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Consideration #1 – Decide whether you need a single blade, a multi-blade, or a multi- tool. If you just want to use your knife for simply opening boxes or peeling an apple, a single blade will do just fine. If you want a knife that has a little more versatility to it, then I recommend getting a multi-blade pocket knife. And lastly, if you want something that will provide a solution for as many different situations as possible, a multi-tool is probably your best bet.

Consideration #2 – Do you want a locking blade or not? Locking blades are much safer to use since the blade will lock in the open position, thereby preventing the knife to fold in on your hand during use. If you do want this safety feature, then you should probably go with a single blade knife, since most multi blade knives and tools do not have a locking mechanism on them.

Consideration #3 – Should you buy a name brand pocket knife or an off brand? I would definitely recommend sticking with the most popular name brands such as Case & Sons Cutlery, Spyderco, Buck Knives, Gerber Gear, Benchmade, and the many others on the market today. The main reason for sticking to these well-known knife brands is that they all have a long history of crafting quality pocket knives and usually have great support. Another benefit to sticking with these known brands is that you will find tons of reviews online for their various knives, which will help you get a deeper view on what knives are good and what are bad, and what pocket knives stand the test of time.

Consideration #4 – What type of blade material is the best? There is always a lot of debate about this subject, but here are a few guidelines that will help you decide what is best for you. Stainless steel is a bit soft, which makes the blade easy to sharpen yet still hold an edge for a decent length of time. Carbon steel is harder than stainless, and will hold an edge longer but is harder to sharpen when the time comes for it to be sharpened. Another popular choice, especially with knife collectors and those who are looking for a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, is Damascus. Damascus steel often has beautiful patterns in the steel and is what Samurai swords were made from. Damascus is similar to stainless steel in its properties, meaning it is hard enough to hold an edge yet soft enough to be sharpened.

Consideration #5 – How much should you pay for a pocket knife? While there are really no hard rules or guidelines to follow here, remember that you will get what you pay for. That being said, you can usually pick up a decent pocket knife for $30 to $60. There are also cheaper blades but the quality is likely to drop with the price as well, and there are more expensive blades which sometimes come with a better quality knife, sometimes not.

Finding the best pocket knife is definitely a challenge with so many models out there today, so make sure you do thorough research and read a lot of reviews before making a purchase. Remember that there is no single best pocket knife for everyone, it’s a personal choice and preference and depends on what you want out of the knife.

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If you have a newly planted hedge in your garden, or an established hedge to maintain, here are some tips that you may find useful in keeping your hedges looking great without a huge amount of effort on your part – especially if you have a good petrol hedge trimmer to help you.

If you have just planted an evergreen hedge for example a box hedge, you should cut it back straight after planting by as much as one third. For more vigorous hedges like privet or hawthorn, you can cut this right back to only six inches in height when you have planted it. The year after planting, just give it a light trim as you are encouraging it to ‘get going’ and then the following year, give it a really good cut back again by as much as a third during the winter, dormant period. This will encourage growth from the bottom to give you a nice thick hedge which you can start shaping into a proper hedge in the following year.

A useful tip for cutting more established, formal hedges is to make yourself a framework by placing a post or cane at the four corners of the area in which you are working. This might be a section of a long hedge, or the whole length of a shorter hedge. Use these posts or canes to attach string at the height you want your hedge to be cut to and use this as your guide for both height and width to ensure you are staying ‘on the straight and narrow’! Even with this guide in place you would be well advised to check your handiwork by stepping away from the hedge and looking back down the line at your work to see if there are any uneven areas or bulges.

Have you ever gone out into your garden the day after cutting your hedge and noticed all those little bits of twigs sticking out and wondered how you missed them when you cut your hedge? The answer is that they weren’t there when you cut it! What happens is that they spring out from being curled up inside the hedge after you have cut it. A really good tip here is to give each section of your hedge a few good whacks with the back of a sprung rake, the little bits will spring out saving you the annoyance of discovering them the following day!

When you are cutting your formal hedging, always try to leave the top slightly narrower than the bottom. This results in a gently sloping side which is better for wind resistance, makes the top less wide and therefore easier to cut and is the traditional way of cutting formal hedges.

I hope that these hedge trimming  in Bowling Green tips will prove useful to you in your garden and that you will enjoy using a petrol hedge trimmer to create a thing of beauty and a haven for wildlife that is the garden hedge.