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Guardians of The Lambsfoot!

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    OK folks, it had to happen - There's a new cult in town!! :eek: :D :thumbsup:

    This thread is dedicated to the appreciation of this quintessential English pattern, and for those who appreciate its subtle lines, its usefulness, and its history. All Lambsfoot posts and pics are welcome here :thumbsup:

    Edit 17th December 2017 - Sheepsfoot pics should only be included for purposes of comparison to the Lambsfoot pattern. However beautiful your Sheepsfoot is, this is not the place to show it. If you don't know the difference, please read on :)

    Thanks to @WhittlinAway , this thread now has an index to help you quickly find information within it: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/guardians-of-the-lambsfoot.1406735/page-172#post-17681582

    Welcome to the Guardians of the Lambsfoot thread, and thanks to all my fellow Guardians for their contributions :) :thumbsup:



    Guardians International! - https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewe...&ll=24.770286879170396,-67.60244121806613&z=1 Contact @btb01 to be added to the Guardians World Map :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2019
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  2. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    The subtle lines of a beautifully executed Lambsfoot pattern.

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  3. donn

    donn Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 14, 2002
    Excellent idea Jack.

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  4. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Donn :D Great pic :thumbsup:

    AW SB Lambsfoot 1-1.JPG
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  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    This thread - http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1069771 - is a few years old now, and many of the images it once contained are no longer hosted. Those interested in the Lambsfoot pattern may still find some useful information and discussion in it though. Thanks to those who have helped to keep it going over the years, especially Charlie Waynorth :thumbup:
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  6. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Image code if you'd like to add the cult to your sig line (and please feel free to do a better job) :thumbsup:

    Guardians of The Lambsfoot.jpg

    Edit - Please see Post 20 - Thanks again Jake :thumbsup:

    Edit 2 - And post 41 :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2017
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  7. r8shell

    r8shell Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Guardians of the Lambsfoot.
    Lambfoot (1).jpg

    You know I'm in favor of a new cult, Jack. I even run a retirement home for worn and wayward lambsfoots.
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  8. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    DSCF7146.JPG I know the wooden one is good because I received it from an impeccable source. I think the black one could stand more sway in its back.
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  9. donn

    donn Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 14, 2002
    Cheers Jack. It's a REAL nailbreaker. Great pic yourself, is that the rams horn one I've seen you post in the past?
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  10. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Here's an old Sheffield Lambsfoot by Alfred Blackwell. Alfred was the son of Joseph Blackwell, who was himself the son of a spring-knife cutler (also Joseph), and making knives in Radford Street, Sheffield from 1833. In 1861, Joseph Blackwell & Sons employed four men and three boys. The sons were Alfred (who was born in 1834) and Henry. By 1868, the firm was working from Liberty Works on Edward Street. As Joseph grew older, the reigns of the firm were increasingly taken over by Alfred, and by 1881 Joseph had retired (dying at Stannington in 1884). Alfred continued to trade in Holly Street.

    Alfred Blackwell 7-1S.jpg

    Alfred Blackwell 8-4.jpg

    This old knife has clearly seen lots of use, and it looked like it had been run over when I found it in a local flea-market. It still takes a razor-edge though, and has great W & T, as well s great character I think :)
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  11. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Excellent r8shell! :D :thumbsup:
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  12. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I know you're a long-term aficionado SP :) :thumbsup:

    I can imagine Donn, I do like those strong pulls though, they remind me of when I was a lad! :D Thank you, that one is actually a special grade of buffalo horn, a short run by Arthur Wright & Son, the background is one of the leftover steel sheets after the blades have been punched out by the 50-ton antique press :thumbsup:
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  13. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Here are my four Arthur Wright Lambsfoot knives, in respectively, ebony, buffalo horn, ox horn, and sambar stag.

    AW Ebony Lambsfoot 6-4S.jpg

    AW SB Lambsfoot 4-1.JPG

    AW Oxhorn Lambsfoot 5-8.JPG

    AW Stag Lambsfoot 'Senator' 5-0.jpg
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  14. donn

    donn Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 14, 2002
    There great those Jack. That buffalo horn is unusual, I always thought buffalo was darker. scrteened porch's post reminded me that the TEW website offer buffalo horn knives including Lambsfoot.
  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thanks Donn :) Yes, it's usually nearly black, with just a bit of colour, but I was very pleased to be able to find one like this. The pile side is also pretty good I think :thumbsup:

    AW SB Lambsfoot 17-6.jpg
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  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Looks like this old 4" Lambsfoot has seen some rough use :( It was made by John Milner & Co of Sheffield. John Milner started off in the trade around 1800, aged nine or ten. He set up on his own about 1830, employing his son, and three apprentice hafters. In his day, John Milner was said to be the best spring-knife cutler in the town, the inventor of the lock-knife, and possibly of the fly-open knife (or switchblade). After his death in 1863, his son (also John) continued the firm until his own death in 1890. After that, Milner & Co continued until 1946, when it became a limited company. It had ceased trading by the end of the 1960's.

    Milner Lambsfoot 2-1.jpg

    Milner Lambsfoot 2-2.jpg
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  17. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Jack, thank you for founding The Guardians, my friend. I am most definitely in!

    This one has found its way into my heart and, frequently, into my pocket:


    It has handled with aplomb everything I've asked it to do. :thumbup:
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  18. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Thank you Greg :) That is a beautiful knife, and I'm very pleased to hear you're getting along with it my friend :thumbsup:
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  19. smiling-knife


    Nov 11, 2006
    Great idea Jack. Nice knives everyone.

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  20. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    Nice idea for a topic. I've been looking for a good example of the lambsfoot.

    Using the noparse tag will display the code instead of the photo (so that others can cut and paste).


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