Knife 10 – Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Foot

The Knife 10 – Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Foot is traditionally a sailor’s knife. The sheep’s foot blade allows a rope to be cut on the deck without skinned knuckles and the sheep’s foot stopped a sailor from stabbing another (or himself I suppose) in rough seas and on board an unstable surface .

This knife is also is made from 1/8” 1080 high carbon. The scales are wenge.

This knife is similar to Knife 8 – Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Point

Grinding this style knife is a good knife to make. Be sure to use a stop for the plunge line. That can either be a stop and grind the bevel by hand or with a grinding jig.

I used the grinding jig on both sheep’s point blades. The first one was a bit more challenging. Getting the plunge line takes a bit of practice. Go slow and be patient. Focus on the start point and the angle. Focus on the pressure. Going from left to right and then right to left takes concentration. We tend to work differently with our right and left hand, so concentrate on keeping the form consistent.

Knife 10 - Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Foot Handle
Scales with liners, drilled and ready to profile the front edge

See Adding the Knife handle — Option 1 for the process of adding the scales.

Knife 10 - Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Foot
Knife 10 - Riggers Knife / Sheep’s Foot

See Grinding a Custom Made Knife for how to grind the bevels.

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