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The Difference Between a Drop Point Knife and a Clip Point Knife

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August 15, 2012
The Difference Between a Drop Point Knife and a Clip Point Knife - 4

Are you a drop point guy or a clip point guy? Before you answer, make sure you know the differences between the two. Drop point is on the left, clip point is on the right. Here's a rundown of two different styles.

SHAPE
A drop point is the perfect shape for a knife blade that needs to handle various butchering tasks like cutting, skinning, and carving.

AESTHETICS
Many hunters prefer the aesthetic value of a more traditional design, which the clip point offers.

VERSATILITY
The drop point is typically thicker, especially at the tip, compared to a clip point. This makes it a more versatile tool for game-care tasks, like disjointing and prying.

PRECISION
With a concave clip on a relatively short blade, the user can extend the index finger along the back of the blade for a scalpel-style grip. The fingertip can be used as a depth stop.

SAFETY

With the drop point tip plunging down under the blade’s spine line, there is less of a chance of unintentionally puncturing a hide, a gut sack, 
or anything else you don’t intend to cut.

SLICING
The upswept tip of a clip blade generally offers more edge area, which allows for long, graceful cuts.

BALANCE
A drop point is a balanced design that is comfortable in various grip configurations. A well-designed drop point blade can offer several index points.

See the Ultimate Hunting Knife Guide here.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I go for clip points personally, mostly because I think they look better ;).

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I could go either way- clip or drop. As long as the blade is sharp it'll do most whatver you need.

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from JM wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Strictly clip points, grew up using them and never had a problem so why change.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I've used both and a drop point. The drop point works best for me on most tasks in the field. The clip is most useful for general tasks and around camp.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I've used both and a drop point. The drop point works best for me on most tasks in the field. The clip is most useful for general tasks and around camp.

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from JM wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Strictly clip points, grew up using them and never had a problem so why change.

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from Blue Ox wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I could go either way- clip or drop. As long as the blade is sharp it'll do most whatver you need.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

I go for clip points personally, mostly because I think they look better ;).

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