Sod Buster

Showing 4 of 4 results

Buy the Best Sod Buster Jr. Folding Pocket Knives

Shop and buy Case Knives USA Sodbuster Junior folding pocket knives. The Sodbuster folding pocket knife is a large, low cost, single bladed folding knife, originally associated with 19th century American homestead farmers. The size has been scaled down recently and UK legal, every day carry Sodbuster knives are available. Buy Sodbuster Jr. knives with Tru-Sharp stainless or chrome vanadium steel blades, free UK delivery included.

Historical background - Over 150 years ago the Sodbuster Plough was invented to plough the hard dry ground of the Great Western Plains of the USA. Because of the dry arid conditions, the topsoil was baked into an extremely hard crust known as 'Sod'. Traditional iron ploughs were not strong enough, and the 'Sodbuster Plough' made of steel was introduced to do the job. The 1862 Homestead Act provided 160 acres of free land to anyone willing to set up a farm in the Great Plains. The top layer of earth or Sod was so tough that it was used as building bricks by Homesteaders in the Great Plains. Other inventions around this time were, barbed wire to fence off and protect farm land, horse-drawn reapers, binders and threshers and combine harvesters.

The pocket knife design was probably introduced to America by European settlers. The same style of folding knife is found in Germany. Known as Hippekniep or Goat Knife. Hippe means goat and Kniep stands for folding. In the past also known as "emergency butcher", it was used for cutting hooves and for all daily cutting chores on the farms. In Spain, the same knife is called 'Campera'.

Now manufactured by Otter Messer, Solingen, Germany, the traditional knife has an improved, large round head, blade pivot pin / rivet. Available with European root walnut, Grenadilla, plum and ice beech handle scales and carbon steel blade.