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Blade designs, your favorite?

Feb 9, 1999
Hmmm..I wondering what is the best blade style? Probably depends on what you do with your knife. But I seem to have mostly drop points. Is this the most popular? Or is it the Tanto? Or the tanto serrated? Whats your fav..baby?
I prefer a clip-point blade, actually. It's purely a stylistic choice, I suppose, but I do prefer a nice needle-sharp point on a knife. That's something you can get in a clip-point that's a little less satisfactory in a blunt-nosed drop point or even most tanto styles.

Personally I like the straigtht clip point the best.

Probably my favourite overall blade shape is the Spyderco Military. Straight clip, flat ground, plenty of belly. The cool thing about the blade is how there is plenty of belly but still a sharp enough point to do more delicate work. Very impressive!


Clay Fleischer

"10,000 Lemmings Can't Be Wrong!"
I would vote for the clip point for aesthetic reasons or the spear point. For the life of me, I cannot understand the reason for the popularity of the tanto style. The reinforced point was developed, as I understand, to pierce armor. Well, it is a b**ch to sharpen and, as I have no need to pierce armor or car doors, I can see no reason for it. I say this in full realization that I might be starting a flame war from the tanto enthusiasts who are legion and most vehement.
A clip blade flat ground would be my 2ND choice, but, the tanto blade is my all time fav. 50/50 edges on either of these 2 blades are also my favorite edges.

4" - 5" in blade length is a must for my wants!


Besides the Tanto style, which is my favorite, I really like the clip point design on the Military as well and for pretty much the same reasons, besides I am a big fan of the flat grind.

Norwegian Misfit

"For the word of GOD is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword...." Hebrews 4:12

Clip, flat, plain.



[This message has been edited by Steve Harvey (edited 18 February 1999).]

Now that's a pretty knife. Is it by James Mattis? I like that one a lot. Can't tell sizes from the pic, but it almost doesn't matter.

Paul Neubauer
It is a 5" Loveless utility pattern that used to be produced in rough-blade kit form by the late Bob Engnath. The handle and trademark obsessive hand satin finish are James'.

I don't think I have ever seen a more pure expression of the knife form.
After reading the previous post and thinking about it for a while, I have come to the conclusion that I LOVE THEM ALL.
But the sinple elegance of a well made drop point of Loveless design is special.
I favor a flat-ground drop point, in plain edge. Something like on the Benchmade Leopard. I find myself using the point often for slitting bags open, scoring paper, trimming cardboard and plastic, etc. A clip point is okay, as long as it's more or less straight, rather than upsewpt. The AFCK is quite tolerable. Perhaps something rather like the Spyderco Wayne Goddard Lightweight: a sharp point with plenty of belly. Can't wait till it's available in plain edge.

David Rock
My favorite is probably a drop or modified drop point, such as my flat-ground Calypso Jr. I'm also waiting for the Benchmade 825 or 835 Ascents, which are flat-ground drop point lockbacks. Jim
Spearpoint with a false edge, but a nice smooth clip point is best with formal wear.