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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 blades and edges
  • 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.