I have been mountaineering for about four years, now and one of the things I have learned is how important a good knife really is. A knife that is sharp, durable, and can take a beating can make a world of different when your outside for weeks at a time.
Recently I have been looking to purchase a new knife, and I am going to go "all out" this time and get a FOX Carbon Titan (Tanto/Utility) fixed blade. Now that I have a knife in mind I'm not sure if I should get the tanto or utility style.
Currently I own a mid-range 3.25' folding knife that has a utility blade and I am very happy with it. From my research I have found that tanto blades are better for piercing things, and are good for combat because of that.
My real questions is: for mountaineering which is mostly kitchen work, cutting rope, plants, other small objects, and in a survival situation killing and skinning an animal would a Tanto or Utility knife be a better option?
Of course the name "Utility" hints that it would be a better option, but is that really true? Right now I really want a tanto blade because they look so cool, but if it really isn't a good option then I will go with the utility blade.