As an extension of our Guide to the Best Knife Steel, we’ve compiled a reference table showing the most popular types of knife steel and their composition of the various elements. We also provide a summary of the most commonly used elements in steel production and their impact on the properties and overall quality of the steel.
Spyderco Paramilitary 2
Price: About $60
The Good: Easy to use, affordable, compact, gets results
The Bad: Need diamond rods (sold separately) for reprofiling or for harder steels
Bottom Line: Outstanding sharpening system that won’t break the bank
Like you, we here at KnifeInformer.com are truly passionate about our knives. We are fortunate to have some really excellent knife manufacturers out there today who bless us with blades of the finest quality to meet our ever growing standards. There’s nothing better than taking ownership of that pristine pocket knife that you’ve been saving up […]
Headquarters: Oregon, USA
In 1939, the birth of an enterprise known as Gerber Legendary Blades had made its way into the big business world. Growing from a small batch of handmade cutlery, their products would soon turn into thousands of retail accounts produced around the country. By the year of 1960, Gerber had become one of the most collected, trusted and appreciated brands in the industry.
Headquarters: California, USA
Emerson knives was founded in 1996 by Ernest and Mary Emerson. The company is based in Torrance, California, where Emerson had a been a longtime custom knife-maker, creating specialized designs for the collector’s market. Today, Emerson knives are renowned for their quality, unique design features and genuine, field-tested usefulness for military and police applications.
Choosing the best hunting knife has been a difficult task since the dawn of man. While there is no way for us to truly know what the first hunting knife looked like, most archaeologists agree that it was probably a broken rock with a sharp edge. But, even though it was a very primitive tool […]
Price: About $30
The Good: Small, sleek and near perfect size for general use EDC. Nice finish and construction. Affordable.
The Bad: A little heavy for what it is. Some minor blade play. Average blade..
Bottom-Line: A decent but stylish EDC for those with low budgets
Headquarters: Ibach, Switzerland
Victorinox, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of pocket knives and originator of the famous “Swiss Army Knife,” was founded in 1884 by Karl Elsener. Victorinox is best known for its small, multi-purpose pocket knives. For decades, Victorinox knives have been widely respected as useful tools for all kinds of situations.
At long last we’re proud to present our very first video review. In this one we’re taking a look at the popular Spyderco Tenacious. The Tenacious is a relatively inexpensive offering from Spyderco that has caught the attention of the knife community since it’s original release. The Spyderco Tenacious pocket knife has a total […]
Price: About $150
The Good: Superb design. Hard steel maintains edge well. Excellent locking mechanism. Refined looks.
The Bad: Handle lacks grip in slippy conditions. Blade may require some maintenance to avoid corrosion.
Bottom Line: A top-class pocket knife with quality craftsmanship and good performance.
I am often asked about the different types of knife blades. Here we are talking about the shape of the blade. There are dozens of different blade types out there but for this article I wanted to concentrate on the most popular types which you will find on most production knives today. Many of these come in modified variations as knife makers today try to add something new to the market.