The Pocket Knife: A Classic for On-the-Go

There are various types available for even the most remote applications. At ASMC, you can find the perfect pocket knife for any endeavor.

Considerations When Using Pocket Knives

When using pocket knives, ensure they are stored in a proper protective cover. Sharp pocket knives can cause significant injuries or damage equipment during physical movements and outdoor activities. Proper securing is essential.

Often synonymous with "pocket knife," "Swiss Army Knife" can be used for a variety of tasks. Depending on the task, the blade must be extremely hardened to withstand heavy use. The ASMC range includes both standalone knives—not just from Victorinox—as well as multi-tools like Leatherman.

Choosing the Right Pocket Knife

Prior to selecting a pocket knife, determine its intended use. Based on this purpose, choose the blade length, thickness, and alloy. Knives differ significantly in their design and blade construction. In addition to smaller or even miniature pocket knives, larger variants are also available. Besides standalone knives, multipurpose pocket knives containing additional tools are available, ideal for longer trips. It's important to ensure the knife is not too large for its intended use. Consider how the knife will be attached to clothing before purchase.

Large knives should be attached to pants or carried in a backpack. Smaller pocket knives with lower risk of injury can also be carried in a pocket. Pocket knives are made from tough alloys, making them suitable for various tasks. Regular blade sharpening ensures optimal sharpness. The speed at which a pocket knife dulls depends on the alloy; inferior knives dull quickly. High-quality alloys ensure lasting sharpness and reliability. The knife handle should be made of suitable material to prevent slipping. This is also recommended for hunting knives.

Special Knives:
• Karambit
• Combat Knife
• Folding Knife

Expert Tip: How to Sharpen a Knife without a Sharpening Stone?

The underside of porcelain cups or plates can create a gentle abrasive effect. These surfaces typically have an unglazed edge where the porcelain is dull. This edge can be used to sharpen knives, similar to using a honing steel.

Questions: Pocket Knives

What makes a knife a so-called Bushcraft knife?

The main task of such a knife is wood processing. Features that define a knife as a Bushcraft knife include a "Drop Point" blade shape. Convex-shaped blades are common because their strong tip is ideal for cutting/splitting wood and maintaining sharpness. A Scandi grind is also popular as it's easy to sharpen and great for woodwork.

Prohibited Knives - Which ones are not allowed?

According to the German Weapons Act (WaffG Appendix 2), some types of knives are classified as weapons and are therefore prohibited.

Prohibited knives include:
1. Gravity knives (knives whose blades snap out of the handle due to gravity when a locking mechanism is released)
2. Switchblades (knives whose blades snap open at the push of a button)
3. Push daggers (knives with a handle running across the blade, designed to be used in a closed fist)
4. Folding knives with split handles that pivot, such as the butterfly knives seen in movies
5. Knives whose type is named as a weapon in the law and whose shape is suitable for disguising another object. These include walking sticks with a sword or belt buckles with a dagger.

How often should knives be sharpened?

Sharpen knives as soon as the edge becomes dull, making it difficult to cut or requiring excessive force. Determining when a knife is dull is subjective, so it's an individual decision. Typically, knives used frequently should be sharpened 1 to 3 times per year.

Home remedies for rust on the blade?

For small rust spots, a mixture of vinegar and salt can often remove rust. The rust removal power is limited—sometimes requiring rinsing, scrubbing, and repeating. The acid does not damage the material. Another method is using cola. Soak the blade in cola for an hour and repeat the process depending on the severity of rust.

Which knife does Rambo use?

In the movie "Rambo," Sylvester Stallone uses the First Blood knife.

What is a Damascus knife?

The Damascus knife is made from a special material called "Damascus steel," originally from Damascus. It combines hard (brittle) and soft (elastic) steel types, folded multiple times to create many layers. Acid treatment reveals these layers as a distinctive pattern. The pattern can be created from a single type of steel or multiple types. Polishing or etching enhances the appearance of this steel.

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