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Stockmans: Part 1: Boker

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by jparham, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. jparham

    jparham Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    I bought this knife a year and a half ago, and remember being dissapointed, as it did not come sharp. I got it a little bit sharper on my whetstone, but not much.

    Well, I have a little bit more sharpening knowledge no then I did before, particualry after three "Help me" threads on three different forums, and I have gotten this 1095 fairly sharp.

    I believe my knife was part of the Grand Canyon series. It is 4" overall- a good size, not too small, which sometimes my dear, beloved Yellow, CV, Medium Stockman feels like, and not too huge, like the big one which I will mention later.

    It has brown jigged bone, lightish brown near the bolsters, very darkish near the centers, and three pins, none of them in the bolsters. It is a very good looking knife, with this bone, and the patina which I gave it. I held the blades in hot cranberry juice, until a patina formed, then I washed it and wiped it dry. The resulting knife has a fairly even patina, but with some lighter splotches- I think the patina looks more natural and less induced than, say, the patina on my Sodbuster Jr.

    It is a very good using knife, with one of the best blade combinations. I mainly use the Sheepsfoot for everyday tasks, but others prefer the clip, and that's just as good, and even better for certain things. One note- if using the clip, the high sheepsfoot blade can dig into your palm. This is one reason I use the Sheepsfoot more, but it is also the blade pattern I like best.

    As for the Spey, well, you can do anything you want with it. Mine is very sharp, but you could micro-serrate it, or leave it blunt, for scraping, or grind it into a pen or a screwdriver blade. It's probably the least used blade on this knife, but that's mainly because it's the hardest to get out.

    All in all, I'm liking this knife, more than I ever have before. I'm gonna carry it for a while, and give my Vic Helmsman a break.

    As to the title- well I have four Stockmans, three of which I haven't used much. I'm going to clean and sharpen all of them up, and compare them. This is the first of those four threads. The next three will probably come in as many days.
  2. HiWayMan

    HiWayMan Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    NE Ohio
    I carry a stockman everyday. The Sheepsfoot does get the most use for me as well. Clip second and spey third. But that spey blade is scapel sharp, just in case. I use the sheepsfoot so much I'm kinda looking for a knife with it as the master blade. Perhaps a boat knife as the marlin spike would make a dandy scribe.

    Definately hard to go wrong with a stockman. It has been the number one selling pattern since about the 1930s or so, if I recall my knife collector's book correctly.
  3. kamagong

    kamagong Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    The stockman's always been my favorite slipjoint design. Here's one I've been carrying for the past year and a half.


    I just got this vintage Imperial recently. It's an old variation of the stockman design, an equal end cattleman.

  4. Todd A

    Todd A Member

    Aug 4, 2007
    I've seen that Imperial somewhere before?:scrutiny:

    Since you brought up cattleman,How 'bout a Wards


    Abit rough but I won't feel bad cleaning this one up abit.

    And since we are also talking about Boker Stockman.

    20's to 30's vintage..


    My first Boker :D, and my only non-USA knife.
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