Knife Blade Designs
Numerous knife blade designs are used for many purposes. So, it should be noted that as a rule, each blade shape is specifically designed to enhance a knife ability to perform a specific task.
Below is the list of the most popular knife blade designs.
Bowie Knife Designs
This sheath knife is also called Arkansas toothpick, was popularized by 19th-century pioneer Jim Bowie, and it's made from durable, high-quality steel and comes with versatile hunting knife designs. It is a convenient blade and can effectively use for hunting, skinning, deboning, butchering, and caping. The Bowie blade is an excellent solution for survivalists since it is so robust.
This is one of the most common knife types. The clip-point blade is formed when you use a standard blade and clip the back which results in a thinner tip. This thin tip can be applied to cut in hard to reach places and provides more control. A Bowie blade is a typical example of a knife with a clip-point blade. Typically, the clip is concave, but it can be straight too.
The drop-point blade takes a convex bend on the knife back near the tip. The convex bend is less suited to piercing but offers more stability than a clip point. You'll find many modern pocket knives today with drop point blades, and it's useful in most applications.
The spear-point blade is symmetrical and bend the same on either spine side which streams to the blade center. It can be sharp on both edges or only on a single edge which is typical for penknives. Usually, you’ll find spear-point blades on daggers and other knives crafted for throwing or thrusting.
The trailing-point blade has a characteristic back edge that curves up which allows for improved slicing ability. This blade provides a sizable curved cutting area "belly" particularly useful for skinning or slicing. Trailing point blade is also favorite on filet knives with great knife tattoo designs.
This type of blade is easy for handling. A normal blade has a dull, flat back and a curved edge. Since the end is not sharp, it allows you to use hand or fingers to apply added pressure to boost the cutting. Also, it's great for chopping or slicing. Still, the dull back increases the weight of the blade, so these knives are heavier.
It is a symmetrical blade but tapers much more sharply, and therefore it isn’t particularly strong. Still, needlepoint can be used efficiently to penetrate or pierce. You’ll see this blade mostly on daggers designed for close range combat like the spear-point.
The spey-point get the name from being used to neutering livestock. It includes a straight edge that bends upward at the point with a small clip on the heel. This kind of blade does not really provide a point and therefore not suitable for penetrating but very adequate for skinning animals.
The tanto knife has a chisel edge inspired by Japanese swords which offers excellent strength. The Tanto gets its name by the tip of a broken samurai sword which was very effective at stabbing armor. These knives have no “belly” so will not be able to slice but instead, make up for it with high tip strength that can penetrate anything. You'll find many varieties of tanto blades, and they’re becoming popular in certain tactical knives.
This blade is almost the opposite of the regular blade by providing a sharp straight edge, and a dull back which is much straighter then curves at the end. These knives can be tightly controlled by fingers being placed on the dull back and were used initially for trimming the hooves of sheep. Ideal for chopping but without a sharp point which can be a plus in many cases as it prevents accidental stabbing.
Wharncliffe is a thicker blade but very similar to the sheepsfoot, but the back starts to curve towards the tip much earlier and at a slighter angle. Wharncliffe blades were typically used by sailors as the shape of the tip was made to prevent the sailor stabbing himself as a result of being jolted by the waves.
The pen blade is typically found on smaller folding pocket knives and similar in shape to the spear point blade but with a more gradual curve. One side is dull, and the other sharper just like Swiss Army and similar pen-knives.
This blade includes a curved back as well as a curved cutting edge. Hawkbill comes with unique camp knife designs. With a downward point, it is ideal for actions like whittling, scraping and camping.