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Wharncliffe vs. sheepsfoot

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by dsvirsky, Aug 24, 2002.

  1. dsvirsky


    Aug 2, 1999
    Not a rant or anything, just an observation. Folks seem to call anything with a straight edge a wharncliffe blade, even if it's more accurately a sheepsfoot blade. The A.G. Russell Knife Encyclopedia describes a wharncliffe blade as having, "a straight edge and an almost needle like point," while a sheepsfoot blade has, "a straight edge with the back of the blade falling in a strong curve to the point of the blade."

    For example, I recently purchased an R.W. Clark wharncliffe mini-aikuchi from TADGear; it's a great little knife and exactly what I wanted, but, to my mind, this is a sheepsfoot blade rather than a wharcliffe:
    (image borrowed from TADGear)

    And let's not even get into how some people refer to just about any drop point with a minimal belly as a "wharny."
  2. I agree with you, that knife of yours is definitely a sheepfoot, not a wharncliffe.
  3. TorzJohnson


    Aug 4, 2001
    That's an unusual blade shape, almost what the Sheffield makers would call a lambsfoot - where the downward slope is not quite as sudden as a sheepsfoot. I like it.
  4. RL


    Aug 24, 1999
    This is a Wharncliffe, correct?


  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Yep RL that be a wharncliff, much like this one I used to own...miss that one too, like all the knives I once had! ;)

  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Where as this one sort of fits in the Not quite Sheepsfoot and Not quite Wharncliff, maybe Warnfoot or Sheepscliff? :D

  7. Jazzman


    Jan 11, 2001
    I have to agree with you. But anyway, aren't the Clark knives just plain awesome?! I have a mini tanto and it is awesome.
  8. calyth

    calyth #!/bin/sh of a man

    Feb 23, 2002
    Mentally, I think a Wharncliffe is the knife that you can still pierce with, and sheepsfoot is something that you can't. I'll probably think that if you form a tangent line near the very tip and that angle with the blade is more than 45, I myself would consider it more sheepsfoot than Wharncliffe.
  9. MOC


    Sep 12, 2000
    dsvirsky ,Great minds think alike. I have the same knife
    (R.W. Clark wharncliffe mini-aikuchi from TADGear)but with
    red interlay (they are cool)gotta had it to R.W. .But I am in
    complete agreement,and love both types very much ;)
  10. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    Here is a BIG comfy wharncliffe (Ed Schott- Sir Wharncliffe Mistress)

    Attached Files:

  11. Lenny


    Oct 15, 1998
    Come on y'all.
    I'm really diggin' all the Wharnfoot and Sheepscliff blades.
    Please post more pix!?!
  12. diamdave


    Nov 29, 2001
    I bought this Wharncliffe about a year or so ago, haven't really used, but I like the design and feel quite a bit.
  13. Nosamk


    Oct 20, 2001


  14. Gus Kalanzis

    Gus Kalanzis Havin' fun, learning and putting up with Bastid. Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 4, 1998
    Wharnie on top (by Richard Rogers).
    Sheepsfoot on the bottom (Case Classic Gunboat Canoe).
    Never seen a goat's foot (yet) :D

    Attached Files:

  15. martin j

    martin j

    May 16, 2001
    I think Calyth got it right- sheepsfoot is supposed to be safety design, therefore if you can still stab yourself with it, its a wharncliffe :)
    So sheepfoot is safer but wharncliffe is more versatile, its fine tip is good for many things- fine draw cutting, picking splinters, delicate or accurate piercing or puncturing, etc.
  16. Bobby B

    Bobby B No more Mr. Knife-guy

    May 18, 2001
    Laufer, get rid of your Wharncliffe at once!!!:eek: :D ... we don't want you stabbing yourself anymore...;)
  17. R.W.Clark


    Apr 30, 2001
    Glad you guys like those little ones. They are a heck of a good time to make. Thats about as much angle as I can put on a little blade and still have any blade left. Did TAD treat you guys good? They will be getting some Boron Carbide Minis in pretty soon also.

    Ok, so we got Sheeps foot, lambs foot, goat foot:confused: ;), but what about a camel toe?:footinmou Sorry I just could not resist. :D
  18. YoungCutter


    Sep 17, 2001
    Gary, quit showing off that Dobruski, my heart just can't take it!
  19. jupe


    Jun 10, 2002
    Wharncliffe is a great useful blade style. One of my favourite EDC:s is a CRKT small Mirage with a wharncliffe blade.
  20. BlackRazor


    Aug 4, 2001
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