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    All about knives

    What are the different types of knives?

    What are the different types of knives?

    If you are reading this, I assume that you are looking at the product line-up here at Game of Knives, and wondering: Why so many different knives? Well, other than different cool ways to kill people as for CS GO knives, different knives actually have different uses, and the types of knives you wish to get usually depends on how you might need them.

    To help differentiate between our products, we have made an useful little cheat sheet to help you understand what each knife type is for.

    1. Clip Point

    These are as in our M9 Bayonet.  Also known as "slanted point", these knives have a blunt portion of the blade above the cutting edge running from mid-point of the blade down to the tip.  The sharp tip of the knife can be straight or curving upwards, and that is to deliver more precision to each cut, while also guaranteeing a longer blade body for larger area cutting. As in CS GO and in real life, these knives are generally large, and favored by the military.

    2. Spear Point

    Also featured in our military catalog, these are used by the M7 Bayonet.  These are the most classic blade points on knives, swords, spears, etc. Their symmetrical edges running across the entire blade on both sides enable the knives to be used simultaneously on two sides.  These are popular because they are able to deliver quick sideways cuts.

    3. Tanto Point

    Named after a type of Japanese knives known as "tanto", these blades typically have a 45 degree angle making up the tip, which enhances the knives' ability to produce a better thrust. As you may observe from our Huntsmans, these blades utilize more metal towards the back end of the tip, and can therefore withstand more pressure than most other blades in a forced thrust.

    4. Drop Point

    A very popular style of point among pocket knives and folding knives, these blades feature a curved back running down towards the tip. Because they have a duller but thicker point than other blades, drop point knives tend to be sturdier, and used as rescue knives and utility knives.

    5. Needle Point

    Now to the fancier types of knives.  The needle point blades are named, obviously, after their skinny needle-shaped blades.  Because of their smaller size, these knives tend to break easily, but are nicely concealed within devices and on body.  Stilettos and switchblades are usually made after this fashion, as are Assassin's Creed wrist blade.

    6. Karambit

    Last but not least, the famous karambits! Popularized recently by CS Go Knives, these blades are traditionally southeast Asian, and feature a sharp tip pointing downwards.  These blades are designed to produce fine lacerations, and are used in hunting as skinning knives.  The modernized versions of the karambits are used in stylized fighting, but not as practical as traditional military knives.

    Look who's back!

    Look who's back!

    Time and again we were bombarded with the question: When will the Fade Balisong be back? or, How long do I have to wait for the Fade Butterfly Knife?  We were again and again disappointed to tell our patrons that we were still waiting on our order to come in, and we did not have a date.  Well, wait no more! Today we finally got the Fade Butterfly back!

    To celebrate the return of the Fade, we will host a party here at Game of Knives tonight! There will be cake, nachos, and free beer...OK, maybe you're not able to share those with us, but there will be a Fade Butterfly Knife on sale for a limited time. :D

    Come grab yours now before this popular product "fade" away!

    So what's in steel?

    So what's in steel?

    It seems that some of the most frequently asked questions Game of Knives is receiving from our patrons are “what kind of steel are knives made of?” and “what quality of steels do knives use?” I will address these inquiries with our first blog post.

     

    All steels are made based on the same principle, which is enhancing the properties of raw iron by tempering it and adding various substances.  The most important and traditional additive is carbon, which gives the steel strength over raw iron; the higher the carbon content of the steel, the harder the steel is.  But carbon also reduces the steel’s elasticity, thus making the steel more brittle. Another common steel additive is chromium, which gives the steel resistance against corrosion, but also makes the steel softer than plain carbon steel.

     

    Most knives are made of either carbon or stainless steels.  There are also tool steels, alloy steels and non-steel knives out there, but usually in designer categories.  Each type of steels are graded by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), and designated by grades based on their quality.  To make this discussion short and to the point, I will only explain the most commonly seen knife steels out there.

     

    Plain Carbon Steel:

     

    Plain carbon steel grades are based on a 4 digit number (i.e. 10XX).  In the SAE system, the “1” indicates the general category “plain carbon steel”, the “0” indicates that there are no major secondary components in the steel aside from carbon, and the last 2 digits describe the exact carbon concentration of the steel.  The higher the trailing 2 digit is, the higher the steel’s carbon concentration.  For example, the grade range for most knives is 1045 to 1095; a 1045 knife has 0.45% carbon steel, while a 1095 knife has 0.95% carbon.  In order to protect against corrosion, all carbon steel also contain a trace amount of manganese, which is inversely proportional to the steel’s carbon concentration.  From this information, we can see that a knife with 1045 carbon steel has the softest steel, but has better protection against rust, while a 1095 knife is tougher, but rusts easily. 

     

    Stainless Steel:

     

    Unlike carbon steel knives, there are too many variations of knife stainless steel, and so I will only include a few common ones here.

     

    420 series - These knives contain roughly 0.38% carbon, which means they are softer than carbon steel knives.  However, they contain a minimum of 12% chromium, therefore are virtually rust-proof, and can maintain an excellent luster.  This type of stainless steel makes up the bulk of all knives produced in the world, from dinning utensils to regular pocket knives.  Due to the corrosion resistant nature of the steel, the 420 steel knives are much more practical than plain carbon steel knives.  This is the type of steel they use for CS GO knives...I mean...Game of Knives use for our knives (see Karambits, Huntsman, Butterfly Knives) :P

     

    425M – If you are a knife enthusiast like I am, this is the famous Buck Knives’ signature steel, which contains 0.5% carbon.  It is a bit harder than a 420 stainless steel knife, and also retains the rust-resistance of the common stainless steel. 

    High Carbon Stainless Steel – this is a general term for high quality stainless steel, such as 154 CM and 440 series.  They contain carbon range of 0.95% to 1.2%, and are very tough.  These are nearly comparable to carbon steel knives, but are much more expensive than the 420 series, which is enough for most purposes. (You can cut that sausage in half with a 420 blade, trust me)

     

    Chinese High Carbon Stainless Steel – the scientific names for these are 8Cr14MoV steel or 9Cr13CoMoV steel. Since China is the largest steel producer in the world nowadays, they tend to use their own version of the SAE high carbon.  These types of steel have 0.75% to 0.85% carbon content, which less than their American counter parts.  The result of the lower carbon content is that they are somewhat softer than American high carbon stainless, but they make up for it by adding vanadium, which increases the knife’s resistance without sacrificing strength like chromium.  The advantage these hold is that they are easier to sharpen, and maintain an excellent edge.  Make no mistakes, these are high carbon stainless steel blades, and they are not cheap to obtain.

     

    Damascus Steel:

     

    Unlike plain carbon and stainless steel, the Damascus steel is not made from a single source of steel.  It’s made by layering several different types of steel, heat treated into a single piece, and acid etched.  Damascus steel is very expensive due to the way they are made, and knives made from these are usually in the upper end category.

     

    Now that you have learned the different types of steels knives are made of, there is one last important point you should consider when purchasing a knife steel: Yes, the tougher the steel is the better the knife would hold its edge, but all knives dull eventually, and the harder the steel is, the harder it will be for you to sharpen the knife.  Essentially it comes down to the question of prestige vs. practicality; would you rather have a knife that lasts 1000 cuts, then becomes impossible to use? Or would you rather have a knife that lasts 200 cuts, then takes 5 minutes to sharpen?

    Imagine a world without knives

    Imagine a world without knives

    Before we dwell deep into the "why we're here", let's imagine a world without knives. Not just a world without Karambits and Balisongs (Butterfly Knives), or a world without Huntsmans and Bayonets, but a world where no sharp edge exist.  You would not have had toast this morning because bread cannot be cut, and you would look like my terrier on a bad hair day because you would not have shaved.  To some it may be an excuse not to shave, but just note that women can't shave either, and your "dream girl" may look like the crazy cat lady under the skirt.  (Luckily Brazilian wax would still be there since it does not involve a blade...whew...)  Now although that unshaven "manly look" may be appealing, we can forget about hunting, fishing, hiking and camping unless we all start growing claws out of our fists like wolverine, who by the way would not exist either. (Who knows? Maybe he would exist, and would just grow another fist out of his knuckles like Chuck Norris) Then to more serious issues: there would be no surgeries, no windows (glass is cut), no clothes, no ropes and wires, no scissors to get into the new scissors wrapped in plastic...

    Indeed, it's not too much to say that the human civilization rests upon the edge of a knife, and we can no longer describe a world without one.  From the dawn of history to the modern day miracles, our lives are besieged by blades (unfortunately that is literally true for some), which had become so universal, that we're all taking them for granted. 

    Now you may be thinking "Cut it out! what's the point of all this?" (no pun intended)  Now is where Game of Knives come in.  We wish to expand upon this daily essential part of our lives and make it as fun as possible; we know CS GO Knives are not as important as your razor or kitchen knife (But hey no one's stopping you from using our Karambits as your razor, or Bayonet as your kitchen knife), but we hope our products would make you enjoy collecting knives as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you.

    Happy Knife hunting!