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Blade shapes

Spear Point: Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the center line of the blade. This design is great for piercing but it also has a point that is stronger that contains a small "belly" that can be used for slicing as well. It's small belly can be used for some cutting and slicing applications, however, the belly is relatively small when compared to drop point and clip point knives. This is a great choice for those of you who are looking for a balance between piercing and slicing. It combines the sharp point of a dagger with the strength of a drop point blade, while maintaining some of the "belly" that is used for slicing. This shape also goes great for bushcrafting chores such as drilling bow drill sockets.

Drop Point: This is a blade shape that slopes on the spine of the blade from the handle of the knife to the tip of the blade. This allows the spine of the blade (where the blade is thicker, and thus stronger) to continue forward to the tip of the blade.

The profile on the top of a drop-point blade is always convex, which is the difference between the clip point and the drop point. The drop point is a common design for hunting knives

Upsweep: This shape lends itself very well for skinning game. It has a large “belly” that makes for a smoother skinning process.

Clip point: Clip point shape has the appearance of having the forward third of the blade "clipped" off. The clip itself can be straight or concave. The clip point style allows a quicker, and thus deeper, puncture upon insertion (clip point knives are usually thinner at the spine). The drop point has a slightly slower insertion due to its thicker spine near the tip. The clip point has a quicker "stabbing" advantage with less drag during insertion and a faster withdrawal. Compared to the drop point design, the clip point has a more narrow and comparatively weaker tip.

Tanto: The blade is single or double edge. The tantō was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon and can also be used for slashing as well. Tantō generally have no ridge line and are nearly flat. This is a tactical knife shape that would best serve our law enforcement or our military men and women.