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When shopping for a knife, the biggest question to consider is, “What will I be using the knife for?” Once you figure out the main purpose for the knife, it’s much easier to narrow down the specifics such as blade type and style. We’ll go over some knife basics and help you choose the right knife for the job.
- Drop-Point. This is a good all around blade suitable for many uses. Similar to a clip-point but with a more convex curve on the spine where it meets the tip of the blade. Stronger tip but not really good for piercing.
- Tanto. This blade has sharp straight angles and a strong tip. Good for piercing.
- Clip-Point. This blade is similar to a drop-point, but with a concave curve on the spine of the blade. One of the most popular styles for a reason, very versatile. Sharper tip makes for cutting in tight places or piercing.
- Normal. A straight back and curving edge. Good for thrusting, chopping and cutting.
Blade steels are usually different blends of stainless steel. Different alloys give benefits over plain stainless steel. Vanadium added to stainless steel improves strength and ease of sharpening. Carbon steel is stronger and tougher than stainless steel and easier to sharpen, however without the chromium of stainless steel it is more apt to rusting. Manufacturers like to use their own custom blends of steel, so it’s advisable to check the blade material on a knife you are considering to make sure it will hold up to the job. Remember, no matter the material, a blade will dull with use.
Fixed or Folder?
Should you choose a fixed blade knife or a folding blade? It again depends on the use. A fixed blade knife will be stronger due to the fact that the blade is one piece and there are no joints or moving pieces. A folding knife may be more convenient since the blade folds into the handle making it smaller and easier to carry.
Serrated or Plain Edge?
Whether you want a plain edge or serrated blade depends on the type of cutting you are going to be doing. A plain edge is great for smooth cuts, slicing and piercing. A serrated edge is good for rough cutting and sawing. An all around compromise is a partially serrated blade, which gives more versatility.
What kind of material the handle is made out of depends on preference. If you are going to be using your knife in damp environments, you might not want a stainless steel handle that is smooth. Handles are made in different types of plastic, metal, even bone or wood. The handle may be textured or smooth. Once again, it would depend on what you are using the knife for. If you are working around a lot of chemicals or blood borne pathogens, you would need something non-absorbent like metal, not wood. Metal handles can get colder than other materials, so if you are outdoors in the cold, a metal handle might not be the best option.
Harry’s Army Surplus has a huge selection of knives and tools fit for any job imaginable. Stop in or give us a call and speak with our highly knowledgeable staff, we’ll make sure you get the right knife for the task at hand.
Harry’s Army Surplus just received a great new knife. This blade is GORGEOUS! The Zero Tolerance Scavenger Knife (model 0400) is from the Kai family of high end blades (Kai USA being the parent company to Kershaw Knives as well) and is geared towards the “line of duty” fields, though as an everyday carry (EDC) it would be a great choice. The shape itself is designed by Ken Onion, whom is very well known in the world of knife crafting, and sports a SpeedSafe® manual assisted opening modified tanto style blade cast in high end S30V steel. The scales (handle) on the front have Trac-Tec grip tape inserts for a secure hold, while the back scales do not, allowing for easier “in-and-out” of the pocket when clipped. The black finish is not just a pretty paint job either! That is Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Coating) which is going to protect that blade from just about anything the elements can throw at it!
The blade composition and Tungsten DLC make the Kershaw Zero Tolerance Knife 0400 Scavenger a PERFECT choice for anyone in police, military, emt/paramedic, fire fighting line of work. The S30V steel, developed by the crucible Materials Corporation, boasts an even distribution of vanadium carbides which makes it harder and have a superior cutting edge. This high end steel is also very resistant to corrosion, rust, and wear! Top that with the DLC coating and you have yourself a blade you can use and not have to worry if its going to chip, scratch, dull, or rust as easily in battle/rescue/work.
Supply on the new Zero Tolerance is very limited so if you’re looking to buy this Zero tolerance knife in-store or online, please call to order or drop in before they’re gone
Looking for more information? Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about it:
This Tanto-style military folding knife from ZT features SpeedSafe® manual assisted opening for one-handed blade deployment. Just push on the ambidextrous thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. The modified Tanto blade in S30V stainless steel provides extreme strength and is coated with Tungsten DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) for a non-reflective matte-black finish. The 0400 is one of the thinner folding knives in the ZT line, which makes it excellent for compact carry. While the front scale features friction-tape inserts for a secure grip, the back scale does not have the tape, enabling an easier draw and storage in the pocket. A 5/16-inch pivot shaft adjustment enables tighter or looser blade deployment. Includes a dual mounting system for tip-up or tip-down, right-handed clip carry.
- Made in the USA
- Steel: S30V stainless-steel with Tungsten DLC coating
- Handle: 6061-T6 anodized aluminum, Trac-Tec inserts on front
- Blade Length: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
- Closed Length: 5 in. (12.6 cm)
- Overall Length: 8.563 in. (21.8 cm)
- Weight: 5 oz.
- SpeedSafe Assisted Opening
- Ambidextrous Opening
- Thumb Stud