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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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Spear Blade Pocket Knife Eye Witness Knives Sheffield

Spear Blade Pocket Knife Eye Witness Knives Sheffield

The Sheffield made pocket knife is built like a tank and will probably last a lifetime. It is definitely a knife made for using rather than collecting. The blade is not mirror polished and is fairly stiff to open at first.

Importantly, the blade is razor sharp from new and the back spring is reassuringly strong. The hardwood handle is totally solid and thick enough to get a good grip on. The bolsters and liners are matching steel instead of more expensive brass or nickel silver.

Overall these knives are intended as working tools with emphasis on functionality rather than cosmetic appearance. This is backed up by Taylors Eye Witness lifetime manufacturing guarantee when the knives are used under normal conditions.

2 Blade Spear Point Eye Witness Pocket Knife

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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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Eye Witness Sheffield Clip Blade Knife Synthetic Black Handle

Eye Witness Sheffield Clip Blade Knife Synthetic Black Handle Taylors Eye Witness Sheffield

Due to the medium strength back spring, the flat grind, 2 mm thick, 3.25 inch stainless steel blade is easy to open. The clip-point blade shape is ideal as a general purpose utility knife.

Eye Witness Knives Sheffield have a reassuring guarantee which covers materials and workmanship, the knife can also be legally carried in public in the UK.

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Eye Witness Sheffield Pruner Blade Pocket Knife Hardwood Handle

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

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.

The hardwood handle, pruner blade knife has an easy open, flat grind, 2 mm thick, 3.5 inch stainless steel blade. Designed for horticultural work, the curved-in shape also makes it an ideal utility blade for cutting open packages, plastic strapping, duct tape etc.

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Otter 174 Anchor Sheep Foot Pocket Knife

Otter 174 Anchor Sheep Foot Pocket Knife Puma Knives Germany

Otter 174 Anchor Sheep Foot Pocket Knife – The 2.2 mm thick, 7.5 cm carbon steel blade can be opened by grasping the width of the blade, instead of using the nail-nick. This makes it an ideal, easy-open work knife for electricians, plumbers, construction workers etc.

Otter-Messer carbon steel blades will hold a long lasting cutting edge. Importantly, this knife can also be legally carried in public in the UK.

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Otter Carbon Steel Blade Sheepfoot Knife 57-5

Otter Carbon Steel Blade Sheepfoot Knife 57-5 Puma Knives Germany

Lamb Foot and Sheep Foot knives have a rounded tip and are safer to use. Because of this, they are ideal work knives. A wide blade knife is also easier to open by grasping the blade, instead of using the nail-nick.

As the blade back does not taper towards the point, it is also stronger than many other blade shapes. As the cutting edge is straight, Lamb Foot and Sheep Foot blades are often preferred for wood carving. There is less chance of slippage, as there is no curve in the blade.

In addition, Lambfoot / Sheepfoot knives can be used with the thumb resting on the spine of the blade. This is also an excellent blade for accurate slicing, because of the straight edge.

The Otter-Messer knife has an extremely hard wearing carbon steel blade, which will hold a long lasting cutting edge. Importantly, this knife can also be legally carried in public in the UK.

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