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Everyone should carry some sort of foldable pocket knife on their person, not only for a handy cutting tool, but they make a great self defense weapon as well. A good stainless steel blade will hold up best against rusting, are easy to clean and maintian, plus make for a nice sturdy edge.

A good spring assisted blade can be maneuvered with one hand, for quick and easy operation. The Heritage folding knife makes for a great lightweight camping tool to keep handy. Knives are manufactured in a variety of sizes and shapes, with many different features, for each persons individual needs. You just need to decide which one is best for you.

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Selecting the perfect pocket knife can be made easier, when you take into mind several key features, then deciding which fits best for your needs.

Things To Consider While Picking Out A Pocket Knife:

  1. Weight - You want a knife that is heavy and sturdy, but light weight enough, so it doesn't drag your pocket or purse down. You won't carry the knife if it is too heavy, but you don't want to sacrifice weight for a good durable sharp blade.
  2. Style - Look for a knife that is eye appealing. Black and camo colored knives are better for concealment and will not show dirt as well. A ridged handle will stay gripped in your hand better, be easier to find when reaching into your carry bag, plus add to the overall look of the device. Brighter colored knife handles will be much easier to see in a purse or backpack.
  3. Quality - A good stainless steel or titanium blade are the strongest for an every day pocket knife. Steel and titanium are very durable and hold a good sharp edge, and can be sharpened easily. They are easier to keep clean, can be oiled and remain rust free.
  4. Pivot Pin - You need a good sturdy knife that will not break. The pivot pin is the most important part in a good knife blade. Most foldable knives will have a screw pin that can be adjusted for tighter or looser opening. It is the area where the blade tang is secured to the blade handle. A good pivot pin is what makes your knife durable and will allow such activities as digging or prying things open.
  5. Blade Lock - If you don't want to worry about your knife closing up accidentally on your fingers, you want to be sure you have a good blade lock lever. A good lever will also keep the knife securely in place, when you are cutting, virtually turning it into a fixed blade knife. You also need to be assured that the lever will unlock the blade in a fairly easy manner, so you do not have to struggle to close the knife, when you are through using it.
  6. Serrated Edge - Some People prefer a serrated or saw cut edge on the knife blade, to make it a more versatile utility tool. A serrated edge will cut through tough materials easier than a straight plain edge. The straight edge is better for slicing or whittling. A saw blade is usually on the back edge of the knife, which can be used as it states......to saw through tough items, like small branches. Your best knife for all around utility use, like camping or hiking, will be a foldable steel pocket knife with all three features.
  7. Extra Features - Do you want a knife with a belt clip? How about a seat belt cutter tool? Glass breaker? Flashlight? Key Ring? There are so many options you can find on a good tactical pocket knife. Keep these extra items in mind when you are selecting the perfect knife to carry.

How To Maintain You Knife To Ensure Long Time Use:

  1. Keep Clean - Always wipe your knife clean and dry it before folding back for storage in your pocket or bag. Rust and mold are the worst enemy of a good blade.
  2. Oil - Get a good knife oil and wipe your blade regularly, plus along the pivot pin and locking mechanisms. You do not want excess dirt and debris from accumulating along the pivoting areas on the knife tang. The blade itself needs to be oiled to assure rust doesn't form. Rust will quickly ruin a good blade.
  3. Proper Use - Yes, knives are meant to cut and chop. Even pry up small rocks or pry open a door, but they are not meant to be used as a crow bar, or chop through sturdy materials like a rock. Use your common sense and realize that a folding blade knife will indeed break along the pivot area, it they are used improperly. A blade that is thicker and made from steel or titanium will hold up better than thinner more light weight materials and thinner blades.
  4. Knife Point Edge - A nice thin, pointy edged knife makes for a great tool to use for small tasks like digging out a sliver, but keep in mind that you then need to respect the smaller thin blade and treat it as such. The smallter and thinner the pointed edge is, the more care you need to give it so it doesn't snap or bend. A thicker knife point will hold up longer and will be much more durable for tasks such as digging and prying. Never throw a foldable knife. they are made ot be unfurled, used, cleaned, folded back up and placed back in your pocket or purse.

Legal Issues Carrying Folding Knives:

It is not illegal to own and carry a pocket knife in all the continental united states, but there are indeed restrictions on the size of the blade that may be carried in many states. It is illegal to carry a gun onto school property, most government buildings, court houses or on a plane. Knives may be carried in your checked baggage.

Check with your local and state laws regarding foldable pocket knives. Some states will allow longer blades, but you will be safe in most areas, if you carry a blade that is 3 inches in length or less. Many states say the blade cannot be longer than the width of your palm.

Just as in stun guns, pepper sprays or fire arms, where you must carry concealed in one state, you may find it must remain unconcealed in another. It is best to not only check your local and state laws, but to check other states you may be traveling in and through, to ensure you are compliant with all rules.