1  Unlike longer fixed-blade knives, wearing a 4-inch model is not tiring or clumsy.

2  A fixed blade is easy to use.

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.

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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.

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