Knives are a common fixture in our everyday lives, be it in the kitchen, workplace or the great outdoors. What is fairly uncommon however, is someone who knows how to keep their knife sharp and how to discern what “sharp” really is. Hopefully this article will help to divulge a few secrets to the mystery that is making and keeping a knife sharp.
Readers of our Knife Steel Guide often ask me about Damascus Steel. This attractive yet mysterious steel has captured the imagination of many so I’ll do my best to explain what it is and how it’s made. The word “Damascus” goes back to medieval western cultures and refers to an earlier style of craftsmanship that first emerged in India around 300 B.C.
Here at KnifeInformer.com we’re always keen to share interesting knife related discoveries with our readers. One discovery I made recently was the stunning custom knife work of Garett Finney over at FinneyKnives.com. Eager to learn more I asked Garett for an interview and he graciously agreed to share his story with us.
In this article we’re going to be evaluating the different types of knife handle materials. Knife newbies often fall into the trap of assuming that the knife handle is simply an aesthetic choice. However, in reality the type of handle is extremely important to the overall performance and characteristics of the knife. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most common grips you’ll typically find in knife handles today.
In this article I thought it would be useful to discuss some of the ways you can protect against our beloved sharp edged friends should the situation arise. Remember, dangers come in all shapes and forms and it’s essential that when entering a high risk environment, the proper precautions are taken as to ensure that the side you’re standing on is the safe side.
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.
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.
At KnifeInformer.com we know that owning a knife with a dull blade is like a having a gun without bullets! Thankfully, today’s high-tech knives made from high-end stainless steels are typically insanely sharp right out of the box. Many will hold their edge for years to come but this is obviously a function of how the knife is being used and how much abuse it has been subject to.
In choosing the best pocket knife you should pay particular attention to the type of steel used in the blade. Steel is really the essence of the blade and primarily responsible for how the knife performs. Steel is essentially an alloy (i.e. a mix) of carbon and iron that is often enriched with other elements to improve certain characteristics depending on the desired application.