1 Unlike longer fixed-blade knives, wearing a 4-inch model is not tiring or clumsy.
2 A fixed blade is easy to use.
3 A 4-inch blade can handle most camp and farm chores.
4 You don’t have to worry about the lock failing or the knife getting loose at the joint.
5 It does not need to be disassembled for cleaning.
6 It doesn’t have the weaknesses of a folder, which include the pivot and lock.
7 A small fixed blade does not draw attention to itself.
8 It works better in tight spaces than a larger blade.
9 For people with arthritis, it is easier to use than a folder.
This article originally published in THE NEW PIONEER spring 2015 issue. Print and Digital Subscriptions to THE NEW PIONEER magazine are available here.