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The sharp cutting part of a knife.

Blade Flat:

The flate parte of the blade above the beveled edge.

Blade Lock:

A mechanism designed to lock the blade of a folding knife in place so it cannot be closed accidentally.

Blade Tip:

The sharp point at the end of a blade.

Blood Grove:

A hollow channel in the flat of a blade. It actually has nothing to with blood. The channel is meant to add stiffness to the blade and make it a little lighter. It makes the blade lighter and more rigid or stiff in the same way an I-beam is lighter and more rigid than a simple bar of the same size.

Butt Cap:

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Cocobolo is oily in look and feel. This oil lends a strong, unmistakable floral odor even to well seasoned wood and occasionally stains the hands with prolonged exposure. Standing up well to repeated handling and exposure to water, a common use is in gun grips and knife handles. It is very hard, fine textured and dense, but is easily machined, although due to the abundance of natural oils, the wood tends to clog abrasives and fine-toothed saw blades, like other very hard, very dense tropical woods. Due to its density and hardness, even a large block of the cut wood will produce a clear musical tone if struck. Cocobolo can be polished to a lustrous, glassy finish. The high natural oil content of the wood makes it difficult to achieve a strong glue joint, and can inhibit the curing of some varnishes, particularly oil based finishes.

Convex Grind:

A type of grind where the beveled edge of a blade has a outward curving profile. The cross section of this kind of blade looks a little like the letter U. This type of grind is not as shape as flat or hollow ground blades but it is the strongest of the three and keeps it's edge longer. It is most commonly seen on blades that will be used for heavy work like axes and large chopping blades.


Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several species in the genus Diospyros, but ebony may also refer to other heavy, black (or dark colored) woods from unrelated species. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. Its fine texture, and very smooth finish when polished, make it valuable as an ornamental wood. The word "ebony" derives from the Ancient Egyptian hbny, via the Ancient Greek ?????? (ébenos), by way of Latin and Middle English.


The sharpened outer edge of a blade that does the actual cutting.

False Edge:

A beveled area on the back of the blade before the tip and above the flat. The false edge of a knife is not ment to be sharpened. It is allows for a sharper point on larger thicker blades, but is usually mostly cosmetic.


The beveled edge of a knife blade. Grind can also refer to the particular type of bevel used on a blade. The most common types are strait-grind, hollow-grind, convex-grind, and the much less common single bevel.


The cross piece on a knife between the handle and blade. It provides protectin for the hand from anything sliding down the blade and prevents the hand from sliding onto the blade. Usualy found on fixed blade knives.


In general the part of a knife that is meant to be held in the hand. Specifically handle can also refer to the part of a knife between the guard and the pommel usually made of some decorative material.

Handle Slab:

The pieces of decorative material on a knife's handle between the bolsters or guard and pommel.

Hollow Grind:

A type of grind where the beveled edges of a knife curve inward in a convex manner. The cross section of this type of blade look like pressed the edges of the bevel inward. This is the sharpest of the three common types of grind. It takes the keenest edge but is much weaker that a strait or convex grind.

Liner Lock:

A blade lock made as part of the liners inside of the handle of a folding knife. It is meant to allow the knife to be closed with one hand.


The flat metal plates on the inside of a folding knife's handle. They provide strength and support the structure of a folding knife.


a composite synthetic material made of linen or paper with epoxy resin is another commonly used handle material. This is very strong, extremely durable and light. This comes in glossy or matte finish for grips and can be extremely durable. These are one of the best choices for tough heavy duty knives. Paper, linen and denim micartas are available for different degrees of toughness. Micarta handles also come in many different bright colors. Many different polymer materials are available, the best among them being ABS which is a high strength polymer that can be molded very easily and kraton - a springy polymer, mostly used as a flexible inlay in the grip. Fiberglass reinforced nylon (FRN) is a polymer that can be molded using injection molding.


refers to any of a number of richly hued timbers, often brownish with darker veining, but found in many different hues. All rosewoods are strong and heavy, taking an excellent polish, being suitable for guitars, marimbas, turnery (billiard cues, the black pieces in chess sets, etc), handles, furniture, luxury flooring, etc.


An emblem embedded in the handle of a knife. It usually has a brand logo on it. shields are most common on folding pocket knives.

Slip Joint:

A type of non-locking folding knife where the blade or blades are held open with a spring.

Strait Grind:

A type of grind where the beveled edges of a blade taper in a strait line to the point. The cross section of this type of blade looks like the letter V. A strait grind provides a good balance of strength and sharpness.

Thumb Stud:

A stud on the back of the blade of a folding knife meant to allow the blade to be opened with one hand, using the thumb.

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