Knife blades are sharp-edged industrial tools for shearing or cutting materials. A blade uses an edge to fracture and slice threw a material. This differs from a saw which cuts with its teeth removing chips of material. A knife blade can be "toothed" but it still uses pressure against its edge as the primary means of cutting.   Knife Blade Specifications Knife blades are available too a variety of specifications. While HSS/tool steel is a primary type of steel that is used for making...
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Q & A on Knife Blades

We asked our users for their input on Knife Blades. Here are the results of 97 users familiar with Knife Blades.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing knife blade design?
16 answers
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Lasers, testing procedures, there are even differences between how they are blanked out - whether they are pressed or wire cut. There are several processes linked to a knife blade that most people are not even remotely aware of when purchasing one.
~David E, Quality Control, Anchorage, AK
The knowledge that a thin blade knife is easier to maintain. The new toothed blade is good, but it is not very easy to sharpen.
~Lloyd G, Carpenter/Scaffolder, Hunting/Fishing Guide, Gambo, Canada
EDM special shapes and specialty steels being used, not only for blades, but handles as well.
~Dale H, Engineering Consultant, Louisville, KY
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative knife blades?
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Germany, U.K., U. S. A., France, Italy, Japan & other states. Polarmohr, Wholenburg, Senator, Itho & Morso blades.
~Jaya Prakash, Technical Support, Hyderabad A.P., India
Most all the companies are creating good and new designed blades, but I think that Buck is the best in hunting knives, Olfa is the best in utility breakoff blades and Home Hardware has a really good serrated blade for singular blade utility knife.
~Lloyd G, Carpenter/Scaffolder, Hunting/Fishing Guide, Gambo, Canada
Different companies, but overall Japanese companies seem to be ahead in most applications and in innovation.
~Vivek K, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used knife blades for?
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These were used in high speed tobacco processing machinery. They were used to cut paper, aluminum foil and tobacco.
~Amjad A, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
Trimming horses hooves, docking lambs tails and castrating them, and all the other hundred uses for knives on the ranch.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Alexandria, VA
Slitting plastic film (pe)
~Engineering, Process/Production, Dromore, United Kingdom
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that knife blades have been used for.
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One can get rather creative when you are stranded off shore or on an Island. Signaling, fire making, and stripping electrical wire are but a few uses.
~JIm E, Project Manager, Columbia, SC
A knife makes the least effective, yet most expensive, pry bar.
~James B, General Management, Dallas, TX
As stated above a cow hoof cleaning "C" shape on tip of blade to scoop junk out of a cow's hoof.
~Dale H, Engineering Consultant, Louisville, KY
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of knife blades?
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Be careful with non-locking pocket knives. Teach your children about knife safety, usage and maintenance.
~JIm E, Project Manager, Columbia, SC
Knife body failure resulting in finger/hand injuries due to prying or a locking mechanism failure.
~David E, Quality Control, Anchorage, AK
I snapped the blade off a fairly expensive knife trying my luck using it as a pry bar.
~James B, General Management, Dallas, TX

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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More blade flexibility, less brittle, better edge holding.
~Pierrino M, Owner, LA, CA
PCD coating, or other innovation from the nano technology.
~A. Doyon, Cutting Tool Specialist, Montreal, Canada
Multiple cutting edge, resistant to dulling, stain resistance.
~Marlon K, Tooling Support - Technical Services Specialist, Wichita, KS
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of knife blades?
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Use a choice steel for your second knife, use a good steel for pattern knife, heat treatment is very important don't skimp on steps or cooling times to try to hurry along, go slow, measure twice, cut once.
~Dale H, Engineering Consultant, Louisville, KY
Thin blades are easy to sharpen, hold a better edge and are flexible, but they are less forgiving of misuse/abuse.
~Marlon K, Tooling Support - Technical Services Specialist, Wichita, KS
Common error is made during the re-condition process. Knife should be used once to achieve the best performance.
~Amjad A, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using knife blades?
11 answers
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If the knife is for personal use, buy according to how much it will be used and its specific purpose. If for professional use, buy the best available and maintain it, look for lifetime warranty. If you are prone to breaking knives, purchase multiples with lifetime warranty so you have one on hand while the broken one is being repaired or replaced.
~Marlon K, Tooling Support - Technical Services Specialist, Wichita, KS
Buy the right knife for the job and make sure it is comfortable in your hand and that they know how to maintain the edge. It is much more difficult to cut yourself if you always cut away from your person.
~James B, General Management, Dallas, TX
If buying thin knives, try and buy knives with maximum width (height) to ensure straight fast cuts; forged steel blades are better than blades of rolled steel.
~Vivek K, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Be sure to purchase the proper knife for the application, be sure to check for durability, of both the blade and body of the knife.
~David E, Quality Control, Anchorage, AK
Selecting the proper material of knife significantly can increase the performance and durability of knife.
~Amjad A, Technical Support, Lahore, Pakistan
Good Steel, Good Heat Treatment, Good Feel, Care, Pride and Craftsmanship go a long way.
~Dale H, Engineering Consultant, Louisville, KY
Always keep your knife sharp. Use the proper knife for the right job.
~Lloyd G, Carpenter/Scaffolder, Hunting/Fishing Guide, Gambo, Canada
You can never own too many knives!
~JIm E, Project Manager, Columbia, SC
Buy them from a renown salesman.
~A. Doyon, Cutting Tool Specialist, Montreal, Canada
Look at the Carbon content.
~Pierrino M, Owner, LA, CA
Quality and design
~William Willson, Faculty/Staff, Rome, NY

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