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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO KNIFE RLADES KNIFE BLADES COME IN ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES. CUTS. WEIGHTS & SIZES WHICH CAN SERVE MANY PURPOSES. BELOW. LEARN WHAT EACH KNIFE DESIGN WAS MADE FOR - IN OUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO KNIFE BLADES. NORMAL BLADE A normal blade has a curving edge, and flat back. A dull back lets the wielder use fingers to concentrate force: it also makes the knife heavy and strong for its size. The curve concentrates force on a small point, making cutting easier. This knife can chop as well as pick and slice. TRAILING-POINT CURVED BLAD A curved, trailing-point knife has a back edge that curves upward. This lets a lightweight knife have a larger curve on its edge. Such a knife is optimized for slicing or slashing. Trailing point blades provide a larger cutting area, or belly, and are common on skinning knives. CLIP-POINT BLADE A clip-point blade is like a normal blade with the back "clipped" or concavely formed to make the tip thinner and sharper. The back edge of the clip may have a false edge that could be sharpened to make a second edge. The sharp tip is useful as a pick, or for cutting in tight places. If the false edge is sharpened it increases the knife's effectiveness in piercing. DROP-PRINT Bl ADF A drop point blade has a convex curve of the back towards the point. It handles much like the clip-point. though with a stronger point less suitable for piercing. SPEAR-PGINT BLADE A spear-point blade is a symmetrical blade with a spine that runs along the miadle of the blade. The point is in line with the spine. Spear-points may be single-edged or double-edged or may have only a portion of the second edge sharpened. NEEDLE-POINT BLADE - I * f jSyTySfiL»" * * * “ |K»| m • • - A needle-point blade is a symmetrical, highly tapered, twin-edged blade often seen in fighting blades. Its long, narrow point offers good penetration but is liable to breakage if abused. Although often referred to as a knife, this design may also be referred to as a stiletto or dagger due to its use as a stabbing weapon A spey-blade. once used for speying animals, has a single, mostly straight edge that curves strongly upwards at the end to meet a short, dull, straight clip from the dull back. With the curved end of the blade being closer to perpendicular to the blade's axis than other knives and lacking a point, making penetration unlikely. This blade is suitable for skinning. * WHARNGLIFFE BLADE: : A Wharncliffe blade is similar in profile to the sheepsfoot blade, but the curve of the back edge starts closer to the handle and is more gradual. Its blade is much thicker than a knife of comparable size.