Blade style

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by allenC, Apr 5, 2020.

What is your preferred blade style for an everyday knife?

Poll closed Apr 26, 2020.
  1. Clip point

    19 vote(s)
  2. Drop point

    29 vote(s)
  3. Sheep's foot

    9 vote(s)
  4. Spear point

    6 vote(s)
  5. Wharncliffe

    9 vote(s)
  6. Spey

    0 vote(s)
  7. hawkbill

    0 vote(s)
  8. Tanto

    3 vote(s)
  9. Other. Please specify.

    1 vote(s)
  1. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Blade style poll
  2. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    I'll go first.

    I voted drop point, but the spear point was a very close second.
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  3. Planterz

    Planterz Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I think my favorite blade was a Microtech LCC. I had 2, sold them both years ago. Fun knife (D/A auto), but too damn heavy. Right now I carry a carbon fibre Leek, until I get around to sending my BM 940D2CF back to replace the broken omega spring (shoulda done this months ago). Sometimes a Caly 3 ZDP-189. Regardless, I always have a G.Sakai Preppy (cousin to the A.G. Russell 3" lockback). It should be pretty apparent that I like a gradual curve with a very forward tip. Very little belly and I don't like a lot (if any) curve toward the tip. Allows precision cutting with the needle tip, as well as strong draw cuts, but more useful in a general sense than a proper wharncliffe.
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  4. CHNeal

    CHNeal Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    I choose Other even though some will say my favorite is covered by two choices. I pick the insingo blade from CRK. That modified warnie does absolutely everything I personally want out of a knife. I also believe it helps the small Sebenza punch above its weight class. The blade is just so efficient for me.
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  5. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    1. Drop point
    2a. Sheepfoots
    2b. Wharncliffe

    I don't like spear. I don't need a double edge.
    Not a fan of clip. Classic shape I know tho.
    Tanto. Popular but kinda "mall ninja-ish" to me for some reason.
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  6. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
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  7. Shorttime


    Oct 16, 2011
    Sheepsfoot, or wharncliffe, but it only let me pick one or the other. I'm a town boy, and most of my cutting tasks involve either processed dinosaur squeezings, or dehydrated carbohydrate foam. Having the point down low works better for me.
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  8. Redmeadow Knives

    Redmeadow Knives John Conner Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 29, 2010
    I like a Wharncliffe for an everyday type knife.
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  9. Richard Coyle

    Richard Coyle Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2019
    Wharncliffe/Sheepsfoot has to take it.
    There’s just nothing easier to sharpen, and they’re super useful.
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  10. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Upswept/persian! IMG_20200219_173419.jpg
  11. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Is a Zulu not just a drop point? The Zulu has always been my favourite shape also but I'd be interested in how it is categorised.
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  12. ggw


    Feb 13, 2018
    Wharncliffe/Sheepsfoot for me.
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  13. 4mer_FMF

    4mer_FMF Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 9, 2016
    I used to be a big modified sheepsfoot guy, and maybe it’s still my favorite. But I just checked my nightstand to see what I’ve had out for the last week. I’m not sure how to interpret the results. :D


    ETA: I will say that I find clip points the sexiest of the lot. There’s not too many around in folders I like though.
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  14. justjed


    Oct 23, 2010
    I like a trailing point, up-swept, Persian, whatever you want to call it, for looks. Second choice is a clip point. These days, tho, my EDC is a slight drop point.
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  15. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I chose clip for utility as I’ve learned how to use them for a variety of tasks. I don’t want to rain on your poll but for me each type has it’s merits. That’s one reason I like a good stockman pattern where I have three different blades to use for each particular purpose. As for my work edc I carry 2-3 knives for the same reason. A small stockman deep in pocket, a large vantage pro drop point clipped in my rfp and a Buck 110 clip point in my vest/ coat pocket. I sometimes carry a Leatherman Wave when I know I’ll need it. I just don’t like being limited to just one type or one knife. If you really use a knife a lot in a job or lifestyle that has a variety of tasks then you will find that one type or size won’t do for everything. You might can get by but you will still have limitations.
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  16. Henry Beige

    Henry Beige Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    My favorite is a drop point, but I voted sheep’s foot because it is one blade I will not be without. I rarely carry a single blade. Either a two-bladed knife or else two knives, like an Opinel and a Biltong.

    An improved muskrat has a sheepsfoot and a California clip. The 2018 Traditional Forum Buck 301 has a clip and a sheepsfoot. The SAK Electrician I carry every day with the Opinel and the Okapi has a spear and a short sheepsfoot.

    If I go out with a single blade, it is most likely a sheepsfoot, not because it is a favorite but because I find it most useful for EDC.
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  17. tltt


    May 1, 2008
    Mild Trailing Point

    Top three in order :).
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  18. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
  19. oldmanwilly

    oldmanwilly Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    It was a tough choice, but I chose clip point with drop point in close second place. I only chose clip point b/c I find the main clip blade in a traditional stockman to be my go-to blade for most general tasks (8OT). That said, i think a well executed drop point is just about the perfect all-rounder blade design (ex: Cold Steel American Lawman). My preference for one design over the other really can change on a knife-to-knife basis.
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  20. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    Very hard to choose one.
    I haven't really... I carry a drop point in my pocket but I have a tanto, wharncliffe, and hawkbill on the truck or in my bag everyday as well.
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