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A fixed blade for everyday carry? Really? Yes, it’s more than possible given the right carry options. And those options are some of the best parts of the product of the collaboration between FNH USA and Bawidamann Blades. FNH announced their limited edition run of these S35VN tactical blades just before the SHOT Show and auctioned the first one off to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. So how good are these knives? Click over to The Truth About Knives to read our full review of this exceptional blade . . .

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  1. S35VN is some really nice material.
    Should hold an edge nicely. Takes a bit to sharpen.

  2. I’m fond of my boke/ coye Ridgeback myself. Carry it in a armodillo kydex holster with soft loops and it disappears beneath a t shirt. throw in a reasonable 60 dollar price tag and I consider it ideal for edc

  3. Have to be careful. In WA State, as I understand the law, if you carry a knife like this, concealed it is illegal. Even if you have a CPL it does not mean you can carry a fixed blade knife concealed. I could be wrong but that is the way I read the law. Seems ridiculous and the law should be changed. If you can get a CPL you should also be able to legally carry a concealed knife, I would think. Anyway, read your own state’s laws to be sure you don’t get in trouble with a “concealed” knife. I believe that, in WA state if the knife (or sheath?) can be seen your are OK. Again, makes NO sense but believe that is the case. Would appreciate someone citing the actual law IF this not not true.

    • Several online “knife rights” sites (such as, say this about Washington state:
      “It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or other dangerous weapon. It is legal to open carry any type of weapon, so long as it is not carried in a way that may cause others alarm.”

      You’re right that the state law is confusing/vague/contradictory…I can conceal carry my pistol as long as I have my CPL from the state, but I can’t conceal carry any dangerous weapon.
      “Washington statutes fail to define dangerous weapons, but in 2002, in an unpublished opinion, the Court, in State v. Bonebright, citing two other cases, stated that Courts have generally defined a dangerous weapon as an object capable of inflicting great bodily harm.”

      And it gets even worse when you consider the city laws. For example,
      According to Seattle Municipal Code section 12A.14.010, “a dangerous knife means any fixed-blade knife and any other knife having a blade more than three and one-half inches (3 1/2″) in length.”

      Section 12A.14.080 states it’s unlawful for a person knowingly to “carry concealed or unconcealed on his or her person any dangerous knife, or carry concealed on his or her person any deadly weapon other than a firearm ….”

      So, no fixed blades at all, and even a pocketknife with a blade longer than 3.5 inches will get you in trouble just for carrying it…

      Guess I’ll have to depend on my gun for legal protection!

      • ““It is illegal to conceal carry a dirk, dagger, or other dangerous weapon.”

        Dirk better not meat, er, meet Shannon in WA state, then.

        Where has Dirk evaporated to?

        Did Mrs. Diggler find Dirk’s folder of Shannon pics?

  4. Looks nice, not a fan of the “contoured” grips that everyone is all gaagaa over now days. I’ll stick to my KaBar in reversed sheath SoB. CP in Pennsyltucky covers blades so I have not had any problems.

  5. Oh, is this The Truth About Knives or has those two websites merged into a new paradigm, The Truth About Arms?

    • We like to keep the brands tight and separate. But foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Just sayin’ . . .

      • Although,,,,,,The Truth About Arms does have a certain ring to it!

        Clay has a nice site, giving him a shout out is a good thing, mmmkay.

  6. It’s pretty, but I’ve got mixed feelings on the tanto tip. It makes it mildly less versatile if you have the need to use it as a survival knife, and it’s not as if you’re going to need to punch through medieval body armor if it comes down to self defense.

  7. In many states it is illegal to carry a knife of that length, open or concealed is illegal.
    In NC, carrying any fixed blade concealed is illegal.
    Back when I lived in MA, the Boston city council tried to make it illegal to carry any knife, including Leatherman tools, with a blade longer than 1″ because they felt the work place wasn’t quite safe enough for criminals yet.
    It didn’t pass.
    The MA legislature also tried to illegally redefine a “switch blade” as any knife that could be opened with one hand whether it had a spring or not. That also failed to pass.
    Such a shame. Cops could make their arrest quota just having a spotter inside every Home Depot and Lowes and then have a guy in the parking lot arrest everyone that bought a leatherman tool of one hand box knife.

  8. I highly recommend Bawidamann blades. The skeletonized karambit and Skuld are amazing. Their sheaths are excellent as well.

  9. Is this a great knife? The inner gear geek says yes, it is. To the guys who almost die at the price tag, this is the Night Hawk Custom of knives. The difference between a production knife and a custom knife is in the details. Some are subtle, and some you cannot see. The subtle details will be the fit-and-finish, ergos, and the all important blade geometry. Additionally, the heat treat on a custom knife is just about going to always be better than what you will get in a production model.

    However, yes these are expensive, and you can get into something very nice for about half the price. For example, I suggest guys have a look at Bob Doizer’s knives on A G Russel because you can get a EDC fixed blade that is handmade of D2 for $205-$245. It won’t be as tactical or have as many carry options, but Bob’s D2 steel is legendary and his blade geometry is amazing.

  10. I use fixed blades as my primary defensive carry knife; never been a fan of the folding knives as they loosen in my experience and don’t feel as firm since I’m a huge fan of full tang but I won’t lie, they’re much easier to conceal carry which is why they’re my secondary knife for defense but primarily a utility knife.

  11. I would encourage everyone to carry a quality fixed blade on their support-hand side. It’s really one of the easiest defense tools you can carry. Get a Boker Plus or an Esee 3 & carry it.
    This blade looks to be quality, but way overpriced.

    • I keep a 3 inch folder clipped in left front pocket. When I do carry the KaBar it is accessible with either hand, nice part about small of back.

    • “I would encourage everyone to carry a quality fixed blade on their support-hand side. It’s really one of the easiest defense tools you can carry.”

      Agreed…except in those areas where carrying a fixed blade (of any length) is illegal! Like my state…

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