Selecting a Knife
Today, knives come in many different forms but can be categorized in two broad types: fixed blade knives and folding knives, or pocket knives. Fixed knives have the blade and handle all in one piece and typically come with a sheath. A fixed blade knife does not fold or slide, and is typically stronger due to the tang, the extension of the blade into the handle and lack of movable parts. Folding knives offer convenience and protection because the blade of the knife can be folded into the handle for storage. A folding knife connects the blade to the handle through a pivot, allowing the blade to fold into the handle and be opened completely for use. To prevent injury to the knife user from the blade accidentally closing on the user’s hand, folding knives typically have a locking mechanism. Many knives are designed to offer flexibility in accomplishing several tasks, while these designs may not master a specific task, they are good options if a good all around knife is preferred.
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