I like the simplicity of a fixed blade knife for many reasons. The blade can be very versatile and represents the best abilities for many
tasks. It is carried in a sheath and readily available any time you need it. They are usually easy to clean, sharpen and use. The fixed blade knife can very traditional in design or more modern. I am not a strong
believer in the one knife philosophy.
When it comes to SAKs you can see some of the important factors with minimalistic
versatile designs. One example on such SAKs can be the large 130mm New Ranger that Wenger developed.
For normal EDC with pocket
knives it is the smaller categories that are the best with the 84, 85 and 91mm models with basic functions. It all depends on how your idea of knives is. Some prefer to have a wider need for functions. It is very nice in a situation when people really could
need a tool and there you have it ready. It is a good energy and a helpful thing to do.
I believe very much in MultiTools and SAKs with many functions but at the same time they do not fit very well in the pocket for gentleman carry or traditional EDC. There is a difference there and a factor that could be difficult to change. The normal EDC only require basic functions. If you look upon things required in the outdoors, fishing and hiking it is usually also only basic functions needed there too but perhaps
with larger size. The MultiTools can many times be the choice because you have that package and can or could get everything done with it.
Many times in the outdoors people got two different philosophies and that is interesting. One part like rough tools with an axe, large saw, fixed blade and perhaps a plier. The other part got a much more gently touch on the outdoors
and prefer pocket knives and MTs. It is almost impossible to say what the best is. This would depend on what you do in the outdoors and what kind of dangers it got with animals and climate. Some use machines and transportation that would require a selection
of functions and this could be a multitool for example.
In all my research and study I find it very smart to have a
combination philosophy. Not only limited by the number and selection of functions on it but also use it in combination with other separate tools.
Sometimes planning must be done on what equipment to use and bring. Today the traditional
flat screws are replaced with hex, torx and several others. This can complicate the traditional functionality on SAKs. One would believe that having the flat screwdriver option is past its time. My experience is that it is still a good need for them. For how
long I do not know!
It is important as I have mentioned years ago that damage to equipment and machines can happen if you only
use MTs and not the specific tools required for maintenance and repair. This is another factor that must be taken into consideration before you decide what to do. In many situations
SAKs and MTs can only work for things around or in between.