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Old 05-20-2008, 05:12 AM
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I was just wondering about the advantages/disadvantages between a Tanto style blade & a traditional blade especially as a survival knife.

Any info would be helpful

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I despise tanto blades. Tanto blades are ONLY For fighting. Droppoints are more useful, and can be used in a variety of ways.
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Something to consider that all knives are sort fo specialized basicall a survivalist should look at knives in more than one class like fighting, hunting, Fishing ect. One will not do all. At best you get a compromise. Defense I look to SOG's and Spyderco's Hunting Gerber Gator is a favorite. Compromise is my Cammillus Pilots Survival Knife. pocket every day Swiss Army
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I have to side with Giguere on this one. Between the two, definitely go with a drop-point style blade. Tantō were designed as stabbing/slashing fighting knives. For survival purposes you'll be far and away better off with a strong drop-point blade.
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Perhaps Gents but a Tanto blade in an emergency is better than no blade at all.
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Perhaps Gents but a Tanto blade in an emergency is better than no blade at all.
No argument there, but the thread was about a choice between the two. But you're right, something is generally better than nothing.
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advantages and disadvantages of the Tanto style blade & a traditional blade. This is my thought, I have sevevral blade designs of each.
The Tanto advantages is a strong point and the blade thickness is usually good. They are good for stabing and Puncturing things. but they were desined to Penetrate Armor. Limited in other uses.
A traditional blade or Drop-point or clip-point usually have a wider blade, and decent thickness. They are an Ideal for cutting, skinning, and carving. Some of my favorites are; Cold Steel SRK, Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife.
They are better choice of a survival Knife than a Tanto.
I agree with forrestdweller, I usually carry a good folding knife a good fixed blade, usually 4-6in in blade length, and my multi tool.
This is my thought hope it helps.
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I think a tanto is wonderful fighting blade but its specialized.
It would be better to learn to wield your survival knife...
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honestly i dont like either. Im more of a clip point or bowie style blade. By saying that this doesnt mean i like rambo sized knifes
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advantages and disadvantages of the Tanto style blade & a traditional blade. This is my thought, I have sevevral blade designs of each.
The Tanto advantages is a strong point and the blade thickness is usually good. They are good for stabing and Puncturing things. but they were desined to Penetrate Armor. Limited in other uses.
A traditional blade or Drop-point or clip-point usually have a wider blade, and decent thickness. They are an Ideal for cutting, skinning, and carving. Some of my favorites are; Cold Steel SRK, Gerber Big Rock Camp Knife.
They are better choice of a survival Knife than a Tanto.
I agree with forrestdweller, I usually carry a good folding knife a good fixed blade, usually 4-6in in blade length, and my multi tool.
This is my thought hope it helps.
Nuff said...
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thanks for the info
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I use a kabar tanto as my main knife and i keep a multitool backup, i prefer the tanto tip to a drop point because i prefer a strong spine all the way to the tip. i have use this knife as a machette and a hatchet and it has not failed me yet. it keeps a very good edge and so far I have been very pleased with it. so far it has been an all around great hiking/camp knife.
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I prefer the Tanto design myself. But in reality, the drop point is more practical for a wide range of uses. Depending on the application, of course. The Tanto is primarily used for pure combat, whereas a drop-point is excellent at both combat and utility, as well as some field-dressing/skinning. The Tanto is a weapon, whereas the drop-point is a tool.
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I have only had one tanto blade in my life a crkt m16. I liked it so much that when I lost it I purchased another and also wanted a fixed blade in that configuration so I ordered a kabar short tanto I have not used the kabar yet but the crkt while I admit is not the best configuration has cleaned/scaled fish opened cans processes food for dinner cut rope stripped wire opened boxes and also double duties as a backup weapon in my pocket when I could not carry so while the drop point is more versatile a tanto can and has been used succesfully by many for utilitarian purposes
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Does anyone have any sources of evidence for tantos being stronger for stabbing?

Edit: even if its just personal experience

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Does anyone have any sources of evidence for tantos being stronger for stabbing?

Edit: even if its just personal experience
Here is a little info on that topic. "Tanto" doesn't always mean stronger at the tip. It all depends on how the "tanto" is shaped and created. http://faq.customtacticals.com/geome...pe_amtanto.php
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One other thing to note. If you don't know how to sharpen that tanto blade it can turn into a drop point of sorts.
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The thick diamond point of the tantos available here you can almost thank Lynn Thompson of Cold Steel for as he was one of the first to really incorporate that in a knife…You see the traditional tanto, chisel ground, didn’t have a strengthened tip as it was used to perform eating/cooking duties as well as performing seppuku, a last ditch knife or in the longer version as a short sword for interior combat, much like a wakizashi was used for…

Traditional tanto of the Aikuchi style (no tsuba) 9.25 inch blade - Kris Cutlery

The traditional style is as much a stabbing as it is a slashing blade but the straight, narrow blade diamond tip versions you mostly see here are primarily stabbing (because of the beefed up tip) and very poor slashers as they don’t have sufficient “belly” to them…

The best slashing blade of all is the back curved style of blade from the B.C.E. Iberian designed Falcata to the Nepalese Kukhri but they aren’t the greatest stabbers as the point is far below the wrist…

Falcata 20.125 inch blade - Museum Replicas

A drop point blade is a hunting design that aides in skinning as the shape offers better control and that means fewer punctures of the skin with lots of belly to make long, sweeping cuts…

D.H. Russell Canadian Belt Knife 4 inch - Grohmann Knives –

This is a combat, CQB, knife--strong point for stabbing, lots of belly for slashing, thick spine for strength, top edge sharpened to aid is stabbing and also so that a back hand slash can be accomplished without having to turn the hand, double quillons so your hand doesn't go sliding down the blade when you stab, long enough reach but a little hard to carry on your hip if you intend to sit for long periods of time so a strap or vest mount or a horizontal sheath should be used…

John Horrigan Elite Knives Military Fighter 7.5 in blade - My ideal fighting/combat knife style!
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In reference to your question of evidence to tip strength, I have a personal experience to tell. A friend of mine (not sure why, but he was an MP at the time), put a "warrior spirit" made by Chax Knives, pictured below, through the door of a BMW without any damage besides a few scratches to the bead blast coating.

http://www.chaxknives.com/Warrior_Spirit.html
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