A sheepsfoot blade is characterized by a straight edge, a steep slope from spine to edge, and a less-pointy tip. They are often favored by emergency responders due to the relative safety of the rounded tip. The straight edge works well for slicing push cuts and general-purpose cutting.
A trailing-point blade has a tip that ends above the spine of the knife. Many trailing point knives also have a deep belly curve for superior slicing, including skinning and hunting use.