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What’s The Best Metal For A Bowie Knife Blade?

By Dave Dylan

If it’s time to buy a new knife, then you have a world of options at your fingertips. You can choose almost any size bowie knives possible, from a mere six-inch blade to a whopper that’s more than a foot long. You’ll also have a few other considerations to make about the knife before you purchase it. For instance, you’ll need to know what sort of design you want; traditional, modern military derived and fantasy knives are just three of the options. You’ll need to choose what sort of handle material you want, as well.

Actually, there is no single best metal for a knife blade. Choosing a particular metal for a blade is always a series of tradeoffs. For instance, if you want a blade that is resilient and takes well to spring heat treatment, then you might have to sacrifice some edge holding abilities. If you want a knife that will hold an edge like a razor for a long time, you might have to deal with some brittleness.

In addition, the question of metal type for your bowie knife blade will hinge on how long the blade will be. Some metals are very brittle though they hold a good edge. These are ideal for shorter blades, but make poor choices for a bowie knife with a long blade. You will also find that metals ideal for longer blades might not be able to hold that edge for quite as long, though the blade might be more than resilient and springy.

Bowie knives are rugged, durable and provide tremendous versatility, but you’ll need to choose the right metal for the task. As an example, someone who will use their knife as a general camping or hunting tool will not require the same benefits as someone who does solo exploration in the wilds of northern Canada.

Choosing the right bowie knives for your needs will also depend on where you’ll use the knife. For instance, if you’re hunting on the East Coast, as opposed to in Alaska, you’ll need very different things from that knife, so consider your usage needs as well as the metal type.

Dave is the owner of an online bowie knives and glock grip extensions store.

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