I'm confused again.
I bought the same 1 of 100 new QCCC English Jacks previously pictured believing they were 420HC stainless steel. At least a half dozen sellers' ads wrote they were stainless. None wrote they were not. I have yet to see one or a picture of one with a spec of patina. What do I know? I guess I better continue keeping my collectors oiled.
28 v. 29? All of my Queen made English Jacks are fairly new. All have two blades. The ones with clip masters are 29s as is the the one with a lamb's foot master. By lamb's foot I mean an elongated sheep's foot. Its back does not gradually slope down to a fine point like most Wharncliffs. My two blade S&M with a spear master is a 28. Apparently Queen changed their mind on which is which.
This is not the only case of Queen being unable to make up their mind. There are two shapes of square ended 4 1/4" Stockmans, the Reverse Gunstock and one shaped more like competing Camillus and Case 4 1/4" Stockmans. Since 1990 Queen has stamped both shapes both 49 and 50. Unlike the English Jacks they did not switch the numbers then stick with the reversal. They numbered both patterns inconsistently for over 25 years.