When it comes to choosing either a fixed blade or folding knife, the debate has raged for years among knife aficionados.

For folding knife fans, the argument goes something like this:

  • Folding knives are more discrete, easy to conceal
  • People don’t know you have a knife
  • Folding knives are convenient and can be easily transported in your pocket – hence the name “pocket knife”
  • A well-constructed folding knife blade is as tough as fixed blade

That’s the basic argument for folding knives. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to take the position that this argument is completely wrong.

The Fixed Blade Pros

Perhaps because of the way they are depicted in so many movies, fixed knives have a reputation for being more “serious” knives. In a way, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean they cannot be used in almost any environment.

The list of pros for the fixed blade is extensive. Here are a few to consider.

They are strong and big. A fixed blade essentially comes in whatever size you need, from a small handy blade to a large, “Crocodile Dundee”-size monster. One trait that cuts across all sizes is the strength of the blade.

They don’t break. No moving parts on a fixed knife.

They are easier to maintain. No worrying about the hinge as you do with a folding knife. And cleaning is straightforward and simple.

The blade length. Fixed blades are usually twice as long as the blade on a folding knife.

Superior tactical use. Generally speaking, fixed blade knives can be brought into play faster than a folding knife during tactical situations.

A superior “survival tool.” A fixed blade offers more versatility for any number of tasks associated with so-called survival knifes, including but not limited to:

  • Cutting
  • Digging
  • Splitting
  • First aid tool
  • Food preparation
  • Hunting weapon
  • Hammering
  • Prying tool

Dictated by Environment

While there are clearly advantages to having a fixed knife, most experts agree the folding knife is a better choice for an urban environment, while the fixed blade is better for people who are serious outdoorsmen or hunters.

Realizing this, smart blade manufacturers have turned to creating knifes with small fixed blades, easier to conceal and use in an urban environment.

For example, Krudo Knives offers a small fixed blade knife that is perfect for hunting, fishing, camping and tactical use. The blade is 3 3/4 inch long, perfectly balanced with a custom Morse Code grip.

Another small, fixed-blade gem is the NANO Black Stone Wash from Krudo Knives, which “takes concealment to the next level.” The lightweight knife is double-bladed and can be used for both offensive and defensive tactical purposes.

So even if you live in an urban environment, a fixed blade is still worthy of your consideration the next time you are considering a new knife. The advantages of many, and the cons – now that knife-makers offer so many different varieties – are few.