Quality hunting knives, cutting tools for tourism and fishing, professional knives of rescuers, adventurers, divers’ knives and so on have a lot in common. All these products must be reliable, durable and functional as possible.
Best hunting knife is a model that is suitable for use in the overwhelming number of cases: in different hunts to perform different jobs, it is comfortable to wear (weight and dimensions). Buying a good hunting knife, with an eye to the role of a universal cutting tool is a whole science, the secrets of which we are willing to share.
First of all, you should determine the type of knife: whether it will be fixed or folding hunting knife. In addition, the knives for hunting, hiking and fishing can be divided into universal and special products on the budget and premium levels. More knives are distinguished by country of origin and brands, based on the blade and the handle, the presence of additional functions etc.
A knife with a fixed blade is a priori more reliable than a foldable hunting knife. But ‘folders’ also have their ‘trumps’. They include smaller size, high security, ease of transportation. For a number of huntings it is not absolutely necessary to have a large hunting knife with a large blade. Fowling does not require cutting knife, hunting knife or a skinner. A folding model with 8-11 cm blade, long, comfortable handle and security lock will be quite enough. After buying a folding hunting knife, you can disembowel a duck or goose, cut products for the table, to plane camp pegs or cut branches for temporary shelter.
The main hunter knife yet is a versatile hunting knife with a fixed blade length from 12.0 to 17.0 -18.0 cm and a big handle (comfortable in any size hand-grip). These parameters correspond to the best hunting knives. Products with fewer blades cannot perform a large variety of functions; they are ineffective in self-defense against a wounded big game and finishing the impressive hunting trophies. ‘Combat’ hunting knives with too large blades require a lot of skill to handle them. In particular, in order to inflict accurate, sure hit such a large knife a very strong, well-trained hand is needed. Otherwise, the blade will simply slip off. Many studies and tests have proved that the best hunting knives have a blade length of 14.0 – 17.0 cm.
Inexpensive hunting knives from trusted manufacturers mean a high quality for a fair price. Those who want more individuality, who are willing to invest a decent amount of money to the ‘image’ of hunting knife, should choose the model, decorated with chasing, carving, silver or gold accents. Pay attention to hunting handmade knives, knives of small and limited series, with blades of expensive steels (laminate, Damascus, advanced powder steels) and handles made of natural horn, bone and valuable timber.
It is hard to imagine a kitchen without a knife. With a knife, we clean, slice, cut, flip, scrape, carve, etc. If the knife is sharp, then the work goes faster. With a sharp knife you can slice bread, without crumpling and crushing it, with a sharp knife you can cut soft tomatoes without crushing them, with a sharp knife everything will be sliced neater and faster.
Electric Knife Sharpener
Electric sharpener is a device for sharpening knives, which runs from the power supply. In a professional environment that requires a frequent sharpening of a large number of knives, sharpeners have a great popularity. For home use, such sharpeners are purchased less often.
By cons of electric sharpeners a constant demand for electricity can be mentioned. You cannot sharpen a knife with the help of it in nature or at the summer cottage, which is not supplied with electricity. The advantages include low weight and small volume.
Electric sharpeners are divided into professional ones and ones for household use, the latter variant is preferable for home use. These sharpeners are powered by voltage of 220V. They are equipped with a switch mode, so you can sharpen a dull knife or simply erode (polish) a sharp one. Polishing is carried out for knifes with sharp blades to keep them in working conditions. If you make regular polishing, you can avoid the extra sharpening of the knives.
Hand-held sharpeners are very popular among housewives because you can sharpen your knife by this device quickly, and most importantly – on your own. Such a tool is very simple to use and requires no additional configuration. It can be used at any time and any condition, it is lightweight, does not require a lot of storage space, and its price will please you.
If you use several knives and you are not a professional chef, we advise you to choose the manual sharpener. If your work is directly related to cooking, you use a large number of knives and sharpening takes a lot of time, it is better to buy an electric sharpener.
Diamond is the hardest material used as an abrasive for knives sharpening. If the machine is coated with diamond grit, the speed of sharpening a knife is increased by a factor of several times, but it does not provide a flatness and smoothness of sharpened material. Besides grinding with a diamond coating are expensive.
Ceramics also has enough toughness to be material for the abrasive. Ceramic abrasive sharpeners are cheaper than the diamond ones, and at work, they provide a smooth surface. Unfortunately, the speed of the sharpening is much lower, so the stones with ceramic abrasive more often are used for finishing the metal to perfection.
Natural stones as an abrasive agent were used even by primitive people.
The best known are microcrystalline quartz and silicon crystals, which are interconnected with clay.
One of the disadvantage of such abrasives is uneven sharpening.
There are many different types of pocket knives, folding knives with one or several blades, depending on the type. Pocket knives are generally small in size and can easily be carried in a pocket or purse. When opening the blade extends from the handle to its full length. There are so many different uses for a pocket knife, and the types and styles of manufacturing are almost limitless. Some of them are made for hunting and camping, and others are bought by collectors of antique knives.
So every man needs a small knife to carry it in the pocket or a woman in her purse. The knife is required whenever you need to open the box or bag, to peel the apple and sharpen a pencil. The only question is how to choose a folding knife?
When selecting the pocket knife quality is as important, as it is important while the choice of sporting rifle. Look at all the options before making your choice. There are many types of folding knives. Each knife offers its own advantages. Utility knife usually comprises several folding tools along with the folding knife blade.
As a first step you should determine the type of knife you want. Will it be a small knife or a knife suitable for self-defense? Penknives have more diverse blades and they are more suitable for everyday use. Multi-purpose knife is useful for hiking, when you might need a variety of tools included with the knife.
The most famous example is the multi-function Swiss Army knife, some versions of which have tens of functions.
Traditional folding knives are opened using small dents and intervals, allowing by the nail to pull the blade from the handle.
Check out well-known manufacturers of knives. Cheap knives are made from poor quality steel. In this case, it is better to pay a little more for the brand and ensure a reliable knife that will not be covered with rust and grow blunt. Look for high-quality steel. The higher is the quality of the steel, the better is the blade.
Choose a knife with a good lock. This lock will keep the blade closed and pocket knife would not open accidentally. Use the lock button while carrying a knife in your pocket. This is a small button or a lever at the top of the handle, which would not let the blade out, until you press the button.
The knife should have a comfortable, long handle. Pocket knife handles are made from all kinds of materials, including bone and metal. Rubber or plastic handle will be more comfortable to hold, but the metal handle is more resistant to damage and more durable. Also check the size and shape of the handle. Is it big enough to make a good grip with the hand?
Stick to 7-9 inches knife blades. It will not scare the people around you and at the same time, it is quite practical. In any case, check your local laws about the knives as a cold gun.
Bowie knife, or as it is called by Americans, “Colonel Bowie’s Knife” is a large knife with a characteristic shape of the blade having an arcuate concave bevel butt to the tip. Nowadays, this type of blades is called Clip-point. Blade length varies from 14 to 23 cm, thickness butt is 2.5-5 mm. The length of the upper false edge is 1/3 of the blade length. At the base of the blade there is a recess or a blunt finger to plot more subtle manipulation of a large knife. The knife has a simple massive spider providing emphasis in thrust. Handle can be straight with bending down at the heel, or symmetrical expanding and resembling the shape of a coffin. Initially Bowie knife handle was made of two wooden plates fixed to a massive shank. Knife is perfectly used both with direct and reverse grip. Due to the shape, simple design and balance Bowie knife is ideal for throwing. One of the main advantages of the Bowie knife is that it is excellent as it cuts and pricks. Piercing effect is due to the fact that the tip of the blade narrows sharply and placed at the axis of the handle with an advanced handguard, and the ease of cut is provided by a sufficiently large bending of the blade. Also, do not discount the sharpened notch on the butt of the blade, which is at the skillful use of a knife in a fight can cause considerable damage during the return stroke of the knife.
Peak of the Bowie knifes production falls at the end of the 1850s and the beginning of the Civil War, when Bowie knife was a basic cutting weapon for Confederate soldiers. Of course, the patriotic inscriptions, intricate shape of the blade and silver finish – it was very attractive to potential buyers. But the reason for the Bowie knife popularity as a weapon was in the other wing. The reason for that was the extreme imperfection of firearms in those years. Pistol or rifle can be used only for one shot – the process of loading weapons was long, and the combat range was small and the enemy managed to move closer to the distance of unarmed combat. That is why the large heavy knife was in demand. Which one, moreover, unlike the sword or the saber, could be used in practical purposes. Yes, and it did not require a long learning.
However, as the army weapons Bowie knife was never proved. Typically it was a weapon of Confederate soldiers from the southern states. But the unforgiving statistics showed the war, they did not used to shred the northerners, but especially in internal discords and drunken brawls. The final verdict of the “big knife” was issued by appearance of the new effective firearms for the troops. For example, Colt revolvers appeared.
The Bowie knife era began to decline in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the next American Arms Idol came on the scene – Colt revolver. With the advent of multiply charged firearms Bowie knife became increasingly used not as a knife for self-defense but as a hunting knife. Blade length decreased significantly – up to 14-15 cm, bevel butt lost sharpening. Handguard has ceased to be so massive.
Today, Bowie knife keeps characteristic shape and the traditional form. Now, these knives are considered to be hunting, camp, or knives for surviving.
Wusthof is a manufacturer of cutlery with an extraordinary history. For nearly 200 years, Wusthof has earned an excellent reputation for excellence in design and quality. Given that Wusthof specializes exclusively in the production of knives, scissors and accessories for them, so the knife assortment is very diverse and includes both classic European models of knives and traditional Japanese chef knives. Each knife has a special design of the blade, which is determined by its specialization – for cleaning and cutting vegetables, meat cutting, slicing bread, fish-knives and others. Depending on the design of materials and general purpose – professional, chef or for household use, Wusthof knives are divided into several well-known collections.
Wusthof Xline is the latest and premium collection of knives by Wusthof. Dynamic lines intersect at the X point, the point of the perfect balance of the blade. Xline knife has a real man’s character and designed for strong and successful people. At the collection there are 8 knives for classic european cuisine. Knives are sold as individually both as gift sets and cutlery boxes.
Wusthof Classic is the case when the name of the collection speaks for itself. These classic forged German knives are made of special high-carbon stainless steel. They offer their owner handles of traditional form with seamless synthetic overlays, exceptional quality sharpening, the use of knives both at the professional kitchen, and at home. The collection has more than 40 models of blades for any type of culinary activities. Knives are sold individually and as sets, cutlery boxes, and special portable kits for chefs.
Wusthof Culinar is a series of knives that are completely made of the best stainless steel. Sophisticated timeless design is provided by steel satin handles in the shape of sea shells. The handle is decorated with a brand trident. Exceptional sharpness of the high carbon steel blades and the highest level of hygiene deserve accolades only professional chefs.
The collection includes more than 20 models of blades for any type of culinary activities. Knives are sold as individually, and as gift sets and cutlery boxes.
Wusthof Gourmet is an extensive collection of knives for different purposes that offers an excellent German quality at an affordable price. Gourmet knives are made in the classic form of a single piece of high-carbon steel and sharpened by laser technology for maximum sharpness, handles are protected with plates of black polypropylene, modern and environmentally friendly material and secured with three rivets.
Wusthof Silverpoint is the most affordable collection of knives by Wusthof. Laconic design and impeccable quality of Silverpoint knives make them desirable assistants for any kitchen. Strong and sharp blade of the best German steel combined with ergonomic and safe plastic handle provides a solution to any culinary tasks. The collection of more than 20 models of knives for cooking any kind of activity as traditional European model range, as well as for Asian culinary school.
Today, there are a lot of sets of kitchen knives at the shops and stores. So what are we looking at when choosing such an important set for the kitchen?
There are a number of features that are worth paying attention to. For example, all compounds of the knife must be perfectly adjusted with the handle. There should be no nicks, cracks. No honest manufacturer, aimed at a permanent job, will tolerate this. Stamp on the knife not only has to be, it should be clear, with no “bald spots”, it has to be written correctly.
Generally the blades are made of:
- Carbon steel: such knives keep rake well, but require a very careful treatment due to the fact that they are very susceptible to corrosion. They cannot be left wet and dirty for a long time; you cannot cut the products with aggressive medium (e.g. lemons).
- Stainless steel: keep rake not very well, but are not subject to corrosion. Almost always, kitchen knives are made from a mixture of carbon and stainless steel.
- Ceramics: keep rake well, do not corrode, but … they can be broken. In the truest sense of the word.
And here comes the fun part. You can buy a set of 5 or 8 knives. Of course you’d prefer 8-knives, because it has more items. And nobody thinks that in most cases, half of these 8 knives will stand for whole their lives in the stand. It is therefore you should first determine for what purpose you need them.
Massive, heavy knife with a wide blade and centered point. It is useful when you want to perform a “voluminous work”: to cut a large piece of meat, to butch poultry, to chop cabbage or lots of greenery.
This knife has a long blade with a wavy cutting edge. The blade of the saw will not break a hard crust and crumple a crumb.
Its name speaks for itself. It can be almost any length, and with a knife by a narrow blade and a raised edge. From chef knife it differs that it is not such massive and thus more suitable for daily use.
Knife for meat
This knife is a long, rigid blade with a sharp centered point. It is making it easy to separate not only the meat from the bones and veins, but also to cut chicken or fish.
Many manufacturers of utensils for the kitchen call it carving. The blade of the knife is long, narrow. The small width of the blade allows to cut products without fear of trapping and crushing. It is used where precise and clean cut are needed.
Small rigid blade is very convenient for cleaning and cutting, creating decorations from fruits and vegetables.
This kind of knife is a broad, heavy, thick blade tip, which looks down. This knife can cut frozen meat, cut the tendon and bone.
Cooking at the kitchen is much easier with a set of knives. The main thing that it would be of high quality.
You should not skimp for comfort in the kitchen as our food, and, consequently, our health depends largely from it. Cheap, low quality knives won’t last long, and soon need to be replaced. Therefore, the most reasonable solution is to opt for branded products, which are known for excellent quality. Brazilian Tramontina brand is now recognized in more than 110 countries worldwide. For the production of knives, the manufacturer uses a stainless sheet and plate steel that has a high durability, ductility, corrosion resistance and heat resistance. Vinzer knife sets are well-known for not only high quality but also the elegant design. Perfect product quality of Spanish brand Arcos also gained world fame and a reasonable price-quality ratio gives the Arcos products particularly popularity. German pedantry is widely known. In its best sense, it is manifested in the approach to the virtually perfect quality products under the brand Berghoff and Gipfel. The advantage of these blades is that they casting design in which there are no seams between the handle and the blade.
It turns out that there are many types of knives, and each of them has its own special purpose. Each of them has a different shape of the blade and edges of the cutting surface. In the set of experienced cooks, usually there are at least 20 instruments. However, conventional kitchen set does not require such diversity. As the necessity it is considered the presence of three main knives with conventional blades and the pointed end – large, medium and small. In addition, you need a twisted knife for cutting bread and kitchen ax for cutting large pieces of meat.
The basic components of any knife are the handle and the blade.
The easiest solution would be to give preference to a wooden handle option. Today knives with a plastic handle are in vogue, but in this case the choice of products has to be especially critical. Plastic must be heat-resistant and high-tech, and its fixation with the blade – tight. It is important that the rivets are secure and carefully polished. Especially avoid models with molded plastic handle without rivets, blade of knife cannot be safely secured, and therefore, in the process it shatters and falls out very quickly. As for the metal handle, the practicality of it cannot be denied, but comfortable working in the kitchen in this case should not expected.
Best knife blades are forged ones. Most modern kitchen knives are made of stainless steel with chromium, due to the qualities of which the blade becomes very strong. When looking upon the knife before the purchase, it is important to pay attention to its color. Similarity of colors characterizes the quality of the alloy.
Hunting knife is a short bladed, one or one and a half-bladed melee weapon used for hunting goals. Today there is a wide variety of hunting knives in configuration, size, type, purpose, used materials. Hunting knife has always been not only a hunting weapon, but a necessary tool at the hunting practice. Among the variety of knives it is almost impossible to find an exact copy.
When choosing a knife, it is important to remember that the main workload is most often not to the blade itself, but to its curve and the edge. And it would be easy for the more rational hunting knife to choose the blade with a sloping, semicircular blade, but the paradox is that any form of it has both strengths and weaknesses. So, straight blade is always stronger than curved one. However, the effectiveness of the latter, because while cutting it takes less muscle power. What are the nuances to consider when choosing a configuration of hunting belt knife?
There is plenty of work at any hunting camp, and when leaving to the lands the knife is also needed. Nevertheless, many experts found the most comfortable carving knife the one with a small narrow curved blade and soaring edging. However, such a hunting knife is purely functional and acceptable in most only for butchering. Therefore, many hunters in the past and nowadays enjoy hunting knife headsets consisted of a pair of blades worn in one scabbard, despite their considerable weight. Big knife performs camp chores, as well as it is used for chopping while butchering. Small knife – as a rule is purely for carving.
No matter how perfect the blade is, its advantages will come to naught if the knife is inconvenient to work with. The handle aim is to provide a stick blade action.
It affects the comfort of hands (degree of fatigue), agility and efficiency of the blade work. The size, shape and appearance of the handle depend on the functional purpose of the knife. The handle can be placed in parallel or angled blade, which often depends on the shape of the blade.
Hunting knife is easy to use, when it is properly balanced. It is usually assumed that its center of gravity is in the middle part, the compound of the blade and the handle is at the heel. Balance of your knife may depend on many elements: the method of fastening the handle (some knives have head handles as a counterweight to the blade), the material of its manufacturing, length of the blade or the handle. All this must be taken into account when choosing a particular knife for a particular purpose.
Modern range of different knife brands and the variety of their sizes, types and designs are impressive. You can spent a lot of time looking through lookbooks, choosing the most favorite model. Therefore, in this article we will discuss those details that are worth paying attention to when choosing a knife for use in the city. It should be practical, beautiful, strong and have a lot of other qualities, some of them can be difficult to take into account during the spontaneous purchase.
When choosing a knife, you need to pay attention to the following parameters:
- The size / weight.
- Since you are going to carry it with you every day, the knife must be sufficiently small and light. And chances are it will a jackknife. We recommend to choose the knives with a blade no longer than 9 cm and weighing not more than 130g.
Steel blade must be strong enough not to wear out, not to rust and keep sharpening for a long time, so you do not have to sharpen a knife every week.
After the blade, it is one of the most important parts of the knife. After all, it should be easy to grip. Therefore,for daily use ergonomic handles are fitted much better than beautiful but uncomfortable handles. Material for them can be almost anything, but the main thing is quality. So many knives of Ganzo, Gerber, Victorinox, Spyderko and other well-known manufacturers have received a plastic handle. For the knife not slipping out when hands are wet or wearing gloves, it is better to choose a rubberized plastic as, for example, Gerber Bear Grylls knives. But Mora also offers a fully wooden handle of natural color or painted. In the category of knives on each day there are also presented models with metal handle. But from a practical point of view it is necessary to choose comfortable handles of knives and not skeleton handles that look stylish, but the use is not very convenient. And besides, this knife is heavy enough and can slip out of hand.
Type of lock
Most knives of Every Day Carry category are folding models that are easy to carry in your pocket. Therefore, buying this accessory you should especially look to its lock. Because the knife lock not only fixes the position of the blade in a particular state, but also guarantees a security for the user. There are dozens of variants of the knives locking mechanisms. But in any case, just make sure that the folding knife is equipped with a lock and this type of mechanism is able to perform well over a long period.
As you can see, the market offers a sufficient amount of pocket folding knives, among which are not difficult to find a suitable option for your individual needs. It may be a simple tool with a knife or has a broader functionality. But the main thing is to buy a really high-quality branded knife, not a short-lived and cheaper counterfeit.
Any modern kitchen today cannot do without such a seemingly simple objects like a knife. It is the indispensable tool for grinding products. But like anything intended for any type of work the knife can run out, or rather it is blunting and further use of it becomes difficult.
This problem does not require great efforts, when there is knife sharpener in your kitchen that can regain the sharpness in a few minutes. Yes, using it to sharpen a knife is pretty easy, but the quality of sharpening depends on the proper use of the sharpener.
Choosing your favorite grinding machine you must take into account peculiarities of the knife, you’re going to sharpen, as it will depend on the quality of the work that should be completed and the ability to retain their cutting ability for a long period of time. So, today you can get to your kitchen one of the following types of knife sharpeners.
Simplest knife sharpener performing blades sharpening on both sides. Faulty instrument will “eat” blade pretty fast without warranty of quality blade sharpening. If you use your blade sharpeners permanently your wide blade will turn into the narrow and uncomfortable one to work with.
Electric grinding machine is easy to use, but in any careless movement you risk not only to damage the blade of a knife, as well as to get serious injury. This is due to the fact that the machine is powered by an electric drive and has a pretty big capacity.
Whetstone with rigid foundation. These sharpeners for knives is performed sharpening on one side, but due to the abrasive using it can either make a perfectly sharp blade or turn it into a form unsuitable for further use.
Mechanical sharpener of knives – the intensity of the work depends on the strength of hands of the person which is using it. If you purchased this kind of grinding machine, it is the right choice, as most models in this class allow you to change the angle of knives’ sharpening, which gives the opportunity to work with a variety of kinds. To choose the desired angle is quite simple – to attach the knife blade to a leather strap at that angle, so that you can cut a thin cover out of the surface. Initially, the blade should lie flat on the surface, and then you just need to gradually raise the handle, thus changing the angle and do not forget to move the knife blade forward. Another nuance is that a belt in the process must be either highly stretched, or lying on a flat, hard surface. To put a hard pressure on the blade is not necessary, because as a result, the skin begins to flatten and you just roll it up in the opposite direction.
It is important to purchase high-quality sharpeners for knives exclusively in specialized shops, as with the machine you will get not only a guarantee of quality, but also expert advice on the use.
Many experts by the nature of their occupations urgently need many instruments as working tools, however, it is not always possible to have at hand a lot of large and heavy objects, but multitools usually weigh between 50g and are divided into: trinkets, daily use, and computer and professional. By the same token, and the number of tools and functions inherent in the multitool a particular model varies. At first glance it may seem that there is no difference between the army and multitool knife, but there is one fundamental difference – prominent pliers head, which remains visible and not hidden in the hollow handle. In other words a knife – should it be an army knife, a penknife, or a tourist one – remains a knife, but with additional tools and multitool is a fully valid tool from the start, and just then it is everything else.
Having it in the pocket, backpack or in the glove compartment of the car not only warms the soul, but often really helps out the owner.
You should approach to the choice of multi-tools knowingly and competently. If your need is only an all-purpose subject at hand that can be universally used fromtime to time, and not a full-featured ” jack of all trades instrument”, that is to choose from miniature pendant type models. Such microtool is certainly not in a position to fully replace the individual household tools – and there is nothing to argue about – but it promises to be the most useful tool in an urban settings and for minor repairs of equipment and computers.
Multitools of American company Gerber from Bear Grylls products line are stylish, fashionable and very courageously looking. Of course, just like all big-name products they are made of good-quality materials, thoroughly thought through and perfectly cope with their tasks. As a rule,at the production of working parts corrosion-resistant alloy steel is used, and handles have a rubberized finish for a comfortable grip, excluding slip from moisture. Pretty often Gerber multitool come completed with a knife, and together make a beautiful ensemble called ‘Gerber Bear Grylls survival kit’.
Designers of Ganzo company give a good account of themselves in the production of both knives and multitools. Many users of this brand mention quality, affordable price and versatility. Truly “workhorses” in an assortment of multi-tools are presented by Ganzo.
It is important to note that all the tools are made entirely of 440C stainless steel, rarely high-quality durable plastic is chosen as a material for handle panels. Almost all the models look very ascetic – nothing superfluous, only the most necessary things – a metal “skeleton” that can be transformed into pliers, knife, saw, scissors, rasp, screwdrivers of different types and sizes, ruler and many others. And believe me, each design is completed, full-fledged, graceful, strong and reliable.
James Bowie designed the Bowie knife for self-defense. Over the years, the knife gained other uses and never fell out of popularity. Hunters use the sword-like knife for skinning and butchering game. Other people enjoy collecting the knives or using them for outdoor activities. Buyers interested in purchasing a Bowie knife must know what to look for when shopping for one and how to care for it once they obtain it. There are various factors to consider when shopping for a Bowie knife.
The traditional material for a Bowie knife was carbon steel, because it was useful for maintaining a sharp blade. After the advancement of stainless steel alloys, blade makers found comparable materials that could match or surpass the carbon steel version. Those who wish to purchase a more traditional style of Bowie knife may choose one with a carbon steel blade. However, most modern knife blades feature one of many types of steel. Both types are sufficient for hunting purposes or display.
Buyers must choose a blade size based on the intended use of the Bowie knife. Large blades are powerful and small blades grant precision. Large blades are useful for clearing weeds and brush or chopping small pieces of wood and may require a case. This type is useful for people who enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping in the wilderness. Smaller blades benefit hunters and fishermen by aiding them with the precise tasks of skinning or cleaning meat. It is important for buyers to consider the blade length along with the material of the knife they wish to purchase.
The first Bowie knives had a standard measurement of 9.5 inches in length. Long blades are a trademark of the Bowie knife. Manufacturers create Bowie knives of various lengths, but they generally are not shorter than 5 inches. The length is required for performing tasks that regular pocketknives cannot achieve. The long blade on the knife also provides a striking display for collectors.
Buyers must check the tang of a Bowie knife. The tang is the connecting shank or prong that connects the blade with the handle. A Bowie knife is heavy and should feature a full tang to prevent the blade from breaking at the hilt when in use. A full tang is not necessary for knives that owners use for display purposes only.
Each Bowie knife has a different appearance and unique characteristics. Users should choose a knife designed especially for the intended purpose.
Properly caring for a Bowie knife helps give it a longer life and reduce safety hazards. Sharpening the knife regularly with a knife sharpener keeps the blade from becoming dull. A dull knife can slip during use and cause severe injury to the user. The user must keep the knife clean and dry after use. This prevents rust or debris build-up that is unsanitary, or that can damage the blade. Users can clean the knife with metal rubbing paste and a clean cloth.