The Pros And Cons Of Full Tang Or Partial Tang Construction In A Knife
When it comes to knives there are just things you have to look for if you want a quality custom knife. Here are some of the pros and cons of full and partial tang knife construction.
1. Strength And Durability
A single piece of metal running the full length of the knife is strong and offers superior durability and strength. Full tang weighs more, but it also means that your knife is not as likely to bend.
2. Full Tang Offers Better Balance And Leverage
The way a knife’s weight is distributed affects how it handles and how much leverage you get. A full tang allows for great balance and leverage capabilities, so if you use your knife a lot, then you want full tang.
If you are looking for a reduction in weight, then a full tang is simply going to weight more. A partial tang allows for some metal that is part of the handle, but it doesn’t have as much substance as that of a full tang. Improvements in metal processing and knife making have improved partial tang construction, so it has a better reputation than it once did.
4. Extreme Conditions Demand Full Tang
When someone mentions extreme conditions for a knife, they are talking about conditions that are well beyond anything the average person is ever likely to experience in their lifetime. The bottom line is that although a partial tang knife will fail before a full tang knife if all other construction is the same, it is not likely that this will ever come up. A custom hunting knife that is partial tang will likely perform well under any conditions you throw at it.