Favorite slipjoint patterns......why?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Tightwad, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Tightwad


    Jul 22, 2001
    We all have a favorite slipjoint patterns that for some reason
    we always come back to. It could be anything from a SAK
    to a big ol' two blade folding hunter.

    For reasons I'll never understand the stockman and the camp
    knife have always been my favorites. I collect big ol' two blade
    folding hunters simply 'cause I like'm. The trapper patttern
    has always been mystery to me but it has a lot of fans anyway.

    So for the sake of dicussion what is it about your favorite
    slipjoint pattern that attract's you???????
  2. I have gone through phases of liking just about every pattern. Looking at my collection the other day I realized that the muskrat/moose pattern has always fascinated me. I guess it is the two full length blades at opposite ends. Anyway, I have several moose and muskrats slipjoints including some nice customs. My most recent moose, however, is not a slipjoint, it is a double lockback with stag scales and Sandvik 12C27 blades made by P.J. Tomes. If anyone wants a conventional style folder with a slightly different twist, P.J. Tomes is definitely a person you should check out.
  3. The Patriot

    The Patriot

    Sep 28, 2001
    I seem to be all over the place w/regards to slipjoints.I guess my favorite pattern would be the congress style w/4 blades,i have a nice Hen&Rooster w/stag scales i like alot,and a couple of German Bokers.The knife ive been carrying lately has been a little Uncle Henry 834 stockman though.For pure utility ya can't beat a stockman pattern in my opinion.But in all honesty,ive never seen a slipjoint pattern i didn't like.
  4. mckgreg

    mckgreg Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 18, 2001
    My favorite to collect is the Sunfish pattern. I kinda like the look and feel of these fellas.
    My favorite pattern strictly for looks is the Muskrat pattern. Nice lookin' little knife. Probably more useful than the lumbering Sunfish.
  5. Rebus777


    Feb 23, 2002
    Hey Tightwad, I like the old folding hunters
    also, but they are just a little too big for
    me, therefore I tend to go for the European
    style copperhead that sort of looks like a
    scaled down version. I like the sexy, curvy
    shape of these patterns, they are not just
    a rounded off rectangle. I lightly carry
    most of my knives, so the smaller size suits
    me better. It would be neat if someone would
    make a scaled down 2 bladed hunter at about
    4 1/8".

    I also like canoes and lockbacks.

  6. 3nails


    Mar 7, 2002
    I don't realy know why but I like the muskrat pattern best. I would like to see what the muskrat would look like with two wharncliff blades in it. I also like the canoe very well.

    Thanks Dean
  7. littleknife


    Nov 29, 2000
    I like the traditional single blade European clasp knives (e.g. Laguiole, Basque yatagan knife), the large single blade jack knives, and from the multiblades the stockman pattern. I also prefer the curvier models, however some straight handle knives are surprisingly more comfortable and versatile to grasp than the very curvy ones.
    I am also very fond of many SAKs (mainly Victorinox).
  8. Tightwad


    Jul 22, 2001
    3nails, ya' I agree a muskrat is a nice pattern. If you'd like
    at least one wharncliff blade look for pattern called "hawbaker"

    In that kind of pattern the spey / clip is replace on one side with a
    long wharncliff. I just found one on e-bay under "wharncliff".
    A really pretty Robeson muskrat "hawbaker" . A. G. Russell
    also sells one in Ats-34. Checkout his site and poke around as
    A.G. calls them American Muskrats.

    Good hunting, mate.
  9. Dr van Nostrom

    Dr van Nostrom

    May 8, 2001
    There is not really a pattern I have come across that I do not like the look of. For utility/EDC the stockman reigns supreme for me. Not sure why - maybe its the combo of the functionality and the history behind it (guess I always wanted to be a cowboy!!). There is nothing those 3 blades cannot handle!
    There is something about the muskrat too - the 2 long blades give it a symmetrical quality, very pleasing on the eye. I have a Laguiole knife too which is so elegant, not tried it as a user though.
  10. Coonskinner


    Mar 28, 2001
    I have always liked Trappers, for a number of different reasons, I guess. The first knife my dad gave me was an old Scrade-Walden Trapper. I still have it. The blades are both large enough to do some serious cutting, and the big spey blade is an excellent small game skinner.

    Stockmans are great for utility, and on a larger scale, so are two-bladed folding hunters.

    The craftsmanship involved in making a four or five blade whittler walk and talk properly is intriguing.

    And I agree that Muskrats are very graceful and attractive, as are serpentine jacks.

    Unlike some who have posted on this thread, however, I just never have been able to get excited about the Sunfish. It doesn't interest me at all. Oh, well. It's a good thing we aren't all alike.
  11. nifrand

    nifrand Custom Knife Forum Mod

    Feb 25, 1999
    Heres Hawbaker Special by Case
  12. Crayola


    Sep 23, 1999
    Doc pattern are my favorite. I love the spear point blade and the slender looks of them.
  13. steve1701d


    Dec 21, 2000
    Stockmen are the most versitile to me. I rarely don't have a stockman on me. Trappers are nice, too. Whittler patterns are nicest looking pattern to me, at this moment.
  14. komondor


    Jul 2, 2001
    I like the Stockman the best, overall. Like others have said, it is great for general utility. It is also a good whittler. I just ordered the Cattle King stockman in Cocobolo. It it a little heftier and bigger (4.25" long) than the large Stockman. Think Trapper-sized stockman.

    I also like Trappers because of their heft and solid feel. And I like the Muskrat pattern, although I don't have one of those yet.
  15. pst pjc

    pst pjc

    Jul 28, 2001
    Love those Barlows. There's just somthing about the shape and way they feel in the hand.
  16. Hawkbill


    Nov 22, 1998
    Hello all! Just wandered over from the Spydie forum. I'm not sure exactly why pruners became my sole-interest...maybe just because of how different they are in shape.

    They are just good, solid workin' knives, I guess. Love 'em still (especially the horn/bone/stag scaled versions).
  17. Don Adelfson

    Don Adelfson

    Oct 12, 2001
    Just looked through a bunch of my slip joints and most of them are trappers and whittlers...I have a serpentine half-whittler with stag scales (a Schatt&Morgan) that is probably my favorite :)

    Don Adelfson
    Oceanside, CA
  18. t.willy

    t.willy Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    I love the Canoe pattern most of all. I especially think GEC did an excellent job on there Little Indian Girl Canoes. I believe it was my 3rd GEC bought back in 2016. I sure hope Bill plans on doing another run of them down the road. ✌
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  19. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Whittlers for me, a large stout main blade with smaller secondaries for the delicate stuff:)

  20. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    Serpentine. Purely from an aesthetic point of view. Make it a copperhead and we have a really beautiful knife.
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