What is meant by "distal taper"?

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
User avatar
JonLeBlanc
Member
Posts: 1011
Joined: Sun May 13, 2018 8:00 am
Location: Louisiana

What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby JonLeBlanc » Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:04 am

In the spirit of the question asked recently about "detail work," I'd like to ask if I may, what is meant by the descriptive phrase "distal taper" (when referring to blade geometry)? I understand the concept of "distal" in general re "distal vs proximal" but I see the phrase "distal taper" used to describe many knife blades, and to be honest I've seen it misspelled quite a few times, which makes me wonder if not everyone entirely understands the idea that is trying to be conveyed. I certainly do not understand, but I'm a shoeless peasant so... Can anyone help me out?
My collection so far: 52100 Military (2); 52100 PM2 (2); 52100 Para3; Stretch2 V-Toku; KnifeWorks M4 PM2; BentoBox M390 PM2; BentoBox S90V Military; Police4 K390; S110V PM2; SS Delica AUS-6; Wayne Goddard Sprint VG-10
Wish list: Hundred Pacer; Sliverax; Mantra; 52100 PM2 SE; Kapara

User avatar
Evil D
Member
Posts: 20600
Joined: Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:48 pm
Location: Northern KY

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby Evil D » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:01 am

When the blade is ground thinner from the pivot going towards the tip of the blade. This is a common feature on most Spyderco knives if you look at the blade thickness from the spine. On some blade shapes like a leaf shape or wharnie the blade is going to get thinner towards the tip regardless because the point of the blade is lower and down where the blade is ground down to an edge but that is not distal taper. An example of this is the Sliverax or most any saber or hollow ground blade.
SHARPEN IT LIKE YOU LOVE IT, USE IT LIKE YOU HATE IT
~David

User avatar
araneae
Member
Posts: 4704
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:10 pm
Location: A lil more south of the Erie shore, Ohio

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby araneae » Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:55 am

Distal taper on left
Image
So many knives, so few pockets... :)
-Nick

Just got: Wharncliffe & Waved D'flies

The "Spirit" of the design does not come through unless used. -Sal

koenigsegg
Member
Posts: 1153
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 5:36 pm

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby koenigsegg » Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:37 pm

araneae wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:55 am
Distal taper on left
Image
Maybe just me but the image isn't showing
S30V, VG10, M4, XHP, BD1, Maxamet, 204P, H1, K390, A11, Rex45, LC200N, M390

User avatar
Xplorer
Member
Posts: 685
Joined: Sat Apr 18, 2015 11:41 pm

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby Xplorer » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:01 pm

Here's a Waterway next to a custom version, both with distal taper. The spine is thickest at the handle and tapers toward the tip.
Image
:spyder: Spyderco fan and collector since 1991. :spyder:
Father of 2, nature explorer, custom knife maker and So. Cal native.
@Xplorer42 on Instagram.

User avatar
dj moonbat
Member
Posts: 1179
Joined: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:58 am
Location: Sunny SoCal

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby dj moonbat » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:06 pm

Distal taper is when the blade stock gets thinner as it gets farther (more distant) from the grip. Proximal taper would be when the stock thins as it gets closer to the grip. Because a lot of people don't know what "distal" actually means, you'll sometimes hear ANY taper in stock thickness along the length of the blade referred to as a distal taper.

User avatar
JonLeBlanc
Member
Posts: 1011
Joined: Sun May 13, 2018 8:00 am
Location: Louisiana

Re: What is meant by "distal taper"?

Postby JonLeBlanc » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:13 pm

Ok thanks y'all, that's quite clear now.
My collection so far: 52100 Military (2); 52100 PM2 (2); 52100 Para3; Stretch2 V-Toku; KnifeWorks M4 PM2; BentoBox M390 PM2; BentoBox S90V Military; Police4 K390; S110V PM2; SS Delica AUS-6; Wayne Goddard Sprint VG-10
Wish list: Hundred Pacer; Sliverax; Mantra; 52100 PM2 SE; Kapara


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Albatross, Bing [Bot], Fright_Fox, Google [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot], Mattysc42 and 37 guests