Case edge grinds

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by DocT, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Just to add my 2 cents..
    In the past year or so I've purchased a Backpocket, a Tribal Spear, a Baby Butterbean, and a Wharncliffe Trapper. Not a large sampling, I know. They all came with a decent edge and sharp point. I use them as is until they start to lose their edge, then I sharpen them to my liking. Maybe I've been lucky, but my Case experience over the years has been positive.
  2. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Something to consider is that nearly all factory grinds leave the edge weakened. I sharpen all my new knives not just to get the profile and edge I want, but also to remove all that weakened steel and start getting an edge that will last.
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  3. pholder


    Feb 16, 2005
    usually when i buy a new car it comes with a full tank of gas;)
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  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    When i buy a new Jeep, it instantly get many new upgrades. ;)
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  5. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    Usually, and that only gets us so far.
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  6. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    No kidding.... you ought to see what Harley buyers do when they buy a new one... SMH....
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  7. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    This must not be expensive to some of you, but if I pay $50 to $500 for a knife I expect it to have a good edge on it, not a dull, wonky one. My money is valuable to me. I know from years past that Case is capable, but it seems they are more interested in collectors than users. I can buy cheap knives that have better edge grinds. I have a couple of Outdoor Edge knifes that cost less than $14 and they are perfect. I have a Byrd that cost around $12 that is perfect. I have some Buck traditionals that have perfect grinds on them. So, I know this is not only cost savings, this is just shoddy workmanship in this area.
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  8. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I totally agree.

    Case has figured out that people will still buy them regardless.
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  9. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I recently bought a Case Mini Copperhead wharncliffe. The edge grind was so far off I have been having a tough time getting it to an even 30* inclusive and getting it sharp. It is frustrating that I have to do stuff like this instead of enjoying my purchase.
  10. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Not here (Scandiland) you don't :D My last new car showed 8kms left until I could get to a filling station...only just made it :eek::poop:
  11. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    It won't come with a full tank at many US dealers either.
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  12. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I could never buy a vehicle that the dealer didn't fill up.
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  13. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    Yeah, if the dealer would not take care of me with a tank of gasoline I would think he would not take care of me if I had any issues with the vehicle.
  14. Lansky1


    Apr 12, 2016
    Here's a Case knife company video - it explicitly shows why Case edge grinds suck - fast forward to 0:49 ... guy sharpens a blade in ONE second on one side, then sharpens the other side with his other hand in ONE second. Voila - he "sharpened" a knife in probably 4 seconds if you factor in changing hands. Its really disturbing to me to see that lack of inattention to detail. No one could sharpen a blade decently at that production speed.

    Now having said this, I own well north of 100 late model Case knives & I'm well aware that the blade will need attention right out of the box. First thing I do when I get one is reprofile with the coarse Lansky diamond stone & work through the grits - it takes me very little time to get the blade angle right. For sheepsfoot and wharncliffe's (straight cutting edge blades) ... I have to use a file to bring them back to straight against a straight edge as the tip is always rounded over, then I start the Lansky stones. This is not a Lansky advertisement, but for heavy reprofiling a blade & bringing back the angle to where it should be - this is one area where the Lansky shines & makes the whole process a snap ...
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2020
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  15. Quiet

    Quiet "That guy" Platinum Member

    Oct 11, 2013
    Just bought a new Case last weekend, one of the large Stockmans and the grinds are hilariously uneven, especially on the large sheepfoot center blade (which is crazy considering how easy it should be to grind a straight edge correctly). I'm ok with it, though because at least all the blades are sharp. There are reasons why Case knives cost what they cost.
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  16. JB in SC

    JB in SC Basic Member Basic Member

    May 19, 2001
    The ones I own were okay, just had to knock the burr off. If the edges bother a person, don’t buy ‘em.
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  17. mightyzaa

    mightyzaa Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 1, 2014
    Looks like he has a knife in each hand. basically two at a time. unless these old eyes is seeing wrong. That would explain a few of the blade i get.
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  18. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Yep. Pretty pathetic.

    No one can properly sharpen a knife like this.
  19. brownshoe

    brownshoe I support this site with my MIND

    Sep 6, 2002
    I agree and discuss it before we close.
  20. Fanglekai


    Jan 7, 2007
    I've bought several. The grinds are usually uneven and bad. Takes a while to fix it on benchstones going slowly.
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