Actually I prefer Drop Point blades, since they are usually better as utillity knives. The only advantage of a Tanto Blade is in my opinine, that the tip is stronger and that it is better for fighting. But where is the diffrence between a Tanto Blade and a "Western Tanto Blade"? A Western Tanto Blade should be easier to produce. So I am sure if the Western Tanto would be better in a combat, the Japanese, who had much more experience by using blades in war, would have found out. Is there any practical reason for a Western Tanto Blade or is it all about the design?