« on: December 25, 2016, 02:32:06 AM »
Electrician's knives are one of my favorite patterns for carry and use, in addition to the Stockman. They've been made since the '20s, when many places didn't have electricity, and radio was still in its infancy. Many were called "Radio Knives" by their makers.
Most include just two blades, a drop point and a combination wire stripping/screwdriver blade. But, many configurations exist. Three blade, sheepsfoot, clip point, or hawkbill blade replacing the drop point, the screwdriver blade being replaced by a Romex slitter blade, etc. The Romex blade, it seems, is exclusive to knives made for Klein Tools by Kutmaster/Utica. Clip Point is exclusive to knives made for advertising use by Colonial that utilized a Barlow frame. Sheepsfoot is exclusive to the Ric-Nor "Electric Mate" series of the '70s. In the '20s and '30s, many had blades that opened from opposite ends.
This is one I carry a lot, a Case 62031 LHR by Camillus. It's the one I carry the most, actually. This oddball pattern seems to be popular with coal miners, it seems. These were often issued to miners in the '80s and '90s. The only electrician's knives I've seen in the knife store here is a Bear and Son in this configuration.Case 62031 LHR (Camillus made) 4 Dot 1984
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