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Best 10 Types of Knife Blades

Pocket knives feature various types of knife blades. Each type has a specific purpose of use.

Pocket knives come with different blade varieties. We will discuss the popular type of blades and their uses in this article. These blades come in various shapes and sizes. Each design has its own purpose of cutting a particular thing whenever you require.

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Popular types of knife blades we use in our everyday life.

 

  • Straight-back
  • Clip-point
  • Trailing-point
  • Drop-point
  • Spear-point
  • Spey-point
  • Tanto
  • Sheepsfoot
  • Wharncliffe
  • Pen blade

 

Straight-back

The blade has dull flat back with curving edge. It is good for chopping and slicing, as the back not sharp, you can apply additional pressure to increase the cutting force.

 

Clip-point

It has a thin tip, which helps you to cut hard to reach places and provides additional control. The clip is concave is shape. A Bowie knife has a clip-point blade.

 

Trailing-point

This blade has a distinctive back edge that curves up and helps in improving slicing ability. The curve is suitable for a more lightweight pocket knife as compared to a normal blade.

 

Drop-point

The blade uses a convex curve on back of the knife near the tip, which is opposite of the clip-point blade using a concave curve. It provides more strength than clip-point.

 

Spear-point

The blade is symmetrical in shape having curve in both sides of the spine running down the center. You can sharpen both sides of the blade. This blade finds its suitability in throwing or thrusting applications.

 

Needle-point

It has symmetrical shape and tapers more sharply. It pierces or penetrates in easy manner.

 

Spey-point  

The blade obtains its name for using it to spey animals. It has a straight edge, which curves upward at the end along with a relatively small clip on the back.

 

Tanto

This blade has chisel edge providing excellent strength. The name refers itself with the tip of broken Samurai sword, which is effective as piercing armor. A Tanto knife does not have belly. It provides tremendous tip strength that can penetrate any object with ease.

 

Sheepfoot

This blade is opposite to normal blade and offers a sharp straight edge and a dull back, which is largely straighter than curves at the end. This knife provides close controls when you place your fingers on the dull back. This type of blade finds its usage in trimming hooves of sheep. This blade is effective for chopping purpose. It also prevents accidental stabbing.

 

Wharncliffe

This blade is thicker in nature, which is similar to sheepfoot blade. The back of this blade begins to curve towards the tip much earlier with a slighter angle.

 

Pen blade

You will find this blade in smaller pocket folding knife. The shape is similar to spear point blade, but it features a deep gradual curve. You will find that the one side is sharp and the other side is blunt, as you see in pen- knives.

You should choose a pocket knife with a blade that is suitable for your requirement. There is no blade, which serves all purposes. Each blade has specific application for use.