TIP TALK
Knives Illustrated|January-February 2021
UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BLADE TIP SHAPES AND WHY IT MATTERS
JASON HOUSER

To some people, a knife is just a knife. To them, it doesn’t really matter what style of tip or blade the knife offers. They typically are just looking for something sharp to cut open the next Amazon Prime package. But, in reality, each style of tip offers a specific purpose. When a person begins to understand this, then purchasing a knife has just gotten a lot more confusing. What once was thought of as a simple purchase now becomes a complex decision. Not only do buyers have to figure out what style of knife they want, such as a fixed blade, pocketknife, folding knife, and so on, but they also have to make the decision as to what style of tip they want.

Covering all the options knife buyers have when selecting a knife would take up a small book. The focus today, however, is to cover some of the more popular knife tips and what practical purposes they serve in your day-to-day activities or in a variety of real-life scenarios that we find ourselves infrequently.

“NO MATTER YOUR NEEDS, THERE’S A BLADE AND TIP TO FIT YOUR SPECIFIC TASK TO MAKE YOUR LIFE JUST A BIT EASIER!”

CLIP POINT

The clip point knife blade features a curved edge on both sides and a thin tip. This knife is perfect to be able to get into small cracks, crevices, or places not easily accessible to other knife styles. This type of blade takes a portion out of the back, which creates a second curved edge and a thinner tip. It can be used for small or hard-to-reach places. The clipped edge on the back of the knife is usually concave but can also be straight. This style of blade is easy to control and allows you to use more force and to have more control of the knife when you are cutting. This knife is not meant for those heavy jobs where a lot of force is required though, for fear that damage to the blade may occur.

GUT HOOK

If you are a hunter, then you likely know what a gut hook is used for. A gut hook tip is just what the name implies. There is a hook on the back of the blade. This style of blade is used for skinning and field dressing games. When you slice correctly, you will not ruin any meat or puncture the guts of an animal. Just be sure to not cut yourself on the gut hook.

DROP POINT

The drop point knife blade is double-edged, making it perfect for cutting and slicing with its slight curve and a convex curve on the back of the knife. This style of blade is strong, but it can prove difficult to actually pierce anything. You will find this style of knife in most pocketknives because it can be used in a lot of different everyday activities and scenarios.

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