The central aim of any fixed-blade knife is utility. Without a rotating joint, fixed blades are ultra-strong and capable of the most demanding cutting, chopping and prying tasks. That’s why these knives are often favored by hunters, survivalists, divers, emergency responders and armed forces. Fixed blades don’t have to be overtly tactical though; now more than ever, EDC knife makers are creating new silhouettes that prove there’s a place for a full-tang construction in daily life, too.

Tops Knives Mini Scandi 2.5

Tops’s Mini Scandi has a three-inch 1095 carbon steel drop-point blade that’s easy to maintain. It comes with a Kydex sheath, a chain lanyard and an emergency whistle.

Fallkniven A1X

At 6.3 inches, Fallkniven’s A1X’s blade is probably too long to use to open Amazon boxes, but it’s fully capable of handling tough chores in the outdoors, like processing wood for a campfire.

Esee Gibson Pinch

The Pinch is proof that a fixed blade can make an excellent daily driver. It’s only 3.4 inches long — the Wharncliffe blade is 1.3 inches — and it weighs just one ounce. That means it’ll fit snugly in a pocket or desk drawer or around your neck with its included magnetic sheath.

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