In this discussion we will go into the world of blades. This will be a basic overview of the main types of knives and some of the basic traits they will possess. These will be separated into the following categories to simplify the breakdown of blades:
- · Wilderness Survival knives
- · Pocket knives
- · Hunting Knives
- · Military Knives
Wilderness Survival Knife
Opening the discussion are wilderness survival knives. These knives are typically fixed blade knives. Generally blade lengths range from four to seven inches. The blade thickness is consistently around one quarter of an inch. These knives are designed to be sturdy and have good chopping ability sharp enough to cut cordage and use as a defensive weapon from predators. The come with straight and partially serrated blades. As the name entails these knives are designed to be rugged and durable and generally offer good corrosion resistance.
Next we open up with pocket knives. These knives have a pocket clip to offer quick access to it but keep a compact setup. These are folding knives and have blade lengths that typically range three to five inches. They come in both straight and partially serrated blades and are extremely common. They come in all sorts of styles and varieties of widths and thicknesses.
Now we jump into hunting knives. This style of knife tends to be a fixed blade and occasionally will come with a gutting hook on the back side of the blade tip. These blades are almost always straight age to ensure smoother skinning capability. The blade length is typically four to six inches. These are stout blades but thin enough to be good for smooth cutting.
Finally we get to military knives. The knives are designed as fighting knives. Most have longer blades from four to eight inches. This gives the ability to block knife to knife blows and still have sharp sections of the blade. These knives are durable and tend to be thicker and heavier and are closer to survival knives than anything else in this category. There is a wide variety and the diversity of the world’s militaries has different ideas as to what is the ideal knife. Even U.S. military branches adopt different knives as their go to war blade.
This was a brief breakdown and is not concrete rules to knives of these types. I will go into more depth and bring specific examples considered to be good choices to purchase in more discussions to come. Check back for more content. Thanks for reading.