The tactical folding knife you chose to carry with you is without a doubt, one of the most important tools for your survival and EDC use.
Knowing the anatomy of it and how it works will allow you to better use it and get more out of it. The full potential of the knife will be further unleashed if you know how to use every individual part and how it functions.
How Folders Function
In a folder, the blade swings around a pivot at one end of the handle.
The blade is contained inside the handle while closed which makes it easy and practical to carry inside your pocket or bag.
When the blade opens all the way. The blade locks into position.
Other than those two functions. The other functions are derived from what type of folding knife it is. Other components like the locking mechanism. How the blade is locked into place is a component.
Let’s start with the blade.
A metal stud that’s located near the knifes pivot. This allows you to use your thumb to open the knife while holding the knife.
Essentially it allows you to open the knife with one hand.
The open frame allows the knife to be cleaned easily. But it also makes the pocket knife blade exposed to the other objects you’re carrying it with. Use with caution.
Simply a standard clip to allow the user to clip the knife to pockets or other parts of yourself. Allows for carrying practicality.
Located on the interior part of the handle slabs. The functionality of the liner is to reinforce the handle.
Serves as a locking mechanism.
The pivot is the joint that allows the blade to swing open and closed. Some knife brands make the pivot adjustable to increase or decrease the friction at which the blade moves.
This allows the knife to be rapidly flipped open with just one finger. And yes, it is fun.
Not all folders have this feature.
This part spans the interior of the two sides of the knife handle. Commonly this is made of metal.
The standoff is a pillar that provides the interior part if the handle adequate spacing for the blade to fit in and out of use.
This is so that you’re able to put cordage or similar shaped material through it for ease of carrying. It’s common to use paracord rope for this purpose.
There are thousands and thousands of different folding knives. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that it’s hard to shop for one either. Here’s why.
Most of them are garbage.
Once you know what makes a high-quality folder and knife in general, it makes filtering the poor quality ones from your new EDC warrior easily and almost instantly.
Looking for high-quality steel for your blade is one of the most important aspects of a folder. Cheap steel will give you cheap performance.
Opt for a higher quality stainless steel like 440. These blades make a perfect first pocket knife. Since they fold, they’re easy to carry with you anywhere.
Having a folding knife is an essential item for any man.
It’s not the only knife to have, but it’s one of the most versatile and practical for use in everyday life. Make it a part of your EDC if it isn’t already.
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