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Anatomy of Knives — Check out if there is anything new to learn


All of us use a knife for some purpose in our daily lives. And, there are many benefits to carrying a pocket knife. Perhaps, several professions like fisherman, hunters, butchers, trail guides, emergency personnel and military service people carry knives almost every day. Besides the plethora of advantages these EDC knives (Everyday carry knives) offer, these are aesthetically pleasing objects. In fact, men are fascinated by knives. There are guys who have enjoyed collecting pocket knives right from childhood. Pocket knives are damn handy. 

Don’t you feel more equipped and ready to face the world when you have a knife in your pocket? And the ego boost you get when someone asks “Has anybody got a knife?” and you whip out your blade like a ‘Real’ man!

So, are you looking forward to buying a new blade? Before choosing the best knife for you, it’s important to understand the different types of blades, their features, and how they work. Hope this article gives you a basic understanding of the anatomy of several different types of knives.

Automatic Knife

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The automatic knives are easily the most practical and prompt tools used in the police and military kits, by craftsmen and adventure travellers. Besides, these are used for everyday use and hence called EDC automatic knives. The way it operates is simple. When the lever is pulled or the firing button is pushed, the spring is released and the blade of the knife opens. However, before buying this knife, make sure this kind of knife is not restricted in your area.

One hand opening manual knife/Spring assisted folding knife

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One hand opening manual knives are commonly used blades referred to as “pocket knives”. They are legal in a majority of areas and hence a great option for everyday carry. 

While the spring assisted knives function in the same way as the manual knives, the handle has a spring inside. Once the knife is partly opened manually, the spring aids in deploying the blade. These spring-assisted knives usually come with a thumb stud / flipper. A thumb stud is a structure protruding out on either sides of the blade’s base (rear side) and used to flip open the knife.

Fixed Blade Knife

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Fixed blades or non-folding knives are ideal for a number of uses and are carried by hunters, sports people, divers, campers and a lot more. These knives cannot be folded or contracted like the other types of knives. Their applications include but not limited to — survival knives, combat knives, hunting knives, throwing knives, dive knives, boot knives and lots more.

Out the Front Knife (OTF knife)

The OTF knife is similar to the automatic knife in a number of ways. This knife is opened by pulling a lever or pushing a thumb slide. However, in an OTF knife, the blade deploys out from the front side of the handle while in automatic knives, the blade deploys out the side of the handle. Prefer the OTF knives for light use. Also, before buying this item, make sure your local laws permit its use.

Butterfly knife

A folding pocket knife, the butterfly knife is also known as Batanga or balisong knife. The knife has a handle that rotates around its tang and conceals the blade when the knife is closed. Butterfly knives are popular collectibles and a hot favourite of fidgeters. Flipping butterfly knives is a skill and people spend years to master it. Even the act of watching someone flip this knife is enticing.