A lexicon of knife terminiology


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A lexicon of knife terminology: Section K
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Ka-Bar: An American Knife Company located in Olean New York.  It is credited with designing the Marine Corp Fighting Knife commonly called a Kabar regardless of manufacturer.   The name comes from a corruption of Good enough to Kill-A-Bear.

Karambit: A style of fighting knife noted for a short hook like blade and the large finger hole for a pommel. The index finger is normally inserted in the finger hole, which pace the blade at the bottom of the hand, normall facing outward. The knife is normally used more slashing than stabbing.

Keen Kutter: Originally a trademarked name of Simmons Hardware and later Shapleigh Hardware Company.  Keen Kutter made work type knives. For a short time Frost cutlery produced a line of knives bearing the Keen Kutter trademark but the relationship was short lived.  The trade mark is now privately owned and no longer in production. With the exception of the Frost knives, Keen Kutters are normally American Made.

Kershaw: A company founded by Pete Kershaw, a knife designer at Gerber.  Today, Kershaw is multinational company owned by the Japanese KAI Group, Kershaw is headquartered in Tualatin, Oregon, United States. There knives are made in the US, China, and Japan

Keychain Knives:  Small knives that could be attached to key rings or act as a key chain. These were normally less than two inches in length.  A good example is the Victorinox SD classic knife.

Kick: A tang projection on the cutting edge of the blade which prevents the sharp edge from striking the spring when the knife is closed, thus preventing knick or a dull edge.

Klein & Sons: American manufacturer of hand tools, including various folding work knives, known today as Klein Tools.

Knife: A tool or weapon that is used for cutting or stabbing consisting of thin blade attached to some type of handle.

Knife Roll:  A piece of material, normally with small pockets or securing straps that allow knives to be stored and rolled for transportation and display.

Kraton: A rubber-like thermoplastic polymer. It’s used as a flexible inlay on handles to improve grip. The material is most popular among makers of tactical knives.

Krupp 4116l: 4116 is a fine grained, stainless steel made by ThyssenKrupp in Germany It was developed for the medical industry but is now used in food preperation. The balance of carbon and chromium content give it a high degree of corrosion resistance and also impressive physical characteristics of strength and edge holding. Edge retention is said to be on par with 440C Stainless Steel but corrosion resistance is much better. Carbon: 0.45-0.55; Si: 1.00 Mn: 1.00; P:0.040; Cr: 14.0-15.0, Mo: 0.50-0.80, V: 0.10-0.20

Kukri:  is an inwardly curved Nepalese knife, similar to the machete, used as both a tool and as a weapon. It is a traditional weapon for Nepalese people, and also a weapon of choice/side arm for all Nepalese including those serving in different armies around the world. The knife was made world reknown by the Royal Ghurka Rifles of the British Army. (see machete, and Parang)

Kydex:  A type of thermoplastic that is heat formed and retains its shape while being very flexible.  Being resistant to sweat, chemicals, oils and solvents makes it ideal for knife sheaths and is a popular choice of material for makers of tactical knives.


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