Case Cutlery 06246 Black G-10 Seahorse Whittler
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The incredible durability of this fiberglass and epoxy composite make our Black G-10 handles fit for hard work indoors or out. The #06246 Seahorse Whittler features a Smooth Black G-10 handle, Tru-Sharp stainless steel Wharncliffe, Pen and Coping blades and Case Oval shield. The Seahorse Whittler measures 4" closed, and weighs 2.6 oz. Specifications Pattern: 10355WH SS Handle Material: Smooth Black G-10 Handle Blade(s): Wharncliffe, Pen and Coping Blades Blade Material: Tru-Sharp Stainless Steel Length Closed: 4" Weight: 2.6 oz About W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has been a leading American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives for more than a century. Still manufactured in Bradford, Pennsylvania by skilled artisans using the finest materials and time-honored techniques - this rich heritage makes Case knives the brand of choice for sportsmen and knife enthusiasts, as well as the most collected knives in the world. From hunting and pocket knives to the V-42 Stiletto carried by U.S. Army soldiers in World War II, to the M-1 Astronauts knife carried on the Gemini and Apollo missions, Case knives have been a trusted companion, as well as a tool, for generations.
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The two smaller blades are extremely thin and tend to bend a little when you use them so they'll strictly be used for surface detail removing little more than a layer of wood at a time.
So, why 4 out of 5 rather than 5 out of 5? Simply put, the competition at this price point is tough. The Flexcut Tri-Jack Pro is within $5 of this knife and while it might not look as pretty, it's a vastly better whittling knife. No flex in any of the blades, the cuts are cleaner and the grip is more comfortable. It's not as pretty or as light, but it's better for whittling. I feel like the comparison between the two is fair; they are after all both marketed as wood carving knives.
The advantage of the Seahorse Whittler over tools like the Flexcut Tri-Jack Pro is that you could use it as your daily knife, the main blade is certainly strong enough to take it. If you do that however you'll have to strop the blade before you carve which might cut down the spontaneity of your creativity.
I'm torn. I love the Seahorse, I'm keeping it, I'm going to make things with it. Would I want it as my "go to" whittling knife and not have other options? Nope.
This knife is a split-back, meaning it has two springs with the two small blades at one end of the knife, using each spring individually, while the main blade is at the other end of the knife using both springs and the main blade closing between the two small ones.
Blades have good pull, not too easy and nothing that will pull out thumb nail, good snap into open and closed position, no half stops.
Blade lengths are cutting edge lengths and don't include tang. Blades are flat ground "as ground" finished, not polished, stainless steel. Blades are useably sharp, good enough for most people, if you like to whittle and carve you might want to hone and strop for a better edge.
Warncliffe blade length 2 1/8" x 5/8" wide x .145" thick at the tang tapering to .020" at the point (see back of blade photo). Nail nick is deep with good placement.
Coping blade length 1 3/8" x .265" wide x .040" thick at the tang. Nail nick is necessarily shallow because of blade thinness, no big problem.
Pen blade length 1 3/8" x .275" x .040" thick at the tang. Nail nick on this blade same as coping blade.
This knife has synthetic scales and "as ground", not polished, blades and is not as "purty" as other offerings in this pattern. If you are a collector or just want to show off a pretty knife, this is not for you and it is not Case quality going down, it is just a using knife at a lower price. Case has several other pretty Sea Horse Whittlers with bone scales and polished blades...and a bigger price tag. I have a Case medium stockman with brown synthetic scales and "as ground" blade finish but the fit is excellent and also lower priced, great knife, Case has a few other patterns like this.
Case's catalog is more handle material and closed length and should give better descriptions. Make sure you research before you buy and know what you're buying. For using, I like synthetic handles and matt or ground finished blade, nothing looks worse than highly polished blades that are scratched....and if you use them the blades will get scratched. I appreciate Case offering a not so pretty knife for using since I am going to use this one.
Based on some advertisements by sellers and some reviews, this is not a hunting or a EDC knife although the wharncliffe blade lends itself to a lot of tasks other than whittling. The wharncliffe blade is heavy but tapers to what will be a good carving edge while also tapering lengthwise to a thin point, very useful for heavy removal of wood and also small details with the point. The thin, small blades will work well for smaller details.
I think this pattern is a great folding pocket whittler, if I carry any of my fixed blade carving knives in my pocket I could lose body parts.
The 4" handle fits well in the hand and still fits in my watch pocket.
Why three stars. The finsh is good, not very good or excellent, it was not intended to be a showpiece, if the fit were very good, as it should be, or excellent then it would've got 4 or 5 stars, but the fit is just good, which is still a solid usable knife.
The main blade was well centered and the coping blade, when closed, fit nicely between main blade and liner without touching either...there ain't much room in there either. The pen blade, however, is right against the main blade, tapering from the tang to the point away from the liner (see photo). The small blades also have taper and irregularities from tang to point. I was an industrial tool and cutter grinder and well understand the difficulty of grinding something as thin and small as these two small blades, but I expect less taper/irregularities in the small blades and a lot better fit between liner and main blade than the pen blade has on this knife for a $65 price tag. My Rough Rider 375 has the same two small blades with better fit and straightness.
I like this knife, it is certainly not junk, the problems discussed are not going to affect the use of this knife, I am going to keep it, put a real good edge on the blades and whittle with it.......but it only rates 3 stars with me.
Would not recommend this to anyone.