Harpoon

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by FrozenTurtle, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. FrozenTurtle

    FrozenTurtle

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    Mar 14, 2017
    Does it seem like there are more Harpoon style knives? Like some of the Tops or Spartan blades. Does the hook like thing really do anything for the blade? I heard someone say they hate using their Hinderer Harpoon.
     
  2. corwise

    corwise

    Nov 10, 2006
    I would agree they're popping up more. I don't think it changes the ergonomics of using the blade though, more cosmetic than anything else. I'm sure there are some uses that it might interfere but as an EDC (a Hinderer for example) I can't imagine how it would get in the way.
     
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  3. mbkryan

    mbkryan

    503
    Aug 24, 2012
    I think it looks cool. And, on this Mini it works nicely as a thumb/finger ramp if I am needing to apply controlled pressure to the tip or front of the blade. I actually find myself using it a lot. The top of the blade is pretty flat and comfortable for this sort of use, and the knife is only 6in. long so it feels very natural to choke up on the blade.
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  4. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    I like how the harpoon blades look. Reminds me of a shark head. My Umnumzaan has one and it looks great.
     
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  5. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Harpoon blade shape looks great. I am thinking about getting on knife in that grind from Spartan, Hinderer, or Reate.
     
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  6. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Cosmetic, the spine doesn't get used a ton beyond having a spot for your thumb sometimes and whacking the odd firesteel on a camp knife.

    I like them because it lets me say 'poon a lot, and that makes me happy. ;)
     
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  7. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    evilgreg, Would you be even happier if the poon was on the tang? :D
     
  8. Wolf7

    Wolf7

    220
    Jul 11, 2006
    Another modern stupid fad designed for looks only, rather than function like ex: compound grinds, giant finger choils, chisel grinds, or multiple speed holes!:thumbsdown:
    When I go through my check list of options that knife must have, I stop immediately and won't buy knife if it has one of these stupid fads on it.

    Harpoon style blades belong ONLY on fishing harpoons, so they stay stuck in target without coming out.
    Last thing you want is having your folder getting stuck in material you are stabbing!:thumbsdown:

    In fact great functional blade shape should either be straight line on top spine like on drop point or clean smooth curve on spear point!:thumbsup:
    No bumps, humps or harpoons allowed!:poop:
     
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  9. katanas

    katanas

    Jan 6, 2012
    Wolf7, many of my knives have been purchased for looks (they do, of course, also cut). One can have a rather limited supply of "functional only" knives. I'm at 400+ with no plans to stop, so something different in steel or looks or many other variables, is appealing. Some foods are not as nourishing as others, but have other appeal. Vive le difference. :p To each his own.
     
  10. FrozenTurtle

    FrozenTurtle

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    Mar 14, 2017
    Which knife is it?
     
  11. FrozenTurtle

    FrozenTurtle

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    Mar 14, 2017
    I always wondered if the bumb would get caught on something.
     
  12. FrozenTurtle

    FrozenTurtle

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    Mar 14, 2017
    What about a clip point?
     
  13. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Yes indeed!
     
  14. Wolverine666

    Wolverine666 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2009
    Guess what , Adolf ...harpoon style blades look sick on folders. So if you're having that much trouble pulling your knife out of something you shanked then might I recommend working in your upper body strength a bit. But to each their own , little buddy :p
     
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  15. mbkryan

    mbkryan

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    Aug 24, 2012
    It is the S1 Mini by Michael Zieba. If you are unfamiliar with him, you should look him up. I have heard he works alone and makes his blades/handles/clips/back spacers by hand without CNC or other computerized machines. I like his stuff a lot and it is priced at the low end for customs.
     
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  16. FrozenTurtle

    FrozenTurtle

    32
    Mar 14, 2017
    I like the oyster shucker alot.
     
  17. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    :oops: Harpy poontang ? That's just nasty !:eek:
     
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  18. wensynch

    wensynch

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    Apr 30, 2016
    I think the harpoon shape is a reference to the blade shape rather than utlity in that it's not designed to actually hook a target like a harpoon; it just looks like a harpoon.

    There is an practical utility to the design and it's to extend and isolate the thumb "ramp" to allow your thumb to move with weight through the cutting motion.

    Cutting is as much form in action and synergy with the tool. Ya know, the force.

     
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  19. mbkryan

    mbkryan

    503
    Aug 24, 2012
    Yea, I like that. Don't think i would ever spend the $$ for one of his cooking knives, but they are the coolest cooking knives I have ever seen. I just got the regular S1 with M390 to go with my mini. Both knives are really well made, especially for a new guy that does everything by hand.
     
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  20. mbkryan

    mbkryan

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    Aug 24, 2012
    Here is the big one with the little one. Haven't used the big one yet, but I don't thin the harpoon will be a problem. I do like the look of the Zieba Bold better, which is basically the same blade but without the harpoon. That is next on the list.
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