A Guide to Pocket Knife and Its Various Types

Published On: February 14, 20230 Comments on A Guide to Pocket Knife and Its Various TypesTags: Last Updated: January 29, 20243.2 min read

Every country has its own rules and regulation in terms of carrying knives and other defence tools. According to the UK knife law, for example, one can carry a non-locking pocket knife with a blade length that does not extend beyond three inches. The pocket knives are a staple if you go camping, adventure or for going for outdoor activity.

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The UK legal pocket knife is handy, compact, and great for everyday tasks. It doubles as both a tactical and utility knife, and its small size makes it portable. Here is everything you need to know about folding knives.

Mechanism of the knife 

The pocket knives are perfect for everyday tasks like cutting, opening boxes, chopping, cutting ropes etc. The tools have a sharp blade which folded back and hence prevents injuries or accidents. The knives are wedged into handles with small grooves on the outside of either side of the blade, and hence it slides in and out easily. The knife folds in itself and opens or closes with ease making it quite portable. Thicker blades are stronger and harder as compared to the thinner ones. There are some foldable knives which come with their own set of attachments like corkscrews or screwdrivers making them more functional.

Types of blade design in the pocket knives 

There are a plethora of pocket knives, but the variation in the blade makes it suitable for a range of applications. Here are some of the blades types commonly found in pocket knives:

Drop Point Blade

It is a classic and all-around style which is most commonly used in pocket knives. The back of the handle has a gradual down-slope and creates an easily controlled point. This drop point type of blade gives better control in terms of use and give precision in terms of use. The blade is suitable for a range of hunting tasks like skinning, slicing etc.

Tanto blade

This type of blade is also known as a chisel point and is known to be one of the strongest blades. The blade is highly precise and is designed for applications like piercing, push cuts etc. The blade is strong enough and easily pierces tough objects.

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Blunt tip blade

This blade is symmetrical and has equal slopes but comes with a blunt tip. The pocket knife blade is unique and highly specialised, commonly used for cutting lines or rope. It is commonly used by adventure enthusiasts like kayakers, divers etc. for cutting ropes.

Hawkbill blade

The blade is a curved knife with a pointed tip. It looks like a beak with a concave blade which is specialised for a range of tasks like cutting cords, pruning, stripping wires etc. Knives with such a blade are mostly used for tactical options.

Spear point blade

The spear point blade has an equal slope on both sides where the point or tip is extremely sharp and is perfect for a piercing job. The blade is strong and durable, and the locking mechanism keeps it safe and convenient and prevents injury. As a speciality knife with a pointy tip, it is the right tool for defense and is suitable for tactical purposes.

Trailing Point blade

The pocket knife with a trailing point blade is mostly used by hunters as it helps in tasks like skinning and slicing. The blade has a steep upward curve, and its lightweight makes it portable and convenient to carry. However, it is not recommended for piercing as it loses balance during any piercing chore.

Pocket knives are compact, sturdy, and lightweight making them convenient to carry. Depending on the activities, it is best to pick a knife with a blade that fits the purpose.



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