When selecting a knife for everyday carry, several factors are to be considered, including blade type, handle type, and materials. Folding pocket knives are strong contenders for EDC knives, as they are compact and easy to keep.
Strong, lightweight materials are preferred for EDC knives, as the added weight might cause strain in daily use. As for the edge, full ground edges and serrated edges are popular for their wide variety of use.
While primarily used for self-defense, tactical knives are also selected based on the other tasks the user has in mind. Whether it is for survival outdoors or as part of military gear, tactical knives can vary in size, material, and type.
Fixed blade knives are better suited for survival and duty purposes while folding knives work best with uniformed personnel for their concealment properties.
Exploring knives are mainly used for preparing food but can be also used for other tasks, like cutting rope or digging holes. Thus, selecting a durable knife that retains its edge for a long time is important.
For length, the ideal length would be around 9 to 11 inches when fully opened, giving enough room to tackle both delicate and menial tasks. Folding pocket knives are better suited for camping trips, especially when traveling with children, as it is easy to keep and stored in the pocket.
Hunters put knives to good use when in the field, so it is paramount for them to select dependable knives that can do a wide range of tasks.
Knives used for hunting must be strong enough to skin, gut, and debone hunted game, along with removing cartilages. And as it is exposed to humidity and fluids, the blade must have high corrosion and rust resistance to endure prolonged exposure. Ideally, through-tang fixed blades are best for hunting, as it provides great durability and strength to handle the task.
Selecting the right knives for outdoor cooking makes a whole world of difference in the food prepared.
A typical kitchen knife should be between 5 to 10 inches in length, with a comfortable handle to reduce hand strain when used for long periods. For finer tasks, a smaller knife is better at doing the job. Fixed blade knives with a through tang are best for this function, securing the durability of the knife in its handle.
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