A Guide to the Blade Designs for Men’s Pocket Knives

Choosing the best possible knife is somewhat a rite of passage for all boys. The right knife will offer a sense of security and preparedness as you navigate the challenges that face men every day. Thus, a good men’s pocket knives are among the lifestyle accessories that should always be within a man’s easy reach. Though the knife is a basic tool, humans have since the early Iron Age tinkered with it to adapt to different uses.  

Despite the modifications, the pocket knife, also called the everyday carry knife, has retained its basic design specifications. These include a folding blade measuring about 3.5 inches in length and a locking mechanism. The pocket knife design is hinged on sturdiness, simplicity, and size. There are nonetheless different blade designs to handle a range of tasks.

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The following are the blade design options for your men’s pocket knives

Clip point blades

These are among the most common blade designs seen nowadays. They are used on almost all knives ranging from folding hunting knives to tactical fixed blades. The clip point blade features an unsharpened back edge extending to about half its length with a concave point towards its point. Its edge is generally straight apart from a slight upward curve on the blade’s upper third towards its end.

Clip point blades are multi-purpose. The blade comes with a narrow, pointed, extremely sharp, and long functional belly. The blades can, however, chip or break with heavy use.

Drop point blades

These are the most popular blades for pocket knife owners. Drop point blades have unsharpened back edges following long and slight curves towards the points. Their edges or bellies have similar but more pronounced curves towards their ends.

The drop point blade is long, and it is easy to maintain its cutting surface. The blade’s ease of maintenance and simple use inform its popularity. The primary downside of the drop point blade is its slightly wide tip. This makes it hard to use it for tasks that involve piercing and stabbing.

Chisel grind blades

There are two types of chisel grind blades, including single and double. Single chisel grinds have an edge grind on their beveled sides while the opposite sides are flat to the cutting edges. Double blade grinds have edge grinds on one side, and normal blade grinds on the opposite ends.

The deejo knife generally features a chisel grind blade. Its edges can be polished on the backside. The polishing makes the chisel grind blade look, but it often is not. 

Leaf-blades

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Leaf-blades are so-named because they look like plant foliage. They are stylish blades that make your pocket knife stand out. Leaf-blade pocket knives have thumb ramps over their thumbholes for an easy-grip jimping. The blades also have straight downward slopes towards their points while their bellies feature a light convex.

Leaf-blades are generally smaller compared to other pocket knife blades. Like the clip point blades, they can be broken and chipped by heavy use. Even so, leaf blades still make good all-purpose blades.

Straight blades

These are the most basic options among pocket knife blades and can be traced to thousands of years ago. Straight blades have simple silhouettes. Their unsharpened back edges follow straight non-sloped lines to their points from the bases. The sharpened belly edges follow straight lines but slope towards their top third to the tip.

The elongated belly of a straight blade makes it a perfect choice for cutting and slicing. Its thin blade is also ideal for daily use and is easy to maintain. However, the tip of a straight blade is not as practical as that in the drop and clip point blades.

Spearpoint blade

Though the spear point blade has a similar silhouette to the drop points, it is more aggressive than the latter. Unlike other blades, spear point blades are sharpened along the entire portion of their backs or a small portion of it. While the extra edge this sharpening gives does not change much about the blade’s functionality, it is perfect for piercing and stabbing.

The dagger and needle blades closely resemble the spear point blade. The dagger is nonetheless straight and has a more drastic point compared to the spear point. The needle blade, on the other hand, is pointier and thinner compared to the dagger.

When choosing one of the above blades for your pocket knife, consider the tasks you handle most. If, for instance, you want an all-rounded pocket knife that will cut, slice, and stab things all day, the best choice is the drop point blade. This option is also easy to sharpen because the regular use will typically wear out the blade. The most significant point to remember as a pocket knife owner is to use the right blade for the right task and always keep the blade sharp.