How important is a pointy tip?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by DangerZone98, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. DangerZone98


    Dec 7, 2019
    Apologies if this has been discussed before. Out of curiosity, how important is a pointy tip for your usual uses? The needle-like tip, I mean? In my case, piercing ability is nice to have but I don’t necessarily need the pointiest tool in the shed. For boxes, it’s convenient to poke and cut, but that’s about the most use I get out of a sharp point. And even the fairly tame point of a drop point knife shape will manage this just fine.
  2. 000Robert

    000Robert Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2020
    Except for specialty knives, I would say that a sharp pointy tip is pretty important.
  3. comis

    comis Gold Member Gold Member

    May 17, 2013
    Personal favorite is a drop point, it's always better to have it than not to have it when you need it.
  4. Ballistic4


    May 18, 2020
    I've had to dig out a splinter with a dull tip. Not fun.
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  5. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I normally carry at least two knives with a point: a stockman, and either a Buck 110 or Old Timer 6OT/7OT or a two blade slipjoint folding hunter.
    Along with the stockman, I have a minimum two blade knife with a spear point, such as a 4 blade scout/camp/Demo knife, or a sunfish, canoe, or Harness Jack.

    Most of whet I "need" a knife for these days does not require a sharp point. I could "get by" with only the stockman or canoe/Sunfish ... but what fun would that be?

    For peeling critters, I like a drop point or spear point best. For fileting fish, and opening a yummy turtle, a sharp point comes in right handy. :)
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  6. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I pretty much won't carry a knife that does not have a point.
    I need it to start a cut in a surface, opening clamshell packs, boxes, etc.
  7. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2020
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  8. rustyspike


    Jan 17, 2016
    A strong point is whats important.
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  9. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    I don’t mind point but I rarely use it that much to be honest.
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  10. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    It's important enough to me that that I miss it when I don't have it. The only knife I have without a pointy tip is a CRKT Batum. I use that one in the yard for digging and hacking open bags of dirt and gravel. Since the point is pretty much useless, I use that giant goober of a choil to rip bags open.
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  11. Burke

    Burke Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 1999
    On a chopper I don’t care. On an EDC it’s necessary for the tasks already mentioned.
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  12. Billy The Hungry

    Billy The Hungry Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 11, 2020
    For me personally, it is very important. I specifically look for that in a folder. I don't hard-use my folders. They're for cutting up food, and getting into packaging. A pointy tip can help start a cut in plastic, or various materials.

    That's one of the reasons I like my PM2.
    Different strokes for different folks. Some people hate the delicate tip of the PM2.
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  13. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    For me, the pointy tip is a clear indication of someone who knows how to sharpen a knife properly, or not. So, while this does not answer the OP's question directly, to me it is important as an indicator of sharpening technique.
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  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Pointy tip.... hmmm. I just started to carry the Rough Ryder Reserve Kayak model with my Small Tinker which does not have a real pointy tip. The tip is part of the reason I chose to carry the RRR. I also want to try one out. It is new.

    In general, I want a pointy tip with a knife for just about any application. It is the main reason I favor a clip point on a traditional knife.
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  15. upnorth

    upnorth Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Interesting question. I found an old Victorinox grafting knife once while metal detecting an old tree nursery, from back in the 20's. The blade is virtually squared off on the end by design. It looks like it has had a lot of use.
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  16. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    Seems to be important for my normal tasks with the knives that I carry.
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  17. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    Try making a neat detailed cut in a sheet of something tough without a point, or opening a clamshell, or any of a million other common use cases without a point. A point is handy. Surgeons must love pointed knives, every scalpel I've ever seen came to a sharp point for some reason or other . . .
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  18. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    That’s why I like the stockman pattern with 3 different blade shapes. A clip point, sheep’s foot and a Spey blade. All three are very handy for specific tasks.
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Don't believe you can get that on a modern knife. ;)
  20. KrisNZ

    KrisNZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Very important if you're in a stabby mood,

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