The trapper is a basic knife pattern that rivals the popularity of another popular knife pattern, the stockman. Since the early 1900’s this particular type of pocket knife has been a must carry item for many outdoorsmen. The combination of a clip blade and a spey blade made it extremely useful for a wide variety of tasks but was more popular as a hunting and skinning knife, especially where the processing of small game is concerned.
Standard trappers are normally about 4 inches long and large trappers generally run a bit larger at around 4.5 inches. There also “baby” trappers available which are found in lengths of about 3 inches. The “baby” trappers came into use in the early 1970’s as a wide variety of traditional pocketknives were once again gaining popularity among many knife users. The smaller versions of this knife pattern were often considered the "gentleman's" version of a trapper.
Trappers are a basic jack knife pattern of American origin which has both blades located on one end. They are most valued for their versatility and are considered an essential piece of gear for those persons who hunt and trap small game animals. It is this versatility that has made them one of the more popular styles of traditional pocket knives in use today.
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