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#301039 - 05/28/22 03:35 PM What is every knife design best used for ??
Chisel Offline
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Most of my knives are drop point. Some are clip point.

I have seen Joe Teti in Dual survival using a tanto and it looks attractive but made me wonder if it practical , and where it can best be used !!

So here is my question. There is electrician knife, bushcraft knife, you name it. What design do you prefer and why ( drop point, clip point, tanto, sheepfoot , spear ...ect.)

And, where is tanto used mostly ??
OK, other than its looks !

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#301040 - 05/28/22 06:37 PM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
haertig Offline
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Tanto points are good for stabbing things, because the tip is strong. They are a pain to sharpen.

I prefer drop points, straight backs, and leaf shaped blades. because those are what I have always used and they just feel "right" for me. I have tried a few clip points. I found no advantage to them, and the tip looks fragile on many (I'm talking about the extreme clip points). I never broke a tip, probably because I was too afraid to use the knife hard enough to break the tip!

I do like the milder clip point style. Like the Cold Steel SRK. That almost appears to be a hybrid of clip point and drop point to my eye.

As far as the "why" I like what I like ... mostly it's just familiarity.

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#301041 - 05/29/22 02:00 AM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
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99% f thee time, the shape of the tio has been irredevant, while sharpness has mattered.

i do have a tanto blade which makes a fine excavation tool for delicate archaeological work....
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#301042 - 05/29/22 06:05 AM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
M_a_x Offline
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For general use I prefer the drop point. It offers a long edge and the drop point is good for gutting and field dressing fish and game.
"Bushcraft knife" is an umbrella term for various designs. Sometimes there are fierce battles regarding what is and is not a "bushcraft knife".
The tanto is primarily a thrust oriented combat knife. It can be practical for bushcraft and fieldcraft. There are better designs for that. I can understand why someone with military background would use a tanto. The currently issued fighting knife of the German army is a tanto design and it is popular in some outdoors communities.
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#301044 - 05/29/22 05:04 PM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
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I prefer sheepfoot wharncliffe.


Edited by Herman30 (05/31/22 04:57 AM)

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#301045 - 05/30/22 06:31 PM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Herman30]
Chisel Offline
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Can you please tell me where do you use a sheepfoot?

I once had a hawkbill knife ( a friend's gift ), didn't know what to do with it, so I used a file to reshape blade to a straight one. It became wharncliffe shape.



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#301046 - 05/30/22 09:56 PM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
hikermor Offline
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Certainly can't say that this is a pointless discussion.....
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#301047 - 05/30/22 10:00 PM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
hikermor Offline
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Actually my current edc carry, a Skeletool CX, has a point not shown here, although it might be close to a "modified".

Whatever it is, it works and gets the point across
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#301048 - 05/31/22 02:18 AM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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I like to think of the Skeletool CX as having a Wharncliffe blade with a curve, making it more akin to a drop point in utility.

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#301049 - 05/31/22 03:02 AM Re: What is every knife design best used for ?? [Re: Chisel]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Everybody may talk about the blade shape, but it's the geometry of the blade plus the handle that determines the utility of the cutting tool. My 2c.

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