View Full Version : Rope cutting geometry

Tim P. Watson
01-23-2003, 03:55 AM
I am wanting to make my father knife for use that will be primarily cutting bailing string. He uses it tying up tomato plants and cuts quite a bit of twine and I would like to make him one that will do the job with as little effort as possibe. I plan on using CPM S-30V for the blade material but I am curious on what would be a good style blade.

Gary Mulkey
01-23-2003, 09:12 AM

There is a miriad of blade styles that will do the job that you are after. I suggest that you ask your father what is his favorite. He is more likely to use one that fits his own tastes the best.


Jerry Hossom
01-23-2003, 12:01 PM
I think Gary's suggestion is a good one. Personally, I'd think a fine edged Wharncliff would work well for that purpose.

Terry Primos
01-23-2003, 03:50 PM
I think Wharncliff would be my choice for that function too.

Tim P. Watson
01-23-2003, 03:50 PM
Gary's suggestion is good if my father had a clue as to what a warncliffe was or any other style for that matter. We have our knives he as his garden.:-) I was leaning toward a Warncliffe myself but the only thing this knife will be doing is this job and I was wondering if there was a style that really excelled at cutting rope (twine)

01-28-2003, 03:45 PM
This is may not fit what you're asking, but in my (very short) career running a machine that made cardboard boxes, we had to tie the boxes in bundles. To cut the twine, we wore a "ring knife". You wore it on your finger as a ring, and it had a hooked blade about 3/4 of an inch long. Worked great. Kinda Freddy Kruger. That makes me wonder if a small hawkbill blade might work well for cutting twine and pruning plants.


Tim P. Watson
01-29-2003, 12:10 AM
Actually you may have somethinng there as he would not have to reach for it each time. He grows around a thousand plants and the is a lot of cuttiig as they need tied up several times during the season and he is bad to drop and lose them, I have given him a knife very year for his birthday for this purpose and it seldom makes the next season.