The Wonderous Wharncliffe

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Gevonovich, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Tremendous bone on that one Rick!
     
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  2. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Thanks, Will!
     
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  3. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Best of both worlds, another single-spring Wharncliffe/Clip GEC 82 Possum Skinner (somewhat ridiculous name...but a great pattern)

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  4. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    CASE/Bose Collab Norfolk. The Prince of Lightness :D

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  5. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    A safe queen for me...
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  6. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 15, 2019
    Really like this one. I have a few Orvis fly rods. Guess I have two expensive hobbies:)

    This is the only wharny I've got at the moment ...
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  7. Augie

    Augie Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2014
    Here's an old Challenge,


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  8. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Thank you.
    I had a big collection of the Case Single Wharncliffe Mini Trapper knives, just regular run-o-the-mill stuff. When I heard there was an Orvis/Stag version, I didn't rest until I found one and bought it. Very tough to find them. I've since given away all the Case Wharncliffe knives I had to members here on the porch, but kept this one for my safe. It was part of my first knife collection and my favorite of the bunch. Also my first "hunted" knife purchase.

    I am also into fly fishing, but mostly have Sage rods. Like you said, another expensive hobby, but so much fun.
     
  9. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Will, I have always been impressed with your collection and passion for the straight edge. I have a soft spot for the 55, excellent display as always!

    This made me laugh. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

    That's a heck of a knife to bring you back! Been on my list for sometime. Looks like you highly recommend it, great pic

    Beauty John, love the covers on that one!

    My oh my, what an absolutely stunning knife, on so many levels. Thank you for sharing that treasure!
     
  10. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Thank you, Jeff!
     
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  11. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Of course Rick!
    Do you carry and use it? How is the walk and talk of that guy? Do you know the year it was made? Sorry I am full of questions, still kind of taking it in :)
     
  12. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Thanks! Gift from @JohnDF. Very nice. In my pocket now, and toting on Friday.
     
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  13. Wharn

    Wharn Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    I approve of this thread.
     
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  14. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
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  15. Mayonardo

    Mayonardo Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 28, 2010
    Ah hem…! Fly fishing is not a hobby.
     
  16. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    No problem, Jeff. I'll answer as best I can.

    I carried it for a couple days when I first got it but I haven't used it yet. That's only because I got involved in other knives and I also need to put an edge on it. It has no edge on it right now to speak of.

    Walk and talk is very good to excellent. Nice snap in both directions. Blade is easily pinched open.

    I don't know the exact year of manufacture but my Goin's Encyclopedia of Cutlery Markings says that Union Knifeworks was only in business from 1911-1913.

    I've been told by some knowledgeable folks that the knife likely left the factory with two blades. The secondary blade opened from the opposite end. If that's the case, whomever removed the secondary blade did an outstanding job of putting the knife back together.

    When I was told of the modification I was shocked because to my untrained eyes, it shows no signs of being modified. I was also a little disappointed at first but then I realized that I bought the knife because I like it and before I knew anything about it. It might not be as it was when it left the factory but it's still a Union Knifeworks knife and I just adore the thing.

    It's a funny thing how I ended up with the knife. I had purchased a late model Queen Barlow which upon arrival had a huge crack in the bone slabs. I returned it for an exchange and this is the knife I chose to replace it. That couldn't have worked out better because I like this knife WAY better than that Queen Barlow. The Queen being defective was a blessing in disguise.

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  17. mike Berkovitch

    mike Berkovitch Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    One of the best models of GEC IMHO

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  18. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Lol... :D:thumbsup:
     
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  19. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Come out to southwest montana, I can at a minimum point you in the right direction ;)
     
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  20. rockgolfer

    rockgolfer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    Awesome story, It was meant to be! Appreciate you explaining all that. Such a short lived company, it's awesome you have such a fine example. Even if it was a two blade to start life. Thanks for sharing the history of it Rick.
     
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