Knife question

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  1. DrPepper

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    What is the purpose/use of the "Tanto" blade shape (edit, point)?
     
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  2. raito

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    Assuming you mean the point, since the blade shape itself is nothing special...

    Historically, it's the same point on all Japanese sword-type weapons. Which means it's less differentiated from the edge than you might think. More of a difference in the direction of polishing.

    Modernly, it's a way for guys who can't forge or polish to just cut off the blade at an angel and call it a point. A caricature of the historical model.
     
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    I’ve not owned one, but it seems to me they may be a little more robust when it comes to plunging it into something dense.
    Or prying.
    And yes I know that we shouldn’t use knife blades to pry. But in a jam I have done a a couple times and have the broken stubby blades to prove it.

    I think that maybe “because they look cool” might best answer your question.
     
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    I think the tanto blade is specifically a weapon.
     
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    A tanto point on a knife makes sense for hard-use knives with thicker blades. Tasks such as cutting thick rope, stiff material like rubber sheet, etc. The point is simply more robust than a typical clip point or drop point because there's a steeper taper through the thickness of the steel.

    But there are a whole lot of knives available with tanto-shaped blades that are thin, which I guess is okay for a mall ninja.
     
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    This is my favorite EDC
    [​IMG]

    I like that there's not a pronounced point to have to be careful out

    And yeah, it looks bitchin :cool:
     
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    A proper tanto blade with some heft to it can be actually a great working tool. A tanto with a thin blade is more of a string cutting knife. Cool looking but limited in its scope
     
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    That looks perfect for gasket scraping...
     
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