Need a hunting knife but don’t know which one is best for you? Buying a new blade can seem difficult with all of the different knife versions 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 the different blade designs, etc?” In this report, I hope to make the purchasing process easier by describing some of the most common blade designs and their practical applications, for hunting knives on the market today.
Characterized by the curving border 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; making cutting easier and increases the efficacy of the blade’s edge. In terms of practical usage, the simple blade may be used to chop as well as pick and slice; such as batoning timber 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. Overall, normal blades are excellent for heavier work, since the blade design provides a very powerful and durable blade.
Trailing Point Blades
A trailing point blade has a large curved edge that curves upwards to wind up over the spine.
The blade design provides a larger surface area along the edge of the blade (also called 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. Because of its tip design, these blades are commonly found on fillet and skinning knives.
Drop Point Blades
Much like a standard blade, a drop point blade has a convex curve which means the spine as the two edges merge to form the tip.
The blade design is popular amongst a range of pocket and fixed blade knivessuch 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).
Clip Point Blades
Much like a simple/normal design, the clip point has a”mostly” straight back.
The difference lies towards the tip of a clip point because the upper half of the trick is”clipped off.” This gives the back 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 forms 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 middle. As a result of its”spear tip” design, the point of the blade provides the greatest penetration capabilities. Playing on its own strengths, the spear point design is used primarily as a thrusting weapon and is mainly used on tactical or fighting knives. These aren’t generally consider practical for everyday carry/use.
Spey point blades have a straight back which 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; making the tip less likely to pierce accidentally 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 seekers for skinning and dressing game.
A sheepsfoot blade is discernible with its completely straight edge.
Its spine is mostly straight until it slopes back to merge with the border at the tip of this blade. As a consequence of this design, the blade itself does not really have a”tip” and is primarily used for good work like woodcarving and electrical work. Historically, these blades were used for trimming hooves and found on ships for cutting rope, because the”no tip” design made it less likely to stab yourself while the ship was rocked by stormy seas. Sheepsfoot blades aren’t ideal for everyday usenonetheless, they do make terrific instruments 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 along the blade.
The belly nears the end of the blade and curves upwards at a sharp angle to unite with the spine to shape the blade’s tip. The tanto layout is the Westerner’s interpretation of the Japanese Kamasu Kissaki (Japanese Samuarai sword layout ). As a consequence of its design, the tanto blade produces a powerful and durable tip while slightly decreasing its piercing efficacy. The tanto blade is popular 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 application and uses, 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 so many random scenarios you could encounter in the outside, which is why it’s wise to be prepared for any possibility. I suggest experimenting with different blade designs until you find what forms work best for your specific needs.