Want a hunting knife but do not know which one is right for you? Buying a new blade can appear difficult with all the different knife versions on the market. The decision process involves answering questions such as:”what sort of knife should I buy? 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 some of the most common blade designs and their practical uses, for hunting knives on the market today.
Characterized by the curving edge running parallel along a straight spine, a normal blade’s two edges unite to form the tip of the knife.
With its curved design, force can be focused on a smaller area; which makes cutting easier and increases the efficacy of the blade’s edge. In terms of practical use, the simple blade can 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 does not catch material while penetrating. All in all, normal blades are excellent for heavier work, as the blade design provides a very strong 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 greater surface area along the edge of the blade (also called the’belly’) because of the long blade curve. Consequently, this makes a trailing point blade perfect for slicing, slashing and making long, even cuts; which, is better suited for processing small game such as fish. Due to its tip design, these blades are commonly found on fillet and skinning knives.
Much like a normal blade, a drop point blade has a convex curve which means the backbone as the two edges merge to form the tip.
The blade design is popular amongst a range 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 excellent for casual carry (EDC).
Clip Point Blades
Much like a simple/normal layout, the clip point has a”mostly” straight spine.
The difference can be found towards the tip of a clip point because the upper half of this trick is”clipped off” This provides the rear edge of the clip a false, concave border; which, the majority of the time, can be sharpened to form a second edge. These types of knives are ideal for piercing or cutting in tight spots, as this blade design forms a much nicer, needle-like tip. A classic case of a clip point blade is the iconic Bowie knife.
Spear point blades are double-edged like a dagger or spear with the tip in the center. As a result of its”spear tip” design, the point 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 tactical or fighting knives. These are not generally consider practical for ordinary carry/use.
Spey Point Blades
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 in which 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.
A sheepsfoot blade is discernible with its fully straight edge.
Its spine is largely straight until it slopes downwards to merge with the edge at the tip of the blade. As a result of this design, the blade itself does not really have a”tip” and is primarily used for good work like 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 boat was rocked by stormy seas. Sheepsfoot blades are not ideal for everyday use; however, they do make great tools for teaching woodcarving and knife sharpening skills for anyone with less experienced hands.
Often times referred to as a chisel point blade, the tanto blade designs have both straight spine and stomach edges that run parallel across the blade.
The belly nears the end of the blade and curves upward at a sharp angle to unite with the backbone to shape the blade’s tip. The tanto layout 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 popular with tactical folding/fixed blade knives.
There are many blade variations in today’s market, these are just 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 upon the user. Personally, I prefer to use a simple/normal blade design as my everyday carry; but I much rather take a trailing point blade with me when I go hunting or am out hiking. There are several random scenarios you could run into in the outside, which is why it is wise to be ready for any possibility. I recommend experimenting with different blade designs until you find exactly what forms work best for your precise needs.