Let me start by saying, I LOVE Case Knives. There is a nostalgia that I feel with Case Knives, and the multitude of patterns and handle materials appeals to me. I like to visit the Case Outlet in Branson Missouri...it is the ultimate candy store for me. Yeah, my number one knife choice is, and always will be, SAKs, but I also have a decent amount of Case Knives as well.With that being said...there are some observations I have in relation to the current spread of Case Knives:1. For the majority of their line up, doesn't it seem like there is a preponderance of "dainty" knives? There are a few beefy blades (Trapper, the new release of Barlows, large Stockman etc etc) but it seems that much of their line is smaller knives. I suppose for collectors and those seeking a non intimidating "gentleman's" knife, that is where the profit lies. Like I said, just an observation.2. I feel that the blades are a bit overpolished. The corners, grind lines etc, look a bit too rounded. Conversely, the Bose line has some really sharp grind lines. I know it is due to a different line of steel and blade making techniques...I jus think the sharper angles look professional. 3. Handle material - this is a good observation...going to the Case Outlet, and seeing the line up of handle materials is dangerous to my bank account. I applaud Case on the materials they use.Here is my meager collection of Case Knives BTW. Please feel free to snap some pictures of yours!(Image removed from quote.)
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Got my share of CASE knives, too.I'd take a Seahorse Whittler any day of the week. Though I really like the #75 pattern to EDC.
Good observations Spudley What is your experience with the factory edge on their blades? I find them a bit rough/toothy.Lovely collection btw * No, I didn't cut the branch with the trapper :-)
Big Case fan here, particularly of the Trappers. I have a few of them, but my son, Noah, has a pretty decent collection! I'm a Pennsylvania native, and we usually make it to the factory museum/store at least once a year.
Definitely a bit rough. I am one knife enthusiast that really never thinks too much of a factory edge. Regardless of how sharp, dull or rough it might be, I immediately put my own edge on it. However, it is noteworthy that the factory edge often correlates to the care and quality of manufacture.BtW - I also really like the Wharncliffe trappers. I have a single blade mini-Trapper (the EZ open model with a cut out in the handle for better blade grip) with a Wharny blade that I love!
You're fortunate that you have the opportunity to visit the Case factory.I'm also fortunate in being able to collect the knives I like.I just inventoried the Case Trappers and the collection consists of 3 Copperhead Trappers,one 5 blade ,two 3 blade,one single blade Trapper and one Panama Trapper.The balance of the collection consists of 68 two blade model 54 Trappers.
The Mrs got me this a while back, it’s a Orange Curly Zebra Wood, and as you can see she even had it engraved, and when she ordered it they just got the sheaths and the equipment to stamp those so she even had that done to go along with it,JR
A five blade trapper Thats neat!
Let me start by saying, I LOVE Case Knives.
The last Case knife I bought new was a Shark Tooth when they first came out in the 1980's. I have purchased quite a few Case knives since then but they have all been older models. I don't collect knives by brand but whatever suits me at any particular time.
I only have a few Case knives but I like them.
Good observations Spudley
Yes it's really interesting.It's called "The Beast".