Expensive VS budget knives

Expensive VS budget knives

Expensive VS budget knives

Expensive VS budget knives is the question many knife buyers ask themselves. There are plenty of factors to consider when weighing the options of Expensive VS budget knives. Many of these factors are driven purely by your opinion. So here’s a small list of some of the situations and factors to consider in the Expensive VS budget knives debate.

budget:

first let’s get the obvious reason out of the way. You want to buy a cheap knife to save money because you’re hurting for cash right now. This is probably the strongest argument on the budget side of this debate. If you’re hurting for cash then budget knives are just about the only way to go. Unless you think it’s justifiable to go into debt for a knife.

Buy it and forget it:

With expensive knives you don’t have to worry about replacing it for a very long time. Just buy it carry it with you and use it when it’s needed. I’ll last you for a very long time with or without regular maintenance. Whereas budget knives are more prone to early failure and wear down much faster. So you need to keep an eye out for that and buy a replacement when the wear gets critical.

Availability:

I’m going to sound like i’m preaching here, but with the word the way it is in this day and age quality isn’t the main concern for most people. So finding a high quality knife isn’t just expensive, it’s difficult. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have access to the internet finding a high quality folding knife will be quite the challenge. Even if you’re the type of person that likes to buy things up front in a brick and mortar store you might also encounter troubles finding a store that stocks such high quality blades.

Stash away:

If you buy budget knives but you can afford expensive knives then you have the opportunity to stash multiple budget knives around. One in your vehicle’s glove box another in your bag and the last stashed in the house or apartment somewhere for when your current knife wears

risky carry:

if you’re carrying around a folding knife in places where that sort of thing is frowned upon and you get caught. Best case scenario you need to go put it in your vehicle and get a stern talking to by a security guard or police officer. worst case scenario it gets confiscated you get a fine and are asked to leave. some places have it worse than this in reality. So if you’re planning or not planning to be in places where carrying a folding knife isn’t exactly kosher you just happen to check the rules before entering. click here for more info on this subject.

Then a budget knife is for you. Because if it gets confiscated or you lose it you’re out 30$ to 50$ not bad when you consider the expensive knife side of this argument starts at 80$ and ends at around 200$ any higher than that and it’s just too expensive for my taste.

conclusion:

There are plenty more reasons and scenarios that apply to this subject however. These few examples give a good idea on what to consider. don’t be ashamed to buy cheap. In the end they’re knives they all do the same job only difference is some knives do the job better for the given application and can do the job longer without needing to be maintained. So think about this carefully before making a decision. if you have any questions about this subject or any other knife related inquiries. Leave it in the comment and i’ll do my best to try to reply to all of you

 

 

 

Extra features on a knife

extra features on a knife

Extra features on a knife you should consider.

Extra features on a knife,There are plenty of small extra features that in theory should be on more knives out there. things that aren’t difficult to implement and generally add a bit more utility to the tool without sacrificing any of the tool’s efficiency in doing it’s primary function in this case its chopping and or cutting things  but these small extra features simply aren’t added to the vast majority of folding and or fixed blade knives. why? I’m not sure at all it could be a matter of law or perhaps no one wants these extra features and i’m the odd man out in this particular situation. Whatever the case may be i’m still genuinely confused as to why these features don’t appear on more knives. Here is a small list of the Extra features on a knife i’m talking about.

Glass breaker: This feature applies mostly to folding knives you could add it to fixed blades but i don’t see much of a point to that. You’ll probably never use this thing. But then again you just might use it, who knows. All i know is it’s nice to have just incase you may need it, and it’s not like it’s difficult to implement. It’s a small cone shaped piece of hardened steel. it takes up virtually no extra space in your pocket. It rarely, if ever gets snagged on the way out of your pocket. Seems like a perfect feature doesn’t it? it adds extra functionality to the tool without compromising its usability, and can be used for plenty of other things. granted most of those tasks are crushing something but still a versatile tool to crush things with. why it isn’t implemented in more knives is beyond me, i suppose that it could be because this feature does raise some red flags when it comes to law enforcement they see it as a potential tool for breaking and entering. I don’t see much logic in that if i wanted into a place and needed to break some glass i’d use a rock but that’s their point of view i guess.

Flipper: Flipper May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The flipper is a protrusion on the back of the blade that you can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle. You can find this feature on more knives than the glass breaker. It’s still a feature that is fairly scarce once you examine its usability and ease of implementation seems like this would be a very popular item. it’s a popular item for people with large hands. It’s most likely not implemented because of aesthetic reasons the blade designer didn’t want that incorporated in his design.

Gut hook/strap cutter: this feature is mostly for fixed blade knives but it can be done on folding knives with a slot in the handle rather than the blade meaning it can only be used once the blade is folded for fixed blades it consists of a slot in the back of the blade with the base of the slot sharpened to a razors edge this is a mighty useful feature for anyone who has to cut ropes or plastic bundle straps in this case it’s not adding anything to the blade but removing material from it to make the slot and sharpen it accordingly this feature is scarce. In a way that makes sense but in another it really doesn’t. On one hand it’s very useful in a variety of situations, but on the other it can interfere with regular use of the knife, getting caught on things and being a slight annoyance it’s also a very aggressive looking feature so if you’re looking for a more docile looking knife avoid this feature.

Lanyard hole: this feature is common on almost every folding and fixed blade knife out there and with good reason. It adds a whole new method of carrying and storing your blades and it’s extremely simple to implement on any knife  just add a hole during the manufacturing process. A lanyard holes uses are way too many for me to list here. My problem with them is that it’s rare to find a lanyard hole that can easily fit standard paracord through. paracord is the gold standard for lanyards so why is it so difficult to find a knife with the proper sized lanyard hole for it.

Hammering pommel: a hammering pommel is a plate or chunk of steel at the base of the handle that can be used to smash or hammer things this feature is more geared toward fixed blades because you need a rather large blade to offset the weight of the pommel to keep proper balance. That’s the first reason why this feature isn’t really all that popular another reason is the aesthetic having what is essentially a hammer head at the hilt of your blade isn’t too aesthetically pleasing but even with its cons this feature is useful in many scenarios. Why it isn’t implemented more often is a mistery to me.

So to sum up those were a few Extra features on a knife you might think are useful. Do you think i missed any let me know down in the comments below.

 

 

why/when not carry a knife

when not to carry a knife

when not to carry a knife ?

When not to carry a knife that’s the question and i’m here to answer it. There are plenty of reasons to not be carrying a knife ranging from law to situation in this post i’ll be underlining a few reasons not to be carrying a knife around.

law: This reason is fairly general because some knives are illegal in situations where other knives are perfectly legal to carry. In some situations carrying any type of blade is illegal. Sometimes these laws are situational a specific time or place when not to carry a knife and other times these laws are regional. Though these laws aren’t enforced too religiously anywhere i’ve been before at best you receive a small fine at worst officers can confiscate your blade and give you a rather large fine. so always do your research before assuming that’s it’s ok to go walking around with it in pocket.

  airports: a prime example of when not to carry a knife is inside airports It goes without saying but i’m going to be all inclusive here and say it anyway. Carrying any sort of blade in an airport is a good way of finding trouble if you’re planning on flying make sure where you plan on traveling to, is carry friendly and that you’ve put all the blades you plan on traveling with on your stowaway bag. before you enter the airport check your pocket, check your wallet in case you’re carrying a Sinclair cardsharp type knife or credit card multitool and finally check your carry on bag for anything you may have accidentally slipped in while you weren’t paying attention. the tsa is well known for confiscating knives from people heck it doesn’t even have to be a knife just something that looks remotely threatening and they’ll confiscate it so don’t get caught with anything even remotely threatening when they’re around.

festivals: When there are festivities going on expect and increased police presence and festivals are some what a no fly zone for carrying a knife. So try not to be carrying while you’re walking around at some fair in some places it’s illegal to be carrying a knife of any kind at an event. So check your local laws for details on that odds are you won’t need it anyway so just leave it in your vehicle

weddings: while there’s no law against it you’ll want to not be carrying a knife around during a special ceremony. You’ll most likely be dressed for the occasion and having a pocket clip and the hilt or tip of your folding knife poking out of your pocket will be unseemly. Plus it’s a wedding you definitely won’t need your blade for the ceremony.

Concerts: in this scenario you’re in a large stadium or arena to listen to live music and nothing else. Just like with the festival scenario expect beefed up security to be present and looking out for anything potentially dangerous. Like the wedding scenario you’ definitely won’t need it you’re there for one purpose to listen to some live music so leave your blade in your vehicle.

night clubs: usually small and enclosed area with loud music and large amounts of people. if someone were so inclined they could do allot of damage here, with even a small knife. these types of thoughts are fairly morbid for my tastes but that’s how bouncers think they’re there to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time. They have a very low tolerance for anything that might be considered an effective weapon. In this scenario you’re most likely there to engage with members of the opposite sex, dance ,drink and have a good time you definitely won’t be needing your blade with you. so leave it at home or in the designated drivers vehicle.

learning institutions: these places have very low to very high security depending where you are but carrying anything even resembling an effective weapon is unacceptable and you will be escorted off the premises. You may even face legal action. In recent years with the sharp rise of school shootings and stabbings there is virtually zero tolerance for carrying a knife of any kind or any size in a school where young children or teenagers are present. colleges and universities are more lenient on this but not much more so. Just leave it in your vehicle theres no real reason to be carrying a knife around in a school anyway.

To sum up: Generally avoid large crowds, organised events places where there are high concentration of children and places where carrying a blade really isn’t necessary for obvious reasons. Where large crowds and children are present large amounts of security and or private security are also present. Private security and police have low tolerance for anything that can be used as an effective weapon in these scenarios. So leave your blade in your vehicle or make sure it’s never seen out in the open at the event or found on your person.

have any strange stories of when not to carry a knife. Where you got some trouble or a strange reaction for carrying a knife post it in the comments below we’d love to hear it.

 

Best Survival Knife what to look for in it.

finding the best survival knife for your needs

best survival knife

Sadly there is no best survival knife because there will always be different applications and scenarios, where one knife will be better than another knife but what I can do is help you find the best survival knife for your needs. When trying to find the best survival knife for your needs, you should ask yourself these three questions.

 

The three questions to ask yourself before buying a pocket knife

 

1. What will I be using my survival knife for? Example: cutting rags, splitting small branches, sharpening sticks, cutting rope, cutting meat, and many more. As you can see there are many different applications for a survival knife, finding the ones that you will be using it for is important so you can find the best knife for your needs. Also keep in mind the environment your survival knife will likely be in. 

2. Is the survival knife comfortable for carrying as well as handling? Example: You want the handle to be comfortable, look for a handle that is not too slippery when wet. You also don’t want a knife that is uncomfortable when carrying it, so be sure to find something that is comfortable to have on you.

3. Will this knife be able to perform for your needs and will it last long term? Try finding a knife that can hold an edge and will not rust easily. By answering this questions you should be able to find a knife that will Be able to perform for your needs.

Here’s a great video showing you how to pick a survival knife.

Things your best survival knife should have:

A survival knife should be full tang, meaning the blade goes all the way into the handle.

A handle that won’t get slippery when wet and is comfortable when using it.

A strong blade steel something that will not rust easily but can also keep a sharp edge.

A single edged blade and a total length of 9” to 11” inches.  

 

Now that you understand and can answer these three questions you already to find the best survival knife for your needs. You can find a wide range of survival knives in are fixed blades category. If you want a more in-depth perspective on survival knives be sure to read this article about survival knives.

Best Pocket Knife what to look for in it.

best pocket knife

best pocket knife

Sadly there is no best pocket knife because there will always be different applications and settings, where one knife will be better than another knife but what I can do is help you find the best pocket knife for your needs. When trying to find the best pocket knife for your needs you should ask yourself these three questions.

The three questions to ask yourself before buying a pocket knife

  1. What will I be using my pocket knife for? Example: opening boxes, cutting rags, splitting small branches, sharpening sticks, cutting rope, cutting tape. As you can see there are many different applications for a pocket knife finding the ones that you will be using it for is important  so you can find the best knife for your needs. Here’s a great video showing you many more uses for pocket knives  
  2. Is the pocket knife comfortable for carrying as well as handling? Example: a pocket knife will spend more time in your pocket then being used, this is why it’s crucial that it is comfortable in your pocket. look for a knife that is not too long and have has a clip attached to it so you can clip it in your pocket. You also want the handle to be comfortable, look for a handle that’s not too slippery.
  3. Will this knife be able to perform for your needs and will it last long term? Try to find a knife that will hold up long term as you will most likely be using this on a daily basis. Finding a knife that can hold an edge, and is easy to maintain. By answering the three questions you should be able to find a knife that will Be able to perform for your needs. 

Things your best pocket knife should have:

A pocket knife should be a folding knife and have a pocket clip on the side of the knife.

A easy/safe way to open and close the knife.

A strong blade steel something that will not lose its edge easily.

A single edged blade and a blade length of 2” to 4” inches.  

Now that you understand and can answer these three questions you already to find the best pocket knife for your needs. You can find a wide range of pocket knives in are folding knife category. If you want a more in-depth perspective on pocket knives be sure to read this article about pocket knives.

Knives What’s their place in the world today?

Knives What’s their place in the world today?

Knives What’s their place in the world today and the modern person’s everyday essentials?

Knives What’s their place in the world today? The average person today has a few things they don’t leave home without here’s a small list of those things at the end of it we’ll see we whether a knife could possibly belong or not.

1: a cell phone. In most developed places on earth it’s unavoidable you have one.  Even if you don’t have a cell phone, if you go out into a public place you’re bound to see it someone staring blankly into their cellphones screen as someone sits across from them attempting to make conversation. It’s not all bad thought cellphones are valuable tools that allow us to communicate instantly with one another but they do tend to get in the way of face to face interactions at times. I suppose that’s the price to pay, it’s just like anything else it has the potential to be a valuable tool or a massive waste of time.

2: wallet, Bill fold or money clip whatever it is you carry or call it it’s used to hold all of your cards, credit card, debit card to gift cards and some form of identification, your drivers licence, health card or social insurance number card whatever it is you carry in it. It’s guaranteed to be valuable so keep it close at hand and never lose sight of it.

3: watch or time piece. Many have opted out of carrying these in favour of a cell phone, using the cell phone as a make shift pocket watch. It works, but I’m a firm believer that the more specific the task a piece of gear is designed to do the better it performs that task. A watch is designed to tell the time, measure time, count down time essentially its task is time. Most professionals still carry watches on the job for the simple fact that they work and are readily available on your wrist. Simple tool for a simple job.

4: Clothing.  for obvious reasons clothing is on this list, it keeps us sheltered from the elements while also allowing us to carry a few things depending on what kind of clothing your wearing. If you’re like me it always has pockets, minimum 4 I don’t like not having a place to pot my gear.

Now you might carry other stuff with you when you leave the house but I’m generalising and I don’t carry a purse so I’m not too sure what ladies carry in there. It’s probably along the lines of feminine products (tampons and the like), some makeup, napkins and a few other trinkets they picked up along their travels. if that’s case the small list above is still applicable to all the ladies out there I got your back ladies.

So why not carry a knife? It used to be so commonplace but is suppose allot of backward things used to be commonplace in the days gone by. As far as I can see there really isn’t a reason not to carry a pocket knife with you, other than social stigma or over zealous local laws. Most people see a knife and immediately assume that’s it’s a weapon forgetting that a knife has 1001 uses, a tool that so broad in uses and yet so few people carry them. So the question remains. Knives What’s their place in the world today? and the modern person’s everyday essentials. I think it belongs in everyone’s everyday essentials if you look at it objectively and compare the modern folding knife to the modern cellphone in term of usability and number of possible uses they are very comparable. The cellphone assists you in many things from planning to entertainment the folding knife can help you open packages, prepare a meal and eat that meal. Both are valuable tools that when used properly can vastly increase your productivity. But in the end it’s up to you to carry one.

What’s your stance on this subject? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

carrying knives in public

carrying knives in public pocket knives

carrying knives in public it’s easy.

But when you’re carrying knives in public there are general rules to follow to make sure that everyone is comfortable, and nobody is concerned with what you’re doing with that knife. It all starts on the purchase.

when you’re carrying knives in public You’ll want something a little but plain jane to be carrying around in public nothing like a butterfly knife or a stiletto these types of knives are commonly seen as threatening and to add to that those two knives i just mentioned aren’t very useful for anything other than stabbing so there just not good for it.

Next is what you’re doing with the knife you plan on carrying. Due to the context here it’s probably your EDC knife that you’ll be carrying around in public so i’ll just assume that it’s a folding knife from here on out. You’ll most likely be doing small stuff with that blade like opening packages and cutting shoe laces that are too long so on that end you probably won’t have any trouble.

The general rule of thumb for length of the blade is 9 cm or 3.5” that’s just a general rule though if you’re worried about having trouble with the law check your local laws and legislation on carrying a knife in public. I haven’t had too much trouble with officers but i tend to stay quiet in public if you’re not causing trouble they have no reason to take interest in you. Have your fun but don’t cause trouble and you won’t have trouble.

Now on to the way that you carry your blade you should be carrying it as shown in the picture above with the blade inside your pocket with the pocket clip clearly showing so the tip or the hinge of the blade (depending on how you have the pocket clip oriented) is slightly poking out of your pocket that way it shows to anyone that does notice that you’re carrying a knife, that you’re not concealing your knife you’re an open book nothing to hide. be cool about it if someone asks about it don’t be shy show it to them and tell them what you use it for i’f you’ve selected a fairly plain looking knife as you’re EDC then they’ll take it at face value as a valuable tool rather than a weapon.

so to summarise just be cool you’re not doing anything wrong so don’t act like it. You’re carrying for all intents and purposes a tool just like a cellphone or rope each has 1001 uses they can be used to similarly to hurt people so no harm no fowl. for the most part people don’t care about what you’re doing or what you’re carrying so you’ll most likely get curiousity from standers by rather than concern. so go out nothing to be worried about if you’re not doing suspicious.

what’s your opinion on this matter? did i miss something? let me know in the comments below.

Everyday carry (EDC) why you should.

folding knife edc open

(EDC) every day carry a knife or multitool, why would you want to do such a thing?

here are a few reasons why you should consider picking up the habit of having an EDC knife or multitool with you.

  1. utility: Having a knife or multitool (EDC) on you at all times is much more useful that one might think. So useful in fact that you’d need to carry a knife for a while to really belive it. Sure enough once you do start carrying a knife or multitool you’re likely to be pulling your knife or multitool out on a daily basis for some small task you won’t even remember. It was over so quickly and without incident that it won’t even register because you were prepared.
  2. failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Not that you should be preparing for every possible scenario, but carrying a knife or multitool is a good way of being prepared for the odd job or general problem that demands a sharp edge. Once you’re prepared for a task, that task usually gets done much quicker when compared to being unprepared. Something about having an EDC is it brings a sort of piece of mind with it knowing that no matter what the challenge you have at least some basic tools to take care of it.
  3. being handy for people around you. Everybody likes the guy or gal that has the ability to help out or better yet the tools on hand to help. It’s a good way to make new lasting connections people tend not to forget people who helped them. It’s also a good conversation starter. During your travels you’ll meet plenty of other people who carry different gear. That’s an opportunity to compare gear and get a face to face review on his gear and give your opinion on your EDC.
  4. it builds good habits, once you’ve effectively increased the amount of things that you won’t leave the house without, you need to keep track of those things while you’re out and about not forgetting things will become easier with time you definitely don’t want to lose or misplace your expensive folding knife so training yourself to put your tools back where you took them from will become second nature. Meaning that you’ll most likely need to devise or discover a method to carry your EDC without it being inconvenient or cumbersome, some ingenuity and or resourcefulness will be required for this, the way you carry your EDC will change depending on what you’re wearing for clothing. It’s constantly changing but after you find the way you prefer to carry your EDC it becomes easier to adapt that method for many different kinds of outfits and situations. Maintaining your EDC is another challenge. Far too many people neglect to maintain their knife or multitool which reduces their reliability, so they’re more likely to malfunction in the field setting yourself up a monthly schedule to take time aside to sharpen your blades and lubricate any moving parts to keep them sliding smoothly and preventing undue part wear. This practise instills a (albeit basic) monthly schedule. The monthly schedule allows you to plan other things around that event giving you a time frame to complete that task like checking your vehicles oil levels, or setting up your schedule for next month.
  5. Self defence: Though i like to see my EDC purely as an incredibly versatile set of tools, to be used for work. It would be foolish for me to completely ignore their potential to be weapons of self defence or a general deterrent for violent encounters.

There you have it. A few reasons why having an EDC is a good idea in general. It leads to you being a more prepared and much better organized person. If you do it right it’ll make you a better person to have around so do your research and find out what you want for your EDC.

pocket knives: a brief lesson

folding pocket knives plan

Finding the right pocket knife for you is almost impossible to do on your first try. Doing your research for pocket knives will increased your odds but your still pointing in the direction that you’ll be dissatisfied with the pocket knife, you might like it, but you’ll wish the knife maker did certain things differently the good news is that finding the perfect pocket knife isn’t impossible with the knowledge of your preferences it becomes fairly easy. It’s getting to the place where you know your preferences, that takes time and experience with a wide variety of different pocket knives knowing all the different locking mechanisms, blade point styles, sizes and handle materials, how they perform in the field is what you need to learn to truly know your preferences. With all that said here are some general descriptions of blades that you may encounter while looking for a new knife.

Automatic opening knives: these are pretty fun, neat to see in action and have a second to none deployment time but their not legal everywhere and with added on mechanical components it becomes less reliable than manual knives.

Here are some common features and attributes found on Pocket knives

Assisted/manual opening pocket knives: these are reliable and legal in most places. Depending on the type of spring mechanism and blade size making them ideal for everyday carry.

Fixed blade knives: the solid option. These things are gluttons for punishment they’ll take it and come back for more the best option for a survival knife but they perform poorly in everyday carry scenarios due to increased weight and less compact design than their folding counterparts.

Butterfly knives: i’m only mentioning these because i don’t want to just not mention them. With that said they’re a lot of fun to play with despite their dangerous nature they don’t have a practical use other than being fun and they are not legal anywhere.

Blade locks: this feature is critical in how you want your knife to handle when opening and closing if you don’t like the lock on your folding knife it will be a major pain and frustrate you to no end. If the lock isn’t right you could hurt yourself opening or closing your knife so chose wisely and become familiar with your knife’s locking mechanism before you try anything crazy. here are some common locks.

Frame/Liner lock: these locks work by having a small portion of the frame or a liner cut out and pushed in, once the blade is unfolded the spring like cutout snaps behind the blade preventing it from closing again until the cutout is tossed out of the way. Frame/liner locks are some of the most common locks out there along with it’s almost identical twin the liner lock the only difference is that a frame lock uses the actual frame of the knife to lock the blade in place whereas the liner lock uses a thin piece of steel fastened to the inside of the frame.

Lock back: this system is fairly common in older knives but is still prevalent today it uses a rocker arm located on the spine of the knife handle with a leaf spring to hold it under tension when the knife is fully extended the a square shape at the end of the rocker arm fits into a square notch in the tang of the blade the bale will remain fixed in place till the rocker arm is released.

Button lock: its as the name suggest push a spring loaded button to release the blade it will swing freely until it is fully  extended release the pressure off the button to lock it in place push the button to close it this blade lock locks in both the closed and open position making it a popular option for automatic opening knives.

Ball bearing lock: constant pressure from a spring keeps a ball bearing in place preventing the blade from closing, to close the knife pull the ball bearing back to release the blade.

Tri-ad lock: this lock is almost identical to the back lock but rather than using the rocker arm to stop the blade when fully extended it uses a stop pin, it adds structural rigidity to the knife.

Axis lock: this is exclusively on benchmade knives two u shaped springs located inside the handles hold tension on a bar against the tang of the blade to hold it open pull the bar back to release the blade and close it

Compression lock: this is similar to the frame lock the main difference is that the compression lock is located on the back of the knife rather than the front

Arc-actuator: this is found on sog knives it uses a stop pin that slides sideways, back and forth, to lock the blade in place. To free the blade the push the pin protruding from the side of the handle forward.

Slip joint lock: this doesn’t so much lock it just holds the blade with a tension bar to close it push and it’ll give you a bit of resistance but it’ll give and close it’s more common on older model pocket knives.

There are other locks out there but these are some of the more common ones. Now let’s move onto the types of points this is very important factor in choosing a knife, different points have different strengths and weaknesses and some are better for certain applications than others.

Tanto point: two straight edge angles meet at the point at an obtuse angle this point offers a strong tip so it goes without saying that it’s good for piercing, also good for precision work sharpening is a little tricker with 2 edges though.

Clip point: the spine near  tip of the blade angles downward in a way that makes it seem that the sloping portion of the blade was clipped off. The blade edge is curved making it easier to slice with it. This point does not offer the best tip strength.

Sheepsfoot: the spine curves down gradually and the curve becomes more steep the further down the spine making it so there is no point and that means the tip is very strong it also means the cutting edge on this is straight making it super easy to sharpen it also gives you maximum control of the blade.

Leaf-shaped: these are not only found on spyderco pocket knives but they sure do make an effort to put it on as many of their knives as they can, it’s pretty good for edc is probably the reason for that, it’ll serve you well for detail work as well as applications where piercing is involved.

Wharncliffe: this blade is similar to the sheepsfoot in that the cutting edge is straight the difference is the spine has a more subtle slope finishing in a point, same as the sheepsfoot it’s easy to sharpen but the tip is more fragile.

Dagger point: two cutting edges sloping into each other to a point more seen more on fixed blades this is made for piercing so try not to pry with the tip

Drop point: spine slopes down to meet the cutting edge this offers a strong tip it’s good for slicing it’s pretty good for anything really,  good all purpose blade.

Trailing point: the spine curves up with the tip higher than the spine the cutting edge also sweeps up to the point this has a fairly weak point but is excellent for skinning, slicing and slashing.

Spear point: the spine and cutting edge slope symmetrically to a point these typically have false edges as the name implies it’s good for thrusting it has a strong tip but isn’t too great at slicing.

Hawk-bill: the name says it all, this blade resembles a hawk’s bill with a rounded spine that curves downward with a concave cutting edge the tip on these don’t last long without regular maintenance it’s pretty good for self defense and if your going to be mainly cutting netting or rope this is the blade for you.

That’s it really for points on pocket knives find something that looks like it’ll suit your needs and run with it until it’s time for a change. dont be afraid to make an educated guess now let’s move on to different grinds, that is to say the way the knife is first sharpened

convex: this is a specialty grind due to the difficulty of re sharpening despite this they are extremely durable and sharp it’s also sometimes referred to as the axe grind.

Hollow-grind: concave in shape that makes for a sharp edge  but requires regular maintenance and is known to become damaged more easily than other grind styles.

flat/zero/v-edge: this is the simplest edge to make it’s an even edge from spine to cutting edge it’s fairly common general use type grind.

compound bevel: another general use blade grind it’s more for tough work though

Single bevel/chisel grind: easy to maintain, tough, and can be brought to a razors edge fairly easily this style is popular on tactical knives.

There you have it, a short rundown on what you should know in order to make an informed purchase of you’re next few pocket knives. It’s not everything but it’s enough to get you started on your journey to finding the ideal knife for you.If you think i missed something please let me know in the comments.

survival knives: what you need to know

What to consider when buying a Survival knives

what to look for in survival knives

Survival knives, they’re fairly simple really. Now, with that said let me prove it to you, here are a few simple things to consider when looking for a survival knife.

The build style: A survival knife should always be full tang what this mean is that the blade steel extends all the way into the handle material, this design grants superior structural rigidity which is necessary in a survival situation.

The point of the blade is really up to you tanto, wharncliffe or trailing point it doesn’t make too much of a difference so long as it’s not overly exotic and flashy most knives branded as survival knives usually come in clip point or some variation of the clip point.

The handle material: again this is not to critical on a survival knife because i doubt that you’ll be using it on a daily basis, (and if you are using it on a daily basis you must lead a pretty strange life) but you should keep in mind some of these factors. In the event that this knife is needed you will most likely be using it for long periods of time try to choose something that isn’t too hard on the hands. The weather is usually not too agreeable in a survival situation so try to find something that won’t get too slippery when wet. This knife may be left unchecked for a long time so avoid materials that need to be looked after or maintained.

Blade steel: the steel should be in the carbon steel family this means the blade will rust more easily than other blade steels on the market, but carbon steel is ideal for its general ability to take rough use where durability is key, carbon steel is also fairly easy to sharpen it takes and holds an edge well the most frequently used carbon knife steel in the industry is 1095.

price: good survival knives should be around $50-$80 range remember this thing isn’t a daily driver it’s meant to be stored away till it’s needed so, high quality isn’t necessary but you don’t want to go too cheap, it falling apart on you could be a serious problem so my recommended numbers are not at all set in stone go as expensive as you care to but stay away from the lower price ranges. You also need to consider In the end it doesn’t really matter what price point you chose if it’s not available to you in your time of need, whatever knife you have on hand in a survival situation will become your survival knife so think about where you’re going to store it. Do you want to go expensive and move the knife around with you wherever you might need it in an emergency situation or will you go with the moderately priced option and buy multiple to store wherever you might need them.

if you plan on taking the route of just using your EDC as a survival knife when the need arises then do your research and find something extra sturdy most EDC knives are foldable so make sure the locking mechanism is strong and be sure to maintain it more than you would normally keep it sharp and lubricated

So to sum up survival knife is a subjective term it’s the knife that you use to survive a disaster with weather it be a kitchen knife, a butterfly knife or a bowie knife in a survival situation you take what you’re given and make the best of it till you can be rescued or get to safety, so if you’re planning ahead now your odds of survival are increased. But remember You can have the best knife on earth with you when something bad happens but nothing is more useful than the knowledge you hold onto so go out and learn something and never stop learning.

comment and tell me what you think about the blog and what you believe is most important in a survival situation.