Rosecraft Blades continues to establish its reputation in the traditional knife space with another recent release called the Briarpatch Jack. This one deviates from some of the other recent Rosecraft traditionals with its two-blade setup, but with familiar materials and construction in tow.

Despite their surface-level differences, there are many shared characteristics between traditional and modern folders; that being said, multiple blade setups are almost exclusively the purview of traditional knife design. Collectors and historians know that these multiblade pieces can get quite complicated, with some examples of the form having three, four, even five blades. Rosecraft kept things relatively simple, with a two-blade setup, one on each end of the cigar pattern body. The ‘main blade,’ (although both blades here are nearly the same size) is a 3.2-inch clip, not dissimilar to the clips on other Rosecraft releases, an obvious workhorse shape; the ‘secondary’ is a 3.1-inch wharncliffe, a bit modern in the style of its swedge but fundamentally textbook in terms of edge profile.

Both blades open with nail marks, both have half stops, and both are made from Rosecraft’s preferred D2 steel, certainly a familiar mettalurgical face to most, if not all, our readers. Performance in category as a multivalent EDC will be up to snuff for the price point, with the only concern being D2’s higher-than-stainless proclivity for corrosion; but with routine care, it should withstand any but the most extreme situations in that regard.

You can see the grain of the bone covers in this picture

The cigar body pattern is symmetrical, which makes it an immediate, intuitive tool in the hand, one that will function the same no matter which blade you have out and working. The covers here are made from smoky gray bone, and there are fluted bolsters on both ends and a shield inlay on the show side – all niceties that are important to mention when discussing any traditional, new or old. The Briarpatch Jack, like many of the recent Rosecraft traditionals, comes from the pen of company CEO Andy Armstrong, also the creative force behind recent Rosecraft traditionals like the Cane Creek Jack and the Obed Creek Bow Trapper.

The Briarpatch Jack is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Rosecraft Blades Briarpatch Jack

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