- Strong point that is sharp and controllable
- Plenty of cutting edge ("belly") for slicing
- Point is not as sharp as a clip point
- Less suitable for piercing
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If you're looking for a great all-purpose knife that can stand up to anything, then you've come to the right place. A drop point (along with a clip point) is one of the most popular blade shapes in use today. The most recognizable knife that features a drop point is the hunting knife, although it is used on many other types of knives as well, including the larger blades in swiss army knives.
The back (unsharpened) edge of the knife runs straight from the handle to the tip of the knife in a slow curved manner, creating a lowered point. This lowered point provides more control and adds strength to the tip. While the tip on a drop point is not as sharp as the tip on a clip point, it is much stronger. Because of this tip strength and the ability to hold up to heavy use, drop point blades are popular on tactical and survival knives.
Because the point on a drop point blade is easily controllable, they are a popular choice on hunting knives. The lowered, controllable point makes it easier to avoid accidentally nicking internal organs and ruining the meat.
Drop point knives feature a large "belly" area that is perfect for slicing.
The only real disadvantage of the drop point blade is it's relatively broad tip, which makes it less suitable for piercing than the clip point. However, this broad tip provides point strength that is not found on clip point knives.
By choosing a drop point, you will be among the hoards of knife lovers who own a great all-purpose blade that can be used in many situations, expected or unexpected.