How To Choose A Type Of Blade For Pocket Knife?

What do you consider when looking to buy a folding knife? Blade material, handle material, lock type, opening mechanism, or blade type? Either way, blade type is a point worth discussing. In this blog post, we'll discuss 8 common blade shapes, and explore their characteristics, and best uses. 
So let's get to the point and find the right blade for you.

1. Drop Point Blade
One of the most common types of blades, the drop point features a spine that slopes down gradually to form an easily controlled point, which improves the blade's precision. The drop point blade has a wide belly and a long, continuous edge, perfect for slicing and cutting. The wider shape of the tip prevents snapping and adds to the versatility of the drop point.

So, when you don’t know which edge type to choose, a drop point blade is an unmistakable choice, as a drop point blade is suitable for most applications.

2. Clip Point Blade
The Clip point blade is also a common type of blade. It features a spine that falls straight off the handle and then suddenly dives to a fine point - almost as if part of the blade has been sheared off. 
Therefore, such a blade shape is very good for detail work.

3. Dagger Blade
The dagger blade is an aggressive blade. The dagger blade features two sharp edges with the same symmetry and balance as the spear point blade, which is often used for grappling and stabbing.
In a word, if you are a fan of tactical knives, the dagger blade will be your best choice.

4. Sheepfoot
The sheepfoot is designed for slicing while minimizing the chance of accidental punctures from the tip. Sheep hoof knives, with a nearly blunt point to avoid punctures, were originally used by shepherds to trim sheep hooves, but are now used as rescue tools.
There is no doubt that the sheepfoot  is the type of blade that is suitable for work and does not cut people easily.

5. Wharncliffe

Wharncliffe is relatively short, unusually thick, and very strong, but very similar to sheepfoot, this shape has straight sides and a curved spine, but the curve gradually extends from the handle to the tip. Wharncliffe is great for rough carving and slicing, and is just as good for detail work as clip point blade.

6. Cleaver
Cleaver is designed for repeated beatings on dense meat and bones, and like the coolest looking knives in the kitchen, Cleaver on pocket knives excel at mincing and slicing. Cleaver is great for cutting from rope to food to cardboard and just about anything else you come across.

7. Tanto Blade
The tanto knives have a chisel edge inspired by Japanese swords. The tanto name originally referred to the tip of a broken samurai sword which was very effective at piercing armor. This blade shape replaces a curved belly for an angular edge transition that makes for a much stronger and more prominent point, making tanto blades adept at piercing and prying.
The strength of the tanto blade along with its unique shape has made tanto blades incredibly popular among EDC pocket knives.

8. Hollow Grinding Blade
Hollow grinding is a very common way of grinding blades. Hollow grinding is achieved by holding the insert at a right angle to the wheel, which makes the insert "hollow". This type of blade is known for its concave grind (curved inward), which starts about a third or even half the height of the blade and continues down to the edge in a slight curve. Looking at the cross-section of the hollow blade, the blade starts out straight and ends in a sharp taper towards the edge. The bevel, which is the ground portion of the blade, is much thinner in hollow ground blades than in convex or flat ground blades.
If you want your knife to cut really well, but don't want to cut too deeply, a hollow grinder will do the job well.

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