Case knife quality

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by robertj298, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    I think you've hit the nail on the head with this statement. Whether an international purchase or not when possible a conversation with a dealer can save allot of hassle. Especially with a honest one who cares for their customers. Even if its an unknown dealer and who may be on the shady side, once they know you have certain expectations of quality they're less likely to send a sub-par product. It is also a good idea when possible to shop a product specific dealer to imo. Say I order a Case from Collector Knives I feel I'd have a good chance of getting a good one. One because I feel Mike cares about his customer base, and two, Mike being a fellow "knife guy" knows what we expect. Contrast that to ordering a Case from Amazon or Walmart where some random employees are just pulling boxes with the right number on it and shipping without ever looking at the product they ship out. They may not intentionally sending you a dud, but to them your much anticipated stag mini trapper is just order 3346721 and needs packed and gone before 4pm and its already 3:55 o_O
  2. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Oh and the Amazon/Walmart employee even if asked to inspect the knife may not know didly squat about a pocket knife, and as long as a knife is in the box it looks good to them so ship it!
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  3. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    That my friend is why if i can, would rather support small shops/dealers than a huge chain, and i'm prepared to pay more for the service. You are dealing with people who usually run their own business and have to look after their customer base, otherwise they will not cut it in the commercial world. And a person who makes their living from selling and servicing a product is actually going to know about that product. There is a company that supports the forum, so i can name them, DLT Trading, i just purchased 2 Case knives from them, and nothing was too much trouble, arrived well packaged for the trip, everything about the purchase was hassle free, and most importantly, received 2 excellent quality Case knives.:):):).
  4. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    You mean like Brown on one side and Black on the other? :D

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  5. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    That is just plain NICE. That bone is magnificent.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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  6. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Example given makes me like that one more! It's like having two different knives in one.
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  7. jakemex

    jakemex Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Case knives are users. Some have almost perfect fit and finish like my chestnut bone teardrop others are just so-so. I have a beautiful limited edition white delrin full Congress but Case screwed up and over and unevenly sharpened all the blades. It was shipped to me as a gift and didn’t want to disappoint the giver so as bad as it is I kept it. It’s a shame because the small coping blade is near useless and so is the small pen blade. Love my trappers and slim line trappers. They are my go-to user knives of choice.
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  8. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Thanks a lot gentlemen. :)
    I agree, it makes it even better and unique.
    It was a generous gift from my friend @Modoc ED
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  9. Bull71


    Jul 18, 2018
    Over the years I’ve owned many Case knives. Some were new or mint when I got them, many were pre owned. Most had some minor flaw if you looked and knit picked hard enough. I have some made pre 1964 that were used when I got them. I have used them for years. They are still tight and walk and talk. My point is they were made to use and last if used properly and not abused. I think Case knives will hold up to use and last longer than some of the less expensive knives available today. Sure they may cost a little more, but they are worth it. I like vintage knives best. If you’ve never owned a 1970s or older Case knife, you should try one. I expect you will be pleased.
  10. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I agree. I have focused on Case knives from the 70's. :cool::thumbsup:
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  11. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Valid point. Also, these employees might actually get reprimanded for 'time wasting' such are the rigid & draconian working-practices in these kind of places. Don't think, just do etc :rolleyes:
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  12. Will Power

    Will Power Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Really admirable knife, the bone is complex. Ed has shown his immense generosity on many occasions here, I admire that :thumbsup:
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  13. bluecow


    Oct 5, 2016
    thats just absolutely one sweet looking knife. JMHO with the advent of the internet every sob and his brother has become an expert on every thing and finding smallest minuet fault to piss moan and cry about. Dose anyone remember when we went to the local feed, hardware, drug store bought a pocket knife and used it like hell? 45 plus years ago a bought my 1st pocket knife (that was not given to me as a hand-me-down) a Western 854. The center pin is not flush and sticks out a fair bit. I have carried this knife almost daily ever since and this "flaw" has NEVER CAUSED ONE PROBLEM!
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  14. OzzPrime

    OzzPrime Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2019
    Case Peanut was one of my first “real” knife purchases, and I still love that little pink peanut in CV. I got on the Barlow bandwagon late (like this summer late) and frantically searched the interwebs for any CV blades still available. I found a yellow delrin one that I adore, but now one of the bolsters is pulling up a little. Everything else is amazing: pull, blades, half stops, so I’m just gonna keep using it and loving it.

    Maybe in a few months I’ll be back here asking how to reattach a bolster... in the meantime I’m gonna keep using this fantastic knife
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  15. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Thank you. I do love it. :)

    Quoted for truth. :cool::thumbsup:

    Thank you. :)

    I remember those days fondly.
    Sadly, around my area it's getting harder to find stores that even carry knives any more.

    I can be a bit this way myself, depending on what I pay for a knife.
    If the knife costs me less, I'm less worried about small fit and finish issues and they become "users".
    If the knife costs close to $100 or more, I expect better quality from them. If it's $300 or more, I expect perfection.
  16. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    Jul 4, 2017
    I've seen that enough that I've decided it's a "feature," not a "bug." :D
  17. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    someone said "not enough pics".... soooo..... here's another pic of Case quality...
    humpback half-whittler, 62046 1/2, in TruSharp steel, and wearing very appropriately named "red bone" scales. This is just a wonderfully made knife. One thing Case does well is the coloring of bone. I haven't really captured the beauty of these scales, but trust me, they are gorgeous, with some of the nicest jigging I've seen on a mass-produced knife. Slanted bolsters, zero gaps at the backsprings, very nicely swedged blades... the only "flaw" is that the secondary pen blade just barely nudges the outer liner at the tip, enough to leave a very tiny smudge at the top edge of the blade. The main clip blade is perfectly centered... this is quality that is difficult to believe from a company that makes more than a million knives a year...

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  18. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    One thing that Case do really well is their bone jigging. No complaints there. And yours is no exception.:cool::thumbsup:
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2020
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  19. meako

    meako Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Dont tempt me.
    Dalek voice(rising to angry crescendo):
    Employee # X1457643 has sent off a pack age con taini ng a less then per fect art i cle! This means I have failed as a man a ger! The fault is mine and the Da leks do not tol er ate fail ure! I must there fore ten der my re sig nat ion and ex termin ate my self!

    Never had a bad Case.:D
  20. Bastler

    Bastler Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 9, 2020
    I like that I Case knives are affordable and readily available. The level of quality suits me fine.

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