We chose this knife because of its value as a retirement gift. The spear blade is damascus, which is painstakingly made of many layers of steel. This steel is very special. It is recycled out of the gun barrel of the German battle tank Leopard I. It has an extreme Rockwell hardness of 65-67. Click for more information about this collector knife.
Of course, you need a blade or two to start with. The rest of this is how the blades are protected and held in place when you are using the knife.
The liner is normally made of 2 layers of steel. One on each side of the blade. Then we add the metal bolsters.
All of these pieces are held together with metal pins, through the bolster, the liner layers, and the blade.
How about a spring, so the blade is held closed, and held open? That is usually held in place between the 2 layers of liner, by a pin in the middle of the knife.
To top off the appearance, scales (handles) are added. They can be made out of bone, wood, steel, or synthetic material.
The final product then is personalized with your name. This is usually done by laser engraving on the blade or the handle, or the bolster.
Some modern knives get their advanced look by having the liner do the job of the scales. Some have only a liner on one side, to save weight, and create a daring look.
Locking mechanisms are of two types. The liner lock holds the blade open by a spring action of sliding into the tang of the blade. The tang is the “root” of the blade. The other type of locking mechanism is the “lockback”. This is done by the spring locking against the blade tang. A lockback mechanism is easier to use. Some knives don’t have a locking mechanism. The blade tang just has a flat spot that rests on the spring to stay open when in use.
This is how the standard Personalized Pocket Knives are made. Knife designers are always looking for more unique ideas to attract knife lovers.
A fruit knife is a long slender folding knife that is used to sample or carve fruit or vegetables. It is often used by produce workers to cut a deep square plug in a cantaloupe or watermelon to inspect the innards. It’s a quick neat way to make an important test.
The average fruit & vegetable lover can use this tool to make interesting carvings like these.
Instant Knife 752. Assisted-opening mechanism in a pocket knife is a quick and safe way to single-handedly open your knife. If you are hanging in a tree on your parachute, and one hand is holding on for life, your other hand can open and operate this knife.
The hottest company logo knives for trade show give-aways are the Maxam® Lockback Knives rsk274. The price of $1.99 is what attracts attention. Business owners buy them a second time and third time because they are real decent pocket knives. The perceived value is $5 to $10. The regular price is $3.44. So a $1.99 sale is a welcome bonus. The price includes a full-color imprint on the black handle. For the price of a decent ball point pen, your customers at the trade shows can have a real pocket knife instead.
Have you ever broken the blade of your pocket knife? Was it because you used it as a pry bar? This sort of damage is never covered by a warranty. Now we have an answer to this type of accident. It is a large pocket knife (4 3/4″ closed), and comes with a pocket/belt clip.
These engraved Kershaw knives come with a built-in pry bar at the end of the handle. Now you don’t have to jeopardize your blade when you need to pry something apart. This heavy duty attachment will easily do the job for you.
Carving with a fruit knife has become an art. It may have started in Thailand. If you have been on a cruise ship, you surely have seen some buffets decorated with carved fruit. It is time consuming, and requires great skill and patience. Here are some fine examples of the handiwork of the best fruit and vegetable carvers…..
Case Knives, now owned by Zippo, has an interesting knife museum in Bradford
Pennsylvania. The museum has samples of the early knives and the stories behind them. My nephew, Tim Pike accompanied me since he has been a knife fan for years. His grandfather, Thomas Pike, used to have Fort Tuscarora on Route 172 in Lisbon Ohio. History, guns, and knives runs in the family.
My quest for the best pocket knife was easy at the Zippo/Case Museum, because of the abundance of knives there. This place is open to the public, and I highly recommend it to knife collectors. These pictures were taken in 2006, so things might have changed since then. According to their website, the place is open 7 days a week, and boasts of 100,000 visitors per year, from all over the world.