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This is a collection of resources on how to handle knives.

Refer to Policies — Knives, Axes, Saws, Camp Stoves, Lanterns, and Other Camping Tools Standards.


Knife types

  • 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)

Knife materials

  • 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.

Knife use

  • 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

Knife maintenance

  • 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

Knife Safety Training

Knife sharpening