I am asking myself why I don't have the Chief. I figure in a blade that size, I already have the Military (or Police 4).
I am also not overly fond of back-locks. Given the choice I'll pick another knife, though I have warmed up to the
backlock. If it is a knife to go in a backpack, go with the native. If you want a bigger blade and your idea about a fixed
blade seems right, then go with it! Hiking is one time when I actually feel entirely free to carry a fixed blade.
I like small fixed blades. Like the size of a mule. The now discontinued Junction was a nice size.
Get yourself a Bow River.
Honestly, if I wouldn't have people looking at me as a weirdo, I would always carry a fixed blade -- I suppose I shouldn't
care what people think, but at some level it is part of being a reasonable member of society.