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What do you prefer for a Stockman Knife? Is it Production, Vintage or Custom? Why?

So your out shopping for a stockman knife(internet or brick and mortar) and the first thing you are drawn to is.....

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I prefer vintage, there classic peices of americana.  

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I like them all. I started collecting stag.  the smooth bone became my favorite to look at. I am not clear on the whole collecting concept.  I have never sold a knife , and wouldn't own a knife that I wouldn't  be a good knife to use if I choose.  I have been using Case yellow comp CV for a couple years thinking and just keep putting it in my pocket instead of any other.  I think the pretiiest knife I ever owned was this Case Appaloosa bone. the picture does not do it justice. It looks rich like Ivory. One of my best friends admired it once too often and I just had to give it to him. I expected him to use it as his EDC like the others I gave him over the years, but son of a gun he put it up on display., the first ever for him. I guess  I turned him into a collector. Should I feel good or kind of like when you shared moonshine with your goody two shoes cousin and got him in trouble?

Ken,

That is a great story about your friend.  Has he collected any more "just for showing off" since that one?

as it turns out he had a couple old Buck 110s I told him were worth setting up. The beautiful old wood and straight sides were all I needed to point out.

Ken,

That is fantastic!  You did indeed bring out the collector side of him, good work!

1) Blade styles (I prefer the California Clip, instead of the muscrat style clip blade; also must have the Spey Blade, not a pen blade)

2) Handle material/color (doesn't really matter to me, as long as it is made from a durable material and has no defects)

3) Size (is it a good size that will be a comfortable tool in my hands, or is it too big/too small) (or possibly I may be looking for a smaller size or a larger size for some reason)

4) Price. (is it a price that I feel it merits, or that I can afford)

5) Where Made (I prefer made in USA, or a good quality German made knife. Although I do have some from China and Taiwan)

Sunuil I am interested in your choices and alawys eager to terminology. I answer in the reverse order. I also noticed I started slanting my type for no reason other than my computor ignorance.

5. I prefer USA because loyalty for the  work of my countrymen. I am not sure that makes any sense anymore, but it feels right.

I also believe our international commerce tends to bring muitual peace and  wealth.

4.If there is such as the best knife for the dollar, please let me know.  Use almostly  W.R.Case , just like them for few reason.  I know some people who are Rough Rider and use them and abuse all of them and the they hold up work as most at the fraction of the price.

3.The size is important to me. The Case model 18 , at the closed size of 3 5/8 is perfect. Too  of stockmen are smaller for work,. =Size 47 being 3 7/8 just a bit better for work, but the 3 5/8 seems to fit flat inside pockets . Strange  1/8 would not notice, but also keeps in place from falling out.

2. The beauty of any knife material is in the eye of the beholder and is important for me sometimes just to enjoy it, like a favorite old pet of a familiar stag.. The yellow composition is my most common carried for traditional reasons, durability, visability,

1. I carry mostly the spay blades on my stockman, but only because spey is less useful for me. I reserve them for the sharpest cleanest blade reserved for cutting my cigars. I have never known cattlemen , horsemen, sheepmen, pigmen or anyothers  for docking animals intended spey blade. I use the sheep foot far more than any other and would gladly exchage the spey for a leather punch on a stockman.

 I terms vary the sources and subject to change and use. Some terms incorrecttly used, will be become the most often used, and it will crowd out others and become authoritative. I call  what the Turkish clip what is used on the case 18 most often. I hear some call it the California clip, including TV show experts, are incorrect to some. I have seen muskrat types and thought I were like the Turkish clip .I am eager to learn if have authoratative sources or if your own experience and useage has utility for other names.

"So your out shopping for a stockman knife(internet or brick and mortar) and the first thing you are drawn to is....."

Hmmm, very interesting question! I'd have to say the handle material and overall look would draw me to it. Then I'd want to know who makes it. Then I'd want to see the blades and what the overall construction is like.

Right Craig, construction is a key. What type of (or # of) spacers does it have? Do the blades line up correctly and not rub along themselves or the spacers (centering)? Are the backsprings strong? Is the fit and finish smooth to the touch, with no sharp edges or burrs? And no gaps anywhere. This is all assuming you can 'touch' the knife before buying. If at a store they may not let you take it out of the box to examine before purchase. Or the knife may come in a clamshell type packaging. Internet oirdering you're out of luck. All you can do is send it back if not satisfied.

As an alternative type stockman, I would like to see a Wharncliffe Blade in place of the Clip Blade.

I really like the Wharncliffe Blade!!!

Or possibly a Small Wharncliffe Blade in place of the Sheepsfoot blade or Spey Blade.(along with the Clip Blade as the Master Blade)

Any thoughts???

That sounds like an interesting combination Sunil!

Sunil Ram said:

As an alternative type stockman, I would like to see a Wharncliffe Blade in place of the Clip Blade.

I really like the Wharncliffe Blade!!!

Or possibly a Small Wharncliffe Blade in place of the Sheepsfoot blade or Spey Blade.(along with the Clip Blade as the Master Blade)

Any thoughts???

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