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Page Topics This picture starts what seems to be obvious. The blade has a point (or tip) and the point often determines the use, style, and connotation describing the knife blade shape. The spine (also sometimes called the back) is the thickest, heaviest length of the blade and supports the entire blade.
The wider and thicker the spine, the stronger the blade along its length.
Over 450 different patterns can be seen on my Patterns page, and the Featured Knife pages describe hundreds of individual knives.
I'll continue to expand this page, the definitions, descriptions, illustrations, photographs, and terminology as time permits, adding new styles and arrangements.
The following dozen illustrations point out and describe various hand knife components and areas.
It's easy enough to identify specific components and their location (like the point of the blade), other knife parts are more generalized to an area (like the grind).
I've sprinkled in a few large pictures of some knives I've made with general details and descriptions so you can get a good idea of the modern handmade and custom knife and its description. Page Topics Modern knife makers speak their own language, and if you hang around them long enough, you'll pick up the terminology and soon be able to distinguish an uneven grind radius from a non-parallel spine flat.
I'll detail these points as I go along, and I'll also continually add to this page with sword and dagger definitions and details, terms and descriptions common to tactical or combat knives, and maybe even sheath, stand, and case parts, if you're interested! President, Japanese Sword Society of Hawaii Kaneohe, Hawaii cares, as this page is consistently one of my top three hitters on the website, averaging thousands of hits every day, month after month, year after year.The hidden tang also only has a small width of tang running through the handle to the threaded portion where the pommel is screwed on.So there simply is that the hidden tang is even comparable in blade-to-handle strength to the full tang.These are the terms that I believe that are most often used, defined, and carried in this field, in contemporary times of the modern English language spoken in the United States of America.Even in our own country, there are dialectic variations of terminology that can confuse definitions, so this is by no means an exact science. If you are coming from the many links to this page on the internet, or if you are arriving from this very site, you have reached one of the most popular pages on my web site.This is because there is a great interest in knife parts, designs, components, anatomy, and terms, and a lot of confusion, misinformation and mistakes in knife terminology exist on the web.Thanks for being here and sharing the voyage into monoglotistic indulgence! A blade and handle are the obvious terms that generalize the knife as a hand knife.A hand knife is one that is meant to be in the hand.I go into much greater description and detail in my upcoming book. One may ask the jeweler why there are so many terms for his tradecraft, definitions for components and objects and specified nomenclature for areas and locations of a simple ring, bracelet, or necklace.Page Topics Aloha, Jay: I just want to thank you for writing an excellent treatise on knives. Add to the comparison that jewelry does not typically anything but be worn and present, whereas the knife is a tool and must perform cutting tasks, and it can be bewildering the number of terms and descriptions available in either the jeweler's or knife maker's world.