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Knife Buying Guide Infographic

Knife Buying Guide Infographic: Fixed Blade Knives

Finding the perfect knife for your outdoor, backpacking, or every day carry needs can be extremely difficult. For some people it may take a very long amount of time, researching, soliciting feedback from friends and via forums, yet for others it’s a snap decision based on the way a particular blade looks. I’ve personally narrowed down my choice of knife through years of trial an error, but there’s a cost associate with that too.

When I stumble upon resources that may help to provide useful information about selecting a knife, understanding the differences between different knives or even just learning what all of the parts of a particular type of knife are called, I like to share that with you.

Knife Buying Guide Infographic – part 1

BladeHQ is one of my favorite online stores for buying quality knives at the lowest prices. I’m not an affiliate and I’m not getting paid to promote their site (although I should be), I’m sharing a great resource that I use. They are putting together a series of knife buying guides in the form of infographics and sharing them publicly via their site. They’ve just released part one of the series which breaks down the anatomy of different types of knives such as fixed blade, folding, and automatics to name a few. In addition to the anatomical information they provide a brief pros/cons for each type of knife that I think is also extremely helpful.

Knife Buying Guide Infographic

If you’re looking to buy a new knife, or just interested in learning as much as you can about knives then check out BladeHQ’s knife buying guide infographics. They have them all available on their website and even provide you with the HTML code to use them and share them via your site. If you know of any other good knife related guides or infographics, please share a link via the comments below.

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  • I have only bought one knife from BladeHQ, which was a Spyderco Ambitious with the blue G-10 (sprint run) for my son. However, I do like Blade HQ, I even have their logo as the emblem on my KAP-40 on Black Ops 2… in carbon fiber of course… :)

    • I’ve bought quite a few from them over the years and find them to be among one of the best sites as far as selection and price. I bought my cheap ($30) Lightning-OTF knife from them most recently:

  • Snctool

    Hey Brian,
    Before i got sidetracked making alcohol stoves I was making knives. Of course being a machinist I was designing the knives using Autocad and then machining them out with a CNC Milling Machine. In my research of knifemaking and sharpening systems I ran across the ‘Wicked Edge ” sharpening system

    This is an awesome system. So awesome that I can now sharpen a knife to actual hair splitting sharpness and a chrome looking smooth edge in which you can see your reflection in the edge. I am in no way affilited with the company but have one of their sharpening systems. I thought the readers might be interested. What good is a quality knife without a quality edge. I am still sidetracked making stoves and have knife blanks waiting for a finish in the future.

    • That looks like a pretty clever system, but it’s not cheap! I’ll confess to being a bit of a knife geek and I often spend time surfing the web or watching YouTube videos on how to sharpen knives. Here’s one of my favorites, not just for technique, but for sheer entertainment value: How to Sharpen Global Knives with Mino Tsuchida

  • Dale, you’re killing me with these gorgeous knives. I am now drooling over a neck knife that is way outside of my price range :)

  • odie11

    There are a lot of good sites, but I wanted to mention two caveats that people usually get stuck on: 1) wanting to buy a “good knife.”
    After 50 years with the knife, and many knives and custom knives, I have come back full circle to two knives which I think are the perfect knife for beginners–the Mora Knife, and the Ontario Kitchen knives. Both are excellent quality steel and will give you a good lesson on learning on how to put an edge on a knife and keeping one on. And what is even better is that today, as I write this, you can have them for about $12.00 USD. My current “survival knife,” is my Old Hickory Butcher Knife. I used this recently in a SERE survival course in which we had to each kill a rabbit and process the carcass. After batoning about 29 evergreen boughs to build a shelter, I was able to quickly and humanely kill the rabbit and still field process him without ever touching up the blade. The instructor was pretty impressed with the edge retention given all that abuse over a two day period. I also use an Old Hickory Paring knife as my primary blade as a neck knife in a kydex sheath that I made which is incredibly light and efficient. The point is for most everyone, it is better to purchase a cheap knife and learn how to properly sharpen it rather than getting a ” good knife” which is usually code for expensive and “Gucci” steel.

    2) The second point is one about jimping. Jimping is the decorative notches on the spine of the blade where your thumb usually rests when holding or choking up on the blade. My personal experience with jimping is that it looks cool, but I always wind up grinding the jimping out of the knife when I have to use it for a long period of time. Usually when I spend a half hour to an hour cutting on a piece of wood, it starts to rub a blister on my thumb. Not saying you shouldn’t have a knife with jimping, but you should be aware of the fact that it can really make it uncomfortable if the knife is used for long periods of time.