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KNIFE TYPES

Fixed Blade Knives

A fixed-blade knife will never surprise you in use because it is a solid piece of steel anchored to the handle. For those who want a blade they really trust for tough jobs, such as field dressing and tough camping tasks, a fixed blade is the answer. Fixed blades are durable and hold up to the elements well because of their straight, simple construction without folding mechanisms. In fixed blade knives, the blade is one piece of metal that runs the length of the knife. When the blade reaches the beginning of the handle, it can either taper into a rat-tail that is surrounded by the handle or not taper and continue as a tang that is covered on either side by handle "slabs." The Bowie knife is a very popular type of a fixed blade knife. (Click HERE to view our selection of fixed blade knives.)

Folding Knives

Folding knives are generally not quite as durable as fixed blade knives, but provide safety and the carrying convenience of compact size. Folding blade knives come in a variety of configurations, some of which lock into place. Locking folders allow much of the same confidence of a fixed-blade while letting you close the blade into the handle for safety. The blade(s) on a folding knife pivots on one or both ends of the knife depending on the design. Different locking mechanisms are favored by various individuals for reasons such as perceived strength (lock safety), legality, and ease of use.

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Butterfly Knives (Balisong Knife)

Butterfly knives are quite unique and require a separate description. Butterfly knives are considered a type of folding knife but open and close very differently than the common folding knife. It is usually larger than ordinary locking-blade knives but rarely more than a few inches long, constructed of two pivoting, hollow handles attached to a solid blade when not in use, the handles fold back over the blade, which is stored within the handle cavities; when in use, handles latch together opposite the blade. Like switchblades, butterfly knives can be used for any task performed by an ordinary locking-blade knife but are better known for their intimidation value when used for personal protection. (Butterfly knives are illegal to own in a few states so if you are considering purchasing one, make sure that it is legal to own where you reside.)






Knife Types