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Tennessee Jack Prototype

A “Tennessee Jack” is simply a Bose Lanny’s Clip with a second slightly smaller Wharncliffe blade added to the frame in a typical jack knife configuration.  The name is appropriate since Lanny Shell, A friend of Tony Bose who the Lanny’s Clip is named after, hails from Tennessee.

This is the prototype design or first one of this pattern.  It is hafted in sambar stag and has 154CM blades and springs, duo double-bomb SS pinned shields, and SS bolsters and caps.

3 7/8" Tennessee Jack Prototype

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3.5″ Bose/Hampton Trappers

These knives are based on Tony’s Wharncliffe Trapper pattern, a two blade knife.  We made this pair for fundraising purposes for the National Knife Collectors Association.    Tony made the clip knife and I made the Wharncliffe.  They are both covered with Case Chestnut Bone and have a pinned, 410 SS bullock shield, 410 stainless rattail bolsters, and 154CM stainless blades and springs.

3 3/4 Ivory Norfolk "0"

This is the first one of these patterns for me and another first;  Two blade knife with pivots on both ends on a single spring.  The Norfolk is a very old pattern first made by Joseph Rodgers and Sons of Sheffield, England in the later part of the 1800s.  Norfolk is the name of the street where the company was located.  Newly re-patterned for the 2009 Case/Bose Collaboration Knife by Tony Bose, it is a classic design with beautiful lines and useful blades in a wonderfully pocketable package.

This knife is considered a 2-blade pen knife due to the dual pivot/single spring configuration.  The spring and blade material is made of  .108″ thick 154CM stainless steel stock.  That doesn’t leave much room for the blades to fit in the pocket so the crinks and grinds and swedges are critical in making this knife work correctly.  When the blades are closed, there is enough room on all sides of the blades so that a piece of note paper will slide thru.  The blades are purposely left with a 220 grit belt finish so that blade rubs(if it occurs) don’t show.

3 3/4 Ivory Norfolk

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4 1/2" Black "Bose" BackPocket

The Bose BackPocket knife was a design that Tony Bose came up with to provide a big slip joint that would ride nicely in the back pocket of jeans.  He says that he has carried large pocket knives in his back pocket next to his wallet for years and has never lost one.

This knife is made with a drop point blade, steel is A2, and covers are made of black paper Micarta done in shadow form(no bolsters) with birdseye pivot washer.  I did what is called a “flush joint” where the tang end is flush with the frame of the knife when closed.  The spring is nearly flush as well, only liking about .010″ of being flush with the tang end.

The blade and spring is etched with ferric chloride (just for effect) and a lanyard tube is normal fare for this pattern.  A paracord lanyard is attached.

3 5/8″ Bone Teardrop Jack

Recently completed, this teardrop jack single blade was the first one of this pattern that I have made.   Tony Bose graciously shares the patterns he has refined over the years and this is one of those.  This knife can be made as a harness jack with a secondary punch blade.

This knife is covered with Case Antique Peachseed jigged bone and has ATS-34 blade and spring.  The knife is stamped “0” for the first of a potential 10-knife series of this pattern.

3 5/8" Bone Teardrop Jack

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Ivory Wharncliffe Trapper w/caps

This is a Bose pattern Wharncliffe Trapper.  The blades and springs are made of A2 tool steel and etched for effect. The rest of the hardware is stainless steel and the knife is covered with ivory.  This is the first knife I have done with caps…those are the shiney things that look like bolsters on the back.