Fixed Blade Knives | Special Forces Review | Tactical Rifleman

Fixed Blade Knives | Special Forces Review | Tactical Rifleman

There are lots of great brands out there. This video is a focus on the design of the knife. We do not push one particular brand over another. Rather, we recommend getting the best tool to meet your individual requirements, situation, and desires.

This week on Tactical Rifleman, I’m going to talk about the fixed blade knife that I carry on my kit. There have been lots of questions about it, in past video comment sections. Guys talking about knives, is like guys talking about their trucks or sports cars; you’ll never get them to agree on anything.

So, let’s start the argument down in the comments section. I look forward to hearing our viewers’ thoughts and what brands they prefer (and why).

I personally, am rough on kit. So, I prefer gear that is good quality, but won’t break the bank. By that, I mean that I won’t hesitate to pry or bang with my knife (or rifle). However, I would gringe to think about prying with one of my $1000 custom knives. So, I don’t carry them.

Because you’ll ask, here’s a link to “Karl’s Knife:”

Blackhawk Night Edge I personally, would get the non-serrated version.

When it comes to sharpening knives, you need to master sharpening your knives on a good set of stones. I recommend amateurs start with a good set by Lansky. I used to deploy with a Lansky sharpener set all over the planet, and they work great. It’ll take you a while, but you can put an edge on anything from a machete to a scalpel blade. It’s a good way to pass the hours deployed.

Here’s a link to one of their kits: Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System

I show two sharpeners in the video. The first is the one in my kitchen. Literally, every Monday, I touch up my blade on the electric sharpener. If you look close, you’ll see black paint marker written on the top. That’s because I used to deploy with this same sharpener. It has served me well for over a decade. The second is my compact Field sharpener, that I keep in my bag. Light-weight and great little system. If you learned the basics on a lansky set, you’ll really love this little pocket gem. Here’s links to both:

Chef’s Choice Electric Knife Sharpener

Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener

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  1. Infidels Unlimited on October 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Pull through carbide sharpeners do not qualify as knife sharpening knowledge you just destroy your knife steel very quickly for a mediocre Edge

  2. Shane O'Leary on October 27, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    do u know if these are legal to have in Canada. I know u can hunt with them but it is hard to fin information on fix blade carry laws

  3. Anderson C on October 27, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Interesting. That a "combat knife" used by US military would be more oriented towards survival than a "pure fighting fixed blade knife". Which DOES make sense. I wonder if other military around the world carry 2 knives. One for survival and a pure fighting knife. The English carried an Appleton? I think that’s the name of it..double sided dagger designed for thrusting. BS what a "street knife fighter" would carry…a fixed blade designed NOT for survival but fighting/killing.

  4. Aki Bru on October 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    3:40 OK but I have to respect that guy for being that dumb but also that much of a legend

  5. crywolf1224 on October 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    We talked about it at work want to hear your thoughts about Is it practical to carry a knife on belt and on plate carrier

  6. Jonathan Dennison on October 27, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    I dont agree with your assessment on serrations. One, there are times that I have no time for a strop or a few passes on stone, so serrations assist in starting a cut or finish a cut. 2. On a rare self defence situation the serrations add raking/gripping/ripping skin(depends on technique used) and 3. Have you ever tried cutting through frozen rope? Working in alaska and other cold enviormments, frozen rope and a nice stropped blade takes slightly longer time to get through, but in the end just calls for another sharpening session. Serrations give me an area I can wear out and be able to save my blade and if I ever need to sharpen it, I just use chain saw sharpener. But to each his own

  7. President Merkin Muffley on October 27, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    Good points. I carry a fixed blade or two everyday. After having a Buck and a Spyderco lock failure in to fingers; thankfully I had gloves on once, I am done with folders. The only folding thing that I carry now is a leatherman, but I use it for everything but cutting.

  8. COlorado Grown on October 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I keep one on everything, it’s better to have it and not need it!

  9. Jerry Jocoy on October 27, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    I either have had or do have every knife you had in there except for the cold steel Chaos but I’ve had the double edge Cold Steel with the craton handle the OSS I don’t have it anything longer you know how that goes sometimes you want to buy and you have to sell a few knives or you want another one. But the one I’m partial to now is the Tops Wild Pig Hunter it’s strapped on my gear as we speak!

  10. Jeffries Goodwin on October 27, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    What knife is issued at the Jungle Warfare School in Panama?

  11. fightforfreedom on October 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Also, for calling out the weekend warriors that have not seen a shot fired in anger.

  12. Dick Hurtz on October 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I just carry a BK9 and a Gerber Mk2 fighting knife. Simple. In my pocket I carry a cold steel recon one folder xlt

  13. A B on October 27, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    What’s the name of the blackjack knife?

  14. Canden Gorman on October 27, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Hey can you do videos where we compile pictures of peoples plate carrier setups on the internet and you review them and say how they can improve them or what’s wrong about them and what would work better. Thanks love the video

  15. Tylers Dad on October 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Love the review on fixed blades man I recently just started getting into fixed blade knives and I currently own two I own a double-edged serrated knife that is about 6 in so not that long and I also own a double-edged serrated Karambit knife I’ve been looking to gain more information about fixed blades and double-edged knives that are within my budget range and this video was very informal I am not in the military this is more for camping or personal use but I do thank you for your service and this informal video any recommendations on what knife I should get?

  16. TheTrusted on October 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Great video mate. 🙌🏼
    Did you hear about the FKMD Afghanistan memorial knife?
    I‘m kinda stuck between this knife, and the Buck 891BKS spear point knife.
    I would really appreciate your opinion about this. 😊🙏
    I want to carry my knife in the wilderness, and when i‘m at camping.
    I already have a folding knife and a multitool… so, i‘m looking more for a self defensive knife against humans and animals.

  17. RUSSIAN MOTERCYCLE on October 27, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Hold your allowed to use katanas

  18. 666devilknight on October 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    My EDC is a hissatsu. It’s great for stabbing, cutting, and chopping. In a modern combat situation, I’d choose a cutlass over a katana. I’d go for a normal edge over a serrated edge any day. A sharp normal edge is better than a serrated edge and easier to keep sharp.

  19. クビライハムザトゥラン on October 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Lol you have Saddam Portrait hung on your wall!

  20. Judy McDougal on October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you

  21. ewus on October 27, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    A man with experience will never be at the mercy of a man with a theory! Thank you for all your content.

  22. STEVE P on October 27, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    I just got a Glock 81 Knife.

  23. johnavalenti1 on October 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Carl, great videos. Want to thank you for making me a safer driver. I have been afflicted with road rage since teen ager. I now tell myself before waving at other driver with one finger Carl may be in the other vehicle… Bad for me. LOL Thank you for your service.

  24. sunbunbradley on October 27, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    I use a WINKLER and I have a TOOR darter Ranger green for EDC
    I only have 2 fixed blade knives . I had a couple of autos break and a folder break
    Just going to use fixed blades ,and I really like the serrations on my TOOR !

  25. kebman on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Oh nice. A Gurkha blade. Well not quite, but it’s got some of the form factor.

  26. every1getready on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    That’s too many knives to carry…2-3 fixed blades plus a folder plus a leatherman? All you need is the leatherman and 1 fixed blade folks

  27. Ralffart on October 27, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    I did it! I got the Knife Mounted to the front and to my support side of my Plate Carrier behind my Magazines. Armed with my Technical Knowledge, No Paracord is Safe!

  28. Chris Ande on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    What are your thoughts on the full size TDI Ka Bar Knives?

  29. A -B on October 27, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Can you invite me to your house so I can see your man cave? Looks impressive

  30. Maine Made on October 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    Doom a knife is a knife ,is how u piss offa buch of guys ,knife nuts are losing there minds right now ,

  31. Black Sheep on October 27, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I don’t care who makes it as long as it gets the job done!

  32. puffin tuff on October 27, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    @4:40 Shout out to katana guy! You’re my fuckin` hero man!

  33. The420gorilla on October 27, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Rmj,spartan blades and halffaceblades all you need

  34. gavan simkin on October 27, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Karl Erickson!! 1st I didn’t know that this video existed, 2nd You Some how just went even higher in my book with showing the Old Sykes Knife, And 3rd Breaking into your House would be like walking through the Gates of Hell, Sucks to be them! Lol

  35. Morgan Kelly on October 27, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    You have to be good with two rifles, yours and the most common one your possible enemy might use.

  36. OMINOID on October 27, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    mora is real knice

  37. parna paul on October 27, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Too much talk .. medal of Honor goes to u

  38. Dave Long on October 27, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Like he said, just find a quality-made knife and you’re good. There are a few good companies out there so it’s hard to go wrong.

  39. dande tande on October 27, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    People for once understand this!!
    Kydex is good but not perfect!!!
    Esse knifes makes kydex sheaths too, but after getting imput back from our troops in the mountains of Afghanistan (yes it gets really really cold there…) they changes to polymer sheets, why?! Because qt low temperature kydex becomes brittle and if you just hit it on someting or with someting, it doesn’t even have to be q hard hit, it will crack and crack bad, kinda like porcelain (but not exactly, don’t get stup!d woth over thinking it, but it does crack in pieces….) so be careful to use the right materials for the right environment, same thing goes for rifle barrels, if you want the best barrel for cold , to very cold climates you will need a 416 ss barrel, why well go and do some research why, now back to kydex, since I forgot a point, if you use kydex in very hot weather, it becomes soft and bends, yes you will lose retention on holstera/knife sheets..thinks about this stuff!

  40. Ralffart on October 27, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Now the Knife on the War Belt! Dat Da Da Da!

  41. Andrew Reinert on October 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    So his favorite knife is a scaled down Kukuri. Good choice. However never bust on the axe. The amount of weight and power that you can generate to a fine edge= damage.

  42. Judy McDougal on October 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Very impressive knives you have and your right people do need something durable and lasting.

  43. BladeObsession on October 27, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    That Blackhawk night edge is similar to the Spyderco warrior

  44. Marine Shtf on October 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Don’t think service men had Benchmades and Leathermans storming the beach in Normandy. Just sayin

  45. Kevin Carraway on October 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    no nonsense- great review sir

  46. The420gorilla on October 27, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Tomahawk’s can open doors and make doors.

  47. perfectsnake69 on October 27, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    I got a 5$ Mtech and it’s better than all of your knives combined. Got it at the gas station while I was picking out the next flavor for my vape pen.

  48. Aren on October 27, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    This was a good video! Thank you for sharing!

  49. tuan charlie on October 27, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks a lot for great info. I sleep with my doors open, I am looking for a knife that stays by the bed in case of intrusion. No field work, no chopping wood. Just indoor self defense. Any recommendation ? I was looking at the crkt clever girl for instance.. Cheers

  50. Ryan on October 27, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Just bought an Esee 5 today!