Types of Knife Blades

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Want a hunting knife but do not know which one is right for you? Purchasing a new blade can appear difficult with all the different knife variations on the market. The decision process involves answering questions such as:”what type of knife should I purchase? What are the various applications of all of the different blade designs, etc?” In this report, I hope to make the purchasing process simpler by describing a few of the most frequent blade designs and their practical applications, for hunting knives on today’s market.

Characterized by the curving edge running parallel along a straight back, a normal blade’s two borders merge to form the tip of the knife.

With its curved design, force can be concentrated on a smaller area; which makes cutting easier and increases the effectiveness of the blade’s edge. Concerning practical usage, the simple blade may be used to chop as well as pick and slice; such as batoning wood or cutting rope. The single-edged blade design is best used for thrusting, this is because of straight spine that doesn’t catch material whilst penetrating. All in all, normal blades are ideal for heavier work, since the blade design provides an extremely strong and durable blade.

A trailing point blade has a large curved edge that curves up to end up over the spine.

The blade design provides a larger surface area along the edge of the blade (also referred to as the’belly’) due to the long blade curve. Consequently, this makes a trailing point blade ideal for slicing, slashing and making long, even cuts; which, is better suited for processing small game like fish. Due to its tip design, these blades are generally found on fillet and skinning knives.

Drop Point Blades

Much like a standard blade, a drop point blade has a convex curve that approaches the backbone as the two edges merge to form the tip.

The blade’s spine decreases towards the tip of the knife as it nears the end of the blade as the belly of the blade curves upwards to form the tip. The blade design is popular amongst a selection of pocket and fixed blade knives; such as, the well- known Swiss Army Knife and lots of Chefs’ knives. Drop point blades create completing simple tasks and chores a breeze; which, is why they are perfect for casual carry (EDC).

Much like a simple/normal design, the clip point has a”mostly” straight spine.

The difference lies towards the tip of a clip point because the upper half of the tip is”clipped off” This gives the rear edge of the clip a fictitious, concave border; which, the vast majority of the time, can be sharpened to form a second edge. These types of knives are best for piercing or cutting in tight areas, as this blade design creates a much nicer, needle-like tip. A classic example of a clip point blade is the iconic Bowie knife.

A spear point design features a symmetrically shaped blade with its tip aligned along the centerline of blade axis.

Spear point blades are double-edged like a dagger or spear with the tip in the center. Due to its”spear tip” design, the purpose of the blade provides the best penetration capabilities. Playing on its strengths, the spear point design is used primarily as a thrusting weapon and is mainly used on fighting or tactical knives. These are not generally consider practical for ordinary carry/use.

Spey point blades have a straight spine that has a sharp, downward curve at the end of the blade and merges with the curved belly to form the point.

As a result, a slightly obtuse angle forms where the two edges meet at the tip; which makes the tip less likely to pierce unintentionally when performing delicate work. The spey point design was originally used for spaying animals, where its title originates, but is becoming popular among today’s hunters for skinning and dressing game.

Sheepsfoot Blades

A sheepsfoot blade is discernible with its fully right edge.

Its spine is mostly straight until it slopes back to merge with the border at the tip of the blade. As a result of this design, the blade itself does not actually have a”tip” and is primarily used for good work such as woodcarving and electric work. Historically, these blades were used for trimming hooves and found on ships for cutting rope, because the”no hint” design made it less likely to stab yourself while the ship was rocked by stormy seas. Sheepsfoot blades are not perfect for everyday usenonetheless, they do make terrific tools for teaching woodcarving and knife sharpening skills for those with less experienced hands.

Often times called a chisel point blade, the tanto blade designs have both straight spine and belly edges that run parallel across the blade.

The belly nears the end of the blade and curves upward at a sharp angle to merge with the backbone to shape the blade’s tip. The tanto design is the Westerner’s interpretation of the Japanese Kamasu Kissaki (Japanese Samuarai sword design). As a result of its design, the tanto blade produces a strong and durable tip while slightly decreasing its piercing efficacy. The tanto blade is a favorite with tactical folding/fixed blade knives.

There are multiple blade variations in the current market, these are merely eight of the most frequent blade designs you will find while trying to find your next hunting knife. With the many different uses and application, the type of blade depends on the user. I personally prefer to use a simple/normal blade design as my regular carry; but I much rather take a trailing point blade with me once I go hunting or’m out hiking. There are several random scenarios you could encounter in the outdoors, which is why it’s wise to be prepared for any possibility. I suggest experimenting with different blade designs until you find exactly what types work best for your precise needs.


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