear the waist belts. So I just added a 'D' ring and leather belt loop. This makes an excellent bushcraft or EDC knife. I would carry it for a survival knife also. It's hard to beat a Tops knife.

Read more: TOPS Knives Brakimo review (1)

Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Point 50/50

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Reasons to Buy

  • Light
  • Thin
  • Strong
  • Sharp

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pocket clip is rather small and too strong, hardly flexes

I am kind of a guy who is more inclined toward foldable knifes. I was going for a RTAK II or RAT 7, but after seeing the posted youtube video, I changed my mind and bought this one. It is relatively big, tough and razor sharp, but I do not know how will it will keep the edge that sharp. I generally do not put my knifes into extreme uses, however as the manufacturer states the particular one will stand up to the challenge. Locking mechanism, although similar to Buck lockback, looks and feels more secure.

Read more: Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Point 50/50 review (1)

Gerber LMF II Survival

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

If you plan on investing in a fixed-blade which will outlast even the coming zombie apocalypse, then you've made the right choice. I have been able to fell decent sized trees, shave down kindling into fire tender, and open a can of campbell's chunky when a can opener was nowhere on the trail. While these various functions are excellent, you really just want this knife because of the look. The dark earth handle attached to a black serrated blade looks quite impressive when strapped to the hip.

Reasons to Buy

  • Blade sharpener built into the hard-case sheath
  • Serrated edges are wide enough to sharpen
  • Handle provides excellent grip and weight balance
  • Holes in the handle for lashing into a spear

Reasons to Avoid

  • The window punch built into the bottom of the handle is pointless, and can even be uncomfortable if you want to rest your hand on it while strapped in.

This is a very thoughtfully constructed knife with the excellent name brand to back it up. Don't worry about the price, because this monster is worth every dime. I've had this knife for years before Bear Grylls' concept knife came out, so this blade has seen its share of work. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and all around woodsmanship are easily performed using it. The only downside is the window punch built into the handle, because I don't foresee a scenario where you are strapped into your vehicle WITH the knife also on your hip, and thus need to break the glass to escape. The point actually just gets in the way, and is sometimes uncomfortable when you sit down and it digs into your side. Excellent knife though.

Read more: Gerber LMF II Survival reviews (2)

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