Transitioning From Training to Real Knives

Have you been using a training knife and are ready to graduate to the real thing? Regardless of your reason or motivation for learning to handle a knife, whether it be hobby or extra protection, taking the step from a training knife to a real one may seem intimidating.   

There are some differences between a training knife and real knife as well as general tips that you will want to keep in mind as you make the transition.

When you train with a great instructor, he or she will recommend you train with a knife that is either similar or identical to the real knife you’ve already purchased or plan to use after training.

Training knives are made from a variety of materials, with the most common being plastic and rubber. This is primarily for your safety as well as that of the instructor and other classmates.

Once you have mastered effective handling skills and defense and attack maneuvers, you can graduate to real knives. Real knives are usually made of some form of metal or metallic compound such as steel and titanium.

Because of the different materials that training knives and real knives are made of, you may likely notice a difference in their weight.

For example, your plastic training knife will be lighter than the steel knife you decide to buy or, on the other hand, your rubber training knife will be heavier than your titanium knife.

Whether or not your instructor suggests you get a training knife similar to the real knife you plan to use, the training knife and real knife will feel and handle differently.

The difference in the size of the knife and the shape and size of the knife grip will be more significant if your practice knife is vastly different than the real knife you use afterwards.

The size of the knife and shape of the handle may also be similar, but the shape and size of the blade may be drastically different. A different blade can affect the weight making the real knife heavier or lighter than the training knife. The weight differential in turn can throw off how you handle the real knife, causing some uncertainty.

Heavier or lighter real knives can significantly alter how you hold the knife and the speed and agility of the maneuvers.

The transition from a training knife to a real knife can be either small or significant. The materials of the two knives  as well as the shape of the blade and handle can affect the weight and handling of the real knife.

If you’re interested in learning how to use a knife for either defense or hobby, Kiehberg has a wide selection of high-quality training knives as well as real knives of different materials, sizes and shapes.

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