From GearPatrol: 21 terms knife-lovers should know

21 terms knife lovers should know

When I came across this list from GearPatrol, I hurriedly scanned through it and realized somewhat proudly that the only term I wasn’t sure of was quillion which they describe thusly:

The part of the guard or handle that extends beyond the tang of the blade to provide additional protection to the hand.

Looking through the list a second time, I attempted to come up with ones I did not know before becoming involved in the industry. this added choil, ricasso, jimping, and swedge. The rest were words I was familiar with through my general knowledge of knives or tools in general. That said, it is a pretty good list, which I encourage you to check out for yourselves.

What terms were new to you? Is there one you would add? (I would add hamon)

Leave a thought in the comments below if you are so inclined.

 


Of course, when it comes to knife terms, people always are asking “What is Damascus Steel?”

 

comments

  1. T.C McNamara says:

    Afraid to say that the part circled is the ricasso, they even put the comment under the photo.

    “Ricasso: The flat and unsharpened portion of a blade between the handle and the bevel. Not to be confused with choil, ricasso refers to the flat side of a knife, not its edges.”

    Quillion is originally a cross guard on a sword and would apply on a knife when you have a finger guard. Flippers usually have this etc.

  2. cmeat says:

    the blade shapes don’t really seem right here, but it is titled terms so i guess.
    we’ve seen the blade shape descriptions recently in list form and i learned sumpin’.
    nothing here to rival cannelure, meplat or ogive, but i would have rather seen blood groove and pommel instead of spear point.

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