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2012 Bladeforums Knife - Chatting Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by wintermute, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. wintermute


    Oct 18, 2007
    Since we're on a tight schedule this year folks (or else our 2012 knife will quickly become a 2013 knife) I figured I'd start a thread for all the Chatty Cathies out there to discuss, chat, gripe, etc. about this year's knife, and keep the selection threads to the point. Anything discussed in this thread will not be taken into account by the committee - just consider this a relief valve for all the pent-up excitement.

    That being said, as in years past, I'm all about the micarta or acrylic :D
  2. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    I won't buy anything over 3 5/8". I have a bunch of 3 3/4"+ and they are just too cumbersome to carry.
  3. comoha

    comoha Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2006
    -I want a 7 bladed sowbelly, all D2, with no blade rub, and mammoth ivory grips, but under $50 or I ain't buying it. I am firm on that!

    -I want a crazy color, like violet. And I want glitter on it.

    -I don't like that company that we used last year. You know, the one with all the experience of making great knives at a fair price. Forget them!

    -I want a knife over 5" closed. A knife that is useable! I'm a buffalo skinner by trade.

    -I want a knife under 2" closed. A knife that is pocketable and doesn't scare the other librarians.

    -Let's make a pattern we've already done before, like a stockman. And lets do a handle material we've done before. Like stag. I hate variety.

    -I'm going to post 47 times in the "let's pick a pattern" OP, then pout 47 times more when they choose my favorite pattern, but without a lanyard shackle. Liberals!

    -Whatever knife we pick, it NEEDS to come with a Grey Poupon mustard patina on the blade and backspring or I'm out.

    -Marlin spike! Marlin spike!

    (...I feel much better now...;))
  4. wintermute


    Oct 18, 2007
    Just to keep y'all drooling for more, after 75 posts, the Congress Jack has a commanding lead, with the Wharncliffe Trapper, American (Large) Stockman, Swayback Jack, Sodbuster, and the Sowbelly Conglomeration still in the race. But it's still early and there's always time for a dark horse to catch up to the rest of the pack!
  5. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    How large is the main blade on the Congress Jack? Is there a pic of the knife closed? I'm wondering how far the sheepsfoot blade sticks up given that the handle starts moving away from the tip. Maybe the blade just rests more deeply?
  6. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Thank you for the chuckle, Corey.

  7. Boggs


    Feb 27, 2007

    Being Ryuichi Kawamura design it was made to 3 5/8" closed with blades being 2 15/16" & 1 3/4"

  8. quattromori


    May 7, 2011
    Am I the only one who thinks that, if the Congress jack pattern wins, GEC's #61 (and its main blade) would be a natural path? I mean, it would (or should) be quite easy to change this knife into a jackknife with two springs (no idea of how the main blade sits on this one though):


    Otherwise...I will be in for a 3" stag balisong in Elmax with half stops :D

  9. richstag


    Feb 22, 2007
    I think we can close this thread now. All the important points have been made :D
  10. Peruna1998


    Sep 8, 2009
    Yeah, but, that sheepsfoot does not extend as far as it could. There is a more wharny version of the same blade that was on the Northfield version of the four-blade Congresses. I do not know if it was any longer.
  11. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    Wayne, the sheepfoot would definitely be longer in a two-spring Jack configuration.
    The reason the above knife's Sheepfoot is shorter is it has to fit in with the second blade.
  12. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    It is a little confusing splitting comments in two threads, but I will go to the other one to push for my favorite pattern.
    (I guess that is a "whine" so it belongs here in this thread)
  13. jazub

    jazub Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2010
    Sowbelly! Sowbelly! Sowbelly!

  14. SSonnentag

    SSonnentag Clash of Clans Platinum Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    I like my slipjoints to have a fairly slim profile and include a wharncliff/sheepfoot blade.
    I'd be happy with a sowbelly or large stockman.
  15. War Eagle

    War Eagle

    Jan 7, 2005
    I'm with you Vege-Taco, I wouldn't mind seeing a sowbelly or large stockman either. Although I was very excited about the GEC #48 pattern being used and made special by us.
  16. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    In the middle of this mess is a Queen Half Congress(?) this is a single spring slim profile 2 bladed knife, this would be knice a little bit bigger, (not as big as the EO in the pic but bigger)

  17. jujigatame


    Mar 21, 2005
    Ted, I wanted to ask you about something regarding the use of the BF stamp on the forum knife. You mentioned in the other thread about whether or not the congress jack might be big enough to accommodate it so that got me wondering how big the stamp actually is. What size area is needed to apply it?

    Also if the blade tangs of a chosen pattern could not fit the stamp do you think folks might be amenable to having the stamp put on the knife's shield? I realize this is supposing things pretty far ahead of where the process currently sits but figured it couldn't hurt to spitball it a little.
  18. Peruna1998


    Sep 8, 2009
    Charlie, that makes sense.
  19. dannyp

    dannyp Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Interesting stuff. I never even thought about that. I guess that means the blades and springs would have to be slightly redesigned for the Jack pattern. If this is the case, it would be worth asking if they could do an extended spring on the pen blade while they're at it. That's just one of the things I like about my SBJ.

    BTW, if we do go with GEC, I'd wouldn't mind some O1.:cool:
  20. 2Dead

    2Dead Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Thanks Jim. I have a few GEC #61s and a Queen Half Congress. I know how the sheepsfoot blades sit on these and figured whoever makes the congress jack (if it wins) would have to make it longer and was wondering how it would sit then. Kind of like a smaller Queen English Jack but in a Congress frame.

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