Normally, when buying knives we look at the edges more than the handles, as it is the edge that ultimately provides us with the cutting capacity. However, a good edge without a good handle can see its capacity significantly diminished, a reality that invites us not to neglect this important aspect.
There are always those who, for functional or even aesthetic reasons, without putting it before the cutting capacity of the edge, give the handle of the knife the importance it has.
Next, whatever your motivation, we are going to make a summary of the types of knife handles arranged according to materials, shapes, and colors, their three fundamental measurable aspects.
Knife handles according to materials
There are many possible materials for a knife handle. Let’s review the most common.
Knives with wooden handles
The knives with wooden handles are among the most frequent, regardless of the field of use thereof. In the case of hunting knives, for example, wood dwarfs all other materials in the manufacture of handles.
The good sensations that a wooden handle transmits is its fundamental strength, but unless it is perfectly treated, the risk of suffering the consequences of humidity, in case of being exposed to it, and ending up breaking, is quite high.
Staghorn Handle Knives
Also, many hunting knives opt for a material with the same aesthetic charm as wood, but much more resistant: staghorn. Knives with ivory handles are very rare and due to the prohibition of marketing the material .
Bone Handle Knives
Also in the field of adventure and hunting knives it is very common to find bone handles; one of the first materials used by man to build knives and other tools.
Knives with plastic handles
- High carbon stainless steel blades
- Triple riveted handle
Nowadays, the manufacture of knife handles is limited to the use of plastic in a very high percentage. Inside the bag we put the knives with handles of composite plastic materials such as ABS, POM (polyoxymethylene), etc.
Rubber Handle Knives
- 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade compounded with extra carbon for hardness and sharp edge...
- User protected during rigorous use by extra grippy textured overmold on a polymer handle...
A not too frequent variable of the above, is that of knives with rubber handles, a very functional material that transmits organic sensations, compared to hard plastic.
Knives with metal handles
Finally, there are knives that are forged in a single piece, edge and handle. The steel knives in one piece , therefore, have the metal handle. Therefore, a greater durability is assumed, a priori, although they lose grip in the grip.