There are many types of pocket knifes
each with a different use. There are some that are
small and some that are large and there also some
then are more for show and others that are for heavy-duty
use. Knowing what knife is good for what is very useful
to know. To see a bigger picture of the knives shown
click on the image.
of knife is this one. This knife is a small knife
made by Barlow. This knife has an image of eagles
in the handle of the knife. This is mostly a show
knife due to the possibility of the image becoming
destroyed or worm during heavy use.
This is another example of a Barlow knife. As with the Barlow knife above this knife keeps going with the Eagle theme.
This knife is the complete opposite of the knife above. This
is an official Boy Scout knife made by Camillus. The
knife has considerable weight and a four inch blade.
This knife while it has its uses is usually to big
for anything that a Boy Scout will need a knife
for. Due to the weight and the size of the knife
it does not fit well in a pocket which another draw
back of the knife. This knife does function well when a strong rugged knife is needed.
This Gerber knife is slightly smaller than the official Boy Scout knife
above and part of the blade is serrated. A serrated blade
on the knife is very useful for doing things such as cutting
meet. The serrated part of the blade on the knife
does not become dull as fast as the straight blade.
The problem with serrated knives is that when the
blade does become dull it
takes skill and time to sharpen it.
Most of the knives shown so far are lock blades
and have only one blade. This
knife by Wenger has a lock blade with the release
on the side oppose to most lock blades that release
at the bottom. This knife also has many other useful
tools instead of just a blade.
This knife made
by Victorinox is an example of the many knives on the market that contain many other
tools other than a blade. This pocketknife contains things such as 2
blades, scissors (which at times are more important on a pocketknife
than a blade), file and a saw. The saw on most pocketknives really does
not serve a significant purpose. The biggest size twig that the saw on
the pocketknife can handle can be easily snapped into pieces with two
hands so the saw really does not serve a large purpose. The big draw
back with this knife is the weight created by many tools on it that are
not needed in most situations.
This knife is
a smaller knife made by Victorinox that is very useful
for everyday use. It has two small blades, scissors
and a screwdriver along with other tools. While this
pocketknife is small and therefore it can
fit easily into the pocket it can still handle most everyday
This is a
tool made by Leatherman. It is not really a pocketknife
however it can be very useful to a scout. When all
of the tools are folded into the handle it provides
a good-sized pair of pliers. In the handle of the
pliers there are two blades a straight blade and a
serrated blade along with many other useful tools.
The Leatherman really is too big for everyday use
however it can easily be put into a backpack for a
This knife is one of the Official fixed blade knives the Boy Scouts of America sold. The blade is 4.5" and 8.5" overall. The
handle is wrapped in leather. One side of the blade is stamped 'Western
Boulder Colorado Made in the U.S.A'' and the other side is marked 'Be
Prepared' and 'Official Boy Scouts of America.' The reason the Boy
Scouts no longer sell fixed blade knives is because while there is no official BSA policy against fixed blade knives, most Boy Scout
camps do not allow scouts to carry them. Many scouts in an attempts to out do their
fellow scouts started to bring larger and larger fixed blade knives
till the point where the knives were more of a safety hazard than
having a practical use.
What is shown above is only a small
sample of the types of knives that can be found on
the market. What is
shown above only represents a range of knives
that can be found useful to a Boy Scout.