Folding Knives

Written by Sierra Rein
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Perhaps the most unsung heroes of all tools are folding knives. From pocket to full-sized multi-tools, these knives are discreet and safely folded up to prevent needless accidents. After all, most adults remember when they received their first pocket folding knife, right?

Folding knives come in a variety of different styles and functions. For defense and simple cutting jobs, a single or double-bladed folding style is good. However, folding knives that feature an additional set of pliers, screwdrivers, set of scissors, tweezers or wire cutters are extremely useful as well.

There are, however, some uses which are better left to more specialized knives, such as gutting and filleting knives for hunting and fishing as well as larger chopping jobs. This is because folding knives usually are built with many moving parts which can become clogged with animal gunk. Plus, most of the time the blades in a folding knife are too small to hack through wood or foliage, so purchasing a larger Bowie or machete knife would be a better idea.

Keeping Folding Knives Safe and Secure

There are two main "rules" to owning a pocket or folding knife: always maintain its sharpness and cleanliness and always know how to handle it in a safe manner. Keep a hand sharpening stone in the house, wet it occasionally with oil or water, and draw the blade across its surface at a 20° angle. Also, understand and teach all the members of your household--children included--how to hold the knife firmly, cut away from the body and close it before passing to another person.

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