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What can constitute a Bowie knife varies widely but generally speaking term refers to any large sheath knife with a cross guard and a clip point.

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Knife locking mechanisms explained.

With a veritable slew of varying locking mechanisms to be found on folding pocket knives, some tactical knives and occasionally hunting knives, some you may be familiar with others not so much, with all the different knife lock types it can get confusing , its handy to be able to identify which is which and allows for safe handling ...

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Knife Tangs explained.
Its important to point out before we get into the various knife blade tangs that long held beliefs about varying knife tangs are generally speaking negated by modern manufacturing processes, however if you need a hard working knife then full tang is the most definite way to go.

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While there are a mind boggling array of steels and exotic materials used in the production of knife blades, the most common will invariably fall into the three major groupings below.

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Damascus steel
Whats in a name?, you’ve seen all those lovely wavy patterned steel blades on Damascus hunting knives, Damascus pocket knives and even Damascus kitchen knife sets, invariably you have also noticed the price which is generally considerably more than their standard steel blade versions.

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