1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Week 12 of the BladeForums.com Year of Giveaways is live! Enter to win a Himalayan Imports Sirupati Khukuri!

    Click here to enter the drawing for your chance to win an Himalayan Imports Sirupati Khukuri, or Bladeforums.com swag or memberships!
    Be sure to read the rules before entering, and help us decide next week's giveaway by hitting the poll in that thread!

    Entries will close at 11:59PM Saturday, March 23; winners will be drawn on Sunday @5pm on our Youtube Channel: TheRealBladeForums. Bonus prizes will be given during the livestream!

    Questions? Comments? Post in the discussion thread here

What’s your favorite traditional pattern?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by TheEdge01, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Hello, I just thought this thread could spark an interesting discussion. I haven’t posted in this section much, but I am becoming less interested in modern folders and more interested in traditionals. Anyway, I like the sowbelly pattern. Unless I am mistaken, not many companies make them. The only cutlery manufacturers I know of that make the sowbelly are Hen N Rooster, Case, Schatt and Morgan, and Rough Rider. I would like to have one made by GEC but I didn’t see one in their lineup.
  2. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017
    No such luck on a favorite yet, I’m pretty new as well so I have a whole lot of sampling to go, hooray for my bank account, haha.

    So far I have learned that I tend to prefer single blade patterns, which may just be a carryover from my modern collection. I’m really loving the Euro Barlow pattern that my Lionsteel’s have, it’s a bit slimmer than a more traditional Barlow, and the size is just about perfect for me. They’re single blades as well.

    I do have a Northwoods Fayette Jack coming to me soon, and from a distance that was one pattern I always thought could be my favorite pattern. The 55’s especially with their wharncliffes. Until it’s in hand and in my pocket for a little while, I’d just be guessing. Give me a week and I’ll report back, haha.
  3. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    My favorite changes unfortunately. I can’t just have one!
  4. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    They (GEC) haven't made one yet, but many of us are hopeful. Besides Rough Rider's, which is a little more slender than either Case or S&M's version, Marbles has several handle materials available, made by the same factory as RR. I also have China made Remington and Owl Head sowbellies, and a German made Rigid club knife.

    RR in Brown Sawcut Bone

    Marbles in Ram's Horn

    Remington (China) in Abalone Shell

    Large (4¼") Owl Head in Ram's Horn

    Large (4¼") Owl Head in Cracked Ice Acrylic

    Rigid Club Sowbelly in Stag

    I also had a Case Silver Script Sowbelly transformed into a "Beerbelly" by glennbad.
  5. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Nice!!!! I have a lot to learn.
  6. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    I agree with @Jsega51 in that I can't just have one either . I have a favorite for using for work , one for Sunday carry , and a Feel Good Carry .

    TheEdge01 likes this.
  7. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    The GEC #76, Serpentine Gunstock Jack is my favorite pattern.
    Mine is currently @glennbad for new covers, so I'll post an older picture...

    The Krack-a-Jack version is my all-time-grail knife. Never see one for sale though. (hint hint, I know a couple of you have them) :)
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  8. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    That is a beauty.
    Getting older and JohnDF like this.
  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
  10. McFeeli


    Feb 13, 2017

    Holy brahma! That’s drop dead gorgeous! I’m really loving the Rootbeer Float acrylic. They make one heck of a combination. Did something happen to the covers that you’re switching them out or just going for something new?
    JohnDF likes this.
  11. joeradza

    joeradza Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I tend toward single blade knives and that includes my newest favorite, the sowbelly. The first is a small stag by John Lloyd, the second is 3 3/4" stacked leather also by John Lloyd as is the last micarta which is due tomorrow. The yellow delrin is by Case and doesn't take a back seat to any knife. Very well made in CV steel and very affordable. IMG_6253~2-1024x842.JPG IMG_6326-1024x748.JPG IMG_6292-800x646.JPG 1541282379830-1024x768.jpg
    Eli Chaps, singin50, Chief and 16 others like this.
  12. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Although I like the acrylic covers, I wanted something cooler for my all-time favorite pattern. So, I'm getting them replaced with some stag covers. I think it will fit the pattern even more. The pattern seems very "rough-n-tumble", but the acrylic says "look at me, I'm a fancy boy". Lol
    McFeeli likes this.
  13. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Very nice!!! Mr Lloyd does some beautiful work.
  14. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I'm one of those people that fails miserably at trying not to get too wrapped up in the GEC hype but a good knife is a good knife. The #35 Churchill has been my all time favorite ever since it was released over a year ago.

    The Black Box Winchester knives include a Sowbelly pattern but like Schatt & Morgan, they were made by Queen Cutlery.
    Jathes, Fodderwing and TheEdge01 like this.
  15. OLd_gUY

    OLd_gUY Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 20, 2018
    Not to sound ambiguous, but my favorite is the one that finds it's way into my pocket for the day.
    Like many others I tend to favor a single blade and I usually carry a straight edge like a Lambsfoot or a Lionsteel Dom.
    That said, I'd say that my favorite is a GEC 78.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  16. Dean51

    Dean51 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 30, 2014
    It's not so much the pattern as the size, a single blade or single spring 3 3/4 ", the Churchill and Shuffler are perfect.
  17. PaulS.

    PaulS. Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 16, 2018
    This Case Teardrop in smooth natural bone is my current favorite. I like that it doesn't have a shield.


    It's considerably thinner than my Case Peanut.

  18. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Excluding lockbacks, (I've had a Buck 110 or Old Timer 7OT on my belt every day since the early 1970's) I'm not sure what my favorite traditional paternal is.

    For the last several years, my most carried (in addition to the lockback) pocketable knife has been a SAK Huntsman or 4 blade scout/camp/"Demo" knife.

    Keeping the SAK/Scout/Camp knife company in my pocket is usually a Stockman, Barlow, or Canoe.
    I'm also rather fond of the large Sunfish pattern.
    TheEdge01 likes this.
  19. Wowbagger


    Sep 20, 2015
    I'm all about Trappers. Mostly Case but I also have some Bokers that I quite like. More often than not I remove the spay blade and just use the clip point blade but I have been known to remove the clip point and turn the spay into a shorter Wharncliffe.

    I like the way the handle fits my hand and I like the shape and orientation of the clip point blade; Case's angles downward a little when the handle is held horizontally. Ergonomically that works very well for me for a serious user / work knife. I also like the Stag handled Case Trapper for it's fuller handle size. I have Trappers in both the SS steel and the CV (plain high carbon). Boker has some very attractive etching on the clip point blades that I enjoy quite a lot. I carry all of them in belt pouches. The full size trapper loose in a pocket is a bit much in my opinion.
  20. Fodderwing

    Fodderwing Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 31, 2017
    Wonderful display of sow Jeff. Who made the Rigid?

Share This Page