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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!
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.
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.