Iron blade, 4 1/4" total length with axle for folding and rear tail to facilitate opening. Wedge section with sharply angled point to allow utility use, such as penetrating a knot. The combination of the blunting point angle and pivot without lock or spring rendered the knife useless for stabbing, a prerequisite for use on shipboard. Pointed knives routinely had the points broken off for the same purpose. Merchantmen's crews were in large part "employed" against their wills and every precaution to keep them disarmed was taken.