There are two main types of knives that everyday people need. It doesn't matter if you are out on a hunting adventure, a camping excursion or simply taking on day to day chores a quality, well-constructed knife is not only convenient but necessary. The two main types of knives have nothing else in common with one another except that they both have the capability to cut. Fixed blade knives and folding knives are completely different in the tasks that they perform.
Depending on what you are looking for and what the knife will be used for will decide what type of knife you choose. If you are looking for a one piece tool that will last a lifetime consider the purchase of a fixed blade knife. You will find that fixed blade knives come in a variety of sizes as well as with an assortment of blade lengths. With a fixed blade there are no folding parts to concern yourself with. The only issue is that in order to safely transport the blade it must rest in a sturdy sheath.
The benefits of purchasing a fixed blade knife are plentiful. One obvious advantage is the ease of cleaning. The knife is one continuous piece, this is helpful in preventing debris from being tangled with in the folding handle. The blade strength of a fixed blade knife is stronger than that of folding knives as well. With fixed blade knives it is also possible to interchange the blades in order to perform a variety of functions.
There are also major benefits that come along with purchasing and carrying a folding knife. The most obvious being that folding knives are convenient to take with you in a pocket or actually anywhere for that matter. The blade flips to store directly inside the knives handle. This is the most common type of knife that people own today. It cannot only be used as a self-defense weapon when needed but most commonly a usable tool.
There are also options within the category of folding knives including lockback knives, linerlocking knives and pocket knives. Lock-back and liner-lock knives are made for easy one handed use. The knife offers additional safety with the locking mechanism that holds the blade in place while it is in use. Pocket knives are more compact then other types of locking knives. They also tend to be more functional for everyday use.
No matter what type of knife you choose to carry with you or to use as your tool of choice it is important that you choose one made from quality materials. Spend time looking at the mechanics of a locking knife, if this is the type you choose. This is the point at which many folding knives fail to compare with the strength that is provided with a fixed blade knife.