by Joshua Speaks
Measuring a knife's length is more common than you may think. And the reason is simple, there are many uses for knives in our daily activities, from cooking in the kitchen to cutting materials for industrial works, and even for protection against potential harm. And for all these diverse reasons, there are approved knife lengths for them all. All these will be talked about in the course of this guide.
Measuring the knife's length does stop at picking up a tape and measuring away. It is also important to know the reason for measurements in the first place. These reasons are:
To measure a knife length. It is important to note that precision matters. Measurement starts at the tip of your knife's edge and ends at the point where the knife handle ends. Note that it does not matter where the sharpened end ends; measurement starts where the knife handle ends. If it is a pocket knife, ensure that the knife is fully opened.
If you plan to make a sheath for your knife or buy a knife sheath and the state or country rules do not permit you to bring your sheath to the store, measuring your knife becomes important. To make a knife sheath, it is important to ensure that the template is first made. A template is made to accurately make out your design and ensure that your final sheath is functional and esthetical. A template also allows you to be able to make multiple copies of your sheath in the future.
Unlike measuring a knife's length, when you measure a knife to make a sheath, you need to measure part of its handle about as much as you want the sheath to cover. This is because a knife sheath does cover the metal of the iron and part of the handle, just a little above the knife handle end.
To draw out a template, you'll need:
Now follow these steps to measure out your template:
1. Place your knife on the cardboard piece and hold the knife down
2. With your pencil, trace around the blade and about as much as you want to cover with the sheath.
3. Fold the cardboard into two so that when you cut, you have two cardboard cuts.
4. With the cardboard doubled, make a rough cut of the pattern. This cardboard cut should be a little larger than your expected knife sheath size.
5. With your adhesive tape, tape the two cardboard pieces together to give it a 3d shape as your leather sheath should be. This way, you can now adjust the size to fit into your expected design.
6. Trim back the template and even it out. After a few trimmings, you should be ready to get the exact size of your intended knife's sheath.
7. Now that you have gotten your cut-out sheath cut out the tape at the untrimmed edges and flatten your cardboard piece out.
With your knife sheath template already cut out, you can go ahead and cut out your actual leather sheath from the template.
The government enacts knife legislation to restrict the manufacture, sale, transport, procession, or use of knives. These laws are made to protect their citizens from potential harm; therefore, certain kinds of knives may not be allowed in some countries depending on various factors such as:
The legal blade edge is not in any way the same as the cutting blade edge. While the legal blade edge is measured from the tip of the knife blade to its heel, the cutting blade edge measures only the sharpened section of the knife, that is, the part of the knife that cuts. So, when reading about legal blade lengths in your area to know whether or not it is not a crime to carry your knife outside, make sure you measure your knife from the tip of the knife blade to its heel and not only its sharpened area, even if the only sharpened part of the knife is its tip.
The law against carrying knives in Canada is not based on the length of the blade but mainly on the carrier's intent. This means that you can carry a samurai sword and just be obeying the law just as much as another person carrying a simple kitchen knife.
The intent in Canada is not only limited to carrying a knife for malicious purposes. It also means that a knife is not allowed to be carried, even for self-defense. So even if you do not plan to use the knife to hurt anyone but plan to use it to protect yourself should you be attacked, in Canada, it is regarded as a crime, and you will be arrested and sentenced to jail for up to five years while your weapon will be seized and destroyed.
Even though Canada allows knives of any length to be carried everywhere, they must be displayed for anybody seeing the carrier to see. A knife hidden is treated as a knife wielded for malicious purposes.
However, there happen to be some knives that are not allowed to be wielded by any person for any reason. Only those who have received an exemption from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police through the Canadian Firearms Program can wield these prohibited weapons. These prohibited weapons are:
Now you know how to measure your knife for any purpose you may have, and a great new trick to measuring your knife is to make a sheath template for your knife. Understanding the most common laws generic to many countries as regards carrying a knife is now well known. Wielding your knife is now on a whole different knowledge level.
About Joshua Speaks
Can’t think of a day that that Josh didn’t have a beer or two. Be it a long day of work or of nothing. Sometimes, it is a few packs even. Especially when there are familiars over.
His fridge is packed with beers: Heineken, Corona, Guinness, Budweiser, and all other wierd brands in between. He had to get a secondary 30 cu. fridge off Craigslist for more beer storage.
Sometimes he wonders if a day truly starts only after the first sip of beer for the day. Enough talk about Josh and his passion; that’s the reason for this beer blog and related items. Feel free to hit on him. Start with something like: “hey beer head!” You got the idea!
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