As someone who EDC’s a slip joint pocket knife everyday, there are several old standby models to choose from. Whether your going with a traditional trapper model with a clip point and spey blade, or a large stockman with bone or antler handles, these designs are classic. However, in recent years many companies have come out with much more unique designs that incorporate classic slipjoint styling, in very neat handle and blade configurations.
One such slip joint is the W.R. Case & Sons Seahorse Whittler. The Seahorse Whittler is a medium to large sized 3 bladed slip joint that is designed…you guessed it! to whittle, or in general to slice stuff up!
What makes the knife so unique is two fold. Firstly, it has a unique handle shape. It starts narrow in the middle and curves slightly up as it reaches both ends, with one side noticeably larger than the other. Secondly, is that very pronounced and curved Wharncliffe shapes blade.
I’ve been carrying the Seahorse Whittler every other day, switching off between a soon to be previewed W.R. Case & Sons Teardrop Jack(another unique slipjoint!) and my initial impression is very good. Their Tru Sharp Stainless steel while a basic stainless is very easy to sharpen, holds a nice edge and can be gotten very sharp with basic sharpening skills and equipment.
The main wharncliffe blade flies through paper and newsprint and can slice an apple well. The secondary blades are a pen knife, and coping knife blade. One being a perfectly good utility shape(the pen blade) and the other being a fairly trade specific knife shape(the coping blade) that at one point was popular among carpenters and electricians due to being able to make cuts in tight areas as well as circular cuts.
This specific Seahorse Whittler is dressed in smooth persimmon orange bone handles and operates on a two spring system. The main blade, the wharncliffe opens on both of the springs creating a fairly strong resistance when using the knife. this allows you to be a little more aggressive when whittling or carving. Both of the smaller secondary blades only open on one each of the backsprings respectively.
Part of the appeal about slip joint knives for me is that they can be carried practically anywhere with nary a sideways glance. While I always have a modern folding knife on me(as well as a small fixed blade typically), the knife I go to the most in public is always a slipjoint pocket knife. When you deliberately reach in to your pocket and unfold one of these bad boys with two hands you are more likely to get compliments than anything else.
I’m very excited to fully test this slip joint out, and want to thank W.R. Case & Sons for letting us use the knife for the purposes of this review!