|Selecting the Correct Knife|
There are basically two major reasons for purchasing a knife. One is for your personal use and the other is for a collection. Of course there are other reasons such as a gift.
When purchasing a knife to use, there are some basic guidelines to follow. Be sure that you buy the right tool (knife) for the job. Don't buy a dagger to clear brush. A kitchen knife is not the best boot knife and a Kukri will not double as a utility hunter.
There are knives designed specifically for most tasks. Some knives are good multiuse tools that can be used for a variety of jobs. Camp knives are a very useful tool in the field. One can construct shelter, chop kindling, prepare game and perform many other outdoor duties with just one knife.
A medium sized Hunter or Sportsman can be used for basic cutting, preparing game, light chopping, self defense, etc..
There are utility and other knives that can be used in a combat situation. These are more of a "last resort" type of weapon that will suffice in a just use situation.
Long knives and swords can be both weapons and utilitarian tools. Things such as heat-treat, blade and handle length and shape will dictate the tools optimal use.
As for buying a knife for collectible purposes, you should buy what you like first and worry about realizing a profit second.
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