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Knife Buyers Guide: Parts 1 and 2

#NEEDAKNIFE www.BLADEHQ.COM #NEEDAKNIFE wwW.BLADEHQ.COM ANATOMY OF THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF KNIVES AUTOMATIC KNIVES MANUAL /ASSISTED KNIVES FIXED BLADE KNIVES OUT THE FRONT KNIVES BUTTERFLY KNIVES LANYARD HOLE POMMEL BREAKER TIP LATCH HANDLE HANDLE LANYARD HOLE JIMPING FIRING BUTTON JIMPING TANG SAFE HANDLE THUMB RAMP HANDLE THUMB SLIDE BLADE SPINE PIVOT SCREW JIMPING HANDLE/FRAME FLIPPER/GUARD PIVOT PIN BITE HANDLE THUMB STUD RICASSO FINGER GROOVE FULLER/BLOOD GROOVE CHOIL SWEDGE SPINE SPINE CHOIL FINGER CHOIL CHOIL SWEDGE CHOIL %S4 PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND CUTTING EDGE CUTTING EDGE CUTTING EDGE CUTTING EDGE CUTTING EDGE Automatic knives are designed primarily for military, police and EMT duty. These knives are simple to open in an emergency by pushing a firing button or pulling a lever. Check the laws in your area before purchasing an automatic knife, as they are restricted in Manual knives are legal in most areas, which means they are extremely common.. Often, this type of knife is also recognized as a "pocket knife." Spring assisted knives are roughly the same as manual knives, but they have a spring inside the handle that helps deploy the blade much faster then a manual knife. Fixed blade knives don't fold or contract, like some other types of knives. Fixed blades are perfect for nearly any use-they are typically carried by sportsmen, hunters, campers, and more. Out The Front knives are similar to automatic knives in many ways; they are opened by pushing a thumb slide or pulling a lever, but with an OTF knife the blade always deploys out the front of the handle-not the side, like automatic knives. OTF knives are restricted in many areas so be certain to consult your local laws before purchasing these items. Some people spend years trying to master the skill of flipping butterfly knives, A.K.A. balisong knives. It's debatable whether it's more fun to flip a butterfly knife or to watch someone flip- it looks really cool, and it's practically mesmerizing. many areas. PROS & CONS PROS & CONS FAST BLADE DEPLOYMENT NOT LEGAL TO CARRY EVERYWHERE PROS & CONS PROS & CONS FUN TO USE E COOL LOOKING PROS & CONS LESS RELIABLE THAN MANUAL KNIVES GREAT IN SURVIVAL SITUATIONS NOT GREAT FOR EVERYDAY CARRY ANYONE CAN USE - FEW CAN MASTER MUST EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN USING NOT GOOD FOR HEAVY USE HEAVY E LESS COMPACT > FUN TO SHOW OFF NOT LEGAL TO CARRY EVERYWHERE CAN TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE GREAT FOR EVERYDAY CARRY NOT GOOD IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION WWw P EXCITINGE FAST BLADE DEPLOYMENT ONLY GOOD FOR LIGHT USE GREAT FOR ONE-HANDED USE P RELIABLE E LEGAL IN MOST AREAS SLOWER BLADE DEPLOYMENT (MANUAL) P EASY ONE-HANDED USE BLADE ACTION IS PRONE TO JAM NOT LEGAL IN ALL AREAS P EASY ONE-HANDED BLADE DEPLOYMENT SPRINGS CAN FAIL OVERTIME (ASSISTED) BLADE SHAPES CLIP POINT KUKRI STANDARD The spine continues straight past the handle and partway across, the sp looks as if part of the blade has been cut out, and it can be straight or concaved. This shape is a recurved drop pointlspear point combination. The spine runs from the handle to the blade tip in a straight line (no drop, no clip) and has a long, sweeping edge. near the tip of the blade angles downward. This portion -Good chopping action -Not good for delicate tasks -Lots of belly for slicing -Good for skinning -Good for piercing and stabbing -Plenty of belly for slicing -Narrow tip, doesn't have the most tip strength LEAF-SHAPED TANTO DAGGER Similar to a spear point or drop point blade, but it typically doesn't have a swedge, and its point is more acute. The Americanized tanto blade features two distinct edge angles. Typically, these two angles meet toward the tip at an obtuse angle. Features two cutting edges. This type of blade is typically seen on fixed blade and OTE knives. -Great for piercing -Strong tip -NOT easy to sharpen (2 edges=double the work) -Good for precision work -Fine point is good for piercing and detail work -Long belly makes it a good EDC -Great for piercing -Generally a fragile tip-no prying with it DROP POINT SHEEPSFOOT TRAILING POINT The spine curves down to the end of the blade and forms a blunt tip, and the cutting edge is straight. The spine gradually drops in a convex angle to the tip of the blade. The spine curves upward with the tip higher than the spine, and the blade edge sweeps upward to the tip. -Popular for hunting and survival knives -Strong, wide tip, less prone to breaking (takes lots of use & abuse) -Great all-purpose blade -Plenty of belly for slicing -Because tip is broad, not as good for piercing -Popular in rafting, sailing, and emergency rescue knives -The blade is designed to be held for maximum control -Easy to sharpen -Because there's no point, tip is strong and durable -Good for skinning -Great slicing and slashing action -Thinner tip, but it is out of the way HAWKBILL WHARNCLIFFE SPEAR POINT DP The blade features a rounded spine that curves downward in addition to a concave cutting edge. The cutting edge is straight, like a Sheepsfoot, but it has a longer sweeping of the spine and an acute angle at the tip of the blade. The spine and edge curve symmetrically to the blade tip. Spear points will sometimes have a swedge or false edge. -Often used by fisherman (to cut line, webbing, and netting) -Usefulness revolves around using the tip -> the tip will dull quicker -Good for self-defense -Good for thrusting -Strong point -Smaller slicing belly -Easy to sharpen -Good for whittling -Can get into small holes -Fragile tip -Seen on Karambit-style knives A BLADEHO #NEEDAKNIFE wWW.BLADEHQ.COM #NEEDAKNIFE wwW.BLADEHQ.COM THE ULTIMATE KNIFE BUYER'S GUIDE

Knife Buyers Guide: Parts 1 and 2

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This is a series of knife infographics that will give you the knowledge you need when you’re buying a knife. There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a new blade, and we hope this series exp...






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