Guide to Belt Knives

You would think that “wearable” knives were inconceivable – after all, who would want to wear something dangerous? However, keep in mind that knives (as well as swords) have been worn for many centuries. Ancient warriors would typically wear belts with scabbards or sheaths as a means of transporting those dangerous blades from here and there.

Over the years, belt knives have undergone some changes, and there are even some new cool updates on them.

Belt knives are among the smallest types of knives, but they are no means the most trivial when it comes to functionality. They’re portable, versatile, and are just about as sharp as the standard knives and machetes. They are good both as utility knives and as self-defense weapons.

In this article, you will find some of the best knives by style, brand, and features.

Where to Buy
KA-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
Benchmade - Saddle Mountain Skinner 15001-1 Knife, Drop-Point Blade
Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, 4.3-Inch
TOPS Knives BOB Brothers of Bushcraft 4.75in Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife (BROS-01)
Gerber StrongArm Fixed Blade Knife with Serrated Edge - Coyote Brown

1. Ka-BAR Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife

This full-tang, fixed-blade belt knife is made of heavy-duty materials that make it suitable for camping or hunting chores. Its sharpness allows you to do a variety of things. It can chop vegetables, cut branches, cut off ropes, or skin some wild game. Its specially designed sheath allows you to carry the knife quickly, conveniently, and safely. When the knife is placed on the sheath, it locks into place, so it doesn’t fall out. When you need to use the knife, press the spot at the back of the sheath to release the knife. This knife has durability guaranteed for frequent uses.

It has an overall length of 10.5 inches, with the blade and handle both measuring 5.25 inches. The cutting edge is highly rated and easy to sharpen, so you would definitely want to snap this one up, especially if you are a hunter or a camper in need of a reliable cutting tool.

2. Benchmade – Saddle Mountain Skinner 15001 – 1 Knife, Drop-Point Blade


The drop-point blade of Benchmade’s Saddle Mountain belt knife allows you to do a variety of things, including chopping vegetables, cutting branches, skinning wild game and removing meat. Its construction ensures durability, reliability, and ease of cleaning and maintenance.

The 15001 –1 comes with a black, modeled Kydex sheath with a reversible belt loop for easy and safe transport. There’s a variant, the 15001 – 2, which features a brown, pressure-fit, and rich leather sheath with a built-in guard for additional safety.

The overall length of the Saddle Mountain 15001 –1 knife is 8.73 inches, with the blade measuring 4.17 inches and the handle 4.56 inches. The edge is somewhat thicker than the blades of the other knives on this list.

3. Morakniv Garberg Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife with Carbon Steel Blade, 4.3-Inch

The most significant advantage of Morakniv Garberg over other knives on this list is its MOLLE multi-mount system that makes it durable and unbreakable. But this knife is also light, so it is easy to carry and handle. The blade itself is made of carbon steel, which provides durability, toughness, and lightness. While the handle is quite sturdy, it doesn’t score a lot of points for its aesthetic value.

This knife comes with a polyamide sheath, but you can replace it with other types of sheaths (such as leather) if you like.

4. TOPS Knife BOB Brothers of Bushcraft 4.75 Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife (BROS – 01)

If a belt knife’s functionality matters more to you than its looks, then you may have no problem with TOPS knife. This full-tang, fixed-blade knife does look like a regular kitchen knife, but perhaps its rather so-so appearance will be one of its best advantages. It may even surprise you with how capable it is as an outdoor knife.

It has the perfect size – its overall length measures 10 inches, with the blade being 4.75 inches long and the handle 5.25 inches long. The blade itself was manufactured of 1095 carbon steel, which is known for its toughness, sharpness, and great edge. The tan-colored handle is made of canvas micarta, which gives the knife additional durability and handling comfort. As for its sheath, it is made of Kydex, a rigid but moldable kind of plastic material. But you can have the option to replace it with a leather sheath if you are more of a leather kind of person.

5. Gerber Strongarm

When you hear the name Gerber, there’s no reason for you to doubt its quality – it has been making multi-purpose knives and tools since 1938, and knives for the US military since 1968.

Gerber originally made this knife for select military units but later released it for the broader market. The dimensions of this knife are distinctive and unique, and it has a great-looking appearance.

Gerber Strongarm is the only knife whose blade is made of high-quality carbon stainless steel. Such a blade made this knife famous, as it is much more durable than all the other edges. The pommel (back of the knife) is distinctively shaped to break through hard surfaces. The knife’s entire longitude measures 9.8 inches, with the blade being 4.8 inches and the handle being 5 inches. Speaking of the handle, it is made of rubber, which provides the knife with additional durability, better grip, and better comfort.

It comes with a multi-mount, snap-together sheath which can be mounted horizontally on a belt, vertically on MOLLE, or in the conventional drop-leg fashion.