Three Great EDC Fixed Blade Knives Under $100
Due to the many requests for buying recommendations stemming from the Small Fixed Blades for Every Day Carry article here are a few good options if you are in the market.
If you’re anything like me you never need a reason for a new knife. There are a lot of different brands, manufacturers, designs and custom makers out there which can make purchasing a bit difficult for the layman.
For the purposes of this post small fixed blades (SFB) have a 3 inch or under cutting edge. Why SMALL fixed blades?
-Fixed blades are quicker access when its needed
-Not a “broken knife” like a folder so you don’t have to mess with deploying the blade
-Fixed blades are generally stronger and safer because they are all one piece
-Legal in most jurisdictions
(*Please note, it is YOUR responsibility to know and understand the laws regarding carrying a knife. This post is for information purposes only.)
-Generally easier to carry and conceal
-They aren’t field knives meant for heavy duty camping chores but are quite useful for urban and light woodland day to day knife utility
So, here are three great EDC small fixed blades I’ve found and like, under $100. Depending on your need and budget you should be able to find one that fits you.
$ – CRKT Knives – Folts Minimalist Fixed Blade Knife
The Columbia River Knife and Tool Minimalist line of knives from Alan Folts are great little production fixed blades. Most of the minimalist line measure 2 inches. However, their affordability, strength and ease of carry make this knife difficult to beat. At this price its not uncommon to buy more than one. If you plan to carry this as a neck knife see here for a few considerations: Choosing A Neck Knife for Every Day Carry.
$$ – ESEE Knives – Izula II w/ Sheath
I haven’t found an ESEE knife that I didn’t like. Designed by the guys from Randall’s Adventure Training & Equipment Group they are hard use blades. The Izula is named after the Bullet Ant of Peru because of its light weight and toughness. Blade length for both the Izula 1&2 is 2.6 inches. The only difference is the Izula 2 has a 1/2 inch longer handle and comes with canvas micarta scales.
$$$ – ShivWorks Product Group – Clinch Pick
A production version of the Clinch Pick designed by Craig “SouthNarc” Douglas has been long overdue. The clinch pick has been a highly sought after custom blade in self-defense and defensive knife training circles since ~2007. It features a unique edge up (reverse edge) design meaning the edge is on top when held in a conventional point forward grip. Its revolutionary egg-shaped handle provides a level of retention unlike any other fixed blade. While the clinch pick is a purpose driven small fixed blade, it also works well for whatever mundane EDC tasks the user requires a blade for.
Three great fixed blade knives for under $100. Remember, you never need a reason for a new knife so you may want to pick up one of each! For custom sheathing check out Dark Star Gear, BladeRigs and although I didn’t include one here I also recommend Veil Solutions.