Folding Pocket Knife

Written by Beth Hrusch
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There are many advantages to the folding pocket knife. These are made by all the major knife manufacturers. Their folding action makes them safer to carry and use than conventional fixed blade knives. This is because the folding pocket knife has a steel liner inside the blade which locks the blade in place when closed.

Many Styles and Features

There are many choices in folding pocket knives. Some will open with a thumb stud which, when depressed, releases the blade from the liner. Some use an index-open system, in which the blade is released when the finger guard is pulled back. The choice of pocket knife that is best for you will be dictated by the intended use. Small, light weight folding pocket knives function well for personal protection, as they can be carried in the purse or pocket. Tactical and survival knives are larger for more heavy duties such as cutting and gutting of meat. A folding pocket knife with two or more different kinds of blades will be a useful multi-tool.

The First Folding Pocket Knives

The concept of the folding knife originated with the Romans, who first developed what they called the "clasp" knife. The idea of the spring had yet to be discovered, but this folding knife did allow the blade to be carried with less threat of injury to the user. Medieval metal workers took this basic concept and created the spring-loaded folding blade. This major improvement allowed the knife bearer to use spring action to release and fold the blade more safely and easily. This "jack" knife, with a few modern innovations, is the blade that is widely used today.

As in the past, today's folding pocket knife is a tool that many people would not be without. In professional use, it is a potentially life-saving device. For the outdoorsman, it is an indispensable part of one's hunting or camping gear. Without it, many tasks would become impossible. It is truly one of the world's most versatile and useful tools!


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