Which is better: A curved blade or a straight blade? There’s no true answer to this question, as both styles of blade come with a lot of flexibility and a lot of advantages. There are many styles of curved blades, from paring knives with a curve in order to peel skin to pocket knives with small curved blades.
Choosing a curved blade can be a matter of style. Curved blades have a different look, feel and tradition behind them than straight blades. Sometimes people choose curved blades because they simply like the look of them compared to straight blades.
However, there are also other advantages to a curved blade knife. While a straight blade may have ergonomic advantages because you can align the blade and your wrist when using the knife, curved blades make other types of motions possible. For example, curved knives are better at push-cut type of motions, as well as rocking cuts. The shape of the blade allows for curved knives to perform certain cuts more easily than a straight blade can. Of course, this is only a very general assessment, as there are tons of varieties of curved blade knives. There is so much choice, in fact, that it is difficult to generalize any information and apply it to all curved blades universally. Check out the specifics of the curved blade knife you’re interested in in order to get a better feel for what it is capable of.
Why Choose a Curved Blade Knife?
Curved blades are often associated with swords, but they also appear on knives. A curved blade is a shape that allows for different types of cuts than a straight blade. Primarily, curved blades, whether on a sword or a knife, are better at slashing motions, especially downward slashing motions. This might be helpful for self-defense, but it also is useful for things like cutting rigging on a boat or carrying underwater. A diver, for example, might choose a curved blade because it is better for slashing at netting and other entanglements under the water. A diver who is caught in something needs a knife that can slash through whatever has them trapped. A curved knife may prove better at this task.
Beyond the functional practicalities, knife buyers simply sometimes prefer the look of a curved knife. It has a distinctive sharp that can range from a slight curve to a dramatic hook. The style of a curved blade look different from any straight blade out there. Some choose curved blade knives specifically for this eye-catching look. Some curved blade knives are more collector’s pieces than functional tools and do better being placed on display.
Types of Curved Blade Knives: Paring Knife, Pocket Knife, Butterfly Knife and More
Almost any type of knife can have a curved blade. For example, it may seem difficult, but there are actually many types of folding knives that have a curved blade. We carry multiple folding curved knives, such as the Folding Blade Camping Karambit Knife. This small knife is great for taking outdoors. It can slash through most things you’d encounter during a camping trip, but folds up to a compact size that is safer for carrying.
For added flexibility, we offer a Folding Camping Karambit Knife with Saw Tooth. This knife is a triple threat, with all the advantages of a curved blade, a folding knife and a saw tooth blade in one. Not only can you slash thanks to the curved blade, but the saw tooth allows for additional functionality that you may need in a wilderness situation.
Of course, not all curved blade knives fold up. And folding is not the distinctive feature of curved blade knives. There are also many other varieties, some fixed blades, that include the distinctive curve. Many Karambit knives, folding and fixed, have a curved blade design. Some have only a very slight curve in the blade, while others like out Outdoor Hunting Karambit Knife have a dramatic curve.
Among the other curved blade knives we offer are many hunting and camping knives. Curved blades are especially helpful in outdoor situations, where conditions and emergency situations are harder to predict. This is because of the versatility of curved blade knives and their ability to make slashing motions.
For self-defense, there are also small and mini curved blade knives like the Mini Karambit Self Defense Knife. When it comes to personal defense, a slashing motion can be more effective and create more distance between you and an attacker than a stabbing motion. Our mini and small self defense knives are very small for easy and discrete carrying. You can know you’re protected without worrying about the legality of large, heavy EDC knives.
How to Sharpen a Curved Knife
Sharpening a curved blade may seem like a challenging task, but it is actually no different from sharpening a straight blade. While it’s true that you have to take the curve of the blade into account, this should not be a major hindrance or problem for most people who already know how to sharpen a straight blade knife.
The supplies for sharpening a curved knife are the same as those for sharpening a straight blade. If you already own knife sharpening supplies, you should be good to go in terms of sharpening your curved blade knife.
The procedure is also the same. The one consideration to keep in mind is having a round edge stone. This allows better contact with the curved blade. Round edge stones are still sometimes used for straight blades, but they are more important to use when sharpening a curved blade. They allow that extra amount of contact so you know you’re sharpening properly.
Aside from this slight consideration, you can feel confident sharpening your curved blade knife the same way you’d sharpen your straight blade knife. If you already know how to sharpen a knife, you’re good to go. If you don’t, you can learn the basics and practice on a cheaper knife before trying to sharpen your curved blade.