When you see a tactical tanto folding knife, it’s not tactical because it’s colored black and has the word in the descriptor. It’s tactical because the knife itself was designed for combat and practical needs, and has been used for those purposes for centuries.

In the same way, tactical knives can be almost any blade shape, but some are more suited to it than others. With this, we’ll take a brief look at the best shapes for a tactical folding knife.

1.The Clip Point

The clip point is a classic shape, with a straight spine that cuts down toward the edge before sweeping up to meet the point, as if a piece had been clipped out. This style has a sharp, narrow tip, and is good for gutting and skinning game.

The Bowie knife, one of the most famous combat knives in the US, follows this same shape, only it’s a fixed blade of a specific size. All of these combine to make a blade that has multiple purposes, and one of them is for self-defense.

2.The Spear Point

The folding knife version of this tip has only one sharp edge and is a symmetrical shape where the spine and edge meet in the middle, forming a sharp point. Good for thrusting, it is also the ideal shape for a survival knife. It has been used for batoning wood to make a fire, tied to a stick to make a spear, and for fighting.

3.The Karambit

The karambit is a curved knife reminiscent of a tiger’s claw that originates in Southeast Asia. The entirety of the knife, handle included, is curved, which sets it apart from other knives. The spine is dull and meets the edge at a sharp point. The handle has 1 to 2 finger loops in it for added grip and user safety.
Held in a forward grip, it was used by farmers and fishermen for centuries as an EDC. Held in a reverse grip, it is dangerous in combat and for self-defense.

4.The Tanto Tip

The tanto is of Japanese origin and has been used by the samurai for centuries against armored opponents. Made nowadays with a straight edge and a sharp upward angle to meet the spine, this knife can punch through a car hood if needed.

This is achieved by keeping the width of the blade even for almost the entire length of the knife. This ensures there is plenty of steel at the tip to provide the strength needed. However, there are some knife makers who are tapering the blade towards the tip. If this is the case, the knife will not be as strong as you expect.

If you decide to buy a tactical tanto folding knife, check and make sure this essential feature hasn’t been tampered with.

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