All steel construction, made by Ibberson, one of Sheffield's oldest cutlery firms. Each has a 2-1/4" Sheepsfoot style blade designed with exceptional strength and an old-style can opener. In addition the sailor's tool has a pointed marlinspike, for rope work. Rugged tools for rugged work.
Last year I bought from Garrett Wade their nifty little single-blade British Army pocket knife. It is sturdy, dependable, no-nonsense, and a topic of conversation.
However, a man sometimes needs a bottle and can opener too, and while the single-blade will still be my Sunday-go-to-meeting knife, for daily use the three-bladed model, with blade, bottle / can opener, flat-blade screwdriver, and multi-purpose spike will be my daily vade mecum (Latin for "go with me," meaning an item used every day).
- Monday, August 11, 2014
2 of 3 isn't OK
Ed (Frankenmuth, Michigan)
I've owned this knife for several years and have used both the blade and the marlinspike on multiple occasions, I had not used the can opener before reading Walt's review but tried it to see if I agreed with his comment. He is correct; it will not open cans. I've reviewed the picture of the knife shown on this web display and it looks like the can opener blade has been sharpened (on the Army version) but that is certainly not the fact in real life. The supposed cutting edge is a smoothly rounded full cross section of the entire blade. Please do not offer this knife or any other product without testing its function. I'm a backpacker and am glad I did not discover this issue 10 miles in the wilderness.
- Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Not A Can Opener
Walt Sullivan (Ramsey, NJ)
I love the knife, but I tried the can opener and it tore the rim but would not puncture the lid. This blade appears to be completely unsharpened, opens beer bottles well however. I think a note to the manufacturer is in order. Maybe they seal their cans with tin foil in the UK.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department Thank you for the review. We have discussed this with the manufacturer and they suspect that you may have received a knife with a can opener tip that is more rounded than usual. We have tested the example we have here and, though completely unsharpened, it had no difficulty opening a can. This particular model has always had an unsharpened can opener that is useful for many other jobs, including opening beer bottles. Sharpened can openers cannot always do that, and that is why this model has not had a can opener that is any sharper than necessary. Please feel free to return it for an exchange.
- Monday, February 17, 2014
Edward Arlt (Trout Creek, Montana)
This is a good quality knife. Well made from first class materials. I was pleased with it and intend to buy another.
- Tuesday, January 07, 2014
2 Blade Army Knife
Wayne (Burnsville, Minnesota)
Just received this knife as a Christmas gift. The knife is very well constructed and it is very sharp. Feels solid in your hand.
- Friday, December 20, 2013
Greg (San Clemente, CA)
Great knife, very handy
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Great Knife with a Reservation
Steve H (Victoria, Texas)
I purchased the sailors knife and have had it just a couple of days. This is a well made, sturdy, sharp and heavy enough to feel good in hand. I love the opener blade BUT that's where the problem lies. It is larger than many other knives but I can't open it with out using pliers to grip it. I'm working it open and closing, about 100 times so far and still won't loosen up.... A Great knife with that reservation......
- Saturday, November 02, 2013
Sturdy and Practical
Mack Hall (Kirbyville, Texas)
No Chinese or Swiss plastic gimcrackery here; these tough knives are all steel and crafted in England. Designed for British soldiers and sailors, one of these will be your best pal when camping and hunting, in the shop, and on the job. Garrett Wade's really fast service makes buying one or two of these an even better deal.
And, with Christmas coming, a British Army Knife from Garrett Wade would make an economical but very thoughtful gift for those who appreciate excellence and understatement in their field gear.
- Sunday, September 29, 2013
James Creasy (La Harpe, Illinois)
This knife is one of the most solid of the knives that i have in my collection. Although I'll probably never use the knife because i just like to collect them. I did examine it and it was better built then some of my more expensive knives. I don't think you could go wrong buying this one for everyday use.and you can't beat the price for this quality...
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Robert J (Castro Valley, CA)
Nicely made, but came duller that a 6-foot third grader.
Sharpened OK after 20 mins on the stones. Unacceptable.
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013
A Working Tool for a Working Man
Lawrence Hall (Kirbyville, Texas)
My old dad always said that a man is not fully dressed without his pocket knife. He won a Silver Star for his actions in the Battle of the Bulge, and in his life as a soldier and a farmer he never felt the need for flash and trash -- I can imagine what he would say about the current obsession among keyboard commandos with "tactical" junk made in China. His pocket knives were always sturdy, honest, and workmanlike, just like him.
The British Army Knife, in its three variants, is all that - sturdy, honest, and workmanlike. Made in England, this tool, every part formed from steel, is also a work of art, simple and elegant in design and function. There is no plastic, no little electric light, no tweezers, no gimmicks, just steel and craftsmanship.
The three-blade model features a tough blade in what is known as the sheep-foot pattern, a bottle / can opener, a spike for working cordage, and, as part of the handle, a flat protrusion for use as a pry or a flat-blade screwdriver.
The two-blade model omits the spike.
There is a hard-to-find single-blade model which features the sheep-foot blade only, omitting even the prying feature, and this is a good one for carrying in the pocket of your Sunday-go-to-meetin' pants without stressing the pocket.
All three models feature a hinged shackle; I attached a dogtag with my name and address on it to mine.
The British Army Knife is a well-made tool, not a shiny toy, and any man will find it worthy in his work and in his pocket.
- Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Chuck McGary (Selma, California)
This little knife has everything you need in a hurry. Built to last, sharp, and functional. The marlin spike is a must for climbers or anyone that deals with ropes and knots. A great little outdoors light weight tool.
- Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Andrey V (Saint-Peterburg, Russia)
This knife will be very interesting to people connected with the sea. Traveling with this knife, you can be sure it is 100%, it never fails and will not fail you.
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kurt (San Jose, California)
I have to say this is one of the best knife purchases I have made.
The quality of the (3 blade) knife is many times better then I had expected. Extremely well made.
I was rather surprised by the size of it. Bulkier then most pocket knifes.
It will be a great addition to my camping bag.
- Wednesday, January 02, 2013
British Army Knife
David Fosse (University Park , Maryland)
Small, manual, practical. Very basic, handy knife that fits into pockets and can be available everywhere. The blade shape & grind are strong and durable. It is also clear that, even though the knife is modestly priced, the workmanship is precise and the knife was finished by hand. Best of Sheffield craftsmanship on display.
- Monday, February 27, 2012
3 Blade British Army Knife
JT (Sheridan, Wyoming)
Let me start by saying thank you so much for the excellent customer service I received from Garrett Wade, you guys made my shopping experience a pleasure !! Now on to the 3 blade British Army Knife made in Sheffield England. I received this knife today and itís exceeded all my expectations !! This is a very well build knife and Iím sure it will last me the rest of my life. I purchased this knife for camping because my wife and I use Grand Trunk Hammocks while we camp , they tie between two trees. Because no two trees are the same distance apart , we were constantly having to adjust the knots on the hanging ropes. For years Iíve carried my 1968 U.S. Camillus pocket knife. Itís all stainless steel , has a bottle opener, can opener, flat screw driver , blade and leather punch. I had always wished it had a Marlinspike instead of the leather punch to help untie them hammock knots. I also wanted a Clevis ( also known as a Bale or Shackle ) on my pocket knife because I clip my pocket knives to my belt using a key ring belt clip , this way itís always easy to get at and doesnít wear a hole in my pockets. I can also use the Clevis to tie a rope on so I donít loose it while on the water fishing. I looked everywhere for an American Made knife of the same great quality of my U.S. Camillus but with a Marlinspike instead of a leather belt punch , and I could not find one. Although I wish the 3 Blade British Army Knife had a bottle opener on it , I will still be able to open bottles with it. Since the British are Good Friends and Allyís of the United States I didnít mind supporting them by buying this very well made 3 blade British Army Knife from Sheffield England. I can tell right away that this knife is going to be my new favorite pocket knife for years and years to come. Thank you Garrett Wade for offering such a great knife at a great price !! JT P.S. If you take the first letters from British Army Navy Knife it spell
- Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rough finish hides smooth functionality
TDK (Greeley, Colorado)
I've got to admit I was taken aback when I first saw the British Navy Knife. It looked like it had been assembled from a kit by a not-very bright teenager with tool marks on the scales, the pins looking hand peened, and the shackle showing the fine workmanship you'd expect from an 18th Century metal shop. The motto "Genuine British Army Knife" looked like a bad joke.
What the heck, before sending it back, I gave it a try. The large sheepsfoot blade is more convenient than the common US spearpoint style, the steel takes and holds an edge marvelously, the blades and marlinspike operate smoothly and hold securely in place. The description fails to mention the integrated screwdriver which is hard enough to not deform and ground sharply enough to not tear up screw heads; being part of the frame of the knife, it has excellent rigidity and leverage.
Don't let the looks put you off, this knife will become a fast favorite and looks likely to last at least one lifetime.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
It is undoubtedly wonderful to hear that you didnít judge this book by its cover, so to speak! †We hope it will give you much enjoyment through the years. Thanks for your comments!
- Sunday, January 15, 2012
British Navy Knife
Mark (Bison, Kansas)
I purchased the British Navy knife. Very well constructed...will last anyone's lifetime. I collect knives; in my opinion it is one of my best purchases regarding cost v. quality. The quality of this knife is fantastic!
- Sunday, December 04, 2011
Gary E. Hogan (Round Rock, Texas)
This British knives have been a super great knives. I found that I have put it to the test, They are by far a great strong and built to last of long lasting knives. I am very proud of how it stands up to the test. I would highly recommend these knives to anyone that is looking for knives to last a long time.
- Saturday, July 16, 2011
British Navy Knife
Jerry (Pompton Lakes, NJ)
This is a beautiful, practical and finely made tool.
I had a similar knife when in the military and it lasted 25 years; I expect this one to be handed down through a few generations.
Super smooth marlinspike for knotwork and splicing. The blade holds a great edge and is easy to open. I guess the can opener blade will come in handy for some things (haven't found a use yet).
Overall a very impressively manufactured implement.
- Friday, June 17, 2011
Should work well
David Gross (Faribault, Minnesota)
Several years ago, I bought the Navy Knife for my daughter who has become a real salt on Tall Ships, as a crew member. She carried it for years and used it heavily for her rope work on real Manilla rope. A friend who was in the Navy called it a Boatswain's Knife, an essential tool on ship. The finish wear on hers shows its use and functionality. She says that the Sheffield steel is excellent, as good as it gets. It's not "pretty" or elegant; it's just a good tool. So, when I saw the chance to get one, I did. She now has to teach me to "understand" rope and how to work with rope properly.
The first one I received had a sloppy mechanism/assembly, but the replacement is fine, showing the first one to be an aberration. It is very solid and made to be used hard and for a long time.
- Tuesday, May 03, 2011
david in usa (myrtle beach , sc)
I purchased one of the three blade knives while in the military, and traded for several more. I gave a total of thirteen of these knives to relatives and friends between 1975 and 2007 and, as of yet, none have failed to meet the tasks they are used for. I personally have carried mine in 11 countries, three military deployments and have found more uses for it than an altoids tin! The knife takes a good edge, and with proper use, it holds that for a good while. The two blade I carry daily is capable of giving a good wet shave, for up to four weeks with careful use.
- Friday, February 25, 2011
Good Rigger's Knife
Josiah Bacon (Berkeley, California)
I've been looking for an inexpensive rigger's knife for a while. I have an Ibberson and really like it. But I wanted something less expensive for everyday use. This is it. Very handy for a variety of tasks. My only suggestion is it does not have a eye for pulling line through cordage. Despite that I still give it a fiver. Although I am leery of riveted fittings, it is very tight and seems well constructed. The price was right, I've seen them on line for much more. Ordering was quick and painless.
- Friday, February 25, 2011
Made to Last a Long Time
Al Burnor (Carmichael, CA)
Good, solid. stainless steel construction. Some of the finish work(i.e. the rivets) have sharp edges and the point of the marlinspike does not fit flush when it is closed, causing it to snag on inside of pocket as do the rivets. Since I ordered a British Navy Knife, why is it stamped British Army Knife and what is the British Army supposed to do with a marlinspike? On the whole, this was a very good purchase.
- Saturday, January 29, 2011
No nonsense knife
Ian Cunningham (Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
A solid, no nonsense knife.
Simple and to the point.
- Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Nice work knife
Ed Frantzen (Stratford, CT)
Great little pocket knife. Good for cutting rope to opening packages. Can opener an bottle opener wook fine. Marline spike nice extra for taking knots apart even your shoe lasses.
- Sunday, December 19, 2010
Army Navy Knife
Jeff Melbourne (Denison, Texas)
Beautiful Knife, everything I expected, I bought a 2 blade and 3 blade for my collection and to pass on to my kids later on. I am english so I have a special attachment to them.
- Friday, December 17, 2010
High quality and unique
Lloyd Smith (E. Wenatchee, Washington)
I bought the two-bladed version; the difference between it and the three-bladed version is that the latter has a marlin spike. This is a good looking, well constructed knife. The burnished stainless steel body goes well with the polished blades. The knife feels substantial and solid. The blades operate smoothly and open with a satisfying "thunk" sound. It has the feel of a knife that will last a long, long time. I'm happy I bought it, and I'd do it again.
- Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Bill (Woodbridge, Va.)
You get what you pay for. I'm happy. This was just for my odd collection and will be used by my children & grandchildren when I am GONE !!
- Saturday, December 04, 2010
Harold McKew (Moravian Falls, NC)
This knife has everything you could need, and it is very well made.
- Monday, October 11, 2010
GREAT LITTLE KNIFE
Margie (Mena, Arkansas)
I bought this knife for my husband as a surprise. He loves it. It has replaced the lock-back that he carried for many years. The blades/tools are super sharp and all blades open easily. He did have to smooth all the little brads; they had very sharp edges and could easily cut fingers. All in all, a great little knife.
- Saturday, October 02, 2010
British Army Knife
David Reid (Jenks, OK)
Very impressed with this knife. I do a lot of work around the water and the marlin spike was the main reason I got this knife.
The only problem I have with the knife is the fact that the can opener/bottle opener blade will not open. Both thumb nails are broken and the darn thing will not open. I can get it open with a screw driver in the slot. Is there a way to loosen up this blade as it is pretty worthless due to the tight fit of the blade makes it impossible to open in a normal situation.
- Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Cordie Splicer (Los Angeles, CA)
- Friday, July 02, 2010
Gentleman Mac (Athens, GA)
I bought the two bladed version and have loved it. I don't do a lot of sailor's work, so the marlin spike would be a waste for me. For those so inclined, the body of the knife can be used to open bottles, too. I have liked this so much, it is now the official "estate" present to my male friends who are inclined to like this kind of thing. Buy these!!!!!
- Sunday, April 25, 2010
Bob Doyle (Forest City, Pa.)
Being a fan of tools that are both practical and functional I thought this British made knife would be just what I needed in my daily tasks. In my opinion it is as good as any Swiss Army knife I've owned and currently use. It has been an excellent replacement for the Swiss knife and the marlinspike has been very useful.