So, you want a knife. It is a right and useful wish. A good knife is useful in a variety of situations that are too long to list. Especially since the hike and picnic season is ahead, and knives are the number one tool in nature.
If you want to understand how the number of additives in steel determines that the knife will grind after throwing it into a wild merl, then you are not here. This article has a completely different goal - to explain how to buy a knife:
Help in everyday situations,
Work without complicated care,
Must be sold at an affordable price.
That is, we will choose a knife, which is not ashamed to get, and has no pity to buy it.
What is the purpose of buying a knife
The knives are divided according to the different indications in which the purposes will be used. For example, hunting, fishing, living under extreme conditions or simply cutting meat. Therefore, when we are looking for a knife that is needed "in general", it is easy to get lost in the characteristics.
What to pay attention to when you choose a universal assistant? On the classics.
Do not try to find a knife with a thousand functions, where the normal blade is more important. Glass cutters or staplers, for example, will not interfere, but they are often not required.
Do not look for complex shapes of blades or special sharpening. And don't take a knife for life: one thing is to order in the name of the master, the other is to buy a tool for everyday needs.
By the way, knives that can be purchased in the general store without any problems and documents are not related to cold weapons. But true sellers go with each knife with a certificate confirming their economic and domestic purpose.
Foldable or fixed
This is an eternal question, but every day, perhaps, a better folding knife. At least because it is more convenient to wear and does not bother with the scabbard. And in women's bags, a handy folding knife will feel much better than a long blade in a scabbard.
How to choose size
The best knife is the one that is always with you. If the house is a pretty big knife, you can have as many as you want. But what is the use of it, if you are uncomfortable with it?
So when choosing a knife, pay attention to the size of the blade and the weight of the knife.
Too short a blade would be useless (try cutting a 6cm knife with at least one loaf of bread), too big - uncomfortable. The blade length of 8-9 centimeters is good for everyday situations or for use in increments.
Depending on the weight, first of all, ease of use: one likes light knives, one needs heavy ones. And secondly, sometimes every gram is counted. And heavy knives are difficult to carry in belts or pockets - clothes are pulled.
In the photo above - a knife Ganzo 727M, which weighs only 130 grams. This is a very easy option.
How to choose steel
The different types of knife parameters depend on the steel grade, starting with the hardened hardness and strength, how this knife should be sharpened.
Perhaps you are a big fan of everything that has stabs and cuts, so cleaning your weapons is a hobby. If not, choose stainless steel, that is, steel with chromium content not less than 12%. Otherwise, with a knife, you will get an unnecessary habit of dealing with it all the time.
According to the Rockwell scale the hardness of steel was chosen in the range of 58–60 units (this is a special system for measuring hardness, as you have already understood). No less necessary, as the knife must still withstand various tasks and be strong. Even more so, because more rigidity leads to greater fragility. Hard edges can break, and they are very difficult to sharpen.
For example: a knife Ganzo G720 from steel 440C, which has been used for blades for half a century. Of course, during this time there were more advanced creations on features, but here the price is already deciding. If a knife is required for business, and not for boasting, the 440C is a good choice. In addition, manufacturers have learned to process it very well, which cannot be said of all alloys.
What to see is not necessary
For additional additives, if you are not a metallurgist. Since some additives are contained in steel at one-tenth of a percent and do not affect anything, with standard use. So should be guided by the steel brand.
How to choose a swing
The hands are all different sizes, everyone is used to working in their own way, so it is difficult to conclude. As long as for "simple work" you might recommend leaning on modern materials rather than wood or leather. The latter can be incredibly beautiful, but they quickly deteriorate and deteriorate. And modern materials - fiberglass, textolite and others - are durable and very diverse.
If you order a knife through the internet, see that the handle has a creative shape with ring marks on it. Otherwise, it is better to hold the knife in your hands and see if it is convenient for you.
How to choose system
If you are interested in a folding knife, the question arises.
About the main thing in a nutshell: open the knife should be convenient with one hand, and close - so as not to be without fingers.
Let's see what kind of locks can be found in the market.
Liner Lock - Most common, it is used for a long time. In working condition, the spring locks the heel of the blade. To close the knife, you need to press the bar, sometimes it is inconvenient to do with the left hand. This type of lock has many types and modifications that stem from the classic model.
Axis lock is an easy system for lefties and officers. Since a fixator in working condition expands the blade pin, which must be moved to close or open the knife. In addition, this design protects the knife from unplanned folding. On the photo below - a knife Ganzo G704 with this lock.
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The back lock is a complex lock in which the blade is fixed due to the interaction of the blade and the slot at the heel of the blade. With this type of lock, it is important to adjust accurately on the details and the presence of extra protrusion on the butt so that the knife does not fold by itself.
Compression lock is a relatively new technology that looks like a liner lock from the outside, but in reality it is a more reliable mechanism that is convenient to use on any hand.