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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by BMCGear, Jul 3, 2014.
I've got one in odd laser etched bone that stays out on my workbench... I might have to start carrying it as a "user".... I bought it to use for whittling/carving, but the Pocket Carvers get most of the use at that.... here it is alongside a (cough cough) "offshore" whittler.....
Had this one in my pocket over the weekend. OH
The large Texas Jack is the only Case I have with me today... it's a very capable knife....
the others are GEC's.... 62, 92, and 23... this one is for "balance"....
Vince, the bone on that one is getting really polished looking.... lots of pocket time, I take it?
It sure does. I bought it shortly before I joined BF in May 2018, and it's still one of my favorites. I carry it a lot more than I post in the totin' thread.
I've been carrying this Saddlehorn lately
in a Smith and Sons pancake belt sheath
This is a tremendous thread, myriad of interesting examples to mull over
But let me address the title of this thread: who STILL carries a Case knife?
My answer, WHO claims to be a Traditionalist and doesn't carry a CASE knife on a regular basis?
Traditional, or Old School or what you will, pocket-knives have been going through an odd and paradoxical transit in the past few years. On the one hand, the numbers of manufacturers have dwindled alarmingly CASE, GEC and Buck are left from the USA but many have perished at the wayside. Yet, interest & consciousness about spring back pocket-knives has grown due to the Net, appreciation for quality&aesthetics has blossomed. Contemporary Traditionals have appeared, using modern materials&methods, obviously not everybody's cup of tea but it's had an impact (for the good as far as I'm concerned)
Yet CASE remains a kind of rock or lodestar All of us have favourite patterns from this noble company, for me it's the Swayback Gent, Penknife , one of the Medium Stockman in Amber Bone & ss but I'm poor at recalling No.s and the Large Stockman also in Amber Bone and cv. Odd because I generally prefer single-blades or single-spring 2 blades, Spear and stainless. Proof that CASE bridges a lot of gaps and is a must have/must carry
Picked up this little guy at lunch today. I’ll have to get a CV version now. Handy little knife. I’m more a Buck guy, but this one will be fun to play with and I really like the small size
CASE Swayback Gent Dam. crème brulée
How about this monster. Yes it still fits in the pocket without much weight.
Here’s a pair I carry quite often, I usually always carry 3 knives and most of the time 2 of them will be Case knives.
This Case Barlow has the potential to be carried a lot. It is a great pattern and I love the looks. The blades are centered, there is only very minimal gaps, transitions and pins are all smooth, etc. It's only issue is some blade wobble on the main Clip blade. I peened the pin, which got rid of the wobble, but then it lost its 'snap'... had to push the blades closed. So I worked the blades like a maniac until the 'snap' came back which was awesome, but then the wobble returned as well. Frustrating, but I guess I can live with a little blade wobble. I still carry it because it's pretty awesome besides that one gripe.
Raising my hand...
The problem is that while I am fairly accepting of idiosyncrasies (i.e., imperfections) I am quite particular when it comes to design. I have pictures in my mind of what a knife should look like. And Case doesn’t make any that meet that criteria. I had hoped to remedy that situation with my one Case knife, a 06247, but alas that model has an annoyingly drooped main blade. I hate those. So it remains on my desk, where it won’t be carried but can at least be used as a worry stone.
About that blade wobble... the only Case knives I have with blade wobble are the three Barlows I own. I like the knives, but have a touch of OCD so the minor blade wobble bugs me more than it probably should. The Mini Copperlocks and Tribal Locks have none I can detect.
Anywhos - pic of the trio, I think I've posted this before.
Thanks for sharing.
I wonder if it's common among the new release Barlows?
I like Barlows, and when Case first came out with this run, I got one. I got kinda carried away after that & ended up with five of them. Only one had any wobble, and I fixed that with some careful peening. Overall, from the examples that I have personally, I think Case did a pretty good job on these.
I have a few older Case Barlows that are from fifty to seventy years old that are still tight & have great snap. It'll be interesting to see if these new ones fare as well, but since I'm over 70 years old now I doubt I'll be around to do the comparison.
Here's the only problem child;
I'm glad it isn't a frequently reoccurring problem.