Fantastic Fixed Blade Knives

The most common style for an everyday carry knife is definitely a folder. However, you should not let a fixed blade everyday carry slip past your radar; fixed blade knives have many benefits. For starters, a fixed blade will always, always, always be a stronger knife than a folder will—fixed blades can pierce, they can pull, they can pry, and they can twist. These are all things that you might be able to do with a folder, but probably not without some nerves. Many people also brush off carrying a fixed blade because of the size. However, many fixed blades are smaller than large folding knives. And you really don’t need that large of a blade, around 3 inches, to accomplish the majority of your tasks. Another fantastic reason to carry a fixed blade as your everyday carry knife of choice is because they are much easier to maintain. You can do many dirty tasks with them, such as gardening, hunting, or fishing, and not have to worry about cleaning out all the nooks and crannies once you finish your work. With a fixed blade, you really only have to wipe everything down. Now that we’ve been over why you should carry a fixed blade, the next question is what fixed blade you should be carrying. To make the research easier for you, I have compiled a list of the three best fixed blades on the market.

 

The SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife:

SOG Seal Pup Elite
SOG Seal Pup Elite

This knife was designed to mimic the knife that the Navy SEALS use, so you know that this knife is going to be able to stand up to lots of heavy duty tasks.

The blade on this knife is 4.75 inches long made out of a high-quality AUS-8 hardened stainless steel. This steel has been powder coated for protection, corrosion resistance, and to defeat any glare. The lowered glare makes this knife a fantastic option for tactical missions because you won’t be alerting anyone of your position. The steel holds its edge well and has pretty good hardness. The thing that most people notice about the steel on this blade is how well it resists corrosion and rust. People use this knife for five plus years and their blades have no spots on it. The knife has a thick blade that measures .185 inches thick with a contoured spine. This thickness allows you to take on the rougher tasks without worrying about snapping your blade. There is a rasp on the blade’s spine, so you can have a place to set your thumb. Setting your thumb in this rasp will give you more control over your cutting, which makes it a perfect for smaller, more intricate tasks. The blade is partially serrated and has a clip point silhouette.

The handle on this knife is made out of Zytel, which is a super tough glass reinforced nylon. This material feels like a ceramic material, but it isn’t brittle so you don’t have to worry about your handle shattering. The handle is a black. It also has a nice finger profile which provides for fantastic grip even if the knife is wet. Another feature that gives you great grip is the textured scales. The handle also boasts a lanyard hole that is made for running paracord though.

Many people consider the sheath on this knife to be the best aspect of the knife. It is made out of quality abrasion resistant Cordura nylon webbing. The knife fits perfectly and has a button closure strap for the handle. On the front of the sheath is a small pocket that closes with Velcro, so you can carry a small item, such as fire steel in it.

Overall, this knife is 9.5 inches long. It can be carried don the right or left side, which is a very convenient aspect. No matter what you are doing, this knife will be able to stand up to the task.

Pros of the SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife:

  • The blade has a powdered coating to improve hardness, corrosion resistance, and to not reflect light.
  • The steel holds an edge well.
  • This knife is crazy rust resistant.
  • The thicker spine allows you to do heavier duty tasks.
  • The handle gives you amazing grip, even while in the water.
  • The sheath is the king of all sheaths.
  • Can be carried on the left or right side.

Cons of the SOG Seal Pup Elite Knife:

  • Some people consider the blade too thick to go about many tasks, such as filleting.
  • The plastic handle is a drawback to some.

 You can find all the SOG Seal Pup Elite options here.

The Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife:

KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife
KA-BAR USMC Fighting Knife

Something that Ka-Bar is known for is how they make their blades. They have a unique steel tempering, treating, and grinding process that help perfect their blades. Ka-Bar blades are known for being tough, light, and maintaining their edges extremely well. Something that makes this specific blade unique is that it is constructed of a single piece of steel that runs clear through the handle, which is called a full tang build. Because it runs through the handle instead of being attached, you can expect higher strength and durability. The blade on this knife is 7 inches long made out of 1095 Cro-Van steel. This steels holds an edge better than most stainless steels and is also a lot easier to sharpen than most stainless steels. The original shape and straight edge of this knife have been relied upon by thousands of people over the past sixty years. Some being Marines, hunters, campers, and military men. This knife actually follows the original design which was designed for Marines during the second World War in 1942. The curve that is on this blade is ideal for slicing, skinning, and dressing, which makes this a perfect hunting knife. And, the straight edge on this knife is ideal for slashing, chopping, and really any other task that you might need to throw at it. Something unique about this knife is that it comes unsharpened. This is a great option because it allows the user to choose their own angles on the edge and you don’t have to live with the factory edges. The most common people who enjoy that characteristic are hardcore hunters or military personnel. This partially serrated blade will require more maintenance than many other blades will. The blade is stamped with USMC.

You can get this handle in either a synthetic rubber Kraton G or a stacked leather washer handle, the latter being the more traditional style. Both of these options have a flat pommel that holds a pin that extends through the tang. Some people don’t love the size of the knife and I’ve heard people complain that it was too big and different people complain that it is too small. Really, the size of your ideal knife handle depends on the size of your hands. But, in all actuality, this is a comfortable knife that works for many different hand sizes. Another complaint is that people don’t have as good of a grip on the knife as they would prefer, epically in survival situations. A good fix to that problem is adding a little bit of grip tape to the handle.  A bonus about using the Kraton G handle is that it won’t rot over time, which can be a concern when choosing the leather handle. If you do choose the leather handle, you can expect a better grip.

The sheath that goes with this knife is also a stellar sheath. It is a natural leather sheath that is easy to repair yourself if you need to. The knife locks into the sheath securely and you don’t have to worry about it coming out unexpectedly. But, when you try to pull it out, it will pop out easily. A bonus about this sheath is that it makes the knife easy to access whether you are left or right handed. There are holes in the sheath that make it very easy to attach the sheath to your backpack.

Overall, the knife is 11.75 inches long and weighs 10.5 ounces, which is .65 pounds.

Pros of the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife:

  • The knife has a full tang blade.
  • The steel holds an edge better than most stainless steel and is easy to sharpen.
  • The knife comes unsharpened, so you get to choose the angle of the edge.
  • You can get the handle in either a Kraton or a leather.
  • The sheath is fantastic and is easy to repair if needed.
  • Holes in the sheath are ideal for attaching to your backpack.

Cons of the Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife:

  • The blade will need more maintenance than other knives.
  • The knife comes unsharpened, so you won’t be able to use it immediately and you will have to have easy access to a sharpener.
  • The handle doesn’t have the best grip.
  • This is a giant knife.

You can order yours here.

The Gerber LMF II Survival Knife:

Gerrber LMF II Infantry Knife
Gerrber LMF II Infantry Knife

This knife comes in three different models: the LMF II Infantry, the LMF II Survival, and the LMF II ASEK. All of these knives are the same exact knife, the only things that differ are the handle and sheath colors and then the accessories that come with each model.

The LMF II Infantry comes with either a black, brown, or green handle. The sheath that comes with this version matches the handle color of your choice.

The LMF II Survival only comes with a brown handle and sheath, but it does come with a safety knife and strap cutter.

The LMF II ASEK comes with a green handle and sheath plus a matching safety knife and strap cutter.

The blade on this knife is 4.84 inches long and the thickness of the blade is 3/16’s of an inch. This knife is a drop point silhouette, which means that your blade will be stronger across the entire blade than a different shaped knife. This means that it is also stronger on the point of the knife. Because of the strength of the blade, this knife is an ideal candidate for cutting, slicing, and bushcraft tasks. The steel on this blade is a 420HC stainless steel. This is an all-around good steel that is very resistant to rust. To add to its corrosion resistant properties, the steel is coated in a black oxide. The steel is also an extremely tough steel, which makes it ideal for chopping, slicing, and even hammering, prying and digging. This steel is not great at maintaining its edge when faced with heavy use. This blade is a partially serrated edge.

The handle on the LMF II Survival is made out of glass-filled nylon that has a TPV over mold grip. This over mold adds a lot of grip and helps to channel water, so the handle remains grippy even while wet. This handle is actually wider than the average handle, plus it is on the flatter side. These two characteristics help add grip surface and it makes it easier to lash this knife to a stick, if needed. There are also three holes in the handle that also help to lash this knife to a stick. At the bottom of the handle, there is a flair that helps you chop things comfortably. The butt cap at the bottom is designed to break, crush, and hammer.

The sheath of this knife is color coordinated to your handle and it is made out of ballistic nylon. It also has a fire retardant coating. The knife is held securely in place by a friction locking system. This sheath can also be a left or right hand carry. A unique aspect of this sheath is that it has an integrated sharpener, which makes sharpening your knife on the go a breeze.

Pros of the Gerber LMF II Survival Knife:

  • Comes in a variety of different colors.
  • Comes with a variety of different accessories, depending on which version you purchase.
  • The drop point silhouette makes the blade stronger across the whole thing.
  • The steel is very resistant to rust.
  • You can pry, dig, and hammer with this knife.
  • The handle is wider and flatter, making it easier to hold.
  • This handle provides great grip, even when wet.
  • You can hammer with the butt cap.
  • Sheath is fire retardant.
  • Integrated sharpener.
  • It is easy to lash the knife to a stick.

Cons of the Gerber LMF II Survival Knife:

  • This is not a full tang knife.
  • Partially serrated knives are harder to sharpen.
  • The blade steel does lose its edge quicker than other steels would.

You can order a Gerber LMF II Knife here.

Conclusion:

Many people don’t even consider a fixed blade for their everyday carry knife, but there are many reasons why you should be considering a fixed blade. This list is to help you transition from carrying a folder knife to a fixed blade; these are the three best fixed blades that you will be able to find on the market.

 

 

 

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Sheath Materials

Many people have the tendencies to overlook the sheath of your knife. However, this is something that you should be paying more attention to because the sheath is where you store your knife and how you are going to carry your knife. Knives really play an important role in keeping your knife protected, safe, and in good quality. There are many different types of sheath materials. Each one comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

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Leather Sheath

A leather material is a very traditional material for your knife sheaths. This is a very classic option for your sheath that looks and smells great. Many people consider this to be one of the best materials for their sheaths. One of the biggest advantages to having a leather sheath is its aesthetic. Because it is a softer material, you can easily decorate your sheath, customizing it to whatever your heart desires. Leather has been known to be rugged, manly, and strong. Leather is a very strong material because it won’t break like a plastic sheath would. It is also strong because it is relatively easy to resew if the stitches happen to come loose. A second big advantage to having a leather sheath is that the material is going to be very quiet while putting your knife in the sheath and taking it out. This is a great characteristic if you are hunting or in a tactical situation where you don’t want to make any noise. Thirdly, leather ages well, which means that it will just get better over time (as long as you take care of it). The leather is going to break in overtime and your knife will fit perfectly in your sheath. Another sweet thing about a leather sheath is that it is relatively easy to make your own.

However, leather is not waterproof or weather proof. If exposed to water or extreme heat, the oils in the leather dry out which lead to cracking. Oiling the leather will help to put this off, but nothing will save it. You can also have your leather sheath treated to become water repellent, but again, it isn’t going to last forever.  Leather also has the tendency to get scuffed, scratched, and stained. None of those things actually effect the capabilities of the sheath, but it doesn’t look great. And, leather is a natural material so it will eventually become unusable.

Although leather eventually breaks down, this is truly one of the best materials for your knife sheath. One knife that comes with a leather sheath is the ESEE-4 Modified Handle, with a black blade and a black leather sheath.

Pros:

  • Great aesthetic—looks great, smells great, rugged, manly.
  • You can decorate leather into almost whatever design that you want.
  • Leather doesn’t break down quickly.
  • Can easily resew the seam if it comes undone.
  • Silent material while putting away your knife and taking it out.
  • Leather ages well and will slowly break in.
  • You can make your own leather sheath with a few instructions.
  • The best material for your sheath.

Cons:

  • Not water or weather proof.
  • Easily scuffed, scratched, and stained.
  • Because it is a natural material, the leather is eventually going to become unusable.

 

Kydex Sheath

TOPS Hazen Legion 6.0
TOPS Hazen Legion 6.0

A Kydex sheath is definitely more modern than a leather sheath. Kydex is a thermoplastic that was designed to be used for holsters and other items. Because it is more modern, there are benefits that you couldn’t get from a traditional material such as leather. For starters, it is extremely durable. It is actually waterproof, scratch resistant, and will not stretch or shrink after long periods of time. Kydex can survive in almost any environment, even the most extreme ones. Kydex can be submerged in salt water and even come in contact with skin acids and remain intact. Another big benefit of a Kydex sheath is that they do not require very much maintenance. Kydex is an extremely hard material, so you don’t have to worry about it scratching or breaking. Another big bonus about having a Kydex sheath is that it doesn’t need a strap to secure your knife, so it is going to be quick to draw your knife when needed. Kydex is a great material if you are looking for a diving sheath.

But, there are still drawbacks to choosing a Kydex sheath. A major drawback is that it is super noisy. If you are in a situation where you have to be quiet, this is not the sheath for you. If you so much as brush your sheath against something, it is going to make noise. Plus, drawing your knife out of the sheath is going to make a snap and putting your knife back into your sheath is going to make a snap. Some people say that there is a satisfaction that comes from the snap into the sheath, but it isn’t going to be quiet, no matter what you do. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you are repeatedly pulling your knife in and out of your sheath, your knife edge can have a tendency to dull.

One knife that comes with a Kydex sheath sit he ESEE Junglas Survival Fixed Blade.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable material.
  • Scratch Resistant.
  • Will not stretch or shrink, even after long periods of time.
  • Can be soaked with salt water and still maintain its high quality.
  • Can even come in contact with skin acids and remain intact.
  • Very low maintenance material.
  • Very hard, so no scratching or breaking.
  • Doesn’t require a strap to secure your knife.
  • Great for diving knives.

Cons:

  • VERY noisy.
  • The material will start to dull your knife if it is repeatedly drawn and then put back.

 

Nylon Sheath

Nylon is another one of the common materials used to make sheaths. Nylon sheaths are known for being tough and strong, in similar ways to leather. Unlike leather though, nylon is resistant to rot and mildew. Plus, they are not as vulnerable to water like leather sheaths are. Nylon is a very tough material, so it is going to take a lot of force to tear them. Because they are a material, they are harder to scuff. A huge bonus about nylon is that it is MOLLE compatible. This means that it is compatible to the military gear; you can strap this on to your gear and it will fit perfectly. Nylon sheaths are also relatively inexpensive, especially compared to leather and kydex. Nylon is a relatively quiet material, so your nylon sheath is going to keep you concealed in a tactical situation. But, if you are going strictly for quiet, I would recommend a leather sheath.

But, because they are cheaper, a nylon sheath is going to break down and wear out faster than most other materials. Nylon also gets stretched out over time, so eventually, your knife isn’t going to fit as snugly and safely as it once did.

A great example of a tool that comes with a nylon sheath is the SOG PowerPlay Hex Multi-Tool.

 

Pros:

  • Tough and strong.
  • Resistant to rot and mildew.
  • Not vulnerable to water.
  • Hard to scuff.
  • MOLLE compatible.
  • Pretty inexpensive, especially compared to leather and kydex.
  • Relatively quiet, you can stay concealed, but if you are going for a noiseless sheath, try a leather one.

Cons:

  • Nylon will break down faster than most other materials.
  • It will get stretched out over time.

 

Plastic Sheath

Although Kydex is a type of plastic, the plastic sheath genre does not encompass Kydex. Plastic sheaths are most likely going to be the cheapest sheath that you can find on the market. With plastic sheaths, you get exactly what you pay for, so don’t be surprised when your sheath falls apart quickly; they are truly the cheapest quality. Another negative aspect about plastic sheaths is that they are the worst for your blade to be housed in. They have been said to dull your blade while being pulled in and out. And they really give no breathing ability to your blade. If your knife happens to come with a plastic sheath, replace it as soon as you possibly can.

Pros:

Cons:

  • This sheath material has horrible quality—they will break down the fastest out of any of the materials.
  • With plastic there is no breathing ability for your blade.
  • Dulls your blade over time.
  • Really you should just try to replace your plastic sheath earlier on, before it can cause any harm to your knife. While it does start out being a cheap option, it will cost you in the end because it will harm your knife.

 

Special Characteristics to Look for on Sheaths

The three things to look for mostly apply to survival and tactical knives, but you might decide to look for these three things in all of your sheaths.

First, you should be searching for a lower attachment. This is a type of hole or attachment piece that sits at the tip end of your sheath. This hole is primarily used for strapping your knife to your leg or onto a backpack strap.

Second, you should be looking for a belt and lanyard attachment. You want a belt loop on your sheath so that you can carry your knife hands free. And, you want there to be a hole for your lanyard. There are many different reasons to use a lanyard on your sheath. First off, it helps secure it against losing it. Another great reason to use a lanyard is to help with finding it. If you choose a brightly colored lanyard, it is going to stand out better against the surroundings than your neutral colored sheath would.

Thirdly, you should be searching for a strap. There are a few different varieties of straps but one of the great ones is having your strap at the base of the handle. That way, your knife can easily slide out.

 

Conclusion:

Each sheath material comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. When searching for the perfect sheath for you and your knife, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons depending on what tasks you want to be able to complete with your sheath. If you are looking for the most custom sheath possible or if you are looking to be as silent as you possibly can, go for leather. Leather also looks great for custom knives because it is so gentle on the blade and looks traditional. However, if you know that you are going to be getting wet often, either while diving or in other scenarios you are going to want to look for a Kydex sheath. Another reason to look into getting a Kydex sheath is if you know that your sheath is going to have to endure a beating, Kydex is one of the most durable sheath materials that you are going to come across. One of the biggest advantages to Nylon sheaths is that they are MOLLE compatible, meaning this type of sheath is going to work great with your military gear. Nylon is an inexpensive option that is still going to give you high quality results. If you are looking for a budget sheath, you are probably going to lean towards buying a plastic sheath. Just know that while you do save money in the first place, you are going to have to replace the sheath pretty soon and the plastic can actually harm your blade.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never store your knife in its sheath for long periods of time. Moisture will collect, no matter which material you choose, and that moisture leads to dimples in your blade. Many people have the tendency to overlook the sheath when purchasing a knife, because they don’t understand the full importance of a sheath. However, sheaths make quite the difference. You are going to be carrying and storing your knife in whatever sheath you choose, so you should choose a good one. When you treat your blade well, your blade is going to treat you well.

 

 

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Seven Fantastic Hunting Knives

When searching for a hunting knife, the options are expansive. Every knife claims to be the best option for you and your hunting trip. So how do you make the call on which one will work perfectly for you? Today I’ve compiled a list of the seven best hunting knives that you can buy. I’ll go over what makes them unique and great, but I’ll also talk about the cons to the knife. By the end of this list you should have a great idea on which knife you will actually want to buy. Let’s get started.

 

The CRKT Onion Skinner:

This knife actually made my list of the 8 best fishing knives as well, that’s how great this knife is. Ken Onion, who designed this knife, created it at and sent it with some hunters into the Alaskan wilderness. After they came back and reported what they liked and didn’t like about this knife, he redesigned it to create the best possible knife that he can offer. This knife is a very unique knife, especially when compared to other hunting knives: it has a spear point, it has a hump on the dorsal side, and the blade is 3.75 inches long. The hump works to make skinning your animal easier than ever before. The blade is made out of Bohler K110 stainless steel, which helps the knife stand up to challenges for a very long time. The handle is built with a glass-field nylon core covered with a soft textured grip. The handle sports a deep finger choil; this helps to keep your grip strong even when things get wet or messy.

Advantages of the CRKT Onion Skinner:

  • Deep finger choil helps keep your grip strong.
  • The Bohler K110 stainless steel is very durable.
  • Went through an extreme field test before it was redesigned and released to the public.
  • The hump that the blade sports makes skinning your animal easier than ever.
  • The 3.75-inch blade is perfect for almost any game.

Disadvantages of the CRKT Onion Skinner:

  • The included sheath is less than quality.
  • It is an un-traditional hunting knife, so it might take some getting used to.

 

The Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife

This style of knife has been made since 1962 and has sold over 15 million copies. This blade is also 3.75 inches, but the Model 110 is made out of 420HC stainless steel. This steel keeps its edge for a very long time. The blade sports a clip point silhouette. Because it is made by Buck, you also get a lifetime warranty with purchase of your knife. The look of this knife is more aesthetically pleasing than some of your other options, with the handle made out of Dymonwood wood with brass bolsters. However, because of this, you do lose some of your handle grip. While this is a folding knife, it boasts a lockback mechanism to ensure your safety. However, this knife can be considered a little bit on the heavier side, weighing in at 7.2 ounces and being 8.63 inches overall.

Advantages of the Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife:

  • The 3.75-inch blade is the perfect size for a hunting knife.
  • The 420HC stainless steel keeps its edge for a long time without too much maintenance.
  • Comes with the standard Buck Lifetime Warranty.
  • Has a lockback mechanism to keep you and your fingers safe.
  • Aesthetically pleasing with a classic look.
  • Has been in production since 1962 and sold over 15 million copies—it has to be a tried and trusted knife.

Disadvantages of the Buck Model 110 Hunting Knife:

  • There isn’t as much handle grip as you would find on a different hunting knife.
  • This knife is a little bit bulkier than most weighing 7.2 ounces and measuring 8.63 inches overall.

 

The Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

This knife’s blade is a little bit longer than the previous two, measuring at 3.88 inches. The blade is a drop point blade that is made out of VG-10 stainless steel. The blade has a flat grind, with only a single bevel. This single bevel/flat grind combo work to reduce weight, but adding to the knives cutting ability. It also adds strength to the blade, giving it the needed durability to cut through meat and skin an animal easily. However, this knife is not a full tang knife, so while it is a durable knife, it isn’t ideal for the heavy duty tasks thrown its way. The oversized handle is made out of an FRN and Kraton combination. The size of the handle works to give you the best grip by feeling the knife handle was specifically made for you. While this was designed to be a hunting knife, many people carry this knife as their every-day-carry knife, because it’s just that good.

Advantages of the Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

  • Sports an oversized handle to give you the best grip offered.
  • It has a flat grind and a single bevel reduce weight but add to the knives cutting ability.
  • Has the durability to cut through raw meat and skin an animal easily.
  • Ideal for hunting, great for every-day-carrying.

Disadvantages of the Spyderco Bill Moran Drop Point Hunting Knife:

  • Not strong enough to stand up to the heavy duty tasks.
  • Not a full tang knife.

 

The Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

This blade is the longest one on the list yet, measuring at 4.7 inches of 440A German manufactured steel. This steel is heavy duty steel, but still is a lighter steel, getting you the best of both worlds. It also has a fantastic balance of toughness, durability, and hardness, which is a hard balance to achieve. The scaled handle is made out of stag handles with brass finger guards to help protect you against cuts. The knife comes with a leather sheath that has a brass lanyard hole. However, the handle has been considered a thicker handle, so it’s ideal for people with bigger hands, while smaller hands can lose some of their grip while using this knife. The knife has a classier/rugged look to it. Along with the knife, you get the Puma limited time guarantee.

Advantages of the Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

  • The knife has a great balance of toughness, durability, and hardness.
  • Has a longer blade than other options on the market.
  • Looks classy, yet still rugged.
  • The handle has finger guards to help protect you against cuts.
  • Comes with a limited time guarantee.

Disadvantages of the Puma Skinner Stag Handle:

  • The handle is considered to be too thick at times, making it better for people with larger hands.
  • Not as much grip as some of the other hunting knives offered.

 

The Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife:

This is a fixed blade that measures up with a 5.5-inch blade and 10.5 inches overall. The blade is a drop point made out of 1095 cro-van steel. The blade is very sturdy and extremely sharp, perfect for skinning. The blade is much thicker than expected, which while it adds to the knife’s weight, it does help it stand up to hunting and heavy duty use for longer periods of time. This knife has been used by many not just for hunting, but also a fantastic survival and camping knife. The handle of this knife is made out of Grivory, which provides a solid grip. This knife weighs in at a hefty 1.5 pounds, much heavier than the average hunting knife. This knife is one of the more versatile hunting knives on the market and definitely gets my stamp of approval.

Advantages of the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade:

  • Extremely thick blade, making it durable and long lasting.
  • Very sharp, perfect for skinning.
  • The Grivory handle provides a solid grip.
  • This knife is great for hunting, camping, survival, and almost any other task that you can think of.

Disadvantages of the Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade:

  • This is a much heavier knife at a solid 1.5 pounds.

 

The Fallkniven H1z:

Fallkniven is a fantastic brand all around and the H1z does not break that mold. This is hefty knife at 8.1 inches long. The blade of this knife is 4 inches long, made out of laminated VG-10 steel. This steel is practically made for hunting and can cut through any meat that you require of it. The knife is truly designed just for hunting and excels at skinning and dressing. A unique aspect of this knife is that the blade is made from two different steels: the inner steel is a sturdier steel that is coated in a softer steel. This sounds like a strange thing to do, but it balances the blade’s hardness and its flexibility. The handle is built out of Thermorun that is textured to provide stellar grip even when things get wet or messy. The “z” in the name stands for the Zytel sheath that is included with your purchase of this knife.

Advantages of the Fallkniven H1z:

  • This is a hefty knife.
  • Designed strictly for a hunting knife, excelling at skinning and dressing your game.
  • The blade is made out of two different types of steel—creating the perfect balance between hardness and flexibility.
  • The textured handle provides fantastic grip.

Disadvantages of the Fallkniven H1z:

  • This knife does not have finger guards, which can be dangerous at times.
  • Really does not do well at anything other than hunting purposes

 

The Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

This knife sports a flat ground clip point blade that measure as 2.75 inches. The blade is made out of surgical stainless steel and this knife comes with 12 replaceable blades. This is so that if you are out in the field and trying to work quickly, you won’t have to waste time sharpening your blade, you can just switch it out with another super sharp blade. This knife is made by a company that is actually known for making surgical instruments, so you can trust the sharpness of the blade and the ability to cut. The blade is designed for skinning and will give you clean cuts, no jagged edges, ensuring you with higher quality meat. However, this knife is really only made for skinning and doesn’t do well breaking through bones, if you twist it, or if you torque it. The handle of this knife is made out of ABS plastic in either hunter-orange or a camo design. The handle is extremely grippy, making sure you have a steady hand to make the best cuts possible. The knife is crazy light, weighing in at only 2 ounces overall. This is a great knife to have with you during all your hunting escapades and it won’t weigh you down.

Advantages of the Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

  • This knife comes with 12 replaceable blades, guaranteeing you with an always sharp knife.
  • These replacement blades are extremely sharp blades.
  • Excels at cutting, giving you extremely clean cuts.
  • The handle is super grippy, guaranteeing you with a solid grip at all times.
  • This knife is extremely light, weighing only 2 ounces.

Disadvantages of the Havalon Piranta Edge Folding Knife:

  • This knife is only made for skinning.
  • This knife will not hold up to breaking through bones, twisting, whittling, prying, or torqueing.

 

Conclusion:

There are an insane number of hunting knives on the market today and they all claim to be the best hunting knife for you. But no knife can be the best knife for everyone. Each knife excels at something and falls short in a category. To make the shopping and researching process easier for you, I compiled a list of the seven best hunting knives; I tried to find knives that excelled at the most amount of things and fell short in the fewest things. Now that you have taken a look at this list, you will be able to go out and figure out which hunting knife will compliment you and your hunting task in the best possible way. Happy shopping and happier hunting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 Knives Every Kitchen Needs

A little while back I compiled a list of the best chef’s knives, but today I thought I would go over what styles of knives I think every kitchen should have, a brief description of each, and what they are good for. In my opinion, I think every home kitchen should have these basic 7 knives: a chef’s knife, a paring knife, a serrated knife, a boning knife, a cleaver, a utility knife, and a honing steel. With these options you will be able to do and create any food masterpiece with ease.

Spyderco Santuko
Spyderco Santuko

The Chef’s or Cooks Knife:

For starters, every single kitchen should have a chef’s knife. These are some of the most versatile knives in the kitchen and can really stand up to most tasks. If you could only have one style of knife in your kitchen, I would recommend that you choose this style. The best size for a chef’s knife is usually between 8 to 10 inches long, which does seem a little bit long especially to newbies in the kitchen. However, with the extra length comes extra efficiency and more versatility. Plus, the longer the blade is, the faster you can cut with it. However, chef’s knives also come in 6 and 12 inches, the smaller the blade is the more control you can have over it. Chef’s with smaller hands should go for one of the smaller sized blades. Commonly found on chef’s knives is a broad blade that has a gentle curve upward toward the tip, because this allows it to rock which helps for mincing. A spine on the perfect chef’s knife should be thick because the thicker the spine, the more durable the blade is. Another great thing to look for on your chef’s knife is a bolster, which is the metal collar that sits between the blade and the handle. Not all chef’s knives have a bolster, but a bolster prevents the knife from slipping. Chef’s knives can seem expensive at first look, however, when purchasing a quality chef’s knife, they will last for years and years. Chef’s knives pay themselves off in the long run.

Best for:

  • Slicing
  • Dicing
  • Chopping
  • Mincing
  • Great for using on vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish.

Not to be used for:

  • Skinning large vegetables.
  • Butchering or carving meats.
  • The length and broadness of the chef’s knife does not make it ideal for cramped tasks, where you’re better off with a smaller style of knife.

 

The Paring Knife:

Paring knives are designed for intricate tasks because they have a thin blade of 3 to 4 inches that tapers to a point. They can be used for these more intricate tasks because the user has much more control over them than they would by using a larger knife. However, paring knives can be used for many of the basic utility tasks in the kitchen, just as the chef’s knife can be. These are ideal for cutting garlic and small berries, for peeling fruits and vegetables, and for slicing smaller food items. Unlike the chef’s knife, the paring knife comes in many different styles, so we’ll go over the most common styles of paring knives.

The Boning Paring:

This style is mainly used to remove meat from the bones of what you are working with. Plus, it is great for other detailed cutting jobs.

The Wavy Edge:

This type of paring knife works great to cut things that have an outer layer and then are soft on the inside, such as tomatoes.

The Clip Point or Granny:

This style of paring knife excels at removing eyes from potatoes, pits from olives, and are great for peeling fruit and vegetables.

The Chef’s:

This is really just a tiny chef’s knife and can be used for the same things that a chef’s knife can be used for.

The Bird’s Beak:

I would say this is the most unique style of paring knife, because instead of the regular tip, it has an extreme trailing point tip. This style is great for peeling round fruit and for precise carving.

The Sheep’s Foot:

Lastly, this style has a straight cutting blade. This one is perfect for peeling or paring food.

 

Really a simple paring knife would be able to complete most of these tasks just as well as the special paring knives. I would only get one of the special styles if I was a trained chef. But there they are just in case. You can find a good paring knife for much less than a chef’s knife, so there is no need to splurge on this style.

Best for:

  • Peeling
  • Trimming
  • Slicing, especially the smaller fruits and vegetables, such as garlic and berries.
  • Food that needs intricate detail.
  • Coring foods

Not to be used for:

  • Harder vegetables, because the knife doesn’t carry enough weight behind it to actually slice the food without applying too pressure.

 

The Serrated or Bread Knife:

The serrated knife is most commonly known as the bread knife, because it does excel at cutting bread. However, limiting this knife to only bread does it a great injustice. Because the serrations can grip surfaces so well instead of squishing them or digging in, this style of knife is great for slippery and waxy foods, such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus. When using a serrated knife, use a sawing motion instead of a chopping motion. This style of knife is best on larger food, because the blade is longer than a paring knife, it is not ideal for berries, herbs, and garlic. You can find serrated blades between 5 and 10 inches long, but one of the most common is a 6-inch-long serrated knife. Because serrations make the knife harder to sharpen than a straight edge, many chefs’ will choose to spend less on each serrated knife and just buy new ones more often. But, serrated knives should stay sharp for years if you treat them right.

Best for:

  • Bread
  • Waxy or slippery foods such as tomatoes, peppers, and citrus.
  • Larger food sizes.

Not to be used for:

  • Smaller foods, because the long blade does not give you the control you need.
  • Never use a chopping motion, always saw with this knife.

 

The Boning Knife:

This knife is ideal for boning fish, poultry, and meat. It also excels at cutting up those meats. A good boning knife should be able to perform on truly any size of meat. This is a unique knife because it has a narrow blade that curves inward that allows you to control the knife perfectly while removing meat from the bones. The blade should be around 5 or 6 inches. While most knives are made to cut in straight lines, bones are not always straight and you have to have a knife that can accommodate those bones. A boning knife is a little more flexible than a regular knife so that it does give and flex when needed. The smaller the meat, the more flexible the knife can be, but the larger the meat cut, the less flexible you are going to want you blade. But, a boning knife is not meant to cut through a bone and will not be able to accomplish that unscathed. It can cut through joints and cartilage. Just like the paring knife, there are a few different options when purchasing a boning knife.

Narrow Boning Knife:

This is best used for rips or chops because it can easily cut around bone and through the cartilage.

Wide Boning Knife:

This style excels at meats such as chicken and pork.

Curved Boning Knife:

This style of boning knife is extra curved and works best for when you need to cut at an angle or super close to the bone.

Boning knives aren’t generally too expensive, but if you know that you are going to be using your boning knife often and for heavier duty meats, then I would recommend spending a bit more to get a high quality boning knife that will stand up to the challenge and last longer.

Best for:

  • Removing the bones out of any slab of meat.
  • Cutting through tendons and cartilage.
  • Any task that needs precision cutting and a more flexible blade.

Not to be used for:

  • Actually cutting directly through the bone.

 

The Cleaver:

The typical size for a cleaver is around 6 inches long, but it always has a wide, rigid blade. The blade is usually heavy to provide the weight and balance needed for the cleavers tasks. The cleaver is ideal for cutting through tough food, such as firm vegetables or meat bones, with a chopping motion. The blade is not meant for slicing because of its size. Also, the flat part of the blade can be used for smashing ingredients such as garlic, or pulverizing the meat that you are working with. There are meat cleavers and vegetable cleavers. The vegetable cleavers will usually have a finer blade because the food that it is chopping through is not as tough. Often times, there will be a hole at the top of the blade that is for hanging up the knife to store it.

Best for:

  • Chopping through meat bones.
  • Chopping through meats.
  • Chopping through firmer vegetables.
  • Smashing garlic or seeds.
  • Pulverizing meat.

Not to be used for:

  • Slicing your ingredients.
  • Tasks that need a delicate hand or intricate cuts.

 

The Utility Knife:

This knife is sometimes known as a Sandwich Knife, because it is perfect for slicing sandwich meats. This knife is slightly smaller than the chef’s knife, ranging from 4 to 7 inches long, but it is just as versatile as a chef’s knife. It falls right in between the chef’s knife and the paring knife and really gives you the best of both worlds. It is large enough to use on most things that the chef’s knife can be used for such as apples and squashes. But, it is small enough that it can still be used for garlic, small fruits and vegetables, and herbs. You can find utility knives with either straight or serrate edges. A straight edge blade can typically do more; however, you will have to sharpen it more often. The serrated edge won’t be able to do as many tasks, but it will stay sharper for longer. These knives are really great for all the everyday kitchen tasks, but if you have a chef’s knife and a paring knife, the utility knife is not a necessary purchase.

Best for:

  • Medium sized vegetables and fruits.
  • Smaller food such as herbs or garlic.
  • Ideal for sandwich meats, which is why it is sometimes known as a Sandwich Knife.
  • Can be used for everyday kitchen tasks.

Not to be used for:

  • Larger or heavy duty tasks.
  • Super small tasks, such as berries.

 

The Honing Steel:

This is the only item on my list that isn’t actually a knife. However, the honing steel is really an essential tool for every home chef. What a honing steel does is works to smoothen and realign the teeth on the blade. This keeps your knives at their sharpest for the longest time possible. When a knife is sharper, you are going to get cleaner cuts than if you were working with a dull knife. It is recommended that knives should be honed after every single use, so having a honing steel close by is truly essential. However, honing a knife doesn’t actually sharpen it, so you will still need to get your knives sharpened every so often. A honing steel should not be used on any serrated edged knife, because the serrated edge won’t allow you to glide across this tool. Often times, if you purchase a knife set, a honing steel will come with it. On the off chance that yours did not include a honing steel, or you have lost yours, you can buy them separately.

Best for:

  • Using after every knife use.
  • Straight edged blades.

Not to be used for:

  • Any serrated edged blade, because the serrations won’t glide smoothly across the honing steel.

 

Conclusion:

While there are tons of different styles of kitchen knives, a solid kitchen really only needs these seven. If you have all seven of these knives, you should be able to accomplish any kitchen task. Happy cooking.

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Eight Great Fishing Knives

When choosing a great fishing knife, the amount of options can feel overwhelming. Many knives claim to be the best fishing knife on the market, so how can you decipher which one is actually the best? I’ve compiled a list of the best fishing knives on the market to make your shopping experience easier for you. I’ll go through the top eight best fishing knives and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

 

Wusthof Grand Prix II 7-Inch Fillet Knife:

This one makes my list because of many characteristics that it has. For starters, the Grand Prix II sports a narrow blade that makes it a fantastic option for any precision cutting that you will have to do. The blade is designed specifically for de-boning. It is made out of high-carbon stainless steel, which is great for fishing because you are going to be around water and other fluids often. The high-carbon stainless steel has superior strength. The blade comes extremely sharp and is very durable, meaning that you will be able to use this blade on thicker, tougher materials and it will keep its sharp edge for longer. Plus, the handle has a pebbled texture, which works to give you great grip when filleting larger fish and for when it gets wet. When purchasing this knife, it comes with a manufacturer lifetime warranty. The knife also comes with a sheath, which is a quality sheath, but hasn’t stood up to everything that the blade can.

Pros of the Grand Prix II 7-Inch:

  • This blade is extremely sharp and durable, meaning you won’t have to constantly maintain it.
  • The handle sports a pebbled texture, providing stellar grip.
  • The blade has crazy strength and can be used on any meat, not just fish.
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty when purchased.
  • The narrow blade makes precision cutting easy.
  • Under 100 dollars, making it a great product and not hard on the wallet.

Cons of the Grand Prix II 7-Inch:

  • The included sheath isn’t as quality as the knife is.

 

SOG Tomcat 3.0 Specialty Knife S95-N

The Tomcat 3.0 won the overall knife of the year in 1988, this wasn’t for nothing. This knife has been around for years and it has been pleasing people throughout all these years. The tomcat has a straight edge that ends in a clip point. It is a 3.75 inch folding blade. Because of the clip point, it is an ideal option for fishing because you can easily pierce into the flesh of the fish. The blade is finished in satin, which works to create a more durable blade for you. The handle is made out of kraton, which is a synthetic substitute for rubber. This means that it has fantastic grip, even when in the messiness of gutting a fish. Something unique about the Tomcat is that it has a safety feature called the Arc-lock, which means it can be locked open. The knife also comes with a black nylon sheath that sports a hook and loop for safety. This knife is on the more expensive side of things.

Pros of the SOG Tomcat:

  • Has a satin finish that adds to the durability of the blade.
  • The handle is kraton, giving you great grip during the whole process.
  • Sports the Arc-lock for safety.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath.
  • Won the overall knife of the year in 1988.

Cons of the SOG Tomcat:

  • Is a more expensive option for your fishing knife.

 

Camillus Cuda Bolt:

The Camillus Cuda Bolt is an 8.75-inch blade that is treated in carbonitride titanium. This is a stainless steel titanium blade, so you can use this knife for all your fishing needs without having to worry about it rusting or corroding. The carbonitride will not flake, blister, chip, or peel. And Camillus says that with this treatment, the blade is 10x harder than the untreated blade would be. This also means that the blade will stay sharper for longer periods of time. This knife has a liner lock. The handle of The Camillus Cuda Bolt is a TPR Rubber handle, which ensures that you will have a fantastic grip throughout your entire experience with the knife. With the purchase of this knife, you also get a lifetime warranty.

Pros of the Camillus Cuda Bolt:

  • With the carbonitride titanium treatment, the blade is 10x stronger.
  • The treatment will not flake, blister, chip, peel, rust, or corrode.
  • The blade stays sharp for long periods of time.
  • The handle is a rubber handle, guaranteeing you a great grip.
  • The knife features a liner lock.
  • Lifetime warranty with purchase of the knife.

Cons of the Camillus Cuda Bolt:

  • This knife does not have a very modern look.

 

CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

This is one of the smaller options for your fishing knife; the blade is 3.75 inches long. The Ken Onion Skinner only weighs 3.7 ounces, so it is very light, easy to use, and easy to carry with you everywhere you go. The steel is made from K110, which is considered to be a high quality steel. The blades edge is extremely sharp, making it easy to skin your fish, while the blade is a spear point, which makes it easy to slice into any of your meats. What makes this knife unique is the thick spine that it sports and the large belly that it has, both of those features making it a more durable and easy to use knife. The handle is a softer, textured handle made out of TPR over a Zytel center, giving you a fantastic grip.

Pros of the CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

  • This is a very light knife, making it easy to have with you wherever you go.
  • This knife sports a big belly, making it easy to slice.
  • The Ken Onion Skinner has a thick spine, providing extra durability.
  • The handle is softer than most, but still provides an excellent grip.
  • The blade is made out of a high quality steel.
  • The spear point silhouette makes it easy to slice into any of your meats.
  • The blade can be super sharp.

Cons of the CRKT Ken Onion Skinner:

  • This is a smaller option, so you don’t have as much blade to work with.
  • This knife does lean towards the expensive side of the chart.

 

Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

This knife comes with either a 6-inch or 9-inch blade. The blade is made out of 12C27MOD Sandvik steel. The blade is actually pretty flexible, which is an important component of a good fillet knife. The pointed tip is designed to make for easier entry cuts. This blade is extremely sharp and if you aren’t careful, it can actually be dangerous to yourself. But, the handle is heavily textured and rubberized which provides a superior grip, even while wet and/or covered in other fluids or guts. On the back end of the handle there is backside edging so that you can break down fish or other meats. The Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife is designed to excel in both fresh water and salt water.

Pros of the Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

  • The blade’s pointed tip is designed for easier entry cuts.
  • The heavily textured handle provides excellent grip.
  • This knife boasts backside edging, to break down fish if needed.
  • This knife excels in both salt water and fresh water, making it very versatile.
  • The Clearwater Fillet knife comes in two different lengths.
  • The blade is very flexible.
  • The blade is very sharp and durable, staying sharp for longer periods of time.

Cons of the Buck Clearwater Fillet Knife:

  • The knife can be considered dangerously sharp at times.

 

Buck Silver Creek Knife:
This fillet knife is a folding knife, with a titanium coated blade that measures 6.5 inches. Because of the titanium coating, the blade is extra durable and is designed with added flexibility in mind. The titanium coating also helps with anti-corrosion properties. The blade is extra slim to help it go through the meat and bones that you need it to. The Silver Creek knife is designed to stay extra sharp through long periods of use; many people will attest to the fact that it does stay sharper for longer than most other fishing and fillet knives. This knife is considered to be a medium sized fillet knife. The handle of this blade is soft with a rubberized anti-slip grip. Because it is a folding knife and fillet knife, which is a hard combination to nail, Buck has added a mid-lock back design to make sure that the blade doesn’t accidentally close while you are in the middle of using it. This knife comes with a lifetime guarantee. However, this knife has not been known to excel in salt water.

Pros of the Buck Silver Creek Knife:

  • This knife stays sharper for longer than other fishing and fillet knives.
  • The Silver Creek comes with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Buck has mastered the combination of folding and fillet knives.
  • The folding joint never gets loose.
  • The blade’s titanium coating adds an anti-corrosion element to the blade.
  • The blade is extra slim and flexible.
  • The handle has a rubberized grip to help you not slip during the messiest of jobs.

Cons of the Buck Silver Creek Knife:

  • This knife is not recommended for salt water jobs.

 

Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

The Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife can come in 4, 6, or 7-inches of Swedish stainless steel. This blade is very attractive, yet still boasts all of the greater characteristics that you are looking for when searching for a fishing knife. The knife sports a very slender blade, which is able to do precision work when filleting your fish. This blade also has high properties of corrosion resistance. The edge of Fish’n Fillet knife can hold an extremely sharp edge. The handle of this knife is made out of reinforced birch varnished handle; looking aesthetically pleasing, yet still giving the user a great grip to be able to get the dirty work done. Unfortunately, the handle of this knife is on the shorter side.

Pros of the Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

  • The blade of this knife is very slender, making precision work easier.
  • The blade sports an extremely sharp edge.
  • The blade has anti-corrosion properties.
  • The knife is one of the classier looking fishing knives on the market today.
  • The handle is birch, which looks fantastic, yet still gives a good grip.

Cons of the Rapala Fish’n Fillet Knife:

  • The knife has a much shorter handle than other options on the market.

 

Dexter-Russell 8 Inch Fillet Knife:
The blade of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife is made out of high-carbon stainless steel. This straight edge blade is a little bit stiffer than your other fillet knife options though. The blade is very easy to sharpen and features corrosion resistant properties. The whole knife measures at 13.25 inches. The handle is a soft grip handle with a Grip-Text seal where the handle and the blade meet. This seal helps make it easier to keep clean. This knife comes with a poly sheath to keep it safely until the next time you need to use it. This knife is a great option for a low cost.

Pros of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife:

  • The blade is corrosion resistant.
  • The blade is very easy to sharpen.
  • There is a seal where the handle and the blade meet to help keep your knife clean.
  • The handle has great grip.
  • This knife comes with a poly sheath.
  • This is a cheap option.

Cons of the Dexter-Russel 8 Inch Fillet Knife:

  • The blade is stiffer than some of your other fillet knife options.

 

Conclusion:

While there are so many different options on the market for your next fishing knife, some are definitely better than others. This article compiles the 8 best fishing knives out there to help make your purchase and decision easier. Each of these 8 have their own advantages and disadvantages, so before purchasing, make sure you know what your task will require of your knife.

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Throwing Knives

Black Ronin Throwing Knife
Black Ronin Throwing Knife

Today we are going to go over the best throwing knives, but for starters, what is a throwing knife? A throwing knife is a knife that has been specifically designed and weighted so that it can be thrown to the best ability. These are their very own genre of knives. These knives are used throughout the world and in many cultures and because of that, many different techniques have developed on how to throw them. Because of this, there are different styles of throwing knives to best compliment that style of throwing.

These knives are used in sport, defensive uses, entertainment, and as an art. Learning to throw these knives can benefit you in a variety of ways, one of them being for your entertainment purposes. When you are first getting into throwing knives, you should not buy a variety of different lone knives. You need to get used to throwing just one style, shape, and size of a knife before you branch out and purchase a variety of throwing knives. These knives are also great for outdoors men and hunters, because you can defend yourself from a distance. No matter what the reason is, a good set of throwing knives will do wonders.

While shopping for good throwing knives, you should be looking for sharp blades, with an extra sharp tip. When the sides are duller, the knife is going to be able to go further. You should be looking for a knife that has excellent balance—to find this out, you are probably just going to have to trust the reviews. You should be looking for a handle that isn’t going to break easily. Plus, the design of the handle is what determines how well the knife will throw and how far they will go. A great option for handle materials is wood, because they offer great grip. However, wood is also more prone to breaking.

Today I am going to go over some of the most popular throwing knives and/or knife sets on the market today.

 

The Gil Hibben Cord Grip Throwing Knife:

Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand, really you can’t go wrong when purchasing throwing knives from them. When purchasing one of their throwing knives, you can expect quality knives. Gil Hibben actually worked for Browning knife company during the 1960’s, so he does know what he is talking about. If you are first looking for throwing knives, these are a great option, because they are high quality, but still a pretty inexpensive option.

The blade on these knives are 4.25 inches long made out of 420 J2 stainless steel, which is actually a steel that is commonly used on higher quality knives. This steel is actually used in lots of surgical instruments because it is very sharp and has high corrosion resistance properties. This makes it a great option for throwing knives as well, because it is going to stay sharp. And, it won’t require too much maintenance. It can take on the tasks that you throw at this steel and because of that, this knife can take on the tasks that you throw at it.

The handle on this knife is 4.375 inches long, making this a perfectly balanced knife. This balance lets you produce a uniform throw every time. To give you fantastic grip, the handle has non-slip tensile cord wrapped around them.

Each of these knives come with a top grade black nylon sheath. The overall length of this knife is 8.625 inches long and weighs 6.4 ounces. This weight would be too light if you were a professional thrower, but these are an excellent option for beginners, because you can develop your own throwing style. Because these are for beginners, you probably won’t want to be using these forever, you are going to want to upgrade over time. These knives are full black knives—the blade, handle, and cord around the handle. This comes in a set of three knives.

Pros:

  • These are fantastic options for beginner knife throwers.
  • Gil Hibben is a fantastic brand of knives.
  • This is a great steel option.
  • The blade and handle are perfectly balanced, making it easier for you to throw.
  • The handles are wrapped in cord, giving you a great grip.

Cons:

  • Not a good option if you are experienced.
  • Too light for professionals.

 

The Smith and Wesson SWTK10CP Throwing Knife:

Smith & Wesson Throwers
Smith & Wesson Throwers

Smith and Wesson makes fantastic military grade knives. These throwing knives are no different, but they are primarily for the experts who know what they are doing.

The blade on these knives are five inches long made out of 2Cr13 High Carbon steel. This is a very strong steel. It can also get extremely sharp; these knives are designed to really hurt whatever is in front of the tip. The shape of these blades are a duel edged spear point. The tip and sides are all sharp and strong. Because of the cut-outs, the true middle of this knife is actually higher than you would expect. It does take a few minutes before you can throw accurately.

The handle portion is 5 inches long, so it seems like it would be perfectly balanced between the handle and the blade. However, there are cut outs in the handle, on the blade, and in the middle of the two. People have been reporting that these knives are actually blade heavy. The handle is very flat and smooth.

These knives come with a nylon sheath that holds all three in a waterfall, or cascading, look. The sheath actually comes with a belt loop which comes in handy when you need them quickly or need to a place to put them before you are using them.

This set is pretty inexpensive. It will work for beginners, but they are mainly targeted towards the experts. The overall length of these knives are 10 inches long. They weigh in at 7.03 ounces, so these are heavier than your average throwing knife. But, once you get used to the weight behind them, you will be able to throw them farther and with more force than other throwing knives. These knives come in a set of three. These would be a fantastic option if you are really looking to inflict damage.

Pros:

  • The steel is very strong.
  • The steel is very sharp.
  • The spear point tip is not going to break.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath with a handy belt loop.
  • Great for experts.
  • Heavier, so you can do more damage than with a lighter knife.

Cons:

  • Not great for beginners.
  • The balance of these knives take a little bit of getting used to.
  • These knives are heavy, so it does take a while to get used to.

 

The United Cutlery UC2772 Expendables Kunai Throwing Knife:

This knife is known for going distances. This knife really took off when Jason Statham used it in the movies The Expendables. However, United Cutlery was popular long before that.

The blade on this knife is made out of AUS-8 stainless steel, which is a fantastic steel option. This steel is rust-resistant, which means that your knife is going to last for longer than other throwing knives. This blade has a very unique design. The edges on this blade are actually made duller so that the knives have momentum while the knife is being launched. But, because the edges are duller, it is very important that the tip is crazy sharp and pointed. Because of how sharp it is, it can easily stab through whatever the target happens to be.

The handle of a throwing knife is where the good ones get set apart from the great ones. This handle is a great one. The butt end of the handle sports a finger ring that helps with drawing the knife and it gives you more control when you are fighting in cramped or close areas. The finger ring also helps to cut down on wind resistance while they are in the air. The handle is wrapped in nylon cord to help provide you with grip.

These knives come with a nylon belt sheath that sports a leg strap and belt loop. This way, you can keep it on your hip for easy access or you can have them safely tucked away on your legs.

The overall length of this knife is 12 inches long and it is perfectly balanced, helping get you uniform throws. These knives each weigh 8 ounces, so you are going to have more weight behind your throws. The weight behind the throws help get them farther when you throw them. These knives come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • The AUS 8 steel makes for a fantastic steel option.
  • The steel is rust resistant, so it takes less maintenance to keep up on them.
  • The tip is crazy sharp, and will easily pierce through whatever you throw these at.
  • There is a finger ring to help with control and quick access.
  • Nylon wrapped handle provides you with better grip.
  • Comes with a nylon sheath.
  • Perfectly balanced.

Cons:

  • People have reported the cord coming off easily.
  • Some people have issues with these knives breaking.

 

The United cutlery GH2033 Gil Hibben Throwing Knife:

These knives are built more the more professional and experienced knife thrower. These knives are considered to be some of the highest quality, top end throwing knives. But, these are also considered to be almost the perfect knife. They take all of the wanted characteristics of throwing knives and combine them to create the ideal throwing knife.

The steel chosen for these knives is 420 stainless steel; this steel is hard and strong. This steel has good corrosion resistance properties and it is not too expensive. This steel can hold an edge fairly well and is not a difficult steel to resharpen. Many people consider this steel the perfectly balanced steel. You get a little bit of everything and everything is good. It just doesn’t excel at any of the properties.

The handle has absolutely zero grip, which is why these are designed with the experts in mind. Because it is so slippery, you can experiment with your specific throwing style.

These knives come with a leather sheath that fits all three of the blades.

The overall length of these knives are 12.125 inches long and they weigh almost 13 ounces. These come in a set of three.

Pros:

  • Great for experts.
  • These are some of the highest quality knives that you will be able to find.
  • The chosen steel is an excellent balance between all of the good characteristics.
  • You can easily experiment with your throwing style.
  • Comes with a leather sheath.

Cons:

  • NOT for beginners at all.
  • The handle has zero grip.

 

Conclusion:

Throwing Knives have been around for centuries for a myriad of different reasons. In each culture, they are used for something different. Throwing knives have been used as an art form, they have been used as a self-defense weapon, and they have been used as entertainment. Depending on which task you are purchasing your throwing knife for, you are going to want to be searching for different characteristics, but don’t fret—there are hundreds of different styles, shapes, and sizes of throwing knives. You just have to know what you are searching for. To make things easier for you guys, I put together a list of the four most popular sets of throwing knives. Some were designed for beginners so they were lighter and easier to work with. Some were designed for either a beginner or an expert, so they were aesthetically pleasing and a great balance of everything you want in a throwing knife. Lastly, there was a set designed strictly for expert knife throwers, so it did have a unique design to it. Truly any of these options are fantastic options, but they all favor different styles of use. Remember that while you are searching for your perfect knife you should be searching for one that is very sharp, one that has great balance, and one that is not prone to easy breaking.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Knife

Knives can cost you a pretty big chunk of money, so extending their life is what many people are striving to do. Knives can take a beating, so it might surprise you to hear that they are actually pretty fragile in the scheme of things. Here are some tips on how to treat your knife with the best care to extend its life, keep it sharper for longer, and not letting it rust or corrode.

 

 

Cleaning Your Knife

 

For starters, you should be cleaning your knife. People often hear the phrase that a dull knife is a dangerous knife, but a phrase that we less commonly hear is that a dirty knife is a dangerous knife. If you clean every part of your knife, it is going to last longer than if you just give it a quick wipe down. While cleaning your knife, I would recommend starting with the blade. For the most part, your knife is going to be made of a quality steel that is resistant to rusting or corroding easily. To wash the blade and handle, I would recommend using warm water and a mild dish detergent. To prevent scratching the blade, use a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, or a smooth sponge. I would not recommend using the tougher side of most kitchen sponges, because it could scratch your metal. The next step in cleaning your knife is removing any rust. If you are constantly maintaining your knife, this shouldn’t be a problem, but, if you do have rust, it is a pretty simple solution. Just get a rust remover, spray it on the rusty spot, and leave it on for a few minutes. For cleaning any of the nooks and crannies, a cotton swab or q-tip will work great. Another efficient way to get all of the dirt and dust out of the little areas is using a can of compressed air and spraying it into those spaces. To get all of the possible parts, it is a good idea to disassemble your knife. Don’t do this unless you are sure that you know what you are doing and you are going to know how to put it back together. During this whole process, don’t be scared to really soak your knife, but when you finish, make sure that all the parts get fully dry. You should especially be cleaning it if it comes in contact with salt water.

If you are working with a kitchen knife, the cleaning process is a little bit different. Some are dishwasher safe, but some are dishwasher tolerable. This means that while they can safely go in the dishwasher, they aren’t going to maintain their full capabilities if you do put them in. Really, it’s a good idea to always wash your kitchen knives by hand. They are prone to getting dinged during the washing cycle. Dishwashers can affect the metal in your blade and damage your knife handle material. Something to remember about kitchen knives is to not leave them in your sink. Because people are constantly putting dishes in the sink, your knives could get scratched up, or even bent or broken. Another thing to remember with your kitchen knives is to immediately dry them after washing. If you leave it to dry on a rack or in another place, it can start to grow mold and mildew. Since kitchen knives aren’t usually as intricate as tactical or everyday knives, you aren’t going to have to be as concerned about the tiny crevices.

If you have a custom knife, you are going to have to give it a little extra TLC during its cleaning process. You should hand wash the blade with a gentle soap and warm water and make sure that you rinse it well. The handle should be cleaned with a damp cloth. You can buff the handle with a soft, dry cloth.

Many knife companies sell maintenance kits which will have the exact tools that your knife needs to get the cleanest. These are worth the investment.

 

 

Lubricating Your Knife

Benchmade Total Lube
Benchmade Total Lube

Lubricating your knife does two main things. First, it oils the moving parts of your knife so that your knife can function smoothly. This means that opening and closing your knife will be smoother and swifter. The second main thing that it does is protect the steel and metal parts. This is because the oil helps water, dust, and dirt slide off and not get stuck to the parts. This will help your knife resist rusting and corrosion.

When lubricating your knife, you do not need too much oil, just a few drops onto the moving parts and then wipe the blade with any excess oil. You should be lubricating your knife after each cleaning. If you are using your knife daily, it would benefit you richly to lubricate your knife once a week.

 

 

Storing Your Knife

 

If you aren’t going to be using your knife for a long period of time, you should not be storing it in its sheath, especially if the sheath is leather. Sheaths collect moisture and the moisture gets stuck, putting your blade at a higher risk of rusting. When knives are stuck in a small area with moisture, the steel will also develop pits. All steels are subjectable to rusting and corrosion, even if they are a stainless steel, those steels are just less likely to rust. Knives should be kept in a consistent and dry environment or room.

If you are storing a culinary knife, you should not be storing them in a drawer with other utensils. In a drawer like that, the knife is prone to getting scratched or dented because everything is going to shift each time you open and close your drawer. However, if this is the only place you have to store your kitchen knives, consider using a plastic guard and then laying the knives side by side. You can find these plastic guards for around five dollars. Another great storing option for your kitchen knife is on a magnetic board. A knife block is also a good place to store them, however, you should look for a block that has horizontal slots, instead of the typical vertical ones. This is because you want your blade to be resting on its side, not on the cutting edges.

 

 

Cutting Properly with Your Knife

 

This section mostly pertains to kitchen knives. For starters, you should always be cutting on a countertop. When you cut directly onto your countertop, the surface is too hard for your blade. Whatever surface you are cutting on should be softer than your knife’s steel. Using a wood or plastic cutting board is going to be the easiest on your knife blade.

Second of all, the chopping motion, or the constant up and down, is going to dull your blades edge. If you rock or slide with your blade, keeping your blade in contact with the cutting board is going to benefit you the most. Every time your knife comes in contact with your cutting surface, no matter what it is, it is going to cause small burrs on the edge, dulling it. That is why you want to maintain contact with your board during the whole process.

Lastly, when you scrape your food off your cutting board, I would recommend using the spine of your knife instead of your blade.

This does slightly pertain to tactical knives though. Unless absolutely necessary, you should not pry or dig with your knife. You should also avoid using it as a can opener or a screwdriver. Really, most of the heavy duty work should be avoided with your knife unless necessary.

 

 

Honing Your Blade

 

For kitchen knives, you should be honing them regularly. To hone a knife does not actually sharpen your knife. When a knife edge gets dull, the edge has been misaligned, so even if it is still sharp, it won’t cut the food as properly as it once could have. A honing steel pushes the edge of the knife back to the center and straightens it. It corrects the edge of the blade without actually shaving any off. However, the knife will seem sharper because the blade has been realigned. Many professional chefs will hone their knife before every use to keep it in best possible condition.

 

 

Sharpening Your Blade

Spyderco Sharpmaker
Spyderco Sharpmaker

Everyone hears the phrase that a dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp knife and that phrase brings us to the last key aspect of caring for your knife. One of the most important aspects of caring for your knife is actually one aspect that many people view to be the hardest: Sharpening. A sharp knife should be able to slide right off the skin of an onion. Sharpening your knife does take practice and it will be difficult at the beginning. If you have a high quality steel, you are going to need a high quality sharpener to get the best possible result. To sharpen the knife, you need a sharpener that is harder and stronger than your knife blade because it needs to actually grind the blade down.

When searching for a good sharpener, find one that includes a rough stock removal surface or a diamond abrasive. It should also include a finishing surface that is made out of a hard stone or a ceramic abrasive that you will use for the last touches.

When sharpening your own blade, the most common and best angle is going to be 20 degrees. This can be done with a sharpening stone, but it is going to be a lot easier if you use an actual knife sharpener. Many people don’t enjoy using an electric sharpener because they strip away too much of its metal.

Sharpening your knife repairs the nicks and dings on a blades edge to let it properly cut. Sharpening is done less frequently than honing, really just a few times a year depending on how often the knife is actually being used.

If you are terrified of sharpening your own knife because you are afraid of damaging it, or if you just don’t want the hassle of learning how to sharpen your own knife, or if you just plainly don’t have the time to sharpen your own knife, there is absolutely no shame in sending it to a professional.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

If you take care of your knife, they are going to take care of you back. Caring for your knife can seem like a time and energy consuming task, but in all actuality, it is very simple. You should always clean your knife—cleaning it is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of rusting or corrosion to your blade. By disassembling your knife, you are able to keep the innards clean, making your knife work as smoothly as possible. Second, you should be lubricating your knife. By keeping it oiled, the dirt, dust, and water is going to be more likely to slide right off. This helps to reduce the risk of rust and corrosion. It is not a bad idea to wipe down and oil your knife gently after each use, but you should certainly be oiling your knife after each cleaning. Thirdly, you should be storing your knife properly. It should not be stored for long periods of time in its sheath. Knives should also not be stored in utensil drawers along with other utensils and kitchen objects—the risk of damaging your blade increases greatly when stored in this way. Fourth, you should be cutting properly with your blade. Blades seem strong, especially when they are made out of high quality steel, but they are fragile. Treat them as such unless a situation arises where you can’t. Fifth, if you are a chef, you should be honing your knives to provide yourself with the best possible edge. You can hone before every single edge. Lastly, you should be keeping your blade sharp. You can do this by yourself or send it into a professional. By following these six steps, the lifetime of your blade will be significantly increased.

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Tanto vs. Drop Point

Tanto vs. Drop Point

 

Some knife blades are made to be able to perform almost any task well, some are for utilitarian purposes, and many are designed for specific purposes. There are about eight popular and commonly used points, but today we are only going to go over the advantages and disadvantages of tanto and drop point tips. Which one of these two shapes is going to work best for you?

 

The Tanto Point:

The tanto point blade shape was invented in the 1970’s and gained most of its popularity in the early 1980’s. The shape was invented by the cutlery company Cold Steel. They got the idea for this shape from the stellar Japanese cutlery craftsmanship. Tanto points are known for how strong they are, how much power they have behind them, and how high quality their pommel is. What does a tanto point look like? The tanto sports a flat grind, but it does have a high point. Tanto’s do not have belly’s, so slicing is going to be a little bit more difficult than a different shape, but for what you lack in belly, it makes up in strength.

An example of a knife with a tanto point is the Boker Kalashnikov 74 auto knife.

Boker Kalashnikov 74BT
Boker Kalashnikov 74BT

For starters, the tanto point is extremely strong. Its strength is what most people first notice when they are using a blade with this type of point. The flat grind and high point create a triangular shape—which in an engineering standpoint, is the strongest shape. This is achieved because the unsharpened edge of the made meets the sharpened edge at an angle, instead of the usual curve. Because of this shape, the blade is able to stab through the harder materials. When you have a blade with this shape, you do not have to worry about your blade snapping while stabbing through things.

The second main characteristic of this shape of blade is how it closely resembles a chisel point. Chisel tips are known for having more power and durability than most of the other blade shapes, this is because a good chunk of the overall metal count is closer to the blade’s point. The Tanto shape is similar to that design because it has a thick tip, a lot of its metal is near the tip of the blade. Because of this, it is a great shape for your defensive tool; the tip is able to absorb the impact or pressure from piercing, even repeated piercings. If you have almost any other knife shape, repeated piercings would causes your blade to break. Because the tip is so strong, you can actually pry with it as well. This knife is designed to be a survival knife, but if you got stuck in a survival situation with this style, you would not be in a bad position. The strong tip makes it able to perform tasks that you wouldn’t usually throw at a knife, such as prying.

Another fantastic benefit to the tanto style is that they are relatively easy to sharpen, especially when you are in the field. This is because they have two flat edges, without a curve. This means that if you do not have your usual sharpening equipment, or any actual sharpening equipment, you will still be able to get it sharpened. As long as you have a stone, you are going to be able to sharpen your knife.

Something that most tanto fans love is that they are designed after Japanese blades, especially the Katana blade. Both of these styles have a tip that aligns perfectly with the knife’s spine. The fact that it was inspired after Japanese blades gives it an aesthetic that most people wouldn’t expect.

Now that we have gone over why a tanto is such a great design, we should touch on what makes people dislike the tanto style.

For starters, tanto’s do not have a belly whatsoever. This means that slicing tasks are going to be particularly difficult. Slicing a rougher material is going to be especially hard.

Another reason that people tend to shy away from purchasing a blade with a tanto shape is because sharpening them can be a hassle. I know, this sounds like a contradiction because I just said that they are going to be easy to sharpen in the field. While they are relatively easy to sharpen because they do not have a curve, they are also a pain to sharpen because they have a double bevel. This means that instead of sharpening one edge that spans the length of the blade, you are going to have to sharpen two different edges. While this is a hassle, the sharpening of each edge is going to be easy. I honestly wouldn’t let this characteristic deter you from purchasing a tanto style knife.

Lastly, tanto knives can feel impractical. These knives are made to stab things and to be able to work with thick, hard, rough materials. But usually, your everyday tasks don’t involve stabbing through hard tasks—most likely, you are going to be slicing on an everyday basis; which a tanto isn’t going to excel at.

Tanto knives are designed to do everything, but they are designed to do one thing really well. If you know that you are going to be piercing through harder materials on a common basis, this is the style of knife that you are looking for.

 

Pros of a tanto blade:

  • Crazy strong blade, with a stronger point.
  • Excels at stabbing through hard materials.
  • Very similar in shape to a chisel point.
  • Relatively easy to sharpen, even in the field. All you need is a stone.

 

Cons of a tanto blade:

  • Tanto’s do not have a belly, so slicing is going to be difficult.
  • Sharpening is a hassle because of the double bevel.
  • Tanto’s aren’t designed to do everything, so they can feel impractical.
  • The tip can be hard to control.

 

The Drop Point:

The drop point style is one of the most popular shape for blades. It is designed to be an all-purpose blade.

An example of a knife that sports a drop point style blade is the Chris Reeve Nyala.

Chris Reeve Knives Nyala
Chris Reeve Knives Nyala

As you can see, the back, or unsharpened edge of this knife goes right from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curve. A better where to describe this is calling it a convex curve, which means that the spine of the knife seems to “drop” towards the tip of the blade where it meets the tip. This style is very similar to that of the clip-point, however, this one has a stronger tip, and is actually less suitable for stabbing.

One of the favorite characteristics about a drop point style is the long cutting edge. This makes it a perfect shape for your tactical or survival knife.

Another favorite characteristic about a drop point style is that the tip is very easily controlled, so it is a great option for your hunting knife. Hunting knives are where you will most commonly find a drop point shape. The tip is lowered, which makes it easier to control. And when you can control your hunting knife, you are less likely to cut the organs, which will ruin the meat.

Another reason that this knife shape is an excellent choice for your hunting knife is that because the tip isn’t super sharp or defined, you can use the entire length of the blade while you are skinning a knife. Because you can use the entire length, your skinning time will be dramatically reduced.

A third characteristic that people love with this shape of knife is that it has a large belly, making slicing a breeze.

Fourth, because the drop point has such a straight back, or unsharpened edge, it is perfect for batoning. This is the process of cutting or splitting wood by repeatedly striking the spine of a knife with an object, usually another piece of wood, to drive your knife deeper into the wood. This allows the user to have more control over the situation and it takes minimal effort.

While it is starting to seem like a drop point shape can do almost anything, it wouldn’t be right of me to skip over the negative aspects of this style.

Really the only major disadvantage to choosing a drop point blade is that it has a broad tip. Because of this, you aren’t going to be able to stab things well at all.

A drop point blade is a great option for your everyday, all-purpose knife. Almost any situation that comes up, you are going to be prepared to take it on and get out of it in great shape. These are very versatile blades. They work great for a hunting knife, they work great in survival situations, they work great for tactical situations.

 

Pros of a drop point blade:

  • Long, uninterrupted cutting edge
  • The tip is sharp enough to perform precision work.
  • The tip is lowered, so you have excellent control over it.
  • The drop point style sports a large belly, so slicing is a piece of cake.
  • Because the back is relatively straight, this knife is great for batoning.
  • This is an all-around knife that can perform most tasks.
  • This is an excellent option for your hunting knife.
  • This is also an excellent knife for everyday carrying.
  • If you have this knife during a survival or tactical situation, you are going to be set.

 

Cons of a drop point blade:

  • The point is pretty broad, so stabbing isn’t going to be a piece of cake.

 

After reading this article, I’m sure many of you are wondering why anyone would even pick a tanto blade. The point is not to turn you away at all, it is just to inform you of all your options. What are they both good at? They both have relatively straight backs, they are both great in survival situations because you can use them to dig and pry. While a drop point knife can arguably do more in everyday life, a tanto blade is designed for a specific set of circumstances. The main question that gets asked surrounding tanto blades is would you rather have a knife that is good at a lot of things, but not great at anything. Or would you rather have a knife that is not good for a variety of uses, but is fantastic at one specific thing? You have to take in how often you are going to be using your knife. Do you expect to use this knife all the time and have it for your everyday carry? Or is this knife going to be more of a backup, or hideout in an emergency backup until the need arises? Once you have truly figured out what it is that you want your knife to be able to accomplish, you will have a better idea of which knife shape you would be better fit to buy. Whether you pick a tanto style or a drop point style, you are going to have an excellent knife on your hands. To check out a variety of either of these two blade styles, log on to BladeOps and order your new knife today.

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Knife Blade Geometry

To many people, there are two main parts that make up a knife: the handle and the blade. This is adequate knowledge until you go to try to purchase your own knife and you are immersed in a world of vocabulary that you have never heard before. One of these words that many people don’t understand is the grind. The grind of the blade refers to the “shape of the cross-section of the blade”. This is different from the profile or shape of blade, such as drop point, etc. The grind is how the blade is thinned to reveal the cutting edge. There are eight popular grinds in the knife world: hollow grind, asymmetrical grind, flat grind, convex grind, compound grind, and the chisel grind. This article is going to discuss what each of these popular grinds are and what makes them good options as well as some cons to each of the grinds. Before we begin, there is one word that we should know what it means: the bevel. According to the Merriam-Webster, the bevel is the ground angle and shape of the blade’s cutting edge. Let’s begin.

 

Hollow Grind:

This style of grind has been popular through the ages, because it is very classic style of grind. It has a thin edge, which helps create the least amount of cutting drag. The hollow grind is concave, meaning that both sides of the blade curve symmetrically inwards until the point where they meet. However, the hollow grind doesn’t give the strongest edge offered, so it isn’t ideal for use on hard materials. Also, because it isn’t the strongest edge out there, the grind isn’t super durable and dulls quicker than most grinds. This grind is great for straight shaving razors, axes, culinary knives, and hunting knives. For use on a hunting knife, the hollow grind is especially ideal for slicing and skinning.

Advantages of having a hollow grind:

  • A classic, popular style of grind.
  • The thin edge creates the least amount of cutting drag.
  • Fantastic for hunting knives.

Disadvantages of having a hollow grind:

  • The hollow grind doesn’t create the strongest edge that you can get.
  • Isn’t the most durable of grinds that you can find.
  • This style of grind will dull quicker than the other styles of grinds.

 

Asymmetrical Grind:

The asymmetrical grind is a unique grind because it has two different styles of grind on the same blade. The two edges of an asymmetrical grind tapers from both sides, but the bevel angles are uneven, as opposed to different grinds, where they are symmetrical or even. There is a large variety of grinds that you can put together to create the asymmetrical grind and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. One of the most popular combinations on this grind is with convex grinds or flat grinds. Because of the two different grinds, it produces a more durable edge. This style of grind is often found on tactical knives because it creates a more durable edge, it is stronger than other grinds, and has decent sharpness to it.

Advantages of a having an asymmetrical grind:

  • This style of grind is ideal for tactical knives.
  • An asymmetrical grind produces a more durable edge than other grinds.
  • This style of grind is super strong.
  • With this style of grind, you can create many different combinations of angles to get exactly what you need for your task.

Disadvantages of having an asymmetrical grind:

  • Because this style creates such a durable edge, you do sacrifice some sharpness.

 

Flat Grind:

The flat grind is the simplest profile that you can find. There are actually three different styles of flat grind: full flat grind, high flat grind, and the Scandi or Sabre grind. Having a flat grind means that you will have low cutting drag and still keep more strength than you would have with something such as a hollow grind. Flat grinds are great for woodworking, culinary knives, whittling, and general use knives. These knives are easy to maintain and sharpen.

The Full Flat Grind:

The full flat grind has a single, symmetrical V-bevel. This means that the blade tapers from the spin evenly from both sides into the point. Because of this, the edge can be crazy sharp, but you do sacrifice some of the durability. A true full flat grind is actually rare to find these days, because often times a secondary bevel is included on this style of grind. A full flat grind is best for pushing the knife into something, so you’ll see a full flat grind often on chef’s knives.

The High Flat Grind:

The High Flat Grind is the second style of flat grind. This style of flat grind is more popular than the full flat grind.  The difference between a full flat grind and a high flat grind is that a high flat grind leaves a small portion of the blade the same thickness. This portion is found adjacent to the handle at the bottom of the blade. After this portion ends, it tapers down to the point, just like the full flat grind does. This style is great for survival situations because it is very easy to sharpen in the field.

The Scandi Flat Grind:

The last style of flat grind is the Scandi flat grind. This style has many names including the Scandi grind, the Scandinavian Grind, the V grind, and the Sabre grind. The Scandi grind is similar to the high flat grind because it too has a portion of the blade that stays the same thickness before it tapers to the point. However, with this style, the portion that is the same thickness is much larger. The Scandi style of flat grind is also ideal for survival situations because it is very easy to sharpen while in the field.

Advantages of the flat grinds:

  • A flat grind is ideal for woodworking, whittling, culinary knives, and general use.
  • This style is easy to maintain and sharpen.
  • The flat grind sports an extremely strong edge.
  • This grind is ideal for survival situations because it is easy to sharpen in the field.

Disadvantages of the flat grinds:

  • The flat grinds are not very durable and lose their edge quickly.
  • The full flat grind style is rare to find these days.

 

Convex Grind:

On a hollow grind, the grind curves inward; however, on a convex grind it sports a slightly outward rounded curve that comes to a point. This is extremely similar to the Scandi flat grind, but instead of the straight grind, it is curved. This grind is one of the most durable grinds and they stay super sharp. On the flip side, they are one of the most difficult grinds to sharpen. This style of grind is considered to be the most difficult grind to produce, but they are considered to be a highly specialized grind. The convex grind is also known as an axe grind because axes are most commonly found with a convex grind. Because it is such a durable grind it is ideal for axes, chopping, splitting, hunting, woodworking, culinary knives, and general use knives. The convex grind is becoming an extremely popular style of blade grind.

Advantages of a convex grind:

  • The convex grind is ideal for axes, hunting, woodworking, and culinary knives.
  • This style is considered a specialty grind.
  • This grind is the most durable grind, making it great for chopping, splitting, and heavy duty tasks.
  • The convex grind will stay sharp for a very long time period.

Disadvantages of a convex grind:

  • This style is the hardest grind to sharpen.
  • This style is also one of the hardest grinds to manufacture.

 

Compound Grind:

The compound grind is also known as the double-bevel grind. The compound grind takes any other grind of grind and then ads in the second V-bevel to produce the cutting edge. The compound grind is one of the most commonly found grinds in knives today because it does incorporate any of the grinds that you like, plus the extra bevel. So what is the reason to adding an extra bevel onto your blade? It adds to the cutting ability and it is less likely to chip. However, because it is more durable than other grinds, you do have to give up some of the sharpness that you would get with some of the other grinds offered. The compound grind cuts better than the V edge grind, plus it lasts longer than the V edge grind would. This style of grind is ideal for woodworking, general use knives, whittling, and culinary knives.

Advantages of a compound grind:

  • The compound grind is much more durable than other grinds, so this is a great option if you have a softer steel blade.
  • You can take any grind and then add the second bevel to make this style of grind.
  • The second bevel on this grind adds cutting ability.
  • The compound grind is much less likely to chip than other grinds.

Disadvantages of a compound grind:

  • The compound grind isn’t as sharp as the other grinds offered.

 

Chisel Grind:

The chisel grind is very similar to the Scandi grind except that one side is completely flat. The flat side starts at the bottom of the spine and is straight until the other side meets it at the point. The opposite side has a bevel that starts close to the middle of the blade and then tapers in a straight line to the end. The only side of the blade that is sharp is the tapering side. The angle degree that you are most likely to find is anywhere between 25 and 30 degrees, which works to create a more durable edge. Not surprisingly, this grind is found most commonly on chisels. However, they are also found on some tactical knives, and also in culinary knives, especially Japanese culinary knives. The chisel grind is ideal for woodworking because the grind works to help follow the grind of the work. The chisel grind is considered to be one of the easiest grinds to sharpen, which is good, because chisel grinds need constant maintained and re-sharpening. But, when it is sharp, it can get an extremely sharp edge.

Advantages of a chisel grind:

  • You can get an extremely sharp edge with a chisel grind.
  • The chisel grind is ideal for woodworking and culinary knives.
  • The chisel grind is one of the easiest grinds to sharpen.

Disadvantages of a chisel grind:

  • The chisel grind needs constant maintenance.
  • The chisel grind does not keep its sharp edge well at all.

 

We have now covered the most popular six grinds, but there are some other grinds that are not as common. One of the most popular unpopular (what an oxymoron) grinds is the Semi-Convex grind:

Semi-Convex Grind:

The semi-convex grind is also known as the asymmetrical convex grind. This one combines the convex edge and the V edge. They combine these two because the convex grind offers fantastic durability and the V edge is very easy to sharpen. Like I said, this grind is not very popular, but you will see it from time to time.

Advantages of a semi-convex grind:

  • This grind uses the durability that the convex grind offers.
  • The semi-convex grind gets the ease of sharpening from the V edge aspect that it sports.

Disadvantages of a semi-convex grind:

  • This style is not found often.
  • The edge of this style can get very dull quickly.

 

Conclusion:

There are many intricate aspects that determine how quality your knife is. One of the most overlooked of these aspects is the grind style. There are six popular grinds: hollow grind, asymmetrical grind, flat grind, convex grind, compound grind, and the chisel grind. These six include the basic grinds, but the compound grind and the asymmetrical grind will combine two of your favorite grinds to create the perfect blade for you. Each grind excels at something unique, so before purchasing your next blade, check and see if the grind is the perfect option for you.

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Knife Wars: G-10 vs. Micarta

G-10 and micarta are sometimes thought to be interchangeable. This is not a true statement. G-10 and micarta a very similar, but they do sport some key differences. Today we are going to go in depth about what each one is, what they have that makes them unique, and why they are different from each other.

 

What is G-10?

G-10 is known as a fiberglass based laminate. So what does that mean? To make G-10, you take fiberglass cloths that are soaked in an epoxy resin. To fully understand this process, let’s talk about what resin actually is. Resin can be found in a natural or synthetic form, but the kind on most G-10 handles is the synthetic form. Resin is known to be a viscous liquid, which means that it has a high resistance and can stand up to a high level of stressors and wear and tear. Once the resin hardens, it is permanently hard. While synthetic resin is already a very hard and durable substance, an epoxy resin is said to be two times stronger than concrete, seamless, and waterproof. Okay, back to the G-10 process: once the fiberglass cloths are soaked in an epoxy resin, they are layered on top of each other. Heat and pressure is then added to compress it into the wanted shape. This is the same process that is used for micarta and carbon fiber handles; however, G-10 is unique because this process uses fiberglass while the other two do not.

What is micarta?

One of the most common forms of micarta is linen micarta. Micarta is made extremely similar to G-10. The layers of linen are coated in a resin, but in micarta it is a phenolic resin. Phenolic resin is slightly different than an epoxy resin. Phenolic resin is made with an organic compound called Phenol, creating a synthetic material. After these layers are soaked with a phenolic resin, just like in G-10, they have heat and pressure applied to create the strong material.

Differences: While G-10 is made with an epoxy resin and micarta is made with a phenolic resin, most people wouldn’t be able to explain or tell a difference. The main difference between what these two materials really are is that G-10 is made out of fiberglass and micarta is usually made with linen, but is often made with canvas, and sometimes even papers or burlaps. Because of this, micarta can have very unique looks compared to G-10, where it is always made out of the same material. Many people think that micarta looks a little more rugged, because the base material has more texture than fiberglass does.

 

Is G-10 a strong material?

One of the main defining characteristics of G-10 is the strength that it possesses. For starters, the main “ingredient” of G-10 is fiberglass. Fiberglass is known for being crazy strong and durable. But then in the G-10 process, the fiberglass is woven together. The weaving makes this material even stronger than it already is. Lastly, this woven fiberglass is soaked in an epoxy resin, which creates a hard, almost plastic material. Almost any of the G-10 users will attest to its insane strength. Actually, G-10 is considered to be the toughest of any of the fiberglass resin laminates. And while many people think that Micarta is the stronger out of the two, G-10 has been ranked as the stronger material.

Is micarta a strong material?

Micarta has been called “The Steel of the Plastic Industry”, so yes, micarta is a strong material. Because micarta is soaked and baked in a resin, it creates the same hard, almost plastic material that G-10 is. Compared to many other knife materials, micarta is a very strong handle material. But, because the different base materials aren’t woven like the fiberglass can be, micarta loses out on that aspect of the strength.

Differences: Once again, it really comes down to the base material used. Because fiber glass can be woven, it creates a stronger, more durable material. The base materials of micarta are softer materials and can be scratched if not treated properly; however, when it is treated correctly, it is extremely hard to scratch, and is almost as scratch resistant as G-10. Determining which one of is stronger is a very close competition, but G-10 pulls out as barely stronger.

 

G-10 is a smooth material; is there any grip to it?

Yes, G-10 is a smooth material in its natural state. However, the manufacturers know how vital grip is on a knife, especially a knife that is durable enough for heavy duty tasks. Most commonly found is checkering to create the texture on the handle, but almost any pattern can be added to the G-10 material to create a custom look for your handle. Also, the fiberglass cloth is woven to create the strength that G-10 is known for, but by weaving the fiberglass in different ways, it creates different creative textures that you wouldn’t be able to find in many other knife handle materials. While it is water resistant, this material can feel less grippy when it is wet.

Micarta is an extremely smooth material; how is there any grip?

Yes, micarta truly has no surface texture. When first created, it is slippery, smooth, and has no grip whatsoever. Because it is so smooth, it takes more hand labor to achieve the desired texture. To achieve the desired grip, a texture is actually carved into this knife handle. Because it takes so much extra hand labor, it makes micarta a more expensive priced knife. While micarta is also water resistant, it can actually feel more grippy while wet, because the base materials are natural and their textures come out more while wet.

Differences: In their natural state, both materials are very slick. However, G-10 is slightly less slick. G-10 is a little easier to get texture into and can actually have its fiberglass woven into a texture. While micarta is virtually texture-less at first, a texture can be carved into the handle. This takes more manual labor than creating texture on G-10 and so micarta is costlier. G-10 is slicker when wet, while micarta actually gains some traction while wet. When deciding which one to get, look at the task at hand, if the knife is likely to become wet, such as during a fishing trip, micarta might be your best bet.

 

Why is G-10 such a customizable material?

G-10 is one of the most customizable materials for blade handles. This is because of a few reasons. One of the ways that G-10 can be customizable is the handle pattern. In the previous paragraph, we talked about how texture is added to the G-10 and while checkering is most common, really any pattern can be added. This gives the G-10 a unique look that you aren’t going to be able to find on too many other materials for your knife handles.

Another reason that is so customizable is because of the different colors that you can make G-10 from. G-10 is most commonly found in black, but fiberglass can be found in many colors and so can the epoxy resin. This means that you can create the handle in a huge variety of colors and mixes of colors. Sometimes, the fiberglass cloths will have layers of different colors which adds a pleasing aesthetic that you wouldn’t be able to find in other materials.

Lastly, because G-10 is made from layers of cloth, it is very easy to get different thicknesses for your handle. All the manufacturer has to do is layer more or less of the fiberglass.

Customizing G-10 is a very cheap process because it is so easy to change up so many different aspects of the materials used.

Can I customize my micarta handle?

Because micarta is made out of natural materials as its base material, there are less color options available. Often times, micarta comes in a natural color such as yellows and browns. On the flip side, there are multiple natural materials that you can make your micarta handle out of, which would all give you a different look. Canvas has a chunkier texture to it than linen. Paper doesn’t have a texture to it. And burlap can give you the chunkiest look to it.

With a micarta handle, you cannot get special patterns in the knife, because with a G-10 knife, you just have to weave the fiberglass in different ways. There is no other way to weave the natural material, because they are already woven.

Lastly, it is very easy to get different widths of micarta for your handle, because it is made by a layering process. It is very simple to have more or less layers for a thicker or thinner look.

Differences: While G-10 comes in a huge variety of colors, there are select few colors for micarta handles to be made out of. However, with a micarta handle, you can get many different looks because of the natural base material. With a G-10 handle, it will always look plastic-y. With both of the materials, it is easy to change the thickness or thinness, because they are both made from the layering process. While you can get a variety of different looks with either material, they have very different looks from each other. G-10 is more of a cold/modern look, because it is more plastic-y looking, while micarta will give you a more natural and rugged look. Often times, people think micarta adds a classier element to your knife, as opposed to G-10.

 

Is G-10 an easy material to maintain?

Yes! G-10 is one of the easiest materials to maintain because it so strong, durable, and tough. G-10 is resistant to rust because it is a synthetic plastic-like material. Also, it doesn’t become brittle or soften over time—basically what you see is what you get. Plus, G-10 is non-porous, so no liquid or dirt can be sucked up into the handle, making it brittle. Because it isn’t porous, it is very easy to clean and you don’t have to worry about transferring liquids or particles if you have this type of handle on a knife that you use for hunting or fishing. Some handle materials, such as mother of pearl, are prone to chipping, but G-10 is completely or almost completely resistant to any chipping.

Is micarta an easy material to maintain?

While micarta is a synthetic material, the base “ingredient” for micarta is a natural material, so it does require some upkeep. A good way to take care of micarta is to oil it pretty often. If it is left un-oiled, it can start to soak up blood, sweat, dirt, etc. and becomes an un-hygienic knife. Oiling it is a simple process and the benefits from keeping up on it and taking care of it outweigh the process of taking care of it.

Differences: G-10 is much easier to maintain because you don’t actually have to do anything to maintain it. Because micarta’s base material is a natural substance, it can lead to soaking up of any extra fluid or dirt. With micarta, you are going to want to keep it constantly oiled, but all-in-all, it’s not too bad of a process to keep it looking and feeling its best.

 

What types of knives is G-10 best for?

G-10 is an ideal type of handle material for tactical knives. This is because it is extremely strong, extremely sturdy, and won’t soak up any extra fluids or residue. You do not have to maintain G-10, so having it in a survivor situation would be perfect.

What types of knives is micarta best for?

Micarta is also a great option for tactical knives. Micarta is very strong and very sturdy. They stand up against many elements and actually feel like they have better grip while wet. These are great for hunting and fishing knives as well. The only drawback is that you do have to keep your micarta handle oiled to keep it in best condition.

 

Conclusion:

At first glance, G-10 and micarta seem like an almost identical knife handle material. However, they do have differences and these differences are what is going to help you decide which one is a better candidate for you and your task at hand. Both are fantastic, strong, and durable options. But they do have characteristics that keep each handle and each knife unique.

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