All of us have moments in life that we remember like they just happened yesterday. For some it is their first kiss, going to college, getting married, purchasing a home; this list could go on forever. For me one of these days is the day I was able to purchase my own fixed blade knife otherwise known as a “survival knife”. I was beyond excited. I had waited a long time, done a lot of research and finally decided upon the knife I would come to carry on my hip for years to come.
I purchased it online and when it arrived at my doorstep I was as
ecstatic as a young child on Christmas morning. I wear is as casually
as a pair of underwear only removing it from my hip on occasions that a
knife is not allowed. I won’t share the brand or exact fixed blade
knife I choose because I truly believe you decide for yourself when
choosing fixed blade knives and in no way do I want to influence your
decision. I will however give you a more in depth look at choosing a
knife that is right for you and exactly why I believe, especially given
society today, that a knife is a staple for everyone to carry; whether
it is a pocket knife, fixed blade or liner lock.
Survival knives such as the Cold Steel Tai Pan Double Edged Dagger
Knife are not only beautiful to carry and treasure but also incredibly
useful. You can use the knife in a variety of ways: cutting, slicing,
self-defense, first aid, food preparations, assist in building shelter
and to help as a tool in prying and screwing. I know everyone is
currently thinking of some random movie scene where the good guys life
is saved with the use of the great knife tool, right?
When considering your knife purchases always consider its
practicality. For some people a pocket knife or liner lock knife make
more sense as their jobs don’t entail a knife to be worn on their hip.
For other like myself my career makes it a necessity. Pocket knives are
easily concealed and are simple to use. This is a popular option for
almost everyone. I make my daughter and wife carry one when they leave
the house. Sometimes it assists them in opening a box or removing a tag
but there in case something occurred that it might become a tool in
saving them from a bad situation.
The things I considered when choosing my fixed blade knife were
basic considerations such as the blades size, I like to be at around 5-
6 inches, it was full tang, one continuous piece of metal, it had a
single-edged blade with a flat ground spine and a sharp point tip along
with a solid pommel.
The decorations that have almost no bearing on the function of the
knife include items such as if the blade is carbon steel or stainless
steel, the material of the handle, the finish, millings, whether to have
a serrated or non-serrated blade as well as the designer or brand name
of the knife. Knife enthusiasts argue that Cold Steel, Boker, Case and
Smith and Wesson are amongst the top brand names amongst knife makers
and who am I to argue with that!