The fixed-blade knife is always ready to use; making them ideal for combat or survival situations.
An essential tool for carrying out tasks such as hunting, skinning, shelter building, fire building/lighting, whittling, rope work and wilderness skills
The fixed blades / full-tang are robust, reliable and easy to maintain; they need to be when used on tough camping / woodsman tasks. On your belt, ready to hand in a survival situation.
Bushcraft knives tend to be around 3-5 inches in length and better suited for delicate tasks like making traps or skinning small game.
My preferred is The Scout knife it’s designed to be your all round hunting, camping, utility knife. It’s small enough to be carried comfortably on you or in your pack, but large enough to carry out all of your important bushcraft tasks.
Survival knives are often 6-12 inches ideal for heavier tasks; chopping and digging; an ideal example is the Sidewinder , a larger bladed Survival knife and ideal for heavier cutting tasks which would normally need an axe / hatchet; the blade is slightly recurved which gives you a longer cutting edge on the same length of blade. It has a forged brut de forge style finger choil to protect the fore finger and in my opinion it works even better than it looks!
Although it cost me a little more, I prefer a high carbon tool steel blade; for many good reasons. An example of one obscure reason – if I lost or forgot my Steel strike I can generate sparks off the spine of my knife when using a ‘ferro rod’ and to start my fire…..
My Reflection > When I was hungry, wet, tired and freezing my nuts off and need to light a fire, and my cheaper stainless steel blade wouldn’t throw any sparks. Oh ****