What To Look For When Choosing A Blue Pocket Knife
The choice is always difficult, and when it comes to such a thing as a Pocket knife, there are no uniform standards and criteria, although, of course, you need to look at a trusted manufacturer, the quality of the materials from which the knife is made, and the reliability of the blade, otherwise it will be money down the drain.
Why is it impossible to bring out anyone’s universal and best version of the knife? Yes, because knives are different and can be used for different tasks.
Someone needs a tactical Blue Pocket knife, while someone prefers more restrained and elegant options, for someone the appearance is important the handle material, finish, and the presence of a lanyard hole, while for others only practicality, blade thickness, and cut quality are important. That is, for each person, completely different knives may turn out to be the best. But still, I would like to share my opinion about what, in our opinion with Ivan, a convenient everyday knife should be.
1. Folding or fixed blade?
It must be foldable. We agree that a fixed blade is more reliable and durable than a folding one since any connection is a weak point in the design of the folder and it is there that breakage can occur under severe loads. But still, as a Blue Pocket knife, it will be more convenient due to its compactness.
2. Plain or serrated?
It is better to choose a blade, that is, with a smooth cutting edge, and not a serrated blade (the cutting edge of a serrated blade is made in a wave-shaped or sawtooth shape). And the main reason for this choice is that a smooth blade is much easier to sharpen. A smooth edge is also more convenient for cutting, planning, and even carving.
In a combination knife, the serrated edge is usually closer to the handle, which makes it very difficult to make an even cut with the main blade. Well, a smooth, plain blade will end up being more versatile than a serrated blade. In fairness, I note that the serrator will greatly facilitate your life when cutting rope, hose, and other texture materials, but honestly, tell me – how many times a day do you need such a function? BUT? Here’s something.
3. Reliability of fixation
When choosing a folding knife, pay attention to its lock, the fixation of the blade depends on it, because a knife without a lock in a certain situation may not be an assistant, but maybe a danger (especially in handles, more accustomed to a nail file than to such objects).
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4. Carbon or stainless steel?
Ivan and I agreed that the blade should be made of stainless steel, not carbon. More precisely, Ivan said so and explained why. I just have to agree, it’s too early for me to argue with professionals. It is logical to assume how carbon steel differs from stainless steel – it contains more carbon, which allows, with good hardening of the cutting edge, to retain sharpness longer, and the blade itself makes it stronger. But there is a significant disadvantage – carbon steel can rust, so it needs careful maintenance. But we are talking about a knife that will be used anywhere and in completely unpredictable conditions. So it is better to stop at an unpretentious and familiar stainless steel.
The quality of steel is directly proportional to the price segment of the knife, here the choice is unlimited, but if we consider the budget, then it is logical to give preference to stainless steel, because. it is more corrosion resistant and easier to care for, but as a rule, a knife with such steel loses its sharpness a little faster than a carbon knife.
5. Knife size
Here, manufacturers of folding knives have already chosen for you, since for the most part the length of their blade does not exceed 9-10 cm, and you just have to choose a handle that is convenient in length and shape. We do not insist on any specific parameters, since everyone has their financial capabilities and requirements, so there is simply no universal ideal knife.
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