Knife Know-How

The Knife . . . One of Man’s Oldest Tools
The Knife is a fantastic tool-an ancient tool for which there has been no substitute. Throughout history, knives have been essential for survival, as well as for providing food and shelter. From its earliest form, the blade developed out of necessity, and its evolution may be discovered through the paths of technology.
During the Stone Age, knives were constructed of flint, which could easily be sized to shape, and then could be rescaled to produce a new edge. Later, flint knives were ground to the desired shape. Much later in history, the man began to make knives from bronze, copper, & finally, from the results of iron as we know them today. Humans hold a unique bond with tools-in particular, those used for hunting. Over the ages, guns, bows, knives, & spears have been adorned with ornate patterns. These marks of craftsmanship added a touch of elegance and reflected pride in the skills the craftsmen had learned. Even in modern days, when buying a knife for fishing or hunting, the product of choice must be not only of lasting performance & quality but also have an attractive design & finish that gives the owner a sense of pride. Longtime hunters usually keep their tools in complete working order & often display their tools for others to admire. Most of the world’s countries have a knife related to their culture & history. This is one reason why knife collecting has become an increasingly popular hobby. Long, slim bolo knives were uniquely suited to the sugar cane & jungle work of the Philippines. Machetes from South America are a heavier knife suited for jungle clearing dense rain forest vegetation. Curved, wicked-looking Ghurka knives are used by the renowned Ghurka fighters of India. Of course, America’s own Bowie Knife has earned its place in history. The Bowie was handcrafted, and those looking for the finest in knives today still must look to the hands of the skilled craftsman. Today, the knife continues to be a valuable tool, though more for sport and work than survival, as in the past. As blade technology and production methods have advanced, knife uses have expanded, and knife forms have become more specialized. Today, you can get a Buck knife in a wide assortment of configurations and materials.

How to make a slip joint pocket knife ?

This tutorial will show you how I make a slip joint pocketknife step by step. I don’t have any special equipment such as milling machines or surface grinders, so the knife in this tutorial should be able to be made in any standard knife shop. If you don’t have some of the tools that I’m using, be creative. Almost every step could be done in a way other than the way I do it. The methods that I use ...

How to use a Kitchen Knife?

Using a kitchen knife involves the right kind of technique when you are holding the knife as well as when you are cutting your food. Many times when we are cutting, we do not hold the knife correctly or even when we are cutting we do not do it properly, this can result in us injuring ourselves badly as well as we do not get the right size or shape that we want. Here are a few tips that can help yo...

How to Keep Your Knife Sharp

Keeping your knife sharp is very important especially since you use it most of the time when you are in the kitchen. When you have a blade that is sharp, it not only gives you the benefit of cutting faster however you also can do the job well, and it is a lot safer. When a person uses a dull blade, a lot of pressure has to be applied while cutting, this can be really risky as this way you can end ...

10 Unknown Facts about Knives You Had No Idea Of

Not all knives have to be Sharpened: While there are some claims that not all knives require sharpening, however, the reality of the fact is that over the time with constant use, just like any other tool, a knife also needs to be sharpened. While there are claims made by a few manufacturers that the knives made by their company do not require the extra touch however that is not the case. To mainta...

How to use a Kitchen Knife?

Using a kitchen knife involves the right kind of technique when you are holding the knife as well as when you are cutting your food. Many times when we are cutting, we do not hold the knife correctly or even when we are cutting we do not do it properly, this can result in us injuring ourselves severely as well as we do not get the right size or shape that we want. Here are a few suggestions that c...

How to Find the Perfect Pocket Knife?

A pouch knife is one of the handiest tools anybody can have; it can be used for various reasons at any time. This is one tool that has loads of benefits and is small in size making it a perfect option to keep. Different kinds of pocket knives are available in the market; this is why it is essential for a person to understand the various factors that contribute towards buying the ideal knife that i...

Anatomy of a Knife: What is Full Tang?

Understanding how knives, swords and machetes are made can help you with your buying decision. There are several types of tang – full tang, rat tail, half tang, etc. So, what’s the difference? What is Full Tang? Full tang is when the metal that makes up the blade is extended through the entire length of the handle. So, it’s one solid piece of metal which makes it less likely to break. You’ll also ...

Five Best Camping Knife Sharpeners – Your Best Buddy Along with Your Camping Knife

Before you set off for the great outdoors, check your camping gear. Tent? Check. Camping flashlight? Check. Camping stove? Check. Camping food? Check. How about your camping tools? With tasks such as cutting firewood and setting up the camp tent, you’re never really fully equipped without a sharp blade in your pack. And to be much more prepared, you’ve got to have some backup; you’ve got to have s...

The Anatomy of Hype

Cashen is a knife maker of an interesting character having earned his MS stamp but speaks out against the ABS testing procedures, has participated in cutting competitions but contends their application as tools to evaluate blade performance. In “The Anatomy of Hype” Cashen speaks of the basics of the misinformation in the cutlery industry. His wit and acute perception take hold of the ...

How to Mix?

DO NOT MIX ALKALI METALS, such as calcium, potassium, & sodium with water, carbon dioxide, carbon tetrachloride, & other chlorinated hydrocarbons. ACETIC ACID with chromic acid, nitric acid, hydroxyl- containing compounds, ethylene glycol, perchloric acid, peroxides, & permanganates. ACETONE with concentrated sulphuric & nitric acid mixtures. ACETYLENE with copper (tubing), fluorin...

How To Choose The Right Knife – Knife Buying Tips

With the vast variety of knives on the market, it can be difficult to know which knife you need. Choosing a knife is not hard, though, if you know what you’re looking at. Step One: What Will You Use The Knife For? When preparing to buy a knife, the first question to ask yourself is: what you are going to use it for? For example, is this going to be a blade you’ll use to cut open packages, to cut t...

How to Choose a Pocket Knife

Whether for yourself or as a gift, a pocket knife is an excellent tool and well worth the investment. Be sure to look for quality, well-made knife best suited to your needs as it will last longer and serve you better. Here’s an overview of the basic types available, and how to choose a pocket knife. First determine what the person you are buying it for will be using it for. Hunting, fishing,...

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