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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by EngrSorenson, Jan 18, 2021.
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I prefer the clip primary over the Wharncliffe primary.
Mike, the clip blades Case uses for the Copperheads is one of their best and yellow delrin is always a fine choice. Can I ask about your preference for the clip over the wharncliffe? Is your preference based on the ascetics or are there other reasons as well?
Please understand that my preference/opinion on this springs from a wealth of ignorance that is really quite astonishing.
Its not aesthetics - I like the way both look.
For whatever reason, it seems like I find myself using the very end of the Wharncliffe too much. I guess a better way to put it is, I like the way the clip cuts better, but cannot provide a good reason for it. I like blades with a little belly - but not too much. I found the belly on a GEC #71 (sodbuster equivalent) to be more than I wanted for everyday use. The point wasn't where I thought it should be, when I thought it should be
It could just be familiarity. Probably is. I've used clip point pocket knives since I was a wee lad in Detroit
Reading the above ramble, it occurs to me I could have saved some words and just said:
"I like what I like and I don't know why"
@mbkr Thanks for the explanation Mike, makes a lot of sense. I've been thinkin' 'bout gettin' a copperhead wharny and wanted to hear from someone who had both. The clip is probably a more general purpose blade than any straight edge making it a great choice. BTW, I grew up in the N.W. corner of Detroit not far from a White Castle.
Northeast suburbia for me. Sterling Hts. Relatives at the time scattered out through Warren, Roseville, St. Clair Shores and the thumb. WC was always a treat
Ya man!!! Only available frozen to me now.
Is the bone stag available already or is this from a few years back? Can't quite make out a tang stamp. Fine looking knife.
,,,Mike in Canada
That 6.5 bone-stag has a nice warmth to it.
I have shown my yellow EZ 49 wharncliffe frequently here. I would have to admit that I am generally a clip point guy, but the length of these Copperhead wharncliffe blades makes for a nice slicer. Chip bags don’t stand a chance...
I agree with everything that both of you fine gentlemen have said.
I got the knife back today and I couldn't be happier...... Turnaround time was a couple weeks which I feel is pretty quick..... I'm not sure that it is the original knife, as the one I sent back was brand new so it is hard to tell if they fixed the original or just replaced it.....
But the blades are nicely centered which is an improvement over the original.... Before and after shots attached.....
Thanks for taking the time to post a follow-up.
Got mine the other day. Both blades are hollow ground.
Nice and slicey
Thanks Mike. That pic is of a 2012 Stag Copperhead.
Glad to see your happy and that Case took care of it.
The blade is one of my favorites for size, shape, and grind.
This one arrived today and I am quite pleased. Centered and nice solid lockup. Didn't know if I would like the Bermuda Green but it is good looking knife in person.
I use Wharncliffe blades for most anything except scoring or slicing against a backer surface, i.e. cutting board...... The tip seems to get overworked and dulls rapidly..... With a radius tip I can have a longer surface to play with.....
I just ordered a Wharncliffe Copperhead so I'll give it a good trial..... I really like the Copperhead.... It fits my hand perfectly and seems like a great utility pattern....
What handles did you order?
I'm partial to the "Caribbean Blue" myself although I think of it as "Petty Blue"
I see there is going to be a Wharncliffe version with Richlite handles. As far as I can tell this material is similar to the Paperstone Buck used briefly a few years ago. I have two of the Paperstone bucks and its a pretty nice handle material.
I think this is why you see old sheepfoot,and lambsfoot blades with the edge near the tip climbing towards the spine more than just poor sharpening technique. When just the edge 1/8 to 1/4 from the tip gets blunted people tend to just touch up the damaged area. With straight edge knives this eventually leads to it becoming a funny looking spear point. Conversely the belly on clips and spears see the most wear and if people again just touched up the dull area you see a straightening the edge. Thusly a pen blade becomes an awl and a spear becomes a funny looking lambsfoot. Our patron saint of relic knives @r8shell has displayed many such old wonders, I believe it was her I seen say something to the effect of "given enough time all blades become awls"