Knife Blades and Knife Edges
If you’re looking for an overview on basic blade shapes or want to learn the difference between serrated and plain-edge knives, our blades and edges section is the right resource for you. We also have comprehensive descriptions of gut hook blades, trailing point blades, spear point blades and more.
- Knife Blade Shapes - An overview of the main blade shapes and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- Blade Geometry FAQ - Descriptions of blade shapes and grinds.
- Gut Hook Blades - The purpose of the gut hook blade is to split the skin of a game animal in gutting operations. Learn more about its other functions.
- Trailing Point Blades - Trailing point blades provide a large curved cutting area, which is ideal for slicing or skinning.
- Spear Point Blades - A spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade's long axis.
- Needle-Point / Dagger Blades - A dagger / needle-point blade is a double-edged blade whose primary purpose is piercing and stabbing.
- Sheepsfoot Blades - The main purpose of a sheepsfoot blade is for cutting and slicing while minimizing the chances of any accidental piercing.
- Tanto Point Blades - The tanto blade is a great knife for piercing tough materials.
- Clip Point Blades - A clip point is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today and is used in the Bowie knife.
- Drop Point Blades - A drop point is one of the most common blade shapes and is used in many hunting knives.
- Serrated vs. Plain Edge Knives - Find out when should you use a serrated edge instead of a plain edge.
- Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade Knives - An explanation of the difference between fixed and folding blade knives.
- Types of Knife Blade Materials - There are a variety of knife blade materials and each has its own advantages and pitfalls. Here are brief descriptions of the most popular types of materials found in knife blades.
- Types of Knife Handles - For anyone looking to buy a new knife, whether a chef or outdoorsman, the handle is a significant feature that should not be overlooked. Here is some information about common styles and types of handles.