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#11
They aren't for prying open paint cans?

I have a few tanto blades and I can honestly say I like my other blades better but only marginally for everyday use.
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#12
You can get away with a bit of prying with a tanto type blade that would snap the point on any other drop point type knife instantly...
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#13
jahwarrior72;4176 Wrote:They're crap; they're not even really 'tanto' blades. The closest thing you'll find on the market to a real tango are the Hissatsu series knives, designed by James Williams and produced by CRKT. The profiles of those knives are as close to a real tanto as you're gonna get. The chisel tipped variant was popularized by Cold Steel Knives. They don't offer the same practical profile as other knives do, and traditional tanto profiles offer better penetration than the American chisel point style does. I was able to penetrate 1" thick plywood with a Hissatsu with no point deformation, and pinched holes in a steel drum with it, with the same results. Traditional tantos were designed to penetrate light armor (made from hardened leather, bamboo, and iron), and bone. There is really no "point" to American tantos.

Well, there is your answer right there. The American tanto seems to be no more than a cosmetic treatment. I have a few old chisel ground tanto folders from my youth, I mostly use them to scrape paint. Big Grin

I do have a folding Hissatsu, not a bad knife but really heavy and deployment is a pain. It would make an excellent impact weapon closed though.

It's a shame Ernest Emerson has such a penchant for creating chisel ground tanto blades. I really do like some if his designs.
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#14
Jah gave the most informative responses by far.

And I'll freely admit to buying only Tanto style blades for EDC knives, though I do have several other styles in my collection. If there's even the slightest chance that a Tanto style blade will offer even a marginal advantage to me, I'll take it, price being comparable to other similar sized blades of course.

I swore by my Kershaw/Ken Onion Tanto " Blur" for the last several years, and they are a damn tough and reliable knife for sure, but after my last one wore out, with money being tight I started looking for alternatives, since the Kershaw "Blur" is over 70 bucks.

I've always been a fan of Gerber as well, and stumbled onto their "Icon" model and snapped it up and LOVE it ! Its only slightly slower to deploy over the Kershaw, if at all, but has some neat features that were absent from the Kershaw, such as recess's or "valley's " machined into the rear of the hilt that enhance grip but are obviously there primarily as a way to lock in 550 cord if your trying to lash it to a stick or shaft to create a spear point.
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son of the revolution;11521 Wrote:Jah gave the most informative responses by far.

And I'll freely admit to buying only Tanto style blades for EDC knives, though I do have several other styles in my collection. If there's even the slightest chance that a Tanto style blade will offer even a marginal advantage to me, I'll take it, price being comparable to other similar sized blades of course.

I swore by my Kershaw/Ken Onion Tanto " Blur" for the last several years, and they are a damn tough and reliable knife for sure, but after my last one wore out, with money being tight I started looking for alternatives, since the Kershaw "Blur" is over 70 bucks.

I've always been a fan of Gerber as well, and stumbled onto their "Icon" model and snapped it up and LOVE it ! Its only slightly slower to deploy over the Kershaw, if at all, but has some neat features that were absent from the Kershaw, such as recess's or "valley's " machined into the rear of the hilt that enhance grip but are obviously there primarily as a way to lock in 550 cord if your trying to lash it to a stick or shaft to create a spear point.

I've been eyeballing Gerber too but not for a folder. I've been looking for a decent fixed blade for years and Gerber seems to have some good looking blades that fit what I'm looking for.
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#16
Years ago, I slipped and nailed the palm of my hand with a Tanto pointed Voyager. It didn't break skin, but hurt like a bastige. Had it been the clip point Voyager, I know I would have done real damage to my hand.

Years ago I got a deal on a 9" with a stainless laminated blade, it's handy in the kitchen. Big Grin
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#17
If you want to pry there are actually few tips superior to a chisel point tanto in my experience.

Since that's what most EDC knives end up being used for over the years, it's hard to argue with the US style tanto as an EDC utility knife. Are there other tips that are better for stabbing? Certainly....but i am sure no one here wants to get stabbed with a US tanto all just the same.
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#19
I usually carry both a tanto and drop point spring assist knives.
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Valorius;12561 Wrote:If you want to pry there are actually few tips superior to a chisel point tanto in my experience.

Since that's what most EDC knives end up being used for over the years, it's hard to argue with the US style tanto as an EDC utility knife. Are there other tips that are better for stabbing? Certainly....but i am sure no one here wants to get stabbed with a US tanto all just the same.

I think you're usually better off not prying anything with a knife unless you don't care about said knife. Having the right tool for the job is important.

If you wanted a knife to pry with this would be a good one;

http://www.topsknives.com/product_info.p...cts_id=349
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