Knives & Daggers
Knives come in many different forms with varying deployment type, blade type, geometry, handles, etc, and each has it's own history or purpose it excels best at. One primary deployment type is Fixed Blade knives, like the bowie knife, hunting knives, and even kitchen knives. Fixed blade knives generally require a sheath since the sharp blade is otherwise exposed. Deployment type Folding knives include any knife that the blade can be withdrawn into the handle, such as butterfly/balisong, pocket knives, out the fronts (OTF's), gravity knives, Swiss, Barlow, Penknife, Multi-tool, Switchblade, Spring Assist, among others.
Knife blades come in many shapes and styles, each with it's own geometry that provides leverage or an advantage to a task at hand. Tanto blades are great for having two cutting edges, one of which is usually a 45* angle difference than the other, making it best for tactical situations. The most common blade profile is Drop Point, a well rounded blade that can cut, slash, and pierce, without extreme prejudice to a task. The Spear Point is found among most stiletto knives and is symmetrical on both the cutting edge side and the spine side, but can also be found on double-edged blades. The Hawkbill style has a point which leads outward in front of the knife, like a Karambit style, usually good as a slashing and fighting knife.