The unsharpened extension of the knife blade to which the handle is affixed. A pocket knife tang is very short and cammed to produce the “walk and talk” action, whereas the fixed-blade tang may extend all the way through the handle. A full tang is usually the same width as the handle and extends entire length of the handle. A half tang only extends halfway into the handle and may be the same width as the handle or may fit into a slot cut into the handle. A double tang is like a full tang, but with a slot down the middle which locks the other handle parts in place. (US Patent 1967479). A rat-tail tang is encapsulated within the handle and may extend through the end where it is mechanically fastened, attached to a pommel, or just peened over. A stub-tang is a short rat-tail tang that is usually less than one quarter the length of the handle and design to greatly reduce the cost and strength of economy knives. See: “Walk and Talk”
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