What's a spearpoint blade good for?

Asthetically they look really good and they are great for penetrating. It is a defensive blade style and meant to stab. The can be attractive looking to me to. Not an ideal EDC geometry but can be used for it fairly easily.
 
I love it. I've decided it's probably my favorite blade shape, at least the one on my single blade GEC 15. It just seems to work for everything, is very sturdy, and is useful. It's a blade shape with a good straight cutting edge, a tip that isn't so pointy as to be fragile, and a nice consistent blade width that works great for something like spreading a little peanut butter on a bagel or the like. I have wharcliffe, pen, clip, etc...but I enjoy the spear the best.
 
How do you spread peanuts? Every time I've tried I just end up moving them around with my knife. Blade shape has no discernible effect, they're all pretty lousy.

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- Christian
 
Asthetically they look really good and they are great for penetrating. It is a defensive blade style and meant to stab. The can be attractive looking to me to. Not an ideal EDC geometry but can be used for it fairly easily.

You do realize this is the Traditional Sub Forum right lol? Every spear blade traditional knife I've had the stabbing ability seems to be their weak point compared to other traditional blades shapes.
 
You do realize this is the Traditional Sub Forum right lol? Every spear blade traditional knife I've had the stabbing ability seems to be their weak point compared to other traditional blades shapes.

Now now JK, he may have a point...this apple didn't stand a chance! :p :D

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I think the inclusion of a spear point as the main blade on basically all SAKs is a good argument for it's versatility and utility.
 
I've found a spear point to have the best combination of blade features: tip, belly, straight.

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If you like more tip, then go with a clip point.
 
For me it boils down to aesthetics. Some patterns I like the look of a spear-point, others a clip, and some a wharnecliff. As an example: A Swayback pattern with a spearpoint would look odd compared to the typical wharnecliff.

SAK Guy - what did that apple do to you! ;)
 
How do you spread peanuts?

thanks for laughing along, even though I edited out spreading peanuts, for clarity :)

I think the pen blade is the worst for that, LOL! (pens are spears too)


this apple didn't stand a chance! :p :D

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good thing thats a stainless blade or the apple would have bit back with a forced patina.. or would it be earned patina if you eat the apple?

Natural, earned, or Force Fed? Patina on a Spear
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I mostly like them out of nostalgia. They do a wide variety of tasks well though. You have a strong tip, some belly, some straight edge..... it and the drop point are the most flexible designs IMO.
 
Well, spears were made for penetration, after all, so penetration is the original use for the spear point. When you think about it, it's kind of odd that people today find the design less threatening since the original purpose of the design was for the hunt or war--both pretty traditional endeavors in centuries past.

Spear and drop points are my favorite designs. I like the way they look as well as the strength that can be built into the designs. The only GEC knives I own are a #79 spear point and #73 drop point. I think GEC does those two blade designs as well as anyone around. I find the spear point blade to be very versatile.

As for usefulness, it's hard to argue with the why SAK chose the spear point for its blades and how useful those blades can be. Lots of people like pen style blades as well and the spear point is just a big pen blade. Or maybe the pen blade is just a small spear.
 
Honestly, I'm trying to think of what I haven't used a spear blade for.

Of course, there are spearpoints:

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and then there are SPEARpoints: :D
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50-100 years depending...

Seriously, I find it better than the fat clip points for a lot of things. In a smaller version the pen blade is possibly my most used knife blade no matter what the main blade type.
 
For me it's purely a preference thing, and primarily based on aesthetics and not function. It's hard to even pin down sometimes what is a true spear point. There might be four blades classified as "spear points" and I would like two of them and not the other two. Some of the blades pictured on this page I would call a drop point rather than a spear point, such as the Opinel garden knife.

Taking the two pics posted by Smithhammer as an example. I like the top one, of the #15 TC Barlow, better than the wider flared blade on the easy-open teardrop, which to me is much closer to a true spearpoint.

In general I prefer a clip point but purely for the looks. But it's not a strong preference. I do own and carry spear-ish point knives on a regular basis. Daily, in fact, if you count the main blade on a Victorinox Cadet as being a spear blade, though some refer to it as a camper blade.
 
Wouldn't a modern spear point be less effective at penetrating than other comparable designs? On a bowie, it's almost all sharpened edge that forces its way in, whereas on a spear point it's half edge and half spine that is met with resistance. On a drop point it's still mostly edge and a little spine. I think a spear point would be the best for penetration on a double-edged blade, but I'm skeptical when it comes to a knife with only one edge and no swedge.

I think an advantage of a spear point is that the tip is centered for drilling, it's almost as strong as a drop point, and it can have good aesthetics. I like them for their aesthetics mostly, but I like drop points too. I guess it depends on the knife.
 
Spear points are a very nice all around blade shape that has a great combination of point and bely on the cutting edge. The scout knife, SAK"s, U.S. military ML-k knives, al were designed with versatility in mind. A wide mission capability if you will. I know that when I fly someplace for vacation, the SAK I mail to myself has usually got to do most anything I have to do on vacation. Food prep, cut bait for fishing, cut limes for the cold Corona's, slice the end off a good cigar. I think they also may be a stronger point for rough use.
 
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