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Uses & Features of Folding Knife

The only thing worse than taking a knife to a gunfight is not even having a knife. Reasons for keeping a folding knife may vary from safety to personal use. Whether you only need it to open packages of moisturizer and lotion or protect yourself from unnoticed danger, you’ll want to have a folding pocket knife on with you at all times. In a matter of seconds, folding knives can go from a safe and secure tool to one that’s ready for action.

Whether you’re out hunting hogs or taking care of basic tasks around the house, folding knives are versatile tools that can be safely carried anywhere you need. Folding knives that are nuanced enough to carve intricate designs or durable enough to saw through wood, so you can get exactly what you need. Thanks to generations of innovative designs from various companies and others, you can get an array of styles and designs. The possibilities for your most important tool are endless. A good-quality folding knife can be an excellent backup weapon when nothing else is available. For these reasons, most cops should carry at least one folding knife while on duty.

If you would like to have a foldable pocket knife for yourself or someone you know, you should look at the large set of knives available at various places online. The knives are made out of materials like carbon steel, stainless steel, etc. which do not depreciate with time. From tactical folding knives to gentleman’s pocket knives, we have everything in between.

Features of Folding Knife

Blade Point
Normal/Standard Point: Curved edge with a straight, dull back which allows the user to push on the back of the blade for added force. Best used for chopping, cutting, and thrusting.

Clip/Slant Point
The point is below the spine, giving the appearance that the end of the blade has been “clipped” off. This is a very common blade point with its ability for deep punctures, but the tip is weaker due to the design.

Drop Point
Typically found in hunting and utility knives. This is a common point type where the blade slopes down the spine from the handle to the blade tip. The curve on the top of the blade is convex which provides strength during use.

Trailing Point
Typically found on hunting, fillet, and skinning knives. The blade point is above the knife’s spine which means the knife features a large belly, great for slicing and slashing.

Blade Edge

Plain or Smooth Edge
These blades are free of notches and “teeth” and feature a smooth, clean cut. Plain edges are incredibly easy to sharpen but often dull quicker than serrated edges.

Serrated or Saw-toothed Edge
The notches on these types of blades are at an angle to the material being cut which allows for the easy and effective cutting action. A downside to these edges is they are very difficult to sharper due to the individual small notches. An upside is the blade edges stay sharper for longer than plain edge blades.

Combination Edge
Sometimes you need the best of both worlds. Combination edge blades feature part of the blade with a serrated edge and the rest of the blade with a plain edge. Usually, the serrated part is closest to the knife handle for better control during heavier-duty cuts. Having the plain edge near the point of the knife allows for more precise slicing when needed.


Leather, Mother of Pearl, wood, and bone/horn/stag
All handles add aesthetic appeal to knives but they are not the most solid or durable materials and can break or wear over time. Carbon fiber handles are strong and still appealing. Rubber handles and Kydex handles are affordable but not very scratch resistant. Rubber handles do offer great grip under slick conditions, though. Plastic handles are a more affordable option than Kydex but not as durable.