With a wide variety of blade shapes and style available, each designed for a different use, it’s important to choose the right blade to suit your needs. We have selected a few of the more common blade types as a guide to help you find the right blade style for you.
Choosing your handle material is usually just a matter of personal preference but there are reasons why the manufacturers have selected a specific handle material, it could be that the wood is sourced locally or that it has special properties that make it resistant to salt water, resists mould or cracking over it’s lifetime. We have listed a few of the more common handle materials selected by knife manufacturers below and provided a short guide on the material source, price, origin and use. We hope you’ll find it useful!
Choosing the right steel is important when buying a knife and that decision should always reflect on the knifes intended use. Hunting, survival, bushcraft and combat knives require a high carbon steel for strength and edge retention whereas a decorative or collectible knife may require a rust resistant stainless steel that can be polished to a high finish.