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Old 06-26-2014, 5:36 PM
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Default Basic Knife Facts?

I went to a party and went outside and shared a smoke with a guy and his girlfriend. He apparently works for a scope manufacturer, but his girlfriend, much to my surprise, was a knife expert. Apparently really into throwing knives, and she made me realize that I knew very little, actually, about knives. So I thought it would be good to make a glossary/chart of different terms, features, grades of steel for reference. As I said I am not the expert here, though I am reading up. I thought people could pool their knowledge a bit to fill out the list.

Types of Knives

Common Parts of a Fixed Blade Knife

Types of Fixed Blade Knives

Common Parts of a Folding Knife

Types of Folding Knives

Types of Locking Mechanism

Types of Blades (Points)

Grades of Metal used (usual characteristics)

Any other categories you might think of, or, alternatively, any websites that already have done this work would be great. Especially, e.g., if rather than just listing types of metals used and their alloy contents, if it gave an understanding of the relative advantages/disadvantages. A beginner might not know how carbon or vanadium affects the blade
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