A lexicon of knife terminiology

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G10: A strong fiberglass epoxy resin material used as a handle material.

Gaff Knife: A specialty type of folding fishing knife that along with a clip and scaling blade also has a folding fishing gaff. A gaff is a sharpened hook use dto stab or hook fish in order to more easily land the fish. A common length is around 5.5 inches when closed.

Gaff knife

GEC: Abbreviation for Great Eastern Cutlery, an American knife manufacturer located in Titusville Pennsylvania.

Gentleman’s (Gent's Knife):  Not a pattern but any number of small pattern knives often made of finer materials suitable for even formal attire or seen as used by gentlemen during outdoor activities.

Tiny-toothpicks, Peanuts, Lobsters, Penknives, Pipe Smoker's Tool, Fob knives, Key chains knives, Fly-fishers and Manicure knives often fall within the category. Also called a Gent or by the pattern for more specificity

Gaff knife

Gerber Legendary Blade:  An American Knife company located in Tigard Oregon.

German Marine Steel . A steel used in nautical knives, usually Krupp 4116 Stainless Steel. Similar in quality to 440C but with better corrosion resistance.

German -silver. An old term for nickel-silver. It is an copper alloy containing nickel and sometimes zinc.  It is normally used for knife bolsters and shield inlays as it closely resembles the shine and luster of silver.

Gimping: A misnomer, see Jimping

Global Production (globals, globally produced):  Global Production (globals, globally produced):  A term used by American owned knife companies which have their product made in another country. The word global is applied to avoid giving the name of the country where production took place. This is primarily a political/ethical concern within the United States as many American knife companies moved production off shore to reduce overhead. See import/export for a comparison. A more appropriate term would be off-shoring.

Golok: A shorter bladed parang style machete originating in Southeast Asia. The Golok style came into favor with the British Army during the Malayan Emergency in 1954. While its primary use if for clearing brush, the shorter length makes it an effective fighting knife. The golok's blade tends to hover around 10-14 inches. (See machete, parang, bolo, kukri for comparison)

Guard: A protuberance at the top of a knife’s handle that prevents the hand from making contact with the blade’s cutting surface.

Garden or Gardening knife: Any of a variety of knives used in horticulture or gardening. The family includes pruning, budding, grafting, mushroom collecting, cotton samplers, meon testers. Also known as horticulture knives or by their specific function. 

Gunboatk: A three blade stockman knife built on large canoe frame. The frame will often be over 4 inches compared to the standard 3 5/8 inch canoe. The pattern may have been named by W.R. Case & Sons.


Gunstock: A style of folding knife handle. That resembles the stock on Winchester 1873 rifle.

Gut Hook: A small cut- out normally found near the tip of a blade which will allow a hunter make an incision in the belly of an animal without the danger of cutting into the internal organ. Also a small blade or tool used for the used for the same purpose. (Also called a Zipper.) The gut hook is not used to hook or pull out intestines. Its purpose is to create an opening to allow removal of internal organs without puncturing them.


Grafting knife: A horticulture knife with specialty blade used for grafting branches. While simple pruning knives with sheepfoot, coping or hawkbill blades can serve this purpose; a grafting knife will often had a modified blade with a bark lifter device at the tip of the spine. See also: horticulture knife.

Granddaddy Barlow: A traditional pattern folding knife; this large frame knife is normally five inches os more in the closed position . The Granddaddy normally has a single clip blade but will sometimes have a secondary blade. Like the standard barlow, the Graddaddy has single large bolster at the top. Compare to Barlow and Coke Bottle.

Grand-daddy barlow

Gravity Knife: A type of knife where the blade slides out the front. The blade isn't pushed or assisted with a spring but falls freely out the front when pointed toward the ground and you press a release. The release is then pushed to a lock position and the blade locks in the open position. Upon unlocking the release and pointing the blade upward or pressing it against a surface it will then return the blade to its safe position. For comparison, see: Out The Front, Switchblade and assisted opening.

Gravity Knife

Grip: The handle of a knife; normally handle material attached to the tang of fixed blade knife.

Groove:  An archaic term used for a nail-nick

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