Knife Blade Shapes
There are quite a few different types of knife blade shapes, below is a list of the more common ones that you will be able to find when camping and for outdoor use:
Drop Point blade:
The drop point blade is a strong and versatile blade with a thick point that is ideal for heavy tasks and general knife work. The spine of the blade drops toward the tip which creates a shape that reduces your chances of accidentally puncturing yourself.
Clip Point blade:
The Clip Point blade has a crescent drop on the top that creates a sharp, thin point, this blade is ideal for puncturing and offers enhanced control for things like detail work, and exacting. This blade on the other hand lacks the strength of broader drop point blades.
Heavy duty Tanto Point Blade:
The Tanto has an angular tip with a very strong point. This blade is ideal for prying, piercing and scraping tough materials.
Needle point and Spear point blades:
These blades feature double edges and symmetrical points that are ideal for survival situations. These blades are also primarily designed for throwing and puncturing.
Sheepsfoot and Santuko blades:
These two blades are great for preparing food and feature a spine that rounds off steeply to the point of the blade; they also have a straight cutting edge from the handle of the blade, to the tip. The shape of the blade makes cutting very easy, and you can also chop and slice. This blade shape minimizes the risk of an accidental piercing.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of blades and what each one is designed for you learn more about the actual materials that hold these blades in place. The perfect article for that would be the article on the Different Types of Knife Handle Materials. Here you can learn all about the different types of handles that knives are made of and why they are used.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about knife blades then you should read the article on Knife Blade Materials, what the different types of materials are that is used in making knives and why they are used.