When is a wharncliffe no longer a Wharncliffe?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by MTHall720, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. MTHall720

    MTHall720 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    The reason I ask such a basic question is I have never had a wharncliffe. Every time I Google images or get on Pinterest there are lots of things that I thought were either modified Wharnies or perhaps are something else which I don't know the name of.
    To me they look miniature meat cleavers in a folder. I should have posted an image. Does anyone know what I mean?
  2. Mayonardo


    Oct 28, 2010
    My understanding is the edge is straight and the spine drops down near the tip in a gentle curve, leaving a definite point.
  3. MTHall720

    MTHall720 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    Thank you. That helps me. Your blade is great looking.
  4. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    When it's a lambsfoot or a sheepsfoot?

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  5. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
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  6. chuck4570

    chuck4570 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    I’m not sure what you were talking about so I went to Pinterest to see. Just searching Wharncliffe showed about 90% modern tactical style so called Wharncliffe knife and few of them had true straight blades with the gentle slope to the tip. Most did have very wide blades making them look like meat cleavers. I myself just started with Wharncliffe and Lambsfoot knives and are really starting to appreciate them, they are more useful than one would think of first. My favorite at this point for a couple of reasons, is a Case Mini Trapper single Wharncliffe blade, it’s a nice size, nice and thin and the blade stands proud so I can easily pinch the blade to open it and I like single bladed knives. As I have gotten older my hands, fingers and fingernails have gotten weaker and I have a hard time opening some knives with just the nail nicks. If you are into the traditional knives a Wharncliffe blade is very nice.
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  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I say if the edge is not straight it cannot be a warncliffe or sheep's foot, no matter what anyone else says.
    It's not a modified warncliffe or sheep's foot it's something else entirely.

    Luckily we don't have this too much in traditional folders ( besides poorly ground blades on cheap junky stockman ) but it's everywhere In the modern realm.
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  8. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    A Wharncliffe KNIFE is a two-blade penknife like this, the secondary blade being a Pen :thumbsup:


    The knife lends it's name to the blade :thumbsup:
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