The edi­tor looks at a tra­di­tional knife with a lot to of­fer

Air Gunner - - Knives -

While I was at the Mid­land Game Fair, a gen­tle­man of a cer­tain age sought me out to make a point. He, like me, is some­body who val­ues a good knife and puts them to hard work ev­ery day. What up­set him was that that I mostly write about the more mod­ern de­signs, fea­tur­ing stain­less steel blades and syn­thetic han­dles. I also pre­fer lock­ing de­signs that pro­tect my del­i­cate lit­tle fin­gers. All his life he’s used English-made, non-lock­ing fold­ers, with car­bon blades, and needed me to know that they were ev­ery­thing a coun­try­man could ever need.

With this in mind, I con­tacted Sport­ing Cut­lery, who sug­gested that I take a look at just such a knife made in Sh­effield by A Wright. With some em­bar­rass­ment, I had to con­fess that I had no idea that you could buy an English-made knife these days, other than from top-end spe­cial­ists. I was even more sur­prised to learn that it cost just over £ 30. The car­bon steel, spear-point blade lives be­tween brass plates, topped with buf­falo horn scales and uses a fric­tion lock, mak­ing it le­gal to carry. If there’s a more tra­di­tional ‘gen­tle­man’s daily carry’ then I can’t think of it.

Easy carry

Be­ing so slim, it’s very com­fort­ably car­ried in your trouser pocket, al­though I’d worry that coins would dam­age the lovely fin­ish on the buf­falo horn scales. If you used it to open a box or to peel an ap­ple, I don’t think any­body would give you a sec­ond look. It’s not a threat­en­ing thing at all.

What it needs is some re­spect and TLC. Be­ing a car­bon steel blade, it’s easy to sharpen and hold a good edge, but will cor­rode is left wet. If, for ex­am­ple, you used to gut rab­bits, it would need a very good wipe down there and then, plus a good wash and dry­ing when you got home. The brass plates and buf­falo horn need some care too, but I don’t see this as a rough and tum­ble field tool. This, for me, is the sim­ple knife that lives in your pocket for all those lit­tle daily jobs, like cut­ting string, open­ing boxes and split­ting feed sacks. These are gen­er­ally clean, dry jobs, so dam­age and cor­ro­sion aren’t such big con­cerns.

Know­ing that this fine knife is made in Eng­land gives it a real plea­sure of own­er­ship, and its com­pact di­men­sions and non-lock­ing build mean that it can be safely car­ried with you all day, as long as you’re sen­si­ble; i.e. don’t go to the pub with it. It’s a truly lovely thing and re­minds me of the knives I had as a kid.

“If there’s a more tra­di­tional ‘ gen­tle­man’s daily carry’ then I can’t think of it”

With a pocket knife and a pen, you’re ready to start your day

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