When it comes to picking out a knife that is right for you it all comes down your personal preferences. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are looking to finally spend money on a quality knife.
The first question and perhaps the most important; how will the knife be used? There are knives designed for all purposes from backpacking and hunting to opening boxes and cutting twine. They also have knives that are for collecting and some for saving lives. Obviously the knife you choose will depend on what you are using it for. It is important to define what you are looking for as far as the use of the knife.
Significance is also found in the features that matter to you in a knife. One feature to look into is the type of blade that you prefer. Fixed blades are superior in strength, dependable and always ready to use. However, folding knives are compact and easy to carry. With today’s technology and locking blade options, folding blades are becoming more desirable than ever before. Other features to think about with the blade include tolls such as gutting, skinning, thickness, sharpness, double blade or saw blade edged. The blade features are considerable. One knife may not have everything you are looking for. That’s when you buy two or three!
The handle is another area to consider when choosing the right knife. A solid knife handle is important. The more durable the material of the handle, the more you can plan to spend on the piece. You will want to test the handle in your hand to make sure the fit is correct and that the construction of the piece is what you would expect from the price. You will find several materials and styles to choose from when it comes to the knives handle. All weather knives will come textured or with rubber to help with the grip.
Craftsmanship and quality are important as well. A knife is something that you need to be able to rely on. Check to make sure the knives design fits the intend purpose of the knife. A small fixed blade knife is not going to be suitable for survival purposes. Also check to ensure the materials will hold up to the demands that you will put on the knife. A plastic handle on a gutting or skinning knife will not withstand the stress.
If you have chosen a folding knife is it durable as well as being easy to open and close? If the knife is a folding lock back knife does it lock properly? Does the knife seem to collapse and open seamlessly? Check out the edge of the knife blade and make sure it is able to be sharpened to the original quality. A characteristic that should come with all superior knives is a lifetime warranty against any defects and craftsmanship. When you are spending money on a quality knife you will want a guarantee to back what they are advertisers are marketing.