How to pick the best knife?

For millions of years, knives helped us accomplish countless tasks – from the mundane to the life changing. When you go picking the one to buy, it becomes a task in itself. There are so many varieties that you have to keep an eye on every detail like parts, purpose, maintenance and others. Below are some aspects of the knife you should consider while you are in market to buy:

1) Handle
Generally it depends on the use and it can change the type of handle requirements. A knife’s handle may change with its purpose, but in all situations you’re going to want it to be comfortable and grip to fit. Would it become slippery in the rain? Is it easy to break? Does it fit your hand well? These are some questions you can ask yourself to decide which would suffice your needs.

2) Tang
The Tang of a knife is the portion of the blade that extends down into the handle. The Tang and the blade are one solid piece. Always get full-tang knives because they are usually more expensive but provide greater durability. The full tang gives the entire knife strength. On cheaper knives the blade is only connected to the top of the handle and can break off.

3) Blade Design
Knife’s binding towards blade’s shape is according to its function, and many are specialized to a very specific job. Some knives are better for fine cutting, while others excel at rough cutting, digging, skinning, chopping, slicing and even defensive purposes. So how do you find the one that’s right for you? Well it depends once again on what you are using the knife for.

4) Blade Material
It can be most important thing to consider and it could mean difference between a knife which you can keep for long time or a piece of metal breaking on first strike.

5) Sheath
You can’t just carry a knife in your hand the entire time—you need something to put it in. This is called a sheath, and it will be riding on your belt for the entire duration of your trip, so you’re going to want to get something comfortable. A quality sheath will be made with durable materials, and for longer knives, include a number of options for attachment.
The best way to find out which one suits you is to do some research and perhaps get some hands-on time with the ones that appeal to you. For a general-purpose hunting or survival knife, you can rarely go wrong with a clip point or a sturdy drop point. For chopping, you may want to consider a kukri. Try to keep these five points in mind before you go buying a knife and remember that there’s no harm in asking for help. Ask your friends or family on what kind of knives they use, and you may find that it will work for you as well.

Arnab Ganguly