Folding Knives – A Necessity For Outdoor Adventures?

When people plan to head to the great outdoors, whether to track down some big game, do a little camping or going after the “big lunker” in their favorite lake, they should always have a good folding style of knife along for the journey. Folding knives are special types of sport and hunting knives in which the blade folds away into the handle.

A folding knife has a few advantages over a standard, fixed blade hunting knife. First of all they are more convenient to carry than fixed blade knives. Once folded, they can easily be tucked away into a backpack, a fanny pack, a pocket or even a purse if desired. This means quality hunting knives can always be near at hand whenever they are needed most.

Folding knives are also great because the blade is protected when it if folded into the handle without needing to carry along a separate sheath to protect the blade from damages. This in turn means that the blade is less likely to get nicked and should also stay sharp longer, thus requiring less maintenance.

Also, with knives that fold there is much less of a chance of the user, or someone else such as a child, getting cut by the blade or stabbing themselves. A folding/pocket style of knife is a wonderful tool to have on hand and provides people with some peace of mind because the blade is not exposed unless opened.

In general, there are two primary kinds of folding knives that you will find on the market. The first is the traditional pocket style of knife, which can be folded closed with just a little effort exerted against the back, or non cutting edge, of the blade. It is always important to make sure that your fingers are out of the way of the blade storage slot when closing so that no injury occurs.

Folding hunting knives are also quite common, and are also called lock-back knives (e.g. Puma Prince Lockback Knife). The knives that fold have a release button that must be depressed to release the blade so that it can be folded back into the handle. This adds an extra measure of safety ensuring that the blade does not snap closed while in use. It also provides additional stability when using the knife on tough materials or in situations of extended use, such as skinning game, gutting fish or cutting tree limbs.

One thing that can detract from the overall appeal of folding knives for hunting is that they are much harder to get clean after they have been used for gutting and skinning game, or for scaling and cleaning fish. Because all pocket knives have the folding mechanism and the slots that receive the blade when folded, there are areas that are very difficult to thoroughly clean. Even with this in mind, these knives continue to be popular because of their convenience.

To find the best folding knives by Puma visit our Puma Folding Knives section.

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