PointyThingz Knife Buying Guide

Buying the Right Knife

Knife Locking Mechanisms and Blade Grinds

Knife Blade Materials

Knife Handle Materials

Knife Care Tips

Sharpening Instructions



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? Blade Materials
  • 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.

  • Handle Materials
    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.