CardSharp Version II Video Review & Product Description

  • Ultra Thin- 2.2 mm thick
  • Lightweight- 13 grams
  • Blade edge is protected when stored in wallet or kit bag; Protective hilt appears when open
  • Surgical blade technology with long 65mm cutting edge ensures longer lasting sharpness
  • Authentic Iain Sinclair with Serial Number on each card

  • CardSharp2® - a superlight and supersharp utility knife, the same size as a credit card. Just three ingenious folding operations metamorphosise the card into an elegant pocket utility tool. Slimmer and lighter than an ordinary knife, updated features include a stiffer, polypropylene body (living hinges guaranteed for life) and a unique safety lock (cannot open in pocket or drawer and is child proof). The extra long stainless steel surgical blade ensures longer lasting rust free sharpness and the superlight polypropylene body includes a built-in protective sheath that helps prevent injury or blunting.

    Celebrating the Buck 110

    A stunning construction presents itself. This knife in particular astounds me personally due to its heritage, its history and long withstanding sentimentality. We're all very well acquainted with this series knife, the Buck 110, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Most car models don't last that long. A genuine favorite, the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife is memorable, nostalgic and masterfully crafted. If you happened to purchase this edition in 2014, there would have been an emblem on the knife marking the 50th year of the Buck 110.

    The 110 Folding Hunter--Buck's signature knife--originally debuted in 1962, making it a good year for knife safety. The Folding Hunter is equipped with a nail-notch lock back design that opens easily and closes safely during any activity, ensuring that the knife never goes out of style. The knife's 3-3/4-inch stainless-steel clip blade, meanwhile, is ideal for detail work, such as piercing and cutting in tight places. And users will love the natural wood-grain handles and polished brass bolsters, which add a classic touch to the design. The Folding Hunter, which comes with a black leather sheath for easy carrying, is backed by Buck's 4-Ever unconditional lifetime warranty.

    eBay Favorite: 7.5" SNIPER SPRING ASSISTED BLACK FOLDING KNIFE with Pocket Blade Assist Open Switch

    This 7.5" spring assisted folding knife is the perfect tool to carry around in your pocket. Featuring a sharp and durable stainless steel blade, this knife will get the job done. The aluminum handle features the Sniper emblem and is equipped with a seat belt cutter and glass breaker. Comes with a belt clip for easy portability.

    • Spring Assisted Knife
    • 7.5" Overall Length - Very Sharp
    • 3" Stainless Steel Blade
    • 4.5" Aluminum Handle
    • Sniper Emblem
    • Seat Belt Cutter
    • Glass Breaker
    • Includes Belt Clip
    • Liner Locking System

    seller: unlimitedwares

    eBay Favorite: 6" Gentlemens Carbon Fiber Design Spring Assisted Open Pocket Knife 8383BK-U1

    • This knife has a smooth and quick assisted operation, very good quality and nice for collection.
    • 440 Stainless Steel Blade
    • Aluminum Handle
    • Carbon Fiber Print Inlay
    • Liner Locking System
    • Overall Length of 6" inches
    • Blade Length: 2.75" inches
    • Closed Length: 3.25" inches

    seller: blade.addict

    Cool to Own Knives

    If you are a knife collector this video might stir your fanatical knife purchasing habit(s). An HD, whopping 38:40 running time look at this collection will leave you stunned. It did me only because I am a knife enthusiast. I titled this post "Cool to Own Knives" because the tools reviewed in detail via this video are, in my opinion, categorically cool.

    You know you are seeing and hearing firsthand from a serious knife collector when considering the running time of their video review(s). We'll of course leave that for anyone watching to decide ultimately. Please enjoy.

    Top Rated Kitchen Knives Include Wusthof, Henckels, and Forschner Knives

    By Joel N Sussman

    Every day, thousands of people search the Internet looking for guidance on purchasing the best kitchen knives and cooking knives. There are a variety of criteria you can use to determine what would be the best kitchen or chef's knives for your budget and purposes; but, one of the best places to start is with expert and consumer reviews. Generally, you can't go too far wrong if you purchase your kitchen knives from a reputable brand, such as Forschner, Dexter, JA Henckels, or Wusthof kitchen knives; but reading objective evaluations from other consumers and experts, can be extremely helpful.

    Buying the right kitchen knife actually involves a lot of different decisions, not the least of which is choosing between a cooking knife that is "forged" versus one that is "stamped". If price is no object, then a forged knife would probably be the preferred choice. Forged chefs knives are generally considered sturdier than stamped knives, but the question is -- are they always worth the extra money? The answer is a definitive, "not always". According to Consumer Reports, "Although the top-rated knives are forged, stamped knives are capable of very good performance." The non-profit consumer education organization points out that stamped knives do not have a bolster and a heel, which do add value to the user experience; but those features probably wouldn't be missed by most people. Visit their web site for a good "crash course" in understanding knife terminology and tips on efficient use and care of kitchen knives.

    The four types of knives that Consumer Reports recommends having on hand in a well-equipped home kitchen are a chef's knife, a slicer, a utility knife, and a parer. For home chefs who like to have a kitchen knife for every purpose, there are specialty food preparation knives made for virtually every task in the kitchen. For example, in addition to the multi-purpose chef's knife and carving knife, you can also buy kitchen knives specifically designed for slicing bread, cheese, ham, or fish (fillet knives). There are also shell fish knives, which are more commonly referred to as "clam knives", "oyster knives", or "scallop knives". For cooks looking for a multi-purpose kitchen knife that slices, dices, and minces, a Santuko knife might be a the perfect supplement to a home cutlery supply.

    As far as top brand names for the best chef knives and kitchen knives, the Wusthof classic seemed to be the favorite of expert reviewers, although the RH Forschner by Victorinox Fibrox was deemed the best budget knife set. Among the runners up for best kitchen knives were the Henckels Twin Professional "S" and the Henckels Four Star. Henckels Four Star series is one of the most popular lines of kitchen knives on the market, and includes a wide range of carvers, cleavers, boning knives, peeling knives, and steak knives. The Henckels Pro S series also features virtually every kitchen knife imaginable, including sandwich knives, fillet knives, flexible slicers, hollow edge slicers, and serrated utility knives.

    It pays to read kitchen knives reviews, like the ones online at, but if you stick with well-known brand names, such as Victorinox, Forschner, Henckels knives, and Wusthof, you will rarely be disappointed.
    Joel Sussman is marketing specialist with Mountain Media, providing ecommerce services to websites, such as, an online source for Forschner kitchen knives, Dexter, Henckels knives, and other name kitchen cutlery.
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    Most Popular Swiss Army Knives

    By Tanveer Sk

    Swiss Army knives come in a wide range of models, each with different numbers and kinds of attachments. The simpler ones can weigh a few ounces and carry only 5 accessories while the grander models can weigh a quarter of a pound and have as much as seventeen tools. Every individual has their own favorite Swiss knife. Some might like the basic Camper model while some might go for the heftier Swiss Army Deluxe Tinker. If you're wondering what Swiss knife to get, here's a breakdown of the most popular models out in the market today.

    • Victorinox Classic SD: This is admittedly one of the most popular models that people buy these days, as seen by the staggering number of them being left behind in airport security check-points. The Classic SD knife is compact and uber-portable. It's a small 2 ¼" that can be carried around in a keychain. The Classic SD contains a blade, nail file with screwdriver, scissors, toothpick and tweezers.

    • Wenger Esquire: Also known as the Classique knife, the Wenger Esquire Swiss Army knife is the most popular model sold at Wenger's. It's also very compact and has a key ring, nail file with cleaner, pen blade, scissors, toothpick and tweezers.

    • Victorinox Climber: As the name implies, this name is popular with the outdoorsy types. Mountaineers and spelunkers love this 88 gram knife that can carry 10 tools. Aside from the usual attachments, the Climber also has an awl, a bottle opener with a large screwdriver, a can opener with a small screwdriver, corkscrew, a hook and scissors.

    • Victorinox Spartan: This popular knife is probably what most people imagine a Swiss Knife would look like. It has the eight basic Swiss Army tool and weighs a light 2 ounces or more. This carefully designed and engineered knife is available in black, red and silver models.

    • Victorinox Signature: This well-loved knife has the usual attachments plus a pressurized ball pen with a distinct design. Also known as the Signature II, it comes in black and red colors.

    • Victorinox Camper: The go-to knife of frequent travelers, the Camper Swiss Army Knife is chock-full of tools that are perfect for camping. It's also useful for doing small carpentry works. At 74.8 grams, the Camper is a standard sized knife that has 2 blades, an awl, bottle opener with screwdriver, can opener with screwdriver, corkscrew, toothpick, tweezers and wood saw.

    • Wenger Traveler Knife: This Swiss Army knife has 3 layers of tools perfect for those who travel any of life's highways and byways. It's the most popular full-sized knife from Wenger and carries all the usual attachments.

    • Victorinox Executive: This medium sized knife boasts of ultimate functionality in a handy 3" body. It's perfect for any business executive and is popular among construction workers. The Executive has the requisite 2 blades, a key ring, nail file with cleaner, orange peeler with scraper, scissors, toothpick and tweezers.

    Most Swiss Army knives have identical design but vary in price. This is due to the size and the number and kind of attachments it has. Make sure to shop around, research and discuss what Swiss knife is perfect for you and your lifestyle.

    So, now you know which are the most popular Swiss Army Knife, why don't you go ahead and find out which is the Best Swiss Army knife and to know more about other Swiss Army Knives that can be useful for backpacking, survival, travel, camping, etc., please visit
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    An Overview of Knife Blade Steel and Its Importance in Knife Performance
    By Mark S Zehnle

    Blade material is an extremely important aspect of any knife. And there are many types of steel used for knife blades. Some are relatively soft steels, which may dull fairly quickly but be easily re-sharpened. Other steels may be very hard, and so can be ground to an extremely sharp edge, but they may be susceptible to chipping or break easily if used inappropriately (for prying, for example).

    In the world of knife steel, there is always a compromise between strength (ductility, or the ability to bend rather than snap), hardness (ability to withstand impact without deforming), edge-retention, and corrosion-resistance. Typically, as one characteristic increases, another will decrease.

    For example, some of the strongest, toughest knives are only moderately sharp (comparatively speaking), and are very susceptible to rust. But with proper maintenance, they can offer a lifetime of hard use that would damage or destroy a knife made from a different kind of steel.

    The choice of blade steel will impact the appropriate usage of the knife, its ease or difficulty of manufacture, and of course, its price. Let's have a brief look at some of the more popular choices of blade steel available.

    A Brief Primer on Blade Steel

    All steel is composed of iron, with some carbon added to it. Various grades and types of steels are created by adding other "alloying" elements to the mixture. "Stainless" steel, by definition, contains at least 13% chromium. "Non-Stainless" steels are also known as carbon steels or alloy steels.

    Despite its name and late-night TV reputation, stainless steel is not stainless. Like all steel, it too will rust. The high chromium level in stainless helps to decrease corrosion, but cannot entirely prevent it. Only proper maintenance and handling will keep your knife completely rust free. (And basically, that simply means keeping it clean and dry, lightly oiling it from time to time, and not storing it in a sheath. Just that simple. Oh yeah: no dishwashers. Ever.)

    Speaking very generally, there are three grades of steel used for knife blades: Good, Better and Best. Each type of steel has unique properties that make it more suitable to specific designs and applications. And of course, the choice of steel will impact the knife's price.

    Good Blade Steel

    Knives utilizing "Good" steel blades should be considered entry-level, and tend to be made from rust-resistant (not rust-free -- see above) stainless steel. Typically manufactured in Asia, these knives offer a fairly good economic value. These blades are usually 'softer' and therefore require more frequent sharpening to keep the edge performing well. But, because they are in fact 'softer,' re-sharpening is fairly easy. Some of the more popular stainless steel blade materials in this class are 420, 440A and 7Cr13MoV.

    420 stainless steel has a little less carbon than 440A. Many knife makers use 420 because it's inexpensive and it resists corrosion fairly well. 420 steel sharpens easily and is found in both knives and tools.

    The relative low-cost and high corrosion resistance of 440A stainless steel makes it ideal for kitchen-grade cutlery. While exhibiting similar characteristics to the better-grade AUS 6 steel, it is considerably less expensive to produce. 440A contains more carbon than 420, and is therefore a 'harder' steel. This allows better edge retention than a blade made from 420, but is more difficult to re-sharpen.

    7Cr13MoV is a good blade steel, that has the alloying elements molybdenum (Mo) and vanadium (V) added to the matrix. Molybdenum adds strength, hardness and toughness to the steel, while also improving its machinability. Vanadium adds strength, wear-resistance and toughness. Vanadium also provides corrosion resistance, which is seen in the oxide coating on the blade.

    Better Blade Steel

    Better grade stainless steel blades contain a higher chromium (Cr) content than their entry-level counterparts. Since the amount of chromium is increased in the manufacturing process, these blades are more expensive. Chromium provides a greater edge holding capability, which means that the blade will require less frequent sharpening. These better grade knives sharpen reasonably easily, but it's important to employ proper sharpening techniques. The combination of great value and performance make these blades perfect for everyday use. Examples of these types of steel are AUS 6, AUS 8, 440C and 8Cr13MoV.

    Both AUS 6 and AUS 8 are high-grade chromium Japanese steels, which provide a great balance of toughness, strength, edge retention and corrosion resistance, all at a moderate cost. These blade steels will measure a hardness of 56-58 on the Rockwell hardness scale (HRc). The carbon content of AUS 8 is close to 0.75%, which makes it very suitable as a blade steel. AUS 6 and AUS 8 are very popular with many knife manufacturers because they are both cost-effective and good-performing steels.

    440C is a reasonably high-grade cutlery steel, similar to the AUS series. However, 440C contains more carbon, which increases the steel's hardness. Its toughness and relative low-cost make 440C stainless steel appealing to many knife manufacturers for their mid-range knife series.

    The Chinese stainless steel 8Cr13MoV has a high performance-to-cost ratio. It is often compared to AUS 8. 8Cr13MoV is tempered to a hardness range of 56-58 on the Rockwell scale. This relatively high hardness can be attributed to the steel's higher molybdenum and vanadium content.

    Best Blade Steel

    Both the United States and Japan manufacture the best grade stainless steel for knife blades. Unfortunately, the higher chromium content in these blade steels comes at a premium price. The addition of elements such as vanadium and chromium offer superior edge sharpness and retention, as well as very high rust-resistance. These steels are utilized for more demanding tasks such as hunting and fishing, tactical self-defense, and military applications. A sampling of steels in this group would include CPM 154, CPM S30V, VG-10 and San-Mai steels.

    American-made CPM 154 premium grade stainless steel was originated for tough industrial applications. This steel combines the three principal elements of carbon, chromium and molybdenum. CPM 154 provides excellent corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality. Well-renowned for its overall performance as a knife blade steel, CPM 154 touts a hardness of 57-58 on the Rockwell scale.

    CPM S30V, a powder-made stainless steel, was developed by Crucible Metals Corporation (now Crucible Industries). Noted for its durability and corrosion resistance, it is considered to be one of the finest steels ever created. The chemistry of CPM S30V promotes the formation and balanced distribution of vanadium carbides throughout the steel. Vanadium carbides are harder, and thus provide better cutting edges than chromium carbides. Additionally, vanadium carbides provide a very refined grain in the steel which contributes to the sharpness and toughness of its edge.

    VG-10 is a high-end Japanese steel, manufactured by Taekfu Special Steel. Its matrix includes vanadium, a large amount of chromium, molybdenum, manganese and cobalt. The vanadium contributes to wear-resistance (edge retention), and enhances the chromium's corrosion-resistance. The molybdenum adds additional hardness to the steel. The overall combination of elements results in a very tough, durable steel. As such, VG-10 is a well-renowned blade steel specially designed for high-quality cutlery. Blades made from VG-10 can be ground to a razor-sharp edge and still offer extreme durability without becoming brittle. Blade hardness for VG-10 is around 60 on the Rockwell hardness scale.

    San-Mai (Japanese for "three layers") is a composite steel used in many of the high-end knives manufactured by Cold Steel. The blade's core is a layer of VG-1 steel, sandwiched between outer layers of 420J2 steel. San-Mai steel blades offer superior durability and excellent corrosion resistance, important to those who depend on their knives for hunting and fishing, as well as tactical and military applications.

    Different Steels for Different Uses

    As you can see, not all blade steels are equal. Some are harder than others, but will be more brittle or apt to chip, while some may be stronger or hold a better edge, but be more difficult to sharpen once they've become dull.

    A quality designer or manufacturer will select the appropriate blade steel for a knife based on the properties of the steel, in concert with the intended application of the knife. Think about the difference between the chef's knife in your kitchen compared to a knife used for underwater diving, or a knife used in a combat or military application.

    Knowing a little about the characteristics of different blade steels will help you make the right choice when it comes time to purchase your next knife.
    Want to know more about knives and knife blade steel? Hop on over to Knight Owl Survival Store for a closer look into the fascinating alchemy involved in creating the diverse variety of steels used in modern knives and swords.

    Are you hunting for a new knife? Be sure to check out our assortment of practical, tactical and survival knives. We feature world-class knives from the best manufacturers, designers and craftsmen: Columbia River, Cold Steel, SOG and more! Find the Knife that Fits Your Life!
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    8 Different Types of Knife Blades and Their Uses

    By James Neste

    Need a hunting knife but don't know which one is right for you? Buying a new blade can seem difficult with all of the different knife variations on the market. The decision process involves answering questions such as: "what type of knife should I buy? What are the different applications of all of the different blade designs, etc?" In this article, I hope to make the purchasing process simpler by describing some of the most common blade designs and their practical uses, for hunting knives on today's market.

    Simple/Normal Blades

    Characterized by the curving edge running parallel along a straight spine, a normal blade's two edges merge to form the tip of the knife.

    With its curved design, force can be focused on a smaller area; which makes cutting easier and increases the effectiveness of the blade's edge. In terms of practical use, the simple blade can be used to chop as well as pick and slice; such as batoning wood or cutting rope. The single-edged blade design is best used for thrusting, this is due to a straight spine that does not catch material while penetrating. All in all, normal blades are ideal for heavier work, as the blade design provides a very strong and durable blade.

    Trailing Point Blades

    A trailing point blade has a large curved edge that curves upwards to end up above the spine.

    The blade design provides a greater surface area along the edge of the blade (also referred to as the 'belly') due to the long blade curve. Consequently, this makes a trailing point blade ideal for slicing, slashing and making long, even cuts; which, is better suited for processing small game like fish. Because of its tip design, these blades are commonly found on fillet and skinning knives.

    Drop Point Blades

    Similar to a normal blade, a drop point blade has a convex curve that approaches the spine as the two edges merge to form the tip.

    The blade's spine decreases towards the tip of the knife as it nears the end of the blade as the belly of the blade curves upwards to form the tip. The blade design is popular amongst a range of pocket and fixed blade knives; such as, the well- known Swiss Army Knife and many Chefs' knives. Drop point blades make completing simple tasks and chores a breeze; which, is why they are perfect for everyday carry (EDC).

    Clip Point Blades

    Similar to a simple/normal design, the clip point has a "mostly" straight spine.

    The difference lies towards the tip of a clip point because the top half of the tip is "clipped off." This gives the back edge of the clip a false, concave edge; which, a majority of the time, can be sharpened to form a second edge. These types of knives are ideal for piercing or cutting in tight spots, as this blade design forms a much finer, needle-like tip. A classic example of a clip point blade is the iconic Bowie knife.

    Spear Point Blades

    A spear point design features a symmetrically shaped blade with its tip aligned along the centerline of blade axis.

    Spear point blades are double-edged like a dagger or spear with the tip in the center. Due to its "spear tip" design, the point of the blade provides the greatest penetration capabilities. Playing on its strengths, the spear point design is used primarily as a thrusting weapon and is mainly used on tactical or fighting knives. These are not generally consider practical for everyday carry/use.

    Spey Point Blades

    Spey point blades have a straight spine that has a sharp, downward curve at the end of the blade and merges with the curved belly to form the point.

    As a result, a slightly obtuse angle forms where the two edges meet at the tip; which makes the tip less likely to pierce accidentally when performing delicate work. The spey point design was originally used for spaying animals, where its name originates, but has become popular among today's hunters for skinning and dressing game.

    Sheepsfoot Blades

    A sheepsfoot blade is discernible by its completely straight edge.

    Its spine is mostly straight until it slopes downwards to merge with the edge at the tip of the blade. As a result of this design, the blade itself does not actually have a "tip" and is primarily used for fine work such as woodcarving and electrical work. Historically, these blades were used for trimming hooves and found on ships for cutting rope, because the "no tip" design made it less likely to stab yourself while the ship was rocked by stormy seas. Sheepsfoot blades are not ideal for everyday use; however, they do make great instruments for teaching woodcarving and knife sharpening skills for those with less experienced hands.

    Tanto Blades

    Often times referred to as a chisel point blade, the tanto blade designs have both straight spine and belly edges that run parallel along the blade.

    The belly nears the end of the blade and curves upwards at a sharp angle to merge with the spine to form the blade's tip. The tanto design is the Westerner's interpretation of the Japanese Kamasu Kissaki (Japanese Samuarai sword design). As a result of its design, the tanto blade produces a strong and durable tip while slightly decreasing its piercing effectiveness. The tanto blade is popular with tactical folding/fixed blade knives.

    There are multiple blade variations in today's market, these are just eight of the most common blade designs you will find while trying to find your next hunting knife. With the many different application and uses, the type of blade depends on the user. I personally prefer to use a simple/normal blade design as my everyday carry; but I much rather take a trailing point blade with me when I go hunting or am out hiking. There are so many random scenarios you could run into in the outdoors, which is why it is wise to be prepared for any possibility. I recommend experimenting with different blade designs until you find what types work best for your specific needs.
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    The History of Swords - Medieval Swords & Renaissance Swords & Replica Swords

    By Pietro R

    A "sword" is a general term for an edged weapon longer than a "dagger". The distinction between a sword and a dagger is usually arbitrary, but it is normally understood that the sword stemmed from the dagger after technological advances allowed the blade to extend longer. The term "sword" encompasses many types of blades such as the sabre, rapier, scimitar and cutlass. The following article is a (very) brief history of swords in the Western World.


    The earliest swords are said to be made of stone during the Neolithic period. These primitive weapons gave way to the first flint daggers made of copper. Primitive swords were first constructed in two parts: the blade and the handle, which were usually held together with rivets.

    One of the greatest advances in the construction of swords and daggers alike came when the length of the blade was extended into the core of the handle (full-tang), thereby creating a sword from one piece of metal. The full-tang construction thus prevented the blade and hilt from separating during battle. As an aside, if you plan on buying a replica sword for a re-enactment or play, make sure that the sword has a "full-tang construction" to avoid embarrassing accidents during a sword fight.

    During the classical period, swords were usually short, straight and broad - this style of sword is often referred to as the Imperial Gladiator Sword . The sword of choice by Roman warriors, the "gladius", clearly displayed such attributes. A longer Roman sword also existed (called the "spatha") but it wasn't as common as the gladius. Other styles of swords outside the Roman Empire were referred to as "ensis".

    The Franks, who would later rule over modern-day France, preferred longer swords similar to the Roman spatha. Unlike the Roman spatha, however, the Frankish sword was constructed out of soft-iron which made it unreliable in combat situations.

    By the end of the 6th century (after the fall of the Roman Empire), Viking raiders were quickly becoming the trend-setters in the sword department. The sword styles that Viking raiders brought with them were quickly assimilated and refurbished in continental Europe. In fact, the quintessential "knight sword" style is directly derived from the Viking swords.


    By the 6th century, European swords had evolved from the broad Roman style to something heavier and more lethal. By now, we can distinguish 4 discernible components in mainstream European swords:

    (1) The  pommel - usually a round piece of metal placed past the end of the hilt. The pommel served as a counterpoise to the blade for increased maneuverability.

    (2) The grip/handle - this is where you would grab the sword from. The trend during the Early Period and into the Middle Ages was to increase the length of the handle to allow a double-handed grip. Later on during the Renaissance and the Modern period, handle length became increasing unimportant.

    (3) The crossbar - the crossbar (sometimes referred to as "guard") was added between the handle and the blade for balance as well as for protection to the hand. Later on, as medieval armor and metal gauntlets became increasingly unpopular, the guard became more and more elaborate and protective to shield the vulnerable hand.

    (4) The blade - straight, pointed, and double edged, the blade sometimes featured a central groove (sometimes called "blood groove") running down the middle for lightness and strength.

    Something else the Scandinavian Vikings brought with them was the innovation of carbon steel. Whether by accident or not, Vikings started using carbon steel through a technique called "strip welding" in their making of swords. With strip welding, you take several bundles of metal, hammer them together, cut them, bend them, and hammer them again - thereby carbonizing the blade material and making it many times stronger.

    All in all, medieval swords were swinging weapons to be used with tremendous force. The medieval swords used during the Middle Ages were an entirely offensive weapons, relying on their medieval shields and body armor to protect warriors. This is a significant contrast with the Renaissance rapier that will come some centuries later, with which finesse and tactic predominate over brute force.


    As civilization started anew, medieval knights were starting to realize that their long, heavy swords were no good for close combat.  At the same time, improvements in commerce and trade also gave rise to high-quality sword craftsmanship. Cities such as Toledo, Spain and Solingen, Germany became famous for their high-caliber swords. Much like Germany now sells us BMWs and Mercedes', back then Germany exported their swords all over the known world.

    During the first half of the 16th century, swords experienced rapid changes across Europe. The rapier, a long, narrow blade with an intricate guard design, soon grew in popularity. It became customary for gentlemen all over Europe to wear a rapier at all times, which inevitably increased the number of duels everywhere. The civilian sword of the 16th century, along with a higher incidence of dueling completely revolutionized the art of sword fighting during the Renaissance.

    In medieval times you could probably survive by swinging and hacking with your huge sword, but if your opponent is a skilled swordsman, swinging your sword could leave you open to attack. Therefore, sword fighting evolved from brute force to strategic thrusts, parries and feints. By the 17th century, the civilian rapier had reduced in size even further and was now called the "smallsword". Surprisingly, one of the most prominent purposes of the smallsword Civilians would decorate their smallswords according to their taste, current fads, family tradition, etc...

    Elsewhere, specialized swords had not disappeared. The broadsword was still widely used in German and Swiss armies, and the famous Scottish claymore was still used up until the 17th century. In most other militaries, the medieval sword had been replaced by the sword rapier, a heavier version of the civilian rapier. Around the time of the English Civil War, the sword rapier was in turn replaced by the "cavalry broadsword", which better protected the swordsman's knuckles by employing a basket guard design.


    Since the mid 1700's, the predominant type of sword was the sabre - a simple single-edge blade used primarily for cutting. By 1800, civilian smallswords had all but disappeared. It was rare to see anyone walking around with a sword by their side.

    In the military world, the sword still held its rightful place. In particular, the naval cutlass (short, slightly curved blade with heavy guard) gained in notoriety for its usefulness in close quarters and while climbing. For as long as guns were still single-shot weapons, armies across the world still relied on their loyal swords - even during the US civil war, the cavalry would still charge with their sabres. However, the invention of repeating firearms, for obvious reasons, put a quick end to the sword's authority. There were some (very) brave European cavalrymen used sabres in WWI and WWII, but their efforts turned out to be ineffective anachronisms.

    Nowadays, swords are mainly used for ceremonial purposes and as a mark of esteem or honor. Swords are still used in the militaries for the sake of tradition, but for the purpose of combat, swords are virtually extinct.


    The word "end" used above has two different interpretations. On one hand, "end" means conclusion or termination. In that sense, yes - for all means and purposes swords are something of the past.
    However, the alternative meaning of the word "end" provides us with additional insight. As you probably figured out already, "end" can also mean purpose. What is the purpose of swords if they belong in a museum, you ask? Collecting swords for fun isn't only a hobby, it is also a portal to our past! Swords were around for thousands of years, and their use changed the course of history countless times.

    With this in mind, I invite you to check out my store at You will find all sorts of replica swords, medieval swords, renaissance swords, and even some of the swords from your favorite movies (among other awesome movie props)!
    The author of this article owns Replica Power, a store specializing in replica swords, fantasy swords and movie prop replicas. You can e-mail him with questions at info at
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    Gerber Bear Grylls Scout Drop Point Knife

    Gerber's Bear Grylls' Scout Drop Point Knife™ is part of the Gerber / Bear Grylls Survival Series. This collaboration brings together over 70 years of knife and gear expertise with Bear's extensive outdoor survival and adventure experience to create one of a kind knives, tools and gear. Each item in the Survival Series is meticulously designed by Gerber and Bear to offer a multitude of uses in any environment. The Scout draws on Bear's experience as Chief UK Scout and figurehead to 28 million scouts worldwide. The Scout's half-serrated blade cuts through heavy-duty materials like rope, while an ergonomic, textured rubber handle provides a non-slip grip and maximum comfort. For added safety, the lockback feature locks the blade in place while it's open. Lightweight and portable, the Scout comes with a clip and is easy to carry in your pocket. Includes Bear Grylls' Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide.


    Gerber 22-41122 STL 2.0, Fine Edge Knife

    No thicker than three quarters stacked together and weighing only 1 ounce, the Gerber STL 2.0 (stands for Strong, Thin, and Light) folding knife rides comfortably in your pocket. The cut out in the 2.1-inch fine edge blade provides for easy one-handed opening, and the thin stainless steel handle features a lanyard hole and a unique frame lock for safety. The drop point blade is made from surgical-grade 7Cr17MoV stainless steel, and the handle has a titanium coating for improved corrosion resistance. The STL measures 5.1 inches long when open and 3 inches long when closed. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

    Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife

  • Handy Swiss Army multitool for campers, hunters, and other outdoorsmen
  • Includes large blade, small blade, can opener, bottle opener, and wire stripper
  • Reamer with sewing eye, scissors, corkscrew, toothpick, hook, and tweezers
  • Small and large screwdrivers and wood saw; housed in classic red body
  • Measures 3-1/2 inches long; carries lifetime warranty

  • Tac Force TF-705 Series Assisted Opening Folding Knife

    Tac Force Linerlock. 4-3/4" closed. 3-3/8" high carbon stainless assisted opening partially serrated drop point blade with thumb slot and extended tang with lashing hole. Block style grooved aluminum handles with drilled hole design and integrated bottle opener and glass breaker. Dual lanyard slot on spine. Stainless pocket clip with slot cutout design. Black blade. Red handles with "Fire Fighter" stamp. Black pocket clip.

    Batman Boomerang Like Knife

    Two blades for twice the cutting power. Both blades are assist-open and feature liner locks. Blades are stainless steel. Each blade has three inches of cutting edge. Pocket clip for easy carry. Measures 11-1/4" with both blades open; 8-1/2" with one blade open; 5-3/4" closed.

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    Kershaw 1990 Brawler Folding SpeedSafe Knife

    Get great style and great function in a value-priced knife with the Kershaw Brawler (#1990). In addition to amazing looks, the Brawler offers SpeedSafe® assisted opening, easily accessed using the built-in flipper or convenient thumb stud. The blade is a modified tanto style with an extra-thick blade tip for robust piercing capabilities. The blade consists of DLC coating for non-reflectivity. For strength and reduced weight, the handles are injection-molded, glass-filled nylon. A solid locking liner secures the blade. The Brawler is drilled for quad-carry: tip-up, tip-down, left-handed or right-handed.

    additional specifications:

  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, Black oxide coating
  • Handle: Glass-filled nylon
  • Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches; Closed Length: 4 1/8 inches
  • Quad carry pocket clip
  • Speed safe and flipper opening systems; Liner lock locking system

  • Since the company's founding in 1974, Kershaw Knives has been dedicated to quality. This has led to a worldwide reputation for performance and innovation in tools and knives. From state-of-the-art manufacturing to advanced materials, customers rely on Kershaw for products that provide "technology with an edge". Today, Kershaw is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kai Corporation, which has been in business for more than 90 years. Kai Corporation is Japan's premier blade producer. Their innovative approach to product development has resulted in more than 10,000 superior products. Kershaw products are guaranteed for the lifetime of the original owner to be free of defects when received from the factory.

    World Legal Knife Review

    Balancing form with function, the World Legal was born from one idea: make a great knife that can be carried anywhere in the world.* Simple but efficient, it combines modern aesthetics with traditional slip-joint technology.

    *Contact your local government for the most recent regulations

    • 2.75" 440C Stainless Blade
    • 7" Overall Length, 6 oz.
    • Ambidextrous Carry
    • 4-Position Deep Pocket Clip
    • Nylon Handle

    Mikkel Willumsen has gained notoriety worldwide for his innovative and gritty Urban Tactical designs. Based in a repurposed factory in Copenhagen, Denmark, Mikkel has been designing and producing custom made knives for over 10 years, specializing in high quality folders and fixed blades. By bringing his talents and experience to Lansky, you can expect the functionally modern aesthetics that define his work, combined with Lansky Sharpeners’ unwavering dedication to quality.

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    Types of Knives (from Wikipedia):

    Knives as weapons:

    As a weapon, the knife is universally adopted as an essential tool. It is the essential element of a knife fight. For example:

    Ballistic knife: A specialized combat knife with a detachable gas or spring-propelled blade that can be fired to a distance of several feet or meters by pressing a trigger or switch on the handle.

    Bayonet: A knife-shaped close-quarters fighting weapon designed to attach to the muzzle of a rifle or similar weapon.

    Combat knife: Any knife intended to be used by soldiers in the field, as a general-use tool, but also for fighting.

    Dagger: A double-edged combat knife with a central spine and edges sharpened their full length, used primarily for stabbing. Variations include the Stiletto and Push dagger.

    Fighting knife: A knife with a blade designed to inflict a lethal injury in a physical confrontation between two or more individuals at very short range (grappling distance). Well known examples include the Bowie knife and the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife.

    Rampuri: An Indian gravity knife of formidable reputation having a single edged blade roughly 9 to 12 inches long.

    Shiv: A crudely made homemade knife out of everyday materials, especially prevalent in prisons among inmates. An alternate name in some prisons is Shank.

    Trench knife: Purpose-made or improvised knives, intended for close-quarter fighting, particularly in trench warfare, some having a d-shaped integral hand guard.

    Butterfly knife: A folding pocket knife also known as a "balisong" or "batangas" with two counter-rotating handles where the blade is concealed within grooves in the handles.

    Knives as sports equipment:

    Throwing knife: A knife designed and weighted for throwing

    Knives as utensils:

    A primary aspect of the knife as a tool includes dining, used either in food preparation or as cutlery. Examples of this include:

    Bread knife: A knife with a serrated blade for cutting bread.

    Boning knife: A knife used for removing the bones of poultry, meat, and fish.

    Carving knife: A knife for carving large cooked meats such as poultry, roasts, hams, etc.

    Chef's knife: Also known as a French knife, a cutting tool used in preparing food.

    Cleaver: A large knife that varies in its shape but usually resembles a rectangular-bladed hatchet. It is used mostly for hacking through bones as a kitchen knife or butcher knife, and can also be used for crushing via its broad side, typically garlic.

    Butcher's Knife: A knife designed and used primarily for the butchering and/or dressing of animals.

    Electric knife: An electrical device consisting of two serrated blades that are clipped together, providing a sawing action when powered on.

    Kitchen knife: Any knife, including the chef's knife, that is intended to be used in food preparation.

    Oyster knife: Has a short, thick blade for prying open oyster shells.

    Paring or Coring Knife: A knife with a small but sharp blade used for cutting out the cores from fruit.

    Rocker knife: A knife that cuts with a rocking motion, which is primarily used by people whose disabilities prevent them from using a fork and knife simultaneously.

    Table knife or Case knife: A piece of cutlery, either a butter knife, steak knife, or both, that is part of a table setting, accompanying the fork and spoon.

    Ulu: An Inuit woman's all-purpose knife.

    Knives as tools:

    As a utility tool the knife can take many forms, including:

    Balisong: A folding knife also known as a "butterfly knife" or "batangas", with two handles counter-rotating around the tang such that, when closed, the blade is hidden within the handles.

    Bowie knife: Commonly, any large sheath knife, or a specific style of large knife popularized by Jim Bowie.

    Crooked knife: Sometimes referred to as a "curved knife", "carving knife" or in the Algonquian language the "mocotaugan" is a utilitarian knife used for carving.

    Diver's knife: A knife adapted for use in diving and water sports and a necessary part of standard diving dress.

    Electrician's knife: A short-bladed knife used to cut electrical insulation.

    Hunting knife: A knife used to dress large game.

    Kiridashi: A small Japanese knife having a chisel grind and a sharp point, used as a general-purpose utility knife.

    Linoleum knife: is a small knife that has a short, stiff blade with a curved point and a handle and is used to cut linoleum or other sheet materials.

    Machete: A large heavy knife used to cut through thick vegetation such as sugar cane or jungle undergrowth; it may be used as an offensive weapon.

    Palette knife: A knife, or frosting spatula, lacking a cutting edge, used by artists for tasks such as mixing and applying paint and in cooking for spreading icing.

    Paper knife: Or a "letter opener" it is a knife made of metal or plastic, used for opening mail.

    Pocket knife: a folding knife designed to be carried in a pants pocket. Subtypes include:

    -Lockback knife: a folding knife with a mechanism that locks the blade into the open position, preventing accidental closure while in use.

    -Multi-tool and Swiss Army knife, which combine a folding knife blade with other tools and implements, such as pliers, scissors, or screwdrivers.

    Produce knife: A knife with a rectangular profile and a blunt front edge used by grocers to cut produce.

    Rigging knife: A knife used to cut rigging in sailing vessels.

    Scalpel: A medical knife, used to perform surgery.

    Straight razor: A reusable knife blade used for shaving hair.

    Survival knife: A sturdy knife, sometimes with a hollow handle filled with survival equipment.

    Switchblade: A knife with a folding blade that springs out of the grip when a button or lever on the grip is pressed.

    Utility knife: A short knife with a replaceable triangular blade, used for cutting sheet materials including card stock, paperboard, and corrugated fiberboard.

    Wood carving knife and whittling knives: Knives used to shape wood in the arts of wood carving and whittling, often with short, thin replaceable blades for better control.

    X-Acto knife: A scalpel-like knife with a long handle and a replaceable pointed blade, used for precise, clean cutting in arts and crafts.

    Knives as a traditional or religious implement:

    Athame: A typically black-handled and double-edged ritual knife used in Wicca and other derivative forms of Neopagan witchcraft.

    Kirpan: A ceremonial knife that all baptised Sikhs must wear as one of the five visible symbols of the Sikh faith (Kakars).

    Kilaya: A dagger used in Tibetan Buddhism.

    Kris: A dagger used in Indo-Malay cultures, often by royalty and sometimes in religious rituals.

    Kukri: A Nepalese knife used as both tool and weapon.

    Puukko: A traditional Finnish or Scandinavian style woodcraft belt-knife used as a tool rather than a weapon.

    Seax: A Germanic single-edged knife, used primarily as a tool, but may have been a weapon.

    Sgian Dubh: A small dagger traditionally worn with highland dress.