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Knives have been used as tools throughout thousands of years of human history. These useful blades can be used for everything from cutting wood to scaling fish to surviving in the wilderness. They are handed down from grandfather to father to son as family heirlooms, especially those of popular brands such as Gerber Knives. They are also favorites of collectors who value them for their workmanship, usefulness and beauty. There are many reasons for the popularity of knives and various purposes for purchasing them. For the uninitiated, read on for a short summary of the uses, construction and variety of knives and multipurpose tools that include these blades.
Different knives are designed for different purposes. Some are great for opening boxes, cutting twine, and simple tasks around the home or office. Multipurpose pocket knives can include useful accessories like a corkscrew, nail file and bottle opener as well as more serious tools such as scissors and screw drivers. Others are made for sporting uses by backpackers, hunters, fishermen and campers. Some knives are needed for serious survival work, such as those used by soldiers and wilderness campers. Still others are purchased to be included in collections. Multipurpose tools that include knife blades are needed by construction and industrial workers, mechanics, farmers and ranchers. When selecting your own knife, pick one made for the purpose(s) for which you want to use it.
Knives are made from a variety of materials. Blades may be of quality stainless steel, surgical steel, black iron or titanium. They made be fashioned with a fine edge, a clip point or a serrated edge. Wood makes beautiful handles for knives but many other choices are available. Nail nicks are included convenience of opening blades. Others are designed with a locking thumb stud for quick one-handed opening. A full-sized handle provides a sturdy grip. There are also a variety of strong, ergonomically designed handles for easy gripping, made of die-cast aluminum and soft grip composite inserts such as several Gerber Knives offer. When selecting your knife, find the shape and size that fits and feels at home in your hand and choose the best quality you can afford when you make your purchase.
A fixed-blade knife is always ready to put to use. Folding knives are compact and safe to carry. Their locking blades offer greater dependability. One-handed opening is convenient for speed and protection. Skinning or gutting blades are made for field dressing a hunter’s game. Thick blades are serviceable for heavy-duty use and saw edge for cutting wood. Blades should keep a sharp edge as well as be easy to sharpen when needed.
Decide what you want a knife to do for you and choose the blade that best suits your needs. If multiple tasks are needed, select a multiple use tool such as several Gerber Knives offer that include one or two blades with the other accessories. You want your knife to be a tool you can always count on. It will give you many years if useful service.