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Knife buying guide – Steps to buy the right knife

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Knife buying guide

The right knife buying guide

1. How will you use it for.. What purpose?

  • Everyday/Domestic use: Are you opening boxes or cutting twine?
  • Outdoor (Backpacking/Climbing/Hiking/Camping): Does your activity involve using rope?
  • Hunting/Fishing: Are you field dressing game or cleaning/filleting fish?
  • Tactical/Survival/Combat: Do you need a heavy-duty knife that won’t fail?
  • Limited Edition/Custom: Are you a collector?

2. What features are important to you the most

  • Fixed-blade: Always ready for use and dependable.
  • Folding knife: Compact, safer to carry; improved dependability with locking blade.
  • One-handed opening: Has a thumb stud, blade hole or other feature to facilitate one-hand use. Some models are one-hand opening and one-hand closing as well.
  • Gutting/skinning blade: Butchers knife, for field dressing game.
  • Thick Blade: For heavy-duty tasks.
  • Light weight: Use of composite or other materials to minimize weight.
  • Saw edge: For cutting wood or bone.
  • Sharpness: Edge retention, stays sharp and is easy to resharpen.

3. From what is it made of and why?

Blade Materials

A good blade combines good edge retention, ease of re-sharpening and rust resistance.

  • S30V is the best blade steel available. It is a high vanadium stainless steel with even higher edge retention.
  • 154CM and BG-42 are two custom steels with much higher carbon content, giving them higher hardness ratings and dramatically higher edge retention.
  • 420HC is a stainless steel that provides excellent rust resistance, is easy to re-sharpen and has good edge retention.

< Knife suggestions >

i) Profine Series Kitchen knife

ii) Tefal Santoku Kitchen knife with cover

Handle Materials

A good handle should feel solid and well constructed when you hold it. We suggest you consider a handle style and material that meets your needs and suits your preference.

  • An ergonomic design provides comfort.
  • A rubber or textured handle provides a slip free grip in wet conditions.
  • A classic wooden handle adds beauty to the knife but question on how long it will last.
  • Plastic/composite handles are more durable under extreme conditions and long lasting.

Knife buying guide – Common kitchen knives function infographic:-

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Knife buying guide – Edge typesknife buying guide - knife edge

Knife buying guide – Rockwell scales Hardness measurement (HRC)

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References:

i) knife buying guide - knifecentre.com

ii) zknives.com

Knife buying guide – Steps to buy the right knife

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