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Know Your Patterns: Seahorse Whittler

ith the start of 2021, we've decided to revive our 'Know Your Patterns' series of posts. So be sure to check back every Sunday for the latest article!

Today we're going to explore the Seahorse Whittler.

Pictured: Burnt Brown Bone Seahorse Whittler

The Seahorse Whittler is a most peculiar knife, being a Case exclusive pattern. The pattern dates back less than 20 years, to 2002.

Built on pattern #55, the knife is largely based off the Wharncliffe Whittler, which had been produced and discontinued prior to the 1940s.


The knives are 3 bladed, featuring the signature wharncliffe blade with a straight edge and rounded spine as the master. On the opposing bolster are the knife's two other blades, most often a pen and small sheepsfoot. When closed, the knife is 4 inches long.

So where does the 'Seahorse' name come from? As with most knife patterns, the commonly used name comes from it's shape. The Seahorse Whittler has a notable similarity to the aquatic Seahorses. The larger bolster representing the creatures head, the smaller being the tail; and a curved spine in between.

A unique pattern for the unique collector. Just like the Sod Buster, the Seahorse Whittler is not a pattern that everyone enjoys, but it is a collector's favorite for many and would make an excellent addition to any collection.





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