I love stockman knives. I grew up in a small western town and used to watch the old ranchers carving pieces of pine with their stockmans at church picnics. And, when I was in boy scouts, the ranch kids all had stockman knives of their own, handed down from their dads or grandfathers. (I was not a ranch kid – my first knife was a Victorinox.)
Stockman knives are great because of the selection of blades. It seems to be a lost art of selecting the right blade for a task. This Eye Brand stockman has three blades, offering a selection for cutting jobs: a large clip, a small spey, and a small sheep’s foot. The clip would be good for fine tip cuts, but also large cutting tasks due to the size. The spey blade was originally designed for the work of castrating livestock, and this spey would be good for delicate work. The sheep’s foot has a rounded tip, is long preferred by boatmen, and makes a good blade for carving wood because of its strength.
The blades on this Eye Brand stockman are hammer forged from Solingen steel – a great region of knife/sword producers in Germany since the middle ages. The handle is genuine stag with nickel-silver bolsters. The overall length of this stockman is 3.5-inches.