Posts Tagged ‘puma knife’

Rockwell C Tests | What Does It Mean

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

If you own a Puma knife, you may have noticed a tiny hole or impression on the blade. This is the “Rockwell point“. Puma checks all of its folding and fixed blade knives for their Rockwell hardness according to the system Rockwell C.  You can ensure your knife has undergone this test by looking at the blade – there should be a “RC” imprinted on the blade near the knife’s number.

The Rockwell C test is conducted by taking a diamond cone and pressing it into a blade under a fixed amount of force followed by an increased amount of force. The diamond’s penetration depth after these two forces are applied is measure and the resulting measure is the hardness rating of the steel. A good steel blade should rate somewhere between HRC 50 and 65.  This procedure is used on all sorts of metals types.

Cleaning a Liner Lock or Folding Knife

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

When you employ the use of folding or liner lock knife during hunting and fishing the environment that the knives are used are not exactly anti-septic. In fact, it is not uncommon for a number of foreign elements to come in contact with the folding knife. This can prove to be troublesome because debris can lead to the degradation of the knife. This is why it is important to clean the knife completely after use and clear any debris that may have collected on the knife. If anything blocks the folding mechanism of the knife the knife may end up ruined. Clearly, it would not be a good thing for a reliable quality knife to be put out to pasture if proper cleaning and maintenance could prolong the life of the knife.

To clean your knife, avoid submersing the whole thing in water if possible. Use a spray cleaner if you can find it or a damp cloth. If not, make sure to dry the entire knife, including the blade, handle and pivot joints. After it has been cleaned and debris has been removed, put a couple of drops of oil on the joints and springs to ensure the knife will open and close easily and rust won’t start to form.  Also, rub the knife with a small amount of oil too to prevent rust. Though stainless steel is rust resistant, it still may have some rust problems so take precautions when you can, especially if you live or are hunting in a very damp climate. 

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Survival Knife | Rambo Never Had It So Good

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Survival knives got a cheesy image a few years back thanks to their overblown presentation in the Rambo movies. These knives are not just novelty items or barbaric tools of destruction. Survival knives provide all the common uses of a hunting knife but they also have a hollow handle that provides a compartment for easy storage of various items you may need while in the great outdoors. A survival knife can store matches, bandages, twine and some other useful survival items and keep them all dry.  This creates an easy to carry survival kit all in the palm of your hand. Some survival knives include a simple compass in the end of the handle as well.

When looking for a survival knife, make sure that the novelty of a handle encasement doesn’t over shadow the quality of the blade. After all, it is first and foremost a hunting knife. The blade should be sturdy and made of rust-proof materials. Many survival knives have both a serrated portion toward the top of the handle for sawing as well as a regular sharp blade at its tip for cutting and skinning. Buy a brand known for its robustness and then check out the extra survival equipment it can carry.

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Pocket Knives are not for Self Defense

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

The movies love to shock audiences with incredible bar fights and unrealistic gang brawls.  In theater, these scenes show the gruesome nature of hand-to-hand combat.  Combatants pick up and use whatever they have handy to take down their enemy. Too often in street fights, we see small pocket knives and folding blades used as a primary weapon.  This has the potential to foster thoughts that pocket knives have the strength and safety needed to take down an assailant.  So, let’s be clear.  The primary use of pocket knives is that of a TOOL for use in one’s job, repair work, or hunting and fishing. It is not designed as an offensive weapon or for self-defense purposes.

From a straight legal perspective, the use of a folding knife in a self-defense scenario can constitute a major felony. Using a pocket knife is dangerous because these blades, though often very durable and well-built, are not meant to harm a person’s body.  Fighting with these blades could result in the knife actually turning and/or folding on you.

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Puma Knives | Variety is the Spice of Life

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Puma knives are hardly the new kids on the block on the world knife manufacturer scene. The company was founded in 1976 and has spent the past 320 years delivering high quality top of the line knives to consumers. Puma has thrived as a leader in hunting knife and sporting blade manufacturing in part because of the variety of knives they have been able to offer outdoorsmen and collectors alike.

Puma has a knife blade or style to suit the needs of any fishermen, hunter, camper, or other outdoorsmen, whether amateur or professional.  They have lock blade models, folding knives, fixed blade knives, fillet knives or scouting knives all made using Puma’s proven manufacturing and forging techniques.  Puma’s high standards of quality are what make each of their styles stand out from others on the market.

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Hunting Knives and Child Safety

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

If you are a person who enjoys the great outdoors and owns hunting knives or who intends to purchase this type of gear in the future, listen up.  In addition to paying attention to the kind of hunting knives you own or consider purchasing, you also need to understand what you need to do to manage that knife safely.  This particularly is the case when it comes to the issue of child safety and ensuring your knife does not cause them harm.

It is important that you keep hunting knives well out of the reach of your children.  In this regard, there are products in which you can secure hunting knives to ensure that they do not end up in the curious hands of children. Keep a hunting knife up high, in a hunting gear box or bag. Keep the knife in a safety sheath so that the knife blade will never accidentally fall open.  If you can, consider owning a liner lock folding knife. These knives are made for safety with a locking mechanism to ensure the knife stays closed when it is supposed to and opens only when needed.

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