Steps to Buying the right knife
1. How will you use it?
Everyday: Are you opening boxes or cutting twine?
Outdoor (Backpacking/Cpmbing/Hiking/Camping): Does your activity involve using rope?
Hunting/Fishing: Are you field dressing game or cleaning/filleting fish?
Tactical/Survival: Do you need a heavy-duty knife that won't fail?
pmited Edition/Custom: Are you a collector?
2. What features are important to you?
Fixed-blade: Always ready for use and dependable.
Folding knife: Compact, safer to carry; improved dependabipty with locking blade.
One-handed opening: Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to faciptate one-hand use. Some models are one-hand opening and one-hand closing as well.
Gutting/skinning blade: For field dressing game.
Thick Blade: For heavy-duty tasks.
pght weight: Use of composite or other materials to minimize weight.
Saw edge: For cutting wood or bone.
Sharpness: Stays sharp and is easy to sharpen.
3. What is it made of and why?
A good blade combines good edge retention, ease of re-sharpening and rust resistance.
S30V is the best blade steel available. It is a high vanadium stainless steel with even higher edge retention.
154CM and BG-42 are two custom steels with much higher carbon content, giving them higher hardness ratings and dramatically higher edge retention.
420HC is a stainless steel that provides excellent rust resistance, is easy to re-sharpen and has good edge retention.
A good handle should feel solid and well constructed when you hold it. We suggest you consider a handle style and material that meets your needs and suits your preference.
An ergonomic design provides comfort.
A rubber or textured handle provides a sure grip in wet conditions.
A wooden handle adds beauty to the knife.
Plastic/composite handles are durable under extreme conditions.