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Many moons ago I remember some guys that carried stockmans said that they would put a different edge angle on each blade.....for example; 25° edge on the clip, 30° edge on the sheepsfoot blade, and 17° edge on the spey.
Do any of you guys do that, or do you just sharpen them all the same like I do?
And, do you have any special uses for the three different blades?
My 83 yr old father keeps the main clip blade laid down to about 15 degrees, the sheepsfoot blade is probably set at about 25 degrees and the spey blade, and I know this is terrible, but the spey blade is left dull and the end ground flat so he can use it as a screwdriver. He got in the habit of doing this when he started in the radio business in the forties, then carried on when he went into the tv business. This allowed him to always have a screwdriver handy when he went to hook up the antenna or whatever. Now that he is retired and does mostly wood working it is still a habit.
I have known other people who sharpened at different angles because they used the blades for different things.
just my 2 cents worth.
That's interesting Rome, making the spey into a screwdriver.
I've had stockmans in the past that I'd reshape the spey into more of a pen blade.
Wow, why not just carry a TL-29?
Well a TL-29 is heavier than most stockmans, it also has a spear blade and he prefered the clip blade of a stockman.
Also for what the screwdriver was used for there was very little torque on it so it did not have to be heavy duty.
I also did this when I worked at the tv shop for years, it means you always have a screwdriver in your pocket when you deliver a tv and need to attach the antenna wire to the set.
Jut personal taste i guess.
I agree Rome. I like the TL-29, but I'd really rather have a stockman with me. And like you say, if it's for light duty work, that's an ingenious solution.
This is a Queen Steel 26A manufactured during the period when Queen did not stamp a trademark on the tang. Instead they etched or printed Queen Steel and the model number on the main blade. This practice was stopped by 1976, so this knife was made sometime in the late 1960's or early 1970's. It was one that I carried when I worked at my fathers tv repair shop, when we were kids, then teenagers we were expected to work at the shop and do anything we could. Mostly we picked-up and delivered TV's, waited on customers, installed antennas and repaired small problems and things like that. When we younger my brothers and myself had to work every Sat. all year plus every weekday during summer vacation from school. We complained but I am glad for the experience.
Cool! Looks like a good work buddy!
I wish I picked up a ton of old Queen knives way back when most people never heard of them!
Old guy (me) rambling on --- I remember back in the late 70's and early 80's when my brother-in-law and I were knife dealers and we started to add Queen to our line, and a guy came up at a show and asked "What brand are those", I said Queen, and he looked at me and said "You kidding, right?" LOL!
A guy the other day said he likes a Stockman because the Sheepfoot blade makes a good "scraper" blade. And one use is to scrape mud and stuff off of his boots/shoes.
That's a use I never thought of for the Sheepfoot blade. You don't have to worry about getting the other blades dull using it for scraping. Hmmm...........