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2014 New Improved Byrd Tern Folding Knife

2014 New Improved Byrd Tern BY23GP Folding Pocket Knife

The new, improved version of the Byrd Tern BY23G folding pocket knife is manufactured by a different supplier than the earlier production runs according to Spyderco which markets the Byrd brand of knives. The Byrd Tern is a medium size, UK legal carry pocket knife, with a 2.8 inch long blade and lightweight G10 handle.

Compared to the initial version of the knife, the latest 2014 incarnation has a much higher standard of finish. This is evident in the seamless fit between the open blade tang and the back spring, the pin sharp bevel lines on the blade and the near mirror polish of the flat grind blade.

The main improvement in the latest Byrd Tern folding knife is the use of a much stronger back spring. The knife now requires considerable force to close the blade, making it much safer to use in everyday cutting situations. The halfway closing safety stop can also be relied upon when closing the blade with one hand, to prevent finger entrapment.

New Byrd Tern BY23GP Folding Knife

New Byrd Tern BY23GP Folding Knife Spyderco Knives

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2014 Spyderco UK Penknife with New Back Spring

2014 Spyderco UK Penknife c94PBK with New Stronger Back Spring

The 2014 version of the Spyderco UK Penknife C94PBK, folding knife includes the new stronger, 2 pronged back spring. The blade is much harder to close than earlier versions of the UK Penknife lightweight and has a halfway closing safety stop.

The 7.4 cm long, 2.5 mm thick, flat grind, CTS-BD1 steel blade has a one hand opening thumb hole, with non slip, thumb ramp and finger choil jimping. The knife handle is lightweight FRN with side changeable, wire pocket clip.

New Spyderco UK Penknife c94PBK

New Spyderco UK Penknife c94PBK Spyderco Knives

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A. Wright Sheffield Carbon Steel Folding Knives

A. Wright Carbon Steel Pocket Knife – Cutting Test

A. Wright pocket knives are hand made in Sheffield, England with a high standard of quality control at each step of the process. The blades of A. wright pocket knives are made of extremely hard steel, as the cutting test demonstrates. With a price point below £25 including VAT and UK delivery, the A. Wright carbon steel folding pocket knives represent excellent value for money.

From new, the knife is sharp enough to make a fairly clean cut through a sheet of 80 GSM white paper. Cutting an aluminium soft drink can in half is easy and does not make the knife blunt. Immediately after cutting through an aluminium drinks can, and without re-sharpening the blade, it is still possible to make a fairly clean cut through a sheet of 80 GSM paper.

The only drawback with a hard blade steel such as this, is the slight difficulty when it comes to re-sharpening the blade. In this case, sharpening the blade is made even harder by the curved shape of the edge. Blades with a straight cutting edge such as the Lambfoot design are much easier to sharpen.

When choosing a work knife, one of the main considerations is the ability to maintain a sharp cutting edge after lengthy use.

A. Wright Carbon Steel Folding Knives Sheffield

Barlow Folding Pocket Knife - A. Wright Knives Sheffield A. Wright Knives Sheffield

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2 Blade Folding Work Knives Part 2

2 Blade Folding Work Knives Part 2

Eye Witness 2 Blade Lambfoot Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle

The hardwood handle version of the 2 blade Eye Witness, Lambfoot folding pocket knife is hand made in Sheffield, England. Lambfoot folding pocket knives have been made in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and used by Yorkshire sheep farmers for hundreds of years. The traditional Sheffield folding work knife has a rounded tip with a straight cutting edge. The difference between Lamb Foot and Sheep Foot blade shapes is down to the width of the blade, with Sheep Foot design being wider.

Due to manufacturing complexity, 2 blade pocket knives such as this are rarely found. The blades need to be fitted so that there is no blade play and at the same time remain easy to open. The finished pocket knife needs to have a smooth profile where the 2 springs meet the blades, without any rough edges in closed and open positions.

The Eye Witness, Sheffield 2 blade lambfoot pocket knife contains a 2.75 inch lambfoot blade paired with a 1.9 inch spear point blade. Both blades are 2 mm thick, flat grind, stainless steel.

Eye Witness 2 Blade Lambfoot Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle

Eye Witness 2 Blade Lambfoot Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle Closed Taylors Eye Witness Knives Sheffield

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2 Blade Folding Work Knives – 1

2 Blade Folding Work Knives – 1

Eye Witness Sheffield 2 Blade Lambfoot Pocket Knife

Lambfoot folding pocket knives have been carried by Yorkshire sheep farmers for hundreds of years. The traditional Sheffield folding work knife has a rounded tip with a straight cutting edge. The difference between Lamb Foot and Sheep Foot blade shapes is down to the width of the blade, with Sheep Foot design being wider.

As a rule, 2 blade folding pocket knives normally contain 2 different blades shapes. The exception to this rule is the American ‘Muskrat’ pocket knife design, which has 2 identical clip-point blades.

The Eye Witness, Sheffield 2 blade lambfoot pocket knife contains a 2.75 inch lambfoot blade paired with a 1.9 inch spear point blade. Both blades are 2 mm thick, flat grind, stainless steel.

2 blade folding pocket knives are something of a rarity due to manufacturing complexity. The blades need to be fitted so that there is no blade play and at the same time remain easy to open. The finished pocket knife needs to have a smooth profile where the 2 springs meet the blades, without any rough edges in closed and open positions.

Eye Witness Sheffield 2 Blade Lambfoot Knife

Sheffield 2 Blade Lambfoot Pocket Knife Taylors Eye Witness Knives Sheffield

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New Otter Messer Sheepfoot Knife

Otter Messer Carbon Steel Sheepfoot Knife 174

Otter Messer Carbon Steel Sheepfoot Knife 174 Otter Knives

As part of their 2014 product range, Otter Messer have changed the specifications of their best selling Anchor folding pocket knives. The carbon steel, sheepfoot blade, 174 Anchor knife is now fitted with Sapeli wood handle scales. Sapeli wood is a sustainable African hardwood with a straight, light brown grain.

The lighter coloured wood now matches many of the other single blade folding work knives in the range, including the 166 German Soldier’s pocket knife and the 180, Wharncliffe blade knife. The much darker, Grenadil wood is now used in the stainless version of the Anchor knife, which is the more expensive version

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Eye Witness Sheffield Slim Pruner Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle

Eye Witness Sheffield Slim Pruner Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle Taylors Eye Witness Sheffield

The slim pruner’s blade is narrower, at 1 cm wide than the standard pruner which is approx 2 cm wide. As in most Eye Witness pocket knives, the blade is flat grind, 2 mm thick stainless steel.

Although designed for horticultural harvesting / pruning work, the curved-in shape also makes it an ideal utility blade for cutting open packages, plastic strapping, duct tape etc.

Eye Witness Sheffield have a long standing reputation for good quality work knives, this knife can also be legally carried in public in the UK.

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Otter Carbon Steel Sodbuster Folding Pocket Knife 178

Otter Carbon Steel Sodbuster Folding Pocket Knife 178 Puma Knives Germany

Made in Solingen, Germany, the Otter Messer Sodbuster folding knife features a 7.5 cm, flat grind, carbon steel blade. The hard wearing C75 carbon steel blade will hold a long lasting cutting edge. Importantly, this knife can also be legally carried in public in the UK

The 1.5 cm wide blade is easy to open under difficult working conditions, with a strong back spring for added safety. The handle is made of lightweight and durable Bubinga hardwood, with steel handle liners.

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Top Selling Folding Pocket Knife of 2013

Taylors Eye Witness Barlow Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle

Taylors Eye Witness Barlow Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle Taylors Eye Witness Sheffield

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Demand in 2013 for a good quality, British made pocket knife remained high and the Eye Witness single blade Barlow knife is our top selling folding knife. The timeless popularity of the 300 year old Sheffield knife design with natural hardwood handle is down to its practicality and beauty.

Otter Messer knives occupied the second and third best selling positions. The combination of German made quality and affordability is unbeatble. New models are due to be released by Otter Messer in the coming months.

Loewen Messer Solingen Germany Knife Manufacturers

Loewen Messer Solingen Germany
Loewen Messer Solingen

Loewen Messer brand knives are manufactured by C.Lütters & Companie in Solingen, Germany. Most of their products are supplied to local industries such as craft shops, shipyards, equipment suppliers, fishing cooperatives, electricians and paper mills.

Knives are also exported to Scandinavia, the UK and Namibia. The factory located at Bismarck Street, Solingen was founded in 1840 and produced a wide range of knives in the past. Today the family business continues production of a selected core range of high quality folding pocket knives and work knives.

Sheet Steel Stamping Machiine
Sheet Steel Stamping Machine

The labour intensive process of making a pocket knife consists of many steps, including punching the blade blank, stamping the trademark, grinding the blade bevel, polishing the blade, shaping and polishing wooden handle scales and rivetting the handle together.

In the hands of an experienced grinding technician, blades are reputedly produced to a tolerance of two tenths of a millimetre. The only step of manufacture which is out sourced is the hardening and tempering stage, as this requires specialised high temperature operation facilities. This crucial step involves quenching the blades at a temperature of minus 80 degrees celcius.

Handle Rivetting Machine
Handle Rivetting Machine

Classic carbon steel is still preferred by many customers including the fishing industry due to the superior edge holding properties compared to stainless steel. With the correct heat treatment carbon steel has a fine molecular structure producing a blade which is flexible and also easy to re-sharpen.

Acknowledgements to C. Lutters & Cie, Solingen, Germany
References: http://www.loewenmesser.de; Chronik-Loewen-Messer 2010.

Blade Blank Before and After Grinding
Blade Blank Before and After Grinding
Past Production Knife Model
Past Production Knife Model
Current Production Knife Models
Current Production Knife Models