Finally tallied up the results on the knife design survey and the results were pretty clear. About 60% of the respondents would like to see a Barlow. Over half would prefer a 2 blade with the majority of those preferring a Sheepsfoot/ Pen (or Spear). And finally roughly 65% would like to see 154CM blades. The other steel choices were split with D2 falling in second place followed by 440C, D2 and 1095 falling dead last.
For the most part the results aren’t too shocking. The Barlow’s have been popular for quite some time and don’t show any sign of tapering off. The preference for a two blade rather then a single blade was kind of anticipated as well with the Sheepsfoot/Pen being a pretty standard combo. A couple of folks suggested a Drop Point which I find somewhat appealing as well.
The 154CM blade steel choice really confirmed what I’ve been hearing and thinking for a long time. While 1095 and 440C are great steels, there are better choices to be had. For Carbon, I’ve always liked D2. When it comes to Stainless, for the difference in price over 440C, I personally think the 154CM is a bargain.
At any rate, it gives me something to consider. Really appreciate the input you provided and it’s always interesting to hear what you’re really interested in.