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THE ULTIMATE KNIFE GUIDE KNIFE TYPES AUTOMATIC KNIVES MANUAL/ASSISTED KNIVES FIXED BULADE KNIVES OUT THEERONT KNIVES BUTTERFLY KNIVES LAN YARD HOLE POMMEL BREAKER TIP HANDLE 0:0:0:0:0:0: BITE HANDLE LANYARD HOLE FIRING BUTTON HANDLE SAFE HANDLE TANG JIMPING JIMPING HAN DLE BLADE SPINE THUMB RAMP RICAS SO THUM B SLIDE PIVOT SCREW PIVOT PIN JIMPING FUPPER/GUARD THUMB STUD O:0:0:O:0:0:0 FINGER GROOVE HANDLE FRAME SWEDGE CHOIL SPINE PIVOT PIN PRIMARY GRIND SPINE CHOIL CUTTING EDGE CHOIL CHOIL SWEDGE PRIMARY GRIND CUT TING EDGE PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND PRIMARY GRIND CUTTING EDGE K CUTTING EDGE CUTTING EDGE PROS • FAST BLADE DEPLOYMENT • FUN TO USE & COOL LOOKING PROS • GREAT FOR EVERYDAY CARRY • RELIABLE & LEGAL IN MOST AREAS • EASY ONE-HANDED BLADE DEPLOYMENT PROS PROS PROS • GREAT IN SURVIVAL SITUATIONS • CAN TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE • FUN TO SHOW OFF • EXCITING & FAST BLADE DEPLOYMENT • EASY ONE-HANDED USE • ANYONE CAN USE-FEW CAN MASTER • GREAT FOR ONE-HANDED USE CONS CONS • NOT GOOD IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION • SLOWER BLADE DEPLOYMENT (MANUAL) • SPRINGS CAN FAIL OVER TIME (ASSISTED) CONS • MUST EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN USING • NOT GOOD FOR HEAVY USE • NOT LEGAL IN ALL AREAS • NOT LEGAL TO CARRY EVERYWHERE CONS • NOT LEGAL TO CARRY EVERYWHERE • ONLY GOOD FOR LIGHT USE • BLADE ACTION IS PRONE TO JAM CONS • LESS RELIABLE THAN MANUAL KNIVES • NOT GREAT FOR EVERYDAY CARRY • HEAVY AND LESS COMPACT BLADE SHAPES CLIP POINT KUKRI STANDARO This shape is a recurved drop point/ spear point combination. The spine continues straight past the handle and partway across, the spine near the tip of the blade angles downward. This portion looks as if part of the blade has been cut out, and it can be straight or concaved. The spine runs from the handle to the blade tip in a straight line (no drop, no clip) and has a long, sweeping edge. • 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 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 DAGGER Features two cutting edges. This type of blade is typically seen on fixed blade and OTF knives. • FINE POINT IS GOOD FOR PIERCING • GREAT FOR DETAIL WORK • MAKES FORA GOOD EDC two distinct edge angles. Typically, these two angles meet toward the tip at an obtuse angle. • GREAT FOR PIERCING • STRONG TIP • NOT EASY TO SHARPEN (2 EDGES = • MADE FOR PIERCING • GENERALLY A FRAGILE TIP-NO PRYING DOUBLE THE WORK) • GOOD FOR PRECISION WORK SHEEPSEQOT OROP POINT The spine curves down to the end of the blade and forms a blunt tip, the cutting edge is straight. TRAILING POINT 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 IN RAFTING, SAILING, AND • POPULAR FOR HUNTING AND SURVIVAL KNIVES • STRONG, WIDE TIP, LESS PRONE TO BREAKING • PLENTY OF BELLY FOR SLICING • GREAT ALL-PURPOSE BLADE • NOT AS GOOD FOR PIERCING EMERGENCY RESCUE KNIVES • EASY TO SHARPEN • SINCE THERE'S NO POINT, TIP IS VERY • GOOD FOR SKINNING • GREAT SLICING AND SLASHING ACTION • THINNER TIP, BUT IT IS OUT OF THE WAY STRONG AND DURABLE • THE BLADE IS DESIGNED TO BE HELD FOR MAXIMUM CONTROL HAWKBILL SPEAR POINT WHARNCLIFFE. The spine and edge curve symmet- rically to the blade tip. Spear points will sometimes have a swedge or false edge. The blade features a rounded spine 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. that curves downward in addition to a concave cutting edge. • OFTEN USED BY FISHERMAN TO CUT LINE, • GOOD FOR THRUSTING • EASY TO SHARPEN • GOOD FOR WHITTLING • CAN GET INTO SMALL PLACES • FRAGILE TIP WEBBING, AND NETTING • USEFULNESS REVOLVES AROUND USING STRONG POINT • SMALLER SLICING BELLY THE TIP (TIP BECOMES DULL QUICKLY) • GOOD FOR SELF-DEFENSE LOCK MECHANISMS SLIP JOINT LOCK LINER LOCK FRAME L OCK Tension Bar Liner Lock Pocket Clip Frame Lock Springs in To Lock Blade Pocket Clip Liner of the Knife Push to Unlock Must Push to Disengage Lock Liner Lock Frame Lock is Part of the Handle "Frame lock" is the generic term used to refer to the Reeve Integral Lock (RIL), which was developed by Chris Reeve. The frame lock functions like a liner lock, except it uses a partial cutout of the actual handle, not a liner, to lock the blade in place. Push to Unlock Slip joint locks are very common in traditional pocket knives, but they can be found in other types of knives as well. When open, a leaf-spring mechanism keeps the blade in place. When enough pressure is applied to the back of the blade, it can be pushed closed. Modernized by Michael Walker, the liner lock utilizes a liner inside the knife handle. When opened, the liner gets snapped under the tang of the blade, and the liner must also be pushed to the side to allow the blade to be unlocked and retum to its closed position. LOCK BACK (BACK LOCK) BUTTON LOCK AXIS LOCK COMPRESSION LOCK (sometimes referred to as a Reverse Liner Lock) Push Button Push to Unlock Blade Blade is released when pulled back Lock Mechanism Pivot Point Releases Blade Omega Style Spring Tension Is On This Bar Benchmade's AXIS® lock system is located just inside the knife handles and is incorporated into the steel liners. A From the outside the Compression Lock looks similar to a liner lock, except the piece of metal that you push on is located on top of the knife handle, not the bottom. When the knife is open, the piece of metal comes in from the side to rest between a notch in the blade's tang and a stop pin that is located on top of the piece of metal. The blade can only be unlocked if the piece of metal is pushed to the side and out of the way of the blade. The back lock or lockback utilizes a rocker arm located on the spine of the knife handle with a leaf spring to hold it under tension. When open, the rocker am fits into a notch at the end of the blade's tang to lock it in place. Pushing on the rocker arm causes it to pivot and unlock the blade, allowing it to be closed again. steel rod rests in a slot in the steel liners and continues This type of lock is mainly found in automatic knives, and it's also referred to as a plunge lock. A button must be pushed to release the blade, and on autos, it must be pushed to deploy the blade. The button must be pushed again to unlock and close the blade. from one side of the knife handle and through to the other side. The spring-loaded steel rod slides back and forth, and when the blade is open, the rod locks in place in a small notch at the tang of the blade, and a stop pin is used to wedge the tang in place, as well. (In the AXIS® lock, there are two omega-style springs, one on each liner.) The rod must be pulled back to the side again for the blade to free up and close. BALL BEARING LOCK TRI-AD" L OCK ARC-ACTUATOR™ Released by pulling back the bearing Stop Pin Blade is released when pulled back Tension Bar This system utilizes a ball bearing, and it has similarities to the concept of the AXIS® lock; when the knife is open, constant pressure from a spring keeps the ball bearing wedged between a notch in the tang of the blade and a fixed anvil. The Tri-Ad® is similar to a back lock, but it uses a stop pin in addition to a rocker arm. The stop pin keeps the blade from moving, and the rocker bar keeps the blade from closing when there's pressure on the blade's spine. The SOG Arc-ActuatorT utilizes a stop pin that slides sideways, back and forth, in order to lock the blade in place. To release the blade, the lever that connects to the stop pin must be pulled back. This system allows the user to release the blade easily without exerting too much effort, despite the spring on the stop pin. BLADE GRINDS HOLLOW GRIND FLAT SABER GRINO FULL FLAT GRIND CONVEX ZERO GRIND SABER CHISEL GRIND Bevels are ground to form a concave radius. The bevels can span either the full width of the blade or just a portion of it. Ground to form bevels that have a convex Flat bevels begin near the center of the blade and continue to the cutting edge. Flat bevels begin at the spine and continue all the way to the blade's Ground only on one side of the blade. The grind can be flat or hollow. Very similar to a flat saber grind, but it doesn't have a secondary bevel that creates the cutting edge. Rather, the continuing plane of the bevel creates the cutting edge. This type of grind is also referred to as a "Scandinavian" or edge. radius. Some refer to this type of grind as an "Appleseed" or "Moran" grind, as well. • STRONG SPINE • GOOD EDGE FOR CUTTING, SLICING, AND CHOPPING • GOOD FOR PRECISION WÓRK (LIKE WHITTLING) • GREAT FOR SHALLOW CUTS • GOOD FOR FOOD PREP (SLICES THIN) • SIMPLE TO SHARPEN • FOUND OFTEN ON TACTICAL KNIVES • GOOD EDGE FOR CUTTING, SLICING, AND CHOPPING • GOOD FOR PRECISION WORK • STRONG EDGE • GOOD FOR OUTDOOR AND • THIN EDGE • SLICES WELL • EDGE IS NOT THE STRONGEST • GREAT FOR SKINNING & FIELD DRESSING SURVIVAL KNIVES (LIKE WHITTLING) "Scandi" grind for short. • DIFFICULT TO SHARPEN • GOOD FOR CHOPPING • STRONG Other Important Terms: False Edge: a sharpened portion of the spine located near the tip of the blade. Swedge: an unsharpened portion of the spine located near the tip of the blade. Saber: signifies that the blade has a primary bevel that begins near the center of the blade and continues to the edge of the blade. Fuller: a rounded groove located on the flat side of a blade. This is generally used to lighten a blade, though it is often used for looks, as well. Some refer to the fuller as a “blood groove." BLADEHQ Phone Hours (MST) 9:00am - 5:00pm, Mon. - Fri. Phone: 1-888-252-3347 Order Online: www.BLADEHQ.COM GEAR UP FOR ADVENTURE ™

Blade HQ Knife Infographic

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This infographic, created by Blade HQ, is your ultimate guide to knife buying. From blade grinds to locking mechanisms, this infographic has everything you need to know to purchase the best blade for you.

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