Reviewing the Helle Mandra offers insight into my (honest) bias. In a lot of ways, I have to compare my feelings for this little "neck knife" to the conclusion I reached in my review of the Buck 110. It's a non-optimal knife that I can't help but love. It's surprising to … [Read more...]
Fixed Blade Knives
Of the many knife reviews on this blog, the following are the reviews we've done in particular on fixed blade knives.
Since you're interested in this category of knives, you may also be interested in some of these more specific categories: outdoor knife reviews, bushcraft knife reviews, camping knife reviews, & survival knife reviews.
Please do let us know if there happens to be a knife that you want reviewed, but that isn't already up here. Let us know by either commenting on a post or contacting us directly.
TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn't helped with products like the first … [Read more...]
The Gerber Gator Machete has been on my radar for quite a few years now. Not in a "I want to test it" kind of way, but rather, the reviews I've read of this tool have been so piss poor that with any sort of common sense, I should really avoid this one. Nonetheless, for you, … [Read more...]
The Cold Steel Bushman has been in my possession for quite some time now. Publishing the review has been delayed over and over again, in most part due to my own mixed feelings over this iconic knife. Traditionally, I tend to pick up a knife and I can have a general idea of … [Read more...]
Buck has always been a fascinating company to me. They very rarely jump aboard new trends, and rather tend to trudge along doing their own thing. I don't say this as a criticism at all, because clearly it works. A Buck knife is unapologetically a Buck knife. It's curious … [Read more...]
Traditionally speaking, ESEE Knives have been something like the voice of absolute reason in a market inundated with gimmicks and pseudo tactical nonsense. Over time, knife aficionados have come to expect a level of clean, functional purpose from Jeff Randall, and as a … [Read more...]
If you ever ask for suggestions with regards to finding a small fixed blade knife to take into the woods, it seems the de facto nomination is nearly always the ESEE Izula. I don't know why it took us this long to snap one up, especially considering how much both Elise and I … [Read more...]
The Condor Bushlore is one of the most popular fixed blade survival/bushcraft knives on the market, and after owning it for about 6 months or so, I have to admit, I really do understand why. Before I get into the nitty gritty of the specifics of this knife, I preemptively … [Read more...]
The Boker Microcom was designed by Chad Los Banos as an homage to Fred Perrin's rather unique tactical cutlery. I decided to snap one up, and even though I was disappointed with the out-of-the-box utility, I did manage to appreciate it after some extensive modifying. I … [Read more...]
The Camillus Les Stroud SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife (now that's a mouthful!) is a direct competition to the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife. These two knives, in concept, are pretty much one in the same. They both have core fixed-blade survival knives that … [Read more...]