|Full / Thru Tang
The term full/thru tang means that the knife/sword is one solid piece and the 2 handle pieces are pinned on to the blade, one on each side.
This is the strongest of the tang types.
Rat Tail Tang
About half of the handle is tang. This half of the tang is frequently visible on the back/top of the handle.
|Push Tang (Half Length)
In a half length push tang, the tang is about half the length of the handle. The tang is inserted into the handle and fixed in place usually with a strong glue, sometimes it is pinned.
|Push Tang (Full Length)
In a full length push tang, the tang is slightly smaller than the length of the handle. The tang is inserted into the handle and fixed in place usually with a strong glue, it is sometimes pinned.
In an encapsulated tang, the handle is molded/cast around the blade and can follow its contours.