Types of Knife Blades and what tasks they’re best suited…
Drop-point : good compromise between strength and utility
Sheepsfoot : no-nonsense utility knife – slicing, whittling & ideal to cut rope
Lambsfoot : popular with farmers, amongst its many uses is the trimming of lambs’ hooves!
Wharncliffe : ideal for slicing, minimizing an accidental puncture with the tip
Clip-point : for more delicate and precision work
Straight Back : sturdy, ideal for cutting and chopping
Tanto Blade : strong, handy for pushing cuts and piercing
Needle-point & Spear-point : fighting and stabbing (illegal in many places).
Gut Hook : skinning and field dressing wild game
Trailing-Point : filleting, skinning and camp food prepping
Spey : favored by hunters and trappers (usually in multi-blade folders)
The fixed blades are robust, reliable and easy to maintain; they need to be when used on tough camping / woodsman tasks. Ready to hand, in a survival situation.
*Be aware, in the UK, a fixed blade that is longer than 3inches/7.62cm is illegal for carry in a public place , this includes locking folding knives….