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What is a Belt Buckle Knife?

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A belt buckle knife is a type of edged instrument that is placed inside of or concealed as part of a belt. Belt buckle knives are popular with outdoorsmen, self-defense enthusiasts, and members of groups that have a knife culture. The knives are illegal in many countries and specific regions of the United States of America.

A belt buckle knife can come in many different styles, but there are two primary types: folding knives and push daggers. The folding knife style of belt buckle knife looks like a smaller version of a traditional folding knife (folding blade knife) where the blade folds into the handle. With a folding knife style of belt buckle knife, the blade is folded and then attached by a small hook or latch to the front of a specially designed belt buckle. The knife may be prominently displayed on the buckle or concealed into a larger design. In either case, the knife can be easily drawn and quickly opened when needed.

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The push dagger version of the belt buckle knife differs significantly from the folding blade version. A push dagger is a small edged weapon roughly shaped like a T - the blade sticking out between the fingers when properly held. The belt buckle knife version has a grip that looks like part of a belt buckle or that actually functions as one. The blade is tucked into a small pocket built into one end of the belt, and is sometimes even secured by snaps or other means. The grip looks like a belt buckle, and may even be one depending on the model. When needed, the blade is pulled free of the pocket and used as a punching weapon.

Belt buckle knives can be highly decorated, just like traditional belt buckles. Types with a favored slogan or symbol emblazoned on them are common, and can identify the wearer as a member of a specific group. Other belt buckle knives just have an interesting pattern that allows the weapon to be more easily concealed. A few belt buckles actually feature the knife, displaying it in a way that makes it stands out against the rest of the buckle.

There are a couple of different reasons why someone would wear a belt buckle knife. The first is to be able to carry a concealed weapon, whether for self-defense purposes or for attack. Another is so that a person can show off their affection for knives by incorporating them into their attire. Still, some people wear them simply to have a useful tool within easy reach, especially since a belt buckle knife takes up a similar amount of space as a traditional large belt buckle.

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