Help me pick a small fixed blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Silvo, May 31, 2020.

  1. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    Hello everyone, this is my first post! Sorry if it is in the wrong spot. I was hoping to get your experiences and opinions on perhaps my next knife purchase. I have many folders and my fixed blades are mostly moras or my tops msk. When I am hiking or outdoors I want a small uncoated, stainless fixed blade that can fit into my front pocked or small backpack, fanny pack etc. My scandi ground knives are great but not great for slicing and food prep. I use my folders to help with food but they are annoying to clean.

    I live in Canada, so ordering from USA is costly and I try to avoid it.

    I found a Canadian dealer that has 2 knives that interest me. The lionsteel m1 and the Bark river PSK Elmax. Both are expensive but might be worth it. I heard the lionsteel m1 might be too thick to cut well.

    Can you offer your experiences with these 2 knives? (of note: bradford guardian 3 does not interest me)
  2. Richard338

    Richard338 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 3, 2005
    Why not a custom?
    @Willie71 is located in Canada and makes high performance users for outdoorsman.
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  3. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    I know very little about the custom knife world but I imagine it takes time and is costly. I may go down that rabbit hole in the future, but not at this time. Certainly something to think about, thank you.
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  4. pholder


    Feb 16, 2005
    Michael Morris knives, PEEWEE model, check out his web site , fantastic little fixed blade all you will need and at a great price.
  5. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2018
    I'd suggest something with a blade length close to three inches for a small fixed blade intended for outdoor use. Out of your choices, I'd go with the lionsteel m1 mainly because it's slightly larger.
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  6. Lee D

    Lee D

    May 27, 2013
    LT Wright might be worth looking at
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  7. Boru13

    Boru13 Super Moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Apr 25, 2000
    Entrek Companion

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  8. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    Of the 2 you have chosen, I would go with the LionSteel. A little more useful blade length is always a good thing.

    Another possibility, if you can find one, is a White River Knives M1 Caper. Their treatment of S35VN is quite good...
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  9. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    Welcome to the forum! :) Id suggest a White River Knives backpacker but thats not one of the ones you stated. Out of the ones you stated, Id choose the Bark River. I dont have any experience with Lion Steel but my Bark Rivers have always given me good service. They tend to be great cutters, that convex grind is excellent.
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  10. Danke42


    Feb 10, 2015
    Those are both kind of meh to me. If I was looking for a knife like that and I didn't like the Guardians I would check out Esee and Grohmann.

    You'll find either of those for half the price.
  11. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    Some very good suggestions so far, although some are difficult for me to get here. I have looked at white river backpacker, although I think I would prefer leather sheath to come standard as this would feel better in front pocket. It's still a contender.
  12. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    My first idea is get a Buck 102. Then I thought of ESEE Izula 2 or 3, and finally
    LT Wright. The smaller Northern Hunter is AEBL. Not sure what size you are looking at, a good size knife is an Enzo Necker in Sandvik.
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  13. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    Esee has mostly coated knives, and I don't like the billboarding on their knives. Grohmann is new to me, but it looks like they don't tell you the details of their steel?
  14. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    Interesting knife, but might be too big for pocket carry.
  15. Motega

    Motega Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    If you don't sharpen knives, either get something in steel easy to sharpen or something that holds an edge well. I have knives from worthless to $1000 and I still keep a Gerber fixed blade on my backpack strap because I don't give a CRAP what happens to that knife, the LMF comes with a sharpener built in the sheath, and I can quickdraw it from my backpack strap faster than you can blink an eye.
    I can't imagine hiking with a fixed blade in my pocket.
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  16. Silvo


    May 31, 2020
    I do sharpen and maintain my knives. I have a spyderco bow River in the mail (budget knife).

    I do not like carrying a knife on my belt, I don't know why, I just don't. I prefer it in my pocket, backpack or fanny pack depending on how light I am traveling.
  17. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Checkout Grohmann's website. They're in Nova Scotia. I've had a Russell Canadian Belt Knife for 40+ years. Their carbon steel is close to 1080; their stainless is 4110, fine grained, takes a fine edge. Comparable to 440A. Both are German steels. I'd go with their carbon steel -- rust really isn't a concern if you're using the knife outdoors.
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  18. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Welcome to the forums.

    Of the two listed, I'd go with the Lionsteel. I prefer to max out blade and handle length whenever possible. I could understand going with BR if you just prefer a smaller package. Both should be great knives. You can't lose between those two imo.

    If you will consider carbon steel and kydex, a few more options might be available (not sure in Canada). Linked from BHq for easy reference.

    Not sure how you feel about tool steels.

    Length, branding, and kydex might be a no for you.
  19. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    I'd suggest the L.T. Wright Small Northern Hunter. Couple sites have it in stock in AEB-L steel around $120-145, depending on options.
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  20. hhmoore

    hhmoore Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    I'll second this.
    Since I received it, the knife I received fromWillie71 has been my most carried fixed blade. I still switch off periodically, just because I enjoy my other knives, too; but that one always ends up back with me.

    You didn't mention your budget; but, if you're considering a Bark River, a lot of our custom makers are in range. (Hint - knives posted in the KnifeMakers section of the Exchange are completed - or nearly so, if offering choice of scales or other options - so you aren't looking at the wait for a full custom build.)
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