Guide to Survival Knife Terminology: 28 Terms You Should Know

There are a lot of survival knife terminology out there, but don’t be intimidated. This blog post will give you the basics and then some! We’ll discuss blade shapes, handle materials, and more so that you can find the best survival knife for your needs. And once you’ve done that, we’ll review our 10 favorite knives on Amazon.

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1. What is an edge?

2. What is a hollow grind?

3. What is the purpose of handle scales and why should I be concerned with how they are mounted?

4. How do I mount my handle scales to my knife blade safely and securely?

5. How does a topographical map help in your survival situation if you need to get out of town fast or hunt for important items that may have been scattered when chaos ensued?

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Though it may seem like a chore to remember all the terms related to survival and emergency preparedness, there are resources available that can help you. For example, I once struggled with remembering the different words for knives until one of my interests in them stuck after much repetition. Nowadays when I see someone using terminology from this hobby or profession who might not be an expert themselves yet, they usually have reference materials on hand so they don’t feel as lost!

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The blade may be the most important part of any knife, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing to know about. The butt is also an integral piece of a knife and here are some other terms you should familiarize yourself with when learning more: Pommel – this can either refer to the end opposite from where your hand holds on or as one half of what makes up its handle Butt- while not exactly glamorous, this is often used in reference to knives as well for balance purposes



No one likes to be without their knife, but when you are in a pinch and need something sharp at your disposal, this is the place for it. A lanyard hole allows cordage like paracord or rope to wrap around so that there is no chance of losing precious tools from accidents – even if they slip out of our grasp while we’re using them! The handle provides us with comfort as well because it can fit comfortably into any size hand. Rivets help keep everything together securely by holding both scales on either side along each part of the tang where riveting pins may also decorate these knives beautifully and add flare.

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Knives are one of the most dangerous objects in a kitchen. They can be made from many different materials, but they all have two important parts: handle and edge. The spine is on the opposite side of cutting blade that runs to tip which has been sharpened for better cuts while holding it with your hand or fingers behind spines’ protection so not to slip forward during use


The tip or the point of a knife is where the spine and cutting edge come together. Different grinds produce different angels, and some are better suited for certain tasks than others. The cheek refers to that section on a blade between the spine and cutting edge – this is sometimes called “the knife face.” Finally, we have seen how there can be many variations in terms of what parts make up your knives’ blades: tips (or points), edges, cheeks/knife faces


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Hunters traditionally use skinning knives in the field, with an emphasis on a large belly to make slicing through animals’ thick hides easier. The blade can come together at many different points and angles depending on what task it is designed for; serrations are used when sawing through tougher materials while choil provides optimum control over the knife’s edge against tough hide.

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A knife is an essential tool for cutting, slicing and dicing food. You might be wondering what determines the different types of knives or how to maintain your blade in order to keep it sharp. This article will explore some common features on a kitchen knife as well as discuss maintenance techniques that should always be observed when using any type of utensil normally found around the home!

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Large choils can help provide stability by gripping with one hand while you sharpen with another but small ones are also great because they serve as stopping points which ensure someone does not go too far outwards while they’re honing their edge – this could cause them damage if there’s no stop point available even though tangs come in various shapes such like full-t

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In order to reduce the weight of a knife, or for aesthetic reasons, many individuals drill out (or cut) holes in their blade. One common way this is done on pocket knives is by using part of the tang where it has been drilled out. When assisted opening mechanisms are used with these blades that have an internal mechanism which assists in fully extending them when needed and help prevent accidental openings from happening if they’re closed incorrectly during use; then you may be looking at what’s known as “switchblade.” This type was created so people could carry hidden weapons without worry about being caught since most switchblades don’t need much force to activate due to special mechanisms. The term “nail mark” refers specifically small dents


The process of opening a knife can be accomplished in different ways. This depends on the person’s preference and what type they are looking for. Some people enjoy using their nails while others prefer to use an actual tool like a screwdriver or flathead that is used near the blade to pull it out from its sheath when folding knives’ blades typically reside inside them, so this isn’t possible with other types of knives such as straight edge ones where one would need tools which may include pliers if necessary. Straight edged knives have been found by many users find these more precise but most commonly just fold-out pocketknives are sharpened around all four edges without any curves at all whereas drop point and clip points both provide sharper tips than straights do

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When a blade has an acute downward curve from the spine to the tip. This creates a longer, thinner point that is good for piercing materials. Dagger – A type of knife with two cutting edges and primarily used in combat purposes; American Tanto- Has one long sharp edge at its core while also featuring another shorter smaller slanted edge on either side leading down to the very end where it’s pointed (sharp). The tanto is great for stabbing through skin or other material without tearing them apart like most knives would do! Trailing Point Knife: When you have this kind of knife then there are similar features as what you find on daggers, but instead they will usually come equipped with serrations along their blades which means more types/types including

When the blade’s spine curves upward, it creates a large belly on the knife. This is usually found on skinning knives and can be used to slash through materials or for piercing them. The spear point has an additional small cutting edge opposite of its main one that adds extra functionality such as being able to pierce items more easily than other blades might allow you too! While this guide doesn’t cover all terms in depth yet, we hope it helps those who may have had questions about common terminology when looking at different types of knives before purchasing their next tool!

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