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Types of Blades

Types of Blades Damascus1

Throughout this article, we have referred to different types of blades. If you’re a knife veteran, you probably just nod and continue reading. If you are a neophyte, you probably scratched your head and felt perplexed. For the benefit of the latter, here is a quick summary of the types of blades you will find in most pocket knives and their respective uses:

Clip Point

clip point pocket knife blade illustration

The clip point is one of the most common sheets you will see on pocket knives. It is called a clip point because the final third of the back of the blade is “trimmed”. The clip can be straight or concave.

The tip of the clip has a sharp, controllable tip that is good for punching. It also has a lot of “belly”, or cutting edge. The disadvantage of the trimming point is that the tip is not very strong because it is very narrow.

Drop Point

drop point pocket knife blade illustration

A drop point blade has a straight spine until it approaches the point. As you get closer to the tip, the column tilts down to meet the bottom of the blade at a sharp point.

The drop point knives are handled almost exactly as a clip point. The significant advantage of the first is that the tip is stronger than the second because it has a wider point.

Pen Blade

pen blade pocket knife blade illustration

While we no longer have to sharpen the tines, many of the multi-sheet pocket knives still include a pencil sheet in the mix. It is a small blade, not very sharp, but it is useful for tasks that require delicate work.


sheepsfoot pocket knife blade illustration

The sheep leaf was designed to help shepherds cut the sheep’s hooves. It has a straight opaque back that curves towards the edge of the tip. The edge of the blade is straight and provides a large cutting surface. While I am sure that there are still some pastors out there who use this sheet for its original purpose, it has become a popular leaf among the untidy.

Spey Blade

spey pocket knife blade illustration

You will find the tang blade on the folding knives of the hunter and the hunter. It was originally designed to help neuter and neuter animals. Somehow, “spay” became “spey”. At least that’s how the story goes.

The spey blade has a single straight, sharp edge that curves upward to reach a short, dull point. The swords can be long or short. In trappers they tend to be long; In stockman knives, they are usually short.

Tanto Point

tanto point pocket knife blade illustration

A knife point popularized in Japan and seen in many folding tactical knives. They are thicker than most pocket knives and have a very angular point. These characteristics make it useful for stabbing and drilling materials such as Kevlar and metal.

Wharncliffe Blade

wharncliffe pocket knife blade illustration

The blades of Wharncliffe are not very common, but you will still see them in some pocket knives. It looks very similar to the foot of sheep, but the spine meets the edge of the blade on a sharp point. It is a popular sword among sailors.

Picking a Pocket Knife

Choosing a pocket knife is like choosing clothes. It all comes down to your personal needs and tastes. If you are someone who is doing heavy work day after day and you need a knife that you can quickly open, a folding tactical knife would be in order. If you just need a knife to open the package or the occasional handwriting, an elegant-looking pen knife will do the trick.

Personally, I have a large collection of pocket knives from which I choose every day. I have my favorites, but they all rotate in my EDC at least once a month. If I plan on doing a lot of heavy work that day, I pick up my tactical wallet in my pocket. If it’s going to be a normal day, I’ll carry one of the many locking knife or slide union knives I have. I even have my dad’s vintage and my grandfather that I like to take from time to time.

Pocket Knife Laws

In the United States, very few laws regulate which pocket knives can be owned and how they can be carried. Switchblade knives are banned from interstate shipping and selling, so if you’re Johnny Cade, you’re out of luck. Many states have also banned butterfly knives and gravity knives from being sold, carried or even possessed. Brett, ten years old, thought it was a bargain. What I would have given to have a sweet butterfly knife. I would have kept it in the back pocket of my Bugle Boy jeans washed with acid and would have used a fresh handkerchief around my head. Maybe he even wore leather gloves with his fingers cut off. It would have been the largest of Danforth’s farms.

Yes . That would have been sweet.

Anyway, as long as you adhere to your traditional pocket knife or tactical wallet, you should not have much trouble carrying a knife in the United States. Just be sure to leave your knife at home or in the car when you visit a federal or state court and place it in your checked bag when you fly.

For our brothers living in the USA and other European countries, the legality of carrying a pocket knife is much more limited. In the USA, it is illegal to carry a folding blade with a blade over 3 “. If you have a knife with a longer blade, you must prove that you have a “good reason” to take it with you in public. “Good reason” could mean that the knife is necessary for a job or hobby. Even if your blade is shorter than 3 “, you can only carry that knife with you if it is not locked in. So carrying a handsome Damascus1 knife would be out of question for the British.

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