Blade Geometry 1: Knife Shapes

A review of typical knife blade shapes for beginners.

12 thoughts on “Blade Geometry 1: Knife Shapes

  1. MagiusUSA says:

    The Sheep's Foot (Wharncliffe) is too specialized for either.

    For survival I would exclude double edged Spear Points, as they do not do well for basic tasks like batoning. Tanto and Kukri blades are real work horses, but not optimal for some tasks. Clip Points and Drop Points are the most versatile, and my personal choice would be the Clip Point.

    For combat Spear Points, Clip Points, Tanto's, and Kukri's are all effective. The choice would depend entirely on the technique of the wielder.

  2. stanfordcoffee says:

    I've now viewed the whole 5 part series ( and will review them again). I'm certainly no expert, but I now feel the I have a very solid foundation from which I can now carry on a conversation with a "Knife" guy. Again – great series, thank you for the time and effort, very well done Sir! Cheers

  3. MagiusUSA says:

    @avengedtheater Hi. Glad you liked the video, as you're exactly the type viewer it was made for.
    A Wharncliffe is another name for a sheepsfoot, stemming from a claim that some Earl of Wharncliffe developed this blade shape. However, that's not true. The design has been around longer than Earls have been, much less that one, but the name stuck.
    A 3rd name for the sheepsfoot is a Beak.
    IMO one should never apologize for a question, btw. Questions lead to knowledge… a good thing

  4. avengedtheater says:

    hey, Im new to this hobby.. Great video by the way, very useful especially for a newbie like me. Watched your Grinding video too, thank you very much.

    I do have a question though, I've heard the term Wharncliffe a lot, what is that? a grinding type, a blade shape, a designer? lol sorry for the noob question


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