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A KEEN EYE

10 TIPS TO DETERMINE A QUALITY KNIFE FOR THE NOVICE BUYER

I’VE OFTEN SAID THAT WE LIVE IN A GOLDEN AGE OF KNIFE BUYING, WITH A DIVERSE MARKET, AND MORE CHOICES AVAILABLE TO THE CONSUMER THAN AT ANY TIME IN HISTORY. While that’s a great thing for the person in the market for a new knife, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re new to the hobby, or you’re not a hobbyist at all and just need a knife for an intended purpose. I often get asked the questions “What should I buy?” or, “Is Brand X or Model A, a good knife?” My answer usually is … it depends.

“KNOWING YOUR BUDGET AND SHOPPING WITHIN YOUR MEANS HELPS NARROW DOWN YOUR CHOICES.”

STORY & PHOTOS BY TIM STETZER
A sheath is an important part of your fixed-blade purchase. Be sure to select one that keeps the knife firmly secured in place, allows for quick access when needed, and is made from quality materials, like highgrade leather or Kydex, This assures you years of reliable use.
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