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All the Pocket Knife Knowledge You Need to Know Before Buying

The Gear Patrol Podcast Episode Twenty-One – Listen Now

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In this episode, Senior Staff Writer Tanner Bowden unloads his pocket knife knowledge and offers up a wealth of advice to inform your next EDC purchase. Tanner also discusses why the pocket knife's blend of form and function is beloved by so many.

Ultimately, Tanner goes over his top three pocket knife recommendations in detail. Beforehand, he covers pocket knife basics, like the knife types, blade shapes and sizes, and the main brands you should know. He also delves into terminology and the mechanical attributes of common knives, from actions to locks to handle materials. And he explains a great deal about the different kinds of metal you'll come across as you shop around.

Show Notes:

Episode Navigation:

  • 1:00 – Why Do People Love Pocket Knives?
  • 3:45 – What Does a Person Need to Know Before Buying a Pocket Knife?
  • 4:50 – Most Pocket Knives Are Folders
  • 6:41 – Different Elements of Pocket Knife Form Factors
  • 8:04 – Blade Types and Shapes
  • 14:23 – How to Decide Which Shape Is Right for You
  • 16:10 – Pocket Knife Brands to Know
  • 21:21 – Types of Actions: the Mechanism That Opens the Knife
  • 27:32 – Handle Types to Know
  • 31:30 – How Pocket Knife Size Should Factor In to Your Decision
  • 34:49 – Pocket Knife Maintenance
  • 36:30 – Blade Materials: How Different Steel Types Affect Your Knife
  • 44:40 – Our Top Three Pocket Knife Recommendations


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