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
 
Turkish or California Clip does it for me. Spearpoint is right up there also with favorite blade shapes
Bob
 
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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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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Since my favorite traditional pocket knife is the CASE Trapper, I will have to say clip and spey blades.

RattlerXX
 
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
 
A clip point has less unused metal and a narrow tip. The false edge on the spear point just get in the way.
 
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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