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Pattern description: Sunfish vs. Sleeveboard

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by pertinux, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Blues

    Blues Lapsed SuperMod / Cattle Knife Rustler Staff Member Super Mod

    Oct 2, 1998
    The careful observer will notice a difference in the elongation and swell between the patterns. It is sometimes subtle but where the sleeveboard is generally straight sided with a rounded end, the swell end...well, swells. Look at some images of (especially) older patterns and you'll see the difference pretty clearly.

    Hang on a moment and I'll post an image just by way of one example...
  2. Blues

    Blues Lapsed SuperMod / Cattle Knife Rustler Staff Member Super Mod

    Oct 2, 1998
    Subtle, but nonetheless not a sleeveboard:


    In person the gentle swell is a bit more apparent and it has a bit of a "waist". The sleeveboard would be more rigidly straight sided until the curved end (like the ironing board) in most cases.

    Companies did and do take liberties with the nomenclature.
  3. quattromori


    May 7, 2011
    Not that I ever fell in love with these two patterns, but I want to thank Elliott and mr. Bose and everyone on this thread (and mostly Pertinux for starting it). I had guessed the difference somehow, but in fact I feel I've learned something new today. So thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  4. Vandal783


    Jul 22, 2012
  5. akadave2

    akadave2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Tell me about it, I have a very specific definition for a Whittler and Ive seen those called a whittler that I would never have thought of as one.

    Wow...talk about a pregnant sentence!
  6. pertinux

    pertinux Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Thanks, Elliot-- pictures really do help. I would not have called the above knife a sleeveboard, but have seen some (what I now know to be) sleeveboards called swell-end jacks.

    Most illuminating for me so far is that neither single spring nor pen configuration has anything to do with defining a sleeveboard. The Venn intersection of sleeveboard knives I've seen that also contained those two features had led me to wrongly conclude otherwise.

    ~ P.
  7. Tony Bose

    Tony Bose

    Oct 21, 2006
    Sleeveboards also have the master blade coming out of the wide end of the knife.

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