Favorite traditional pocketknife blade shape

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In terms of traditional pocketknives, my favorite blade shape for general use is the traditional flat-ground spear point. It is the most generic shape, and probably does not overly excel in any one particular use, but is a good all-around shape that combines a sharp (put not needle-like)tip, fair belly, and relative tip strength (compared to a clip point).

The spear point seems to have been the oldest(?) pocketknife blade from Europe, still the master blade in the SAK and most scout and electricians' knives.
Jim
 
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Turkish or California Clip does it for me. Spearpoint is right up there also with favorite blade shapes
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I agree about the spear point blade. My favorite type of pocketknife is a Scout or utility or camp style which usually has a spear point master cutting blade.

Probably my next favorite after the spear point is a clip blade and after than a sheepfoot blade.

I carried an issue type all stainless steel utility pocketknife for nearly twenty years in the military. And I own several other similar type pocketknives.


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by James Y:
In terms of traditional pocketknives, my favorite blade shape for general use is the traditional flat-ground spear point. It is the most generic shape, and probably does not overly excel in any one particular use, but is a good all-around shape that combines a sharp (put not needle-like)tip, fair belly, and relative tip strength (compared to a clip point).

The spear point seems to have been the oldest(?) pocketknife blade from Europe, still the master blade in the SAK and most scout and electricians' knives.
Jim
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I like the clip or spear point equally.
No particular reason, just think they both do an excellent job.

Keith.
 
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Hello there!
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I really like the wharncliffe blade style in a pocket knife, but I don't know if it would be considered tranditional! If not, never mind!
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Have a good one!
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RattlerXX

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Since my favorite traditional pocket knife is the CASE Trapper, I will have to say clip and spey blades.

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For a traditional blade, I prefer the timeless "sodbuster" pattern. It has plenty of thick point for puncturing and a substantial belly for skinning, caping and general purpose cutting.

Too bad someone doesn't modernize this design with some steel liners, linerlock, thumbstud, G-10 scales, and a good blade steel like VG-10. Dozier's Trapper is close, but who in LE can afford $350 for a blade?
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Regarding modernizing of traditional patterns, I have seen about a month ago a magazine ad by Kershaw for two new traditional-style (though not Sodbuster), 2-blade clip and spey(?) blade pocketknives that feature one-hand-opening studs, linerlocks, and AUS-6(?) blades.

Though some seem to dislike AUS-6, I would be curious to see how they feel...if the backspring tension is lighter than a slipjoint folder to allow the thumbstud/linerlock combination to work smoothly.
Jim
 
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A clip point has less unused metal and a narrow tip. The false edge on the spear point just get in the way.
 

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Clip or Wharncliff.IMHO

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I am partial to this one, myself
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Old Imperial Cattle knife from the 20's or 30's according to Mr. Levine, had jigged bone handles that were all cracked, so I replaced them with red dyed and stabilized maple burl.
 
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