In everyday life, most people have several different things that need to be done. Some may be planned, but there are many others that just come to them abruptly. Due to this reason, there are multipurpose tools that are invented in order to provide a practical way of living. One of these tools are pocket knives; the kind of knives that can be folded and may contain one or more blades and possibly other utilities as well. Having the best pocket knife is the dream of many. We see these knives everywhere since people like to use them, but little did we know that pocket knives are actually divided to different types. Below are the most common pocket knives that people use.
This type of pocket knife is the simplest among the others since it is usually handcrafted. Its blade can be opened and folded freely without any locking mechanisms or spring; making it easy to use, yet unsafe at the same time. However, some peasant knives have a manual locking screw on their handle that is used to keep the blade in the open position. This type is no longer widely used, but it was popular among farmers and gardeners during the 19th and the early 20th century.
Slip Joint Knife
Slip joint knife is the type of pocket knife that is mostly used by people everywhere. Its most distinguishable characteristic is the backspring that can fold the blade when a certain amount of pressure is used against it. The blade has no locking mechanisms, but the backspring makes it possible to fold it instantly. This type of pocket knife usually only have one blade since it is difficult to create the backspring mechanism for multiple blades. However, there are also ones that have a second blade or utility attached.
Multi Tool Knife
This is a sub-division of slip joint knife that is already developed to be able to contain more than one blade. The most famous product of this kind is the Swiss Army knife that sports multiple tools that can be used to do many everyday tasks.
Lock Blade Knife
As the name says, this type of pocket knife has a locking mechanism that differentiates it with the three previous types. It enables the blade to be in the open position as long as the lock is released. This mechanism also makes the knife safer to use since the blade will not fold back to the handle when it is being used.