This is a collection of resources on how to handle knives.
- Fixed-blade knife, e.g. Ka-Bar Becker BK2
- Simple folding pocket knife, e.g. Buck Ranger
- Locking knife, e.g. lock-back or liner-lock
- Slip joints, e.g. Swiss Army (Victorinox or Wenger)
- Multi-Tools, e.g. Leathermen
For a really great overview of all types of folding pocket knives, check out The Complete Guide to Pocket Knives (Art of Manliness).
Also see February 2016 (Scouting Life) Safety Tip: Knife Safety, which is a lot more than just safety (parts of a knife, different knife types) in a handy poster/infographic format.
- Stainless steel is easiest to care for, but can rust if not cared for.
- Carbon steel is easier to sharpen and stays sharp longer. It is more prone to rust, and stains very easily.
- Never use the blade of a knife as a screwdriver or pry bar - it should only be used as a cutting blade
- Never use a multi-blade knife or multi-tool with more then one blade/tool or accessory extended
- Always fully open and if possible lock the blade/tool or accessory of a folding knife
- Always cut away from yourself
- Use the right tool for the job: a big knife for a big job, a small knife for a small job
- Make sure that a knife is clean before it is folded or put back in its sheath
- A sharp knife is safer then a dull knife.
- A knife that has lost it’s keen edge can be re-honed using a fine stone or ceramic sharpener and the fine burr edge removed with a leather strop
- A dull knife will need to have a new cutting edge established before it can be honed and stropped