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Tanto VS. Spear Point For My EDC Knife

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by johns9761, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. johns9761

    johns9761 New Glock Fan!!

    Aug 2, 2009
    Western PA
    I've been switching out between a Gerber Applegate-Fairbairn Combat Folder, and a Kershaw Blackout. But they're just not working out for me.

    I'm really want to get a folder that will allow me to carry tip-up. I'm a little short on money so I need something affordable. I've found a couple of decent buys online. First is a Spyderco Tenacious ( Second is a 5.11 Ten-Eight Tanto (

    So...what I really need to know is what is the significant difference between the spear point and the tanto???

    Also, some ideas on good knives for about $50 would be nice.

  2. Elvis Lives

    Elvis Lives

    Feb 4, 2010
    i am wondering what the differences practically are as well. good and bad for each.

  3. dontshakepandas


    Sep 18, 2008
    First I'll say that I've heard really good things about the Spyderco Tenacious. I would also look at the Kershaw line for a good value.

    As for the difference in a tanto vs spearpoint it is pretty much personal preference. The tanto will hold up better to stabbing rough materials. The spearpoint will have be better for every day cutting purposes and will be a bit easier to sharpen.
  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

    Feb 3, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    I currently EDC a S&W Extreme Ops, but my new Benchmade 9500 should be here tomorrow. The S&W is a spearpoint, the benchmade is a Tanto, so I cannot comment on which I like more yet, I can say that I've heard exactly what dontshakepandas has said. I recall a video from a manufacturer that basically said the tanto is good for piercing rough material.

    I would vouch to say that it probably doesn't matter much. Just carry what you like. It's like the serrations/plain edge debate. Some people like them, others don't.