wharncliffe vs reverse tanto blades

The Wharncliffe and Reverse Tanto are both popular blade shapes used in modern knives.

The Wharncliffe blade is a blade with a straight edge that has a curve near the tip, creating a pointed tip. the Wharncliffe blade has straight and long cutting edge which makes it well suited for chopping and slicing task

The Wharncliffe blade is also well suitable for precision work such as cutting scoring and a tight spaces material.

while The Reverse Tanto, on the other hand, has the look of Tanto blade which is a Japanese blade but with a reversed edge angle. it instructive to note that the Tanto blade are versatile all purpose blade that are very good on piercing and slicing tasks alike and all this comes with ease.

In summary, the Wharncliffe blade is ideal for precision cutting tasks, while the Reverse Tanto blade is more versatile, offering a combination of slicing and piercing capabilities.


Wharncliffe Blade

you must have heard of Wharncliffe right? Well Wharncliffe is just a name of a knife blade. this blade was named after the 1st Baron Wharncliffe.

History has it that he commissioned how this blade was first designed specifically for his gamekeepers. this type of blade has an exceptional shape, in fact the Wharncliffe knife blade had a straight edge and a spine that curves downward to meet the straight edge at a point.

rough carving:

When you get to hold a Wharncliffe blade, you will find out that they are relatively short but thick and very sturdy, in fact the Wharncliffe blade are known to be also durable, has lot of strength and precision.

This and many other features makes The Wharncliffe to be a popular choice for users who are looking for knives for cutting and slicing tasks. so if you are in search of a knife that will make some specific task like opening packages or cutting through rope or carving and whittling then you have to consider the Wharncliffe blade.

The Wharncliffe blade can also be used for self-defense and tactical knives. while we recommend it for this purpose is because of the strength it possesses which makes it easier for the user to be in full control while thrusting and stabbing.

Stainless Steel:

Wharncliffe blade are made from various type of materials such as high carbon steel, stainless steel, and there are some that are made from non-metallic materials.

when going for a Wharncliffe blade knife, it is best you put into consideration the type of steel that was used to make the knife because those materials will surely in one way or the other have impact on the sharpness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance.

Rust Resistance:

chromium and nickel are the important property that helps a steel to better resist rust. so if the higher the amount of this two properties the better it resistance to rust and also erosion.


Ductility simply mean or refers to the ability of a material like a steel knife to deform under stress without breaking. please note that ductility should not be taken into consideration especially for Wharncliffe blade knife rather other quality should be considered. you might ask which other quality? Well other quality such as hardness and toughness.


Wharncliffe blade could be sharpen easily to a fine edge but how sharp a Wharncliffe blade is influenced by many factors and such factors are the angle of the edge, how well it is maintained most importantly

The sharpness of a Wharncliffe blade will depend on various factors such as the quality of the steel, the angle of the edge, and most importantly how the knife is maintained.


While looking for a strong Wharncliffe blade that fits your needs , the thickness, design quality of the blade should be put into consideration. other factors you should consider is the steel , width of the blade and lastly the design of the knife.

Composition of Wharncliffe blade

The manufacturer and for what purpose the knife is used for goes a long way to determine the composition of a Wharncliffe blade.
Some common materials that are commonly used for this blade are :Stainless steel, Carbon steel, High-speed steel, Damascus steel

Tanto Blade

A tanto blade is a type of Japanese sword. this Japanese blade has a feature known to be straight, single-edged blade and also has a sharp angle tip. this blade is curved to the tip. actually there are tanto that are double-edged which are often referred to as American tanto.

Now you might ask what is reverse tanto? this simply means an inverted tanto blade where the sharp edge of the blade is facing the opposite direction.
we don’t recommend you inverse a tanto blade or any other blade you find out there, otherwise you risk compromising the structural integrity of such blade and if this eventually happens the blade could easily brake or become dull.

One of the very few reasons why it is not idea to alter this specific blade is that, the Japanese tanto blade is because of the design and balance that was crafted for better performance. so if altered, it could mess things up making the blade less effective as a tactical weapon.

But if you want to go ahead to get a tanto blade with a reversed edge then nothing is bad if you settles for one that is custom-made because this type of blade had been designed for this particular purpose.

Lastly a reverse tanto blade won’t make a good combat or martial arts practice tool

Reverse Tanto everything you should know

A reverse tanto is a type of knife blade that has a unique shape with a straight edge that angles upward to a sharp point, and then curves downward to meet the point.

The advantages of a reverse tanto include:

Strong Tip: The reverse tanto has a stronger tip and this blade seems to be more durable than your regular tanto tip. you might ask “why?” well it is simple, because the blade’s thickness is not compromise rather it is maintained even to the point. This making the reverse tanto perfect tool for piercing and penetrating the toughest of materials.

Improved Cutting Performance: remember that the reverse tanto maintain a straight ? actually this allows for better slicing and cutting performance. aside from it ability to cut and slice better; it also provides a larger cutting surface.

Versatility: being a versatile blade, The reverse tanto can fits in to wide range of task. like for example, you can use the reverse tanto knife to easily do the following task : cutting, chopping, slicing and piercing.

Aesthetics: this particular kind of blade has this unique design that I love, which makes it more attractive and makes it stand out. in fact if presented with other brands of knives believe me you will fall in love with the Tanto knife blade.

Reverse Tanto Disadvantage

here are the disadvantage of having a reverse tanto blade shape:

Reduced Tip Strength: when compared with the traditional Tanto blade, The reverse tanto blade seems to have a more pointed shape tip and here lies the problem which makes the reverse tanto blade breaks and chips easily

Limited Piercing Ability: the reverse tanto blade is not well suited for piercing tasks; no thanks to the reduced belly of the blade.

Less Effective for Slicing: The straighter edge of the reverse tanto blade shape may not be as efficient at slicing tasks as a more curved blade shape like a traditional tanto.

Not Ideal for Fine Detail Work: The pointed tip of this blade makes it a little difficult for the user to control. most especially when using it on delicate or intricate cutting tasks.

Less Versatile: being a knife that was designed to meet a specific purpose, this makes it less versatile. this means it is not a general purpose knife.


The choice between the Wharncliffe blade and the Reverse Tanto blade is largely dependent on the user and his preferences and lastly what he or she intend to use the knife for.