Knives are one of the most versatile tools of all times. They are used everyday in the kitchen for chopping up chicken and for fine detailing small fruits. Campers use them to cut rope and clean fish. Most soldiers and rescue personnel would not be caught without one. Some knives are kept just for the collector's value.

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Cooking Equipment

Why should knives be stored safely?


Cooking Equipment
Hand Tools

What is a pommel on a knife?

It is a cap, usually metal, on the end of the handle. The end AWAY from the blade.

On top of this previous answer, the pommel is a design seen since swords (and daggers) were first made of bronze. In their simplest form, they can be used to lock a blade into the handle by method of securing the blade's tang (the rod/slice coming out of the exposed blade through the handle), making the knife as a whole more durable.

Pommels offer the counterbalance to blades which might be larger and heavier such as Arming Swords, in order to improve the handling. Although knives and daggers do not need as much counterbalance as swords, they can still benefit from a point of balance that is about an inch or two from the hilt, this allows for even a heavier grade dagger to feel lighter than it might do if it was weighted towards the blade, despite the actual weight remaining the same.

Hunting and Shooting

How do you clean spring assisted knife?

Use canned air to remove dust and loose dirt. A cotton ball, cotton swab or soft cloth work well to remove dirt and debris. Wipe away oil from your hands after each use to limit the amount of dirt that sticks to the knife.

Be sure not to mess up the coil spring or tension bar, as then it wouldn't be spring assisted any more.

Military Equipment
US Military
US Army

Does the army make kabar knives?

The military did not (does not) make the knives; they are either contracted out (made by a company for the military), or are bought off the shelves by the military. Example: the US Navy bought "off the shelf" it's riverine boat, the PCF-Patrol Craft Fast (Swift Boat) in 1965 during the Vietnam War. The USN saw the boats being used in the Gulf of Mexico, decided they'd make good Riverine Boats for Vietnam, contacted the maker (Seward Seacraft in Louisiana), and requested about 200 of them. The former civilian boats were built from scratch (from aluminum) and were simply modified for war; gun turret, machine gun positions, etc.

The Kabar was famous for supplying "Fighting Knives" to US Marines in WWII. Only the Marines received as standard issue those knives; this was in addition to their bayonets. US Soldiers received only bayonets; specialized US Soldiers, US Airmen, or US Sailors might receive some sort of other blade.

The Vietnam War may have been the "last issue" (general issue) to the Marine Corps for Kabar fighting knives.

Although they are not standard issue, many soldiers purchase their own knives for combat and field use. KA-BAR does make an Army version of its famous USMC fighting knife. It's the same knife: 1095 Cro-Van steel 7" blade, leather handle, .7 lbs, 11 7/8" total length, but instead of the small USMC right where the blade protrudes from the handle, is says Army. KA-BAR is a knife manufacturer, so they are the ones that make all the KA-BAR knives. Since they are strong and durable and the clip point style is excellent for both combat and field use, it is still a popular knife.

World War 2
Germany in WW2

What is a World War II army knife worth?

Well, if you had the special blade that only Nazi officials wore and it was in a good condition, it would price fairly high. Maybe 200$-700$ USD. If you have some standard issue American army knife then you would make at least 50$ if the buyer is generous...

Entertainment & Arts

What is the best way to sharpen a knife video?

Possibly the easiestway:Use a knife sharpener Arguably the bestways:Using a Whetstone (oil stone), a leather strop or a Steel.

When using a Steel, it can take practice to become quick & efficient. Always remember: point the Steel toward the floor and strike the knife DOWN it, away from your body with the cutting face pointing upward. If the knife then hits any body parts on the downstroke it will not cut. Alternate from one side of the blade to the other on every other stroke, drawing the length of the blade diagonally across the Steel. Use both "sides" of the Steel... first draw the knife down & across one side, then cross the Steel with it and draw it down the other. As your hands and mind get used to the action it will progressively become quicker and more instinctive. Soon your hands will be moving at light-speed and you won't even know it. Resist the temptation to speed up before you're used to the motions... that's the best way to loose a finger or even an arm!

Using a strop is very similar to using a Steel.

The strop is often attached to the belt or to a solid object at one end and held in the hand at the other. Again, draw the knife backward (Blunt edge to lead) and diagonally across the strop, turning it over with each movement (much like you might paint a fence with a brush).

There are many different kinds of Whetstone but for the purposes of this answer, only two need to be described... the wheel and the flat stone. Both do the same job but the wheel arguably does it far quicker. This is the same as most modern knife sharpeners. Electric grinding wheels should always be used with great care. Respect them... they're highly dangerous when used incorrectly.

The flat stone should be used slowly and methodically. The knife can be applied to the stone or the stone to the knife, whichever you find easiest & most comfortable. Use lubricating oil (cutting fluid or similar) or water / spit where no oil is available. This prevents the knife blade from snagging on the stone and potentially fracturing. It also helps to create a smoother finish to the blade. In using a flat stone, patience is of the essence. This cannot be rushed and may take some considerable time, especially if the blade is very dull.

An archaic but practical method:Alternatively, to sharpen a blade, one can use a stone from the ground. Certain types of stone work better than others. For example, Flint is an extremely hard type of stone and, used correctly, can sharpen a knife as precisely as any modern knife-sharpening device or tool.

Sharpening a blade with a piece of flint requires the upmost patience and persistance. Firstly, the flint should be shaped to provide as smooth a face as possible on one side. Additionally, it should be comfortable to handle, as you will be holding it for some time and excerpting moderate pressure upon it.

To shape a piece of flint, you can use another hard stone. Flint is much like wood in that it tends to break where it wants to, rather than where you want it to. Fortunately, however, this usually means a nice clean split with very few, if any rough surfaces. To create the "cutting" and "handling" surfaces, strike the sharpening stone with your other hard stone. Learning how to produce the right split may take time to master, so be patient and have plenty of Flint to hand. When you're finished, you should be left with a palm-sized stone that feels comfortable and secure in your grip. On the face pointing upward from your palm, the stone should be as flat and smooth as possible.

If there are any rough edges, you can wear them down by rubbing them against another stone. For this, softer stones such as limestone are more preferable as they're less likely to cause the sharpening stone to split or fracture. You can add water, or spit in order to create a smoother edge or face.

To sharpen your blade, take your Flint and, gripping it firmly (but not oppressively), slide it along the length of the knife's cutting edge, excerpting firm, even pressure. The knife should be held pointing away from the body and the cutting edge should press as close to flat against the stone as possible. The flatter against the stone it is, the finer the taper of the blade will be. Conversely, to "dull down" a blade that is too sharp (yes, there IS such a thing!), orient the stone to intersect the blade at a sharper angle. If this makes the stone uncomfortable to hold, cut a second one.

Again, in sharpening the knife, water or spit can be used to create a smoother finish. Keep repeating the action and clean both the stone and the blade every few minutes so as to minimise scoring. Do not be tempted to speed up the process by "scrubbing" the stone up & down the blade... this will only serve to dull the blade and destroy the face of the stone. Instead, your action should be a single outward stroke from the body, toward the point of the knife. When you reach the tip with the stone, take it out of contact with the blade and repeat the action continuously until the blade is sharp to satisfaction.

If the blade is of good quality material and you're doing things right, it will ring in an audibly pleasing fashion when it is sharp & smooth.

Manners and Etiquette

What countries use a fork and knife?

All westernized countries outside of Asia do.

State Laws
Federal Laws

Where can you buy a GRAD knife?

The G.R.A.D. Knife/ pistol is regulated under Federal law as an "Any Other Weapon", and requires registration the the BATFE much in the smae manner as a machine gun. Your state laws may or may not permit possession. The company only made a few hundred before going out of business in the 1990s.

Online Shopping

What does the dots mean on some case knives?

The dots on Case knives can be used to determine the date of manufacture. Starting in 1970, Case added 10 dots to the stamped
imprint and removed one dot each year. This continued with a redesigned
stamp and dots in 1980. They removed the dots in 1990, but due to collector demand , Case brought them back in 1993 until 2000. From 2000
on they now have x's and dots.


How do you make a folding knife auto open?

Folding knives do not auto open, a folding knife would refer to a knife such as a buck knife, or swiss army knife, both of which require to be manually opened. If you are asking how to convert a folding knife or "folder" into an automatic knife, well it is possible but it would have to be enabled for conversion. For instance, a boker magnum AK74 knife may be sold without a spring for legal reasons, then to make it the automatic switchblade it was meant to be, you would have to add a spring by taking it apart. If you are asking how to open an automatic knife (i.e., a switchbalde, or spring assisted knife), then the answer is it has to be engaged with the push of a button, a switch, or a lever; doing so will allow the spring to deploy automatically given you took the safety off if it has one.

History of the United States

Was original Bowie Knife made from meteorite?

No. The first knife famously associated with James Bowie (in the Sandbar Fight in the Mississippi) was designed by Bowie's brother Rezin and made from an old file by a blacksmith called Jesse Cleft. Bowie's brother John said that the knife used in that fight was one made for bowie by a blacksmith named Snowden. The most famous Bowie knife was one made for Bowie by James Black, from a wooden model made by Bowie himself. (Information from Wikipedia.) These were all steel knives (in fact it is said that James Black, who kept his technique hidden, had rediscovered the secret of Damascus steel). I can find no mention that any of the knives were made using the material from an iron meteorite, but it seems unlikely, as it would still have to go through the whole process of being converted into steel.


What is a knife maker or knife seller called?



What is a knife grinder?

A Knife grinder, such as the kmg (which literally stands for knife makers ' grinder) is usually a belt grinder that is versatile. They often are variable speed and have a variety of attachments available such as flat plattens, large contact wheels, serrated contact wheels (for rapid material removal), etc.

War and Military History
Grammatical Tenses
Example Sentences

What is the best knife in the world-the kind of knife that you would use in battle?

All blades have a personality of their own. The K-Bar and the British Commando knife are the two most recognised standard issue weapons in recent history and each have their advocates.

However, the single best knife in the world is the one that is used by an agile and adept expert. Personal preferences abound including the modified Randall Number One, the heavily reshaped and refinished Puma and the very excellent, and easily modified and refined Military Issue meat Cleaver.

What best knife?If you go to an infantry company of 250 men, you'll probably find 80 different knives attached to their load-bearing equipment.

The thing about Gerbers (which are excellent knives, don't get me wrong) is they're sold in all Clothing Sales Stores, so they're easier to get than many other brands.

Most guys carry either one or two knives into the woods. The first one is something like a Leatherman tool--people used to carry Swiss Army knives, but the pliers in the Leatherman come in REAL handy when you're trying to fix a broken generator at 0300. If you're going to carry a second knife, something like the Gerber LMF II, or another ka-bar style blade, is fine. Very few units issue knives anymore--they'd rather spend their unit funds on things like bedsheets or five-gallon water cans.

- M40's Two Cent Addendum... What is the best knife?Ahhh... a question I've struggled to answer all my life. I even bought a forge, grinders, buffers, etc. I make many of my own blades and consider myself a decent bladesmith. I thought I was doing quite well until I came across the Busse Combat line of blades. I know of no other blade for ANY amount of money that will stand up to the kind of hard use and abuse that a Busse blade will. A Busse blade will shrug off abuse that leaves other blades in pieces.

A close second is either Scrap Yard Knife Co... or Swamp Rat Knife Co. Both of these are approximately half the price of a Busse, but will withstand almost as much abuse. These folks happen to be related and share some trade secrets... secrets I'd love to know!

What kind of abuse am I speaking of? Well, all three of the companies mentioned above test their blades by chopping through cinder blocks with no breaking, no cracking, and no damage that can't be undone by a few minutes of sharpening. Their blades are bend tested to 45 degrees and beyond with no damage, and will spring back to true. I've been beating up blades by all three companies for a few years now, and I enjoy owning blades I don't have to baby.

As someone who's spent a lifetime subjecting blades to extreme hard use, I can confidently say that these are the best I've ever come across by a wide margin.


A tactical knife. I'm pretty sure the military uses the Ka Bar fighting knife. If your looking to buy a tactical knife, just Google it, or go to this site:


How much does a pocket knife weigh?

It depends on the size and material of the knife.

Celebrity Births Deaths and Ages

How do you clean a very old K BAR knife blade?

jewlers rouge or fine steel wool will do a good job on knives you use if it is a family heirloom or one you want to sell to a collector you should just leave it like it is (my opinion)

Law & Legal Issues

Why does knife crime happen?

Knife crime occurs just the same way gun crime occurs because that is the weapon that the criminal chose to use to commit the crime..Knives are more common among teenagers ages 14-19 because knives are more easily concealed and available to them in many state you only have to be 16 to purchase a knife.

In most states it is not illegal to carry a folding knife in your pocket provided it complies with the laws on length/ knives are a common weapon for crime...

Home & Garden

How can you tell how old a case knife is?

Throughout the long history of W. R. Case & Sons, there have been many different stamps used on its knives. These stamps are located on the tang of the master blade, and can be used to identify when the knife was manufactured

Federal Laws

How old do you have to be to buy a knife in Australia?

Knife shops will expect you to be 18 years old. A quick standard for legal length is, if the knife blade is longer than the width of the palm of your hand you are in trouble if arrested for an offense. Lay the blade across the palm of the hand. It cannot extend beyond the width of the palm. Knives are not to be carried in motor vehicles because of road rage. We have to be sensible in our travels. If we go to certain parts of the city, especially after dark we look for trouble. If we go to pubs, clubs, night discos or dance parties we look for trouble. If we hang around with bad mates we are doomed. Crime is out of control worldwide. Cops cant handle it neither can State governments. Its a better way to stay at home and find something sensible to do.

Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

What is the difference between carbon steel and stainless steel knives?

AnswerCarbon steel knives are generally easier to sharpen, but more susceptible to corrosion.

Even simple steels with higher carbon content, e.g. AISI 1095 can be hardened to much higher levels compared to mainstream stainless alloys, at those levels stainless steel becomes too brittle. Edge holding, especially on soft materials is better at high hardness, i.e. carbon steel will have the advantage.

Obviously, exotic stainless PM alloys like ZDP-189 or Cowry-X are exception, but in general, average stainless steel used knives can't be hardened as high.

For the same reason(lack of toughness), stainless steel is almost never a good choice for large knives. It either has to be too soft to have enough toughness, or compromise its strength to have better edge holding ability.

Edge holding of the stainless steel might be better compared to simple carbon steel alloys at lower hardness, due to Chromium Carbides in stainless steels, but carbon, or non-stainless steels with other alloying elements such as Vanadium, Tungsten, Niobium(Columbium) have much harder carbides than Chromium forms. Their edge holding is a lot better compared to most of the stainless steels.

E.g. tool steels M2, M4, Japanese cutlery steels Aogami 1, Aogami II, Aogami Super, Shirogami 1, 2, 3, they are all "carbon steels" by definition, yet very few high alloy stainless steels can keep up with them.

Additional information about knife steels in the links section.

I've heard that looking at the polish on steel can tell you whether or not it's carbon or stainless. Stainless steel contains chromium which would make the polished steel very reflective while carbon would look dull by comparison. This argument doesn't involve things like brushed stainless though and would only really work in person.

Integumentary System (skin)

Do people scrape their skin with a knife?

Yes.They would normally scrape their skin with penknife leaving scars on their hands when they felt stressful.

Hobbies & Collectibles

Can you replace knife blade of old timer knife?

Yes but I recomend that you take the knife that you what to fix to a some on that knows how to do it because if you put it in wrong then you can damage the knife. But if the knife that you what to fix you that has a blade that is in mid condition and is it from that 90's or back then it can lower the price.


What is the proper handling of utility knife?

Most utility knives have a retractable blade. As with any knife, you need to handle it with extreme care. It can cut you badly.


Where can you buy member throwing knives on runescape?

Just simply buy some from the grand exchange it is alot cheaper then market price most of the time. Careful different knives require different ranging levels.

- iKnow iType --> aka ~1z Poison~ from Runescape.

Languages and Cultures

What is the identical meaning of heshe is the sharpest knife in the drawer?

He/she is a very astute or clever person. The smartest in their cohort.


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