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What's the point of a sharp pointed knife ?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DocJD, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :oops: I must recognize that there are special purpose knives that benefit from having no sharp point . See recent thread . https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/pointless-knives-what-are-they-good-for.1751636/

    But the notion that a sharp point is ONLY for stabbing is completely erroneous , IMO .

    I consider a sharp point to be extremely useful and I believe that others must share this view .

    So please contribute regarding the many functions of a sharp point . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Or , of course , demonstrate/ testify the opposite ! :rolleyes:
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  2. ERRN

    ERRN Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2015
    To stab a guy or if there’s cheesecake....I don’t think there are any other uses.
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  3. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :p Funny , but sooo wrong ! :rolleyes:
  4. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    For myself I think the point is mainly for how you like / find the knife appealing.
    I personally like spearpoint and wharncliff blades.

    I find the point achieves beginning a cutting task.
    Stabbing somebody isn't on the to do list.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2020
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  5. Chronovore

    Chronovore Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 29, 2019
    Indeed, a point has low surface area and aids in piercing. As @Skar mentioned, that can aid in starting a cut. Cutting down cardboard boxes is a regular chore in the "shelter in place" era. I start a lot of cuts by piercing a surface.

    Setting aside the joke, self defense is part of emergency preparedness. It's a utility that a knife can offer. A point can be very helpful in that context. It's worth noting that there are other factors involved in determining the defensive value of a tool. For instance, there are lots of nice pointy knives that are not good defensive tools. However, some can be reasonably effective. A good argument for EDC fixed blades is that they can handle all the normal cutting chores while offering more reliable defensive utility. It's a function you'd never want to need but it's nice to have it.
  6. mwhich50

    mwhich50 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I like the pointy ones best for opening packages, and envelopes. This oldie but goodie is my 'around the house knife'. Kershaw Salvo, USA made, 14c28n Sandvic steel.
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  7. comis

    comis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 17, 2013
    To score something, make a very short cut or divot, or even drill a hole thru thin material, I think there are points...err..to a sharp point.
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  8. RLB0414


    Apr 1, 2014
    Specialized, non pointed knives have a place as do the pointed blades. Try removing a small foreign object from under the skin with a rounded knife. Doesn't work too well. Now try removing same object with a pointed blades. Problem solved.
    You can't use a non pointed knife for cleaning panfish or small game either.
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  9. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    I tried the sheepsfoot, lambsfoot knives. I liked them but I just prefer my knives to have a piercing tip. This is what I carry constantly : knives with sharp, piercing tips, because I get more use out of them.
    Three of my favourites, perfect examples, constantly in the rotation (they do it all while they're rather small) :
  10. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
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  11. Wild Willie

    Wild Willie Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2018
    Those are beautiful, who is the maker? Bet they slice apples while sitting in a rocking chair with panache
  12. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    A lot of cutting involves piercing and then cutting. For example, that is a common way to open a sealed cardboard box, or a plastic blister pack. It is harder and more dangerous to do that with a cleaver shaped blade; it takes more force and the blade can slip.

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  13. l1ranger

    l1ranger Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 27, 2017
    cheese knife has 2 sharp points
    so after i cut the cheese, i can pick it up with the same instrument and put the cheese in my mouth.

    also works for apples.

    these truly are the two most important reasons to own a knife, cheese and apples
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  14. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    They do, with panache, and more. They are made by Dalibor Seckar from Croatia (Daado on BF).
  15. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    What of sausages, speck, bacon, ribs, chops !!!
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  16. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I seem to recall the Mayor of London declaring there is no reason whatsoever to have a pointy knife.
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  17. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker

    Feb 28, 2011
    I find them useful for making very small, precise cuts and for piercing media to begin a cut. That said, I've used knives pretty extensively throughout my life and I rarely have much of a need to do either. I still prefer to have the point, as you never know when needs will change, but I don't think lack of a point makes knives less useful in any significant way.
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  18. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    The mentally ill should be seen and not heard.

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  19. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    dupe :)

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  20. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Actually apples are the best reason to take good care of your teeth so you never need dentures.

    My dad always ate his apples meticulously with his pocket knife. Out of the corner of my eye I’d watch and marvel at his skill at cutting tge smallest pieces to eat.

    One day I bit a healthy big bite out of an apple and the crunch was loud and forceful. He looked at me and said. “I wish I could eat an apple like that, I have to slice mine up because of my dentures”.
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