Always looking for old whittlers and congress jacks!!!
WTB: GEC 33 Conductor w/ coping secondary and a bail. Any handle material (stag or ebony preferred)
Canal St. Cutlery Hawbaker Muskrat
Case/Bose Muskrat (2004)
Tidy Stockman there, not really abused from the look of those pix!
WW II or depression era small coke bottle that I inherited from my grandfather.
I read that gum fuddy was a WW II era material, but the tang stamp suggests 1920-1940. I suppose the blades might be older than the handles. I wonder if Case assembled knives during the war using older blade stock?
It's in better shape than most of my new traditional knives: nice carbon steel blades with great snap, shiny brass liners. It's one of two pocket knives my grandfather carried for over 40 years. A friend of his had a hardware store that is still in business. That's likely where he bought it.
You may find this youtube video interesting. Robert "Bob" Farquharson tells about his time at Case. Gum Fuddy is mentioned at about the 3:50 mark:
- AL -
"What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean." — Isaac Newton
I know a guy that has a couple........
I agree with you and I am glad to see others who notice these missing details in the newer Case knives. This is my 1973 Case XX 6308 Whittler. In my opinion, it has the most excellent shield and that shield is pinned on, VERY FINELY ENGRAVED, and really adds a lot to the finished product. The current Case standard shield seems to be a hurried job of just sticking the company name on the knife and it is the one thing about the newer knives that turns me away. I just don't understand why, if you are a manufacturer with a positive and rich history, that management would not go back to the finely finished shields. It is the most noticeable thing on the finished knife that tells the buyer who made the knife. Now I still believe Case can and does make really nice knives. The annual Case/Bose collaborations that I have really prove that Case knows how to make a finely crafted knife, as well as some of there promotional knives, some with a nicer bowtie shield. I believe a finely crafted shield that blends seemlessly into the knife should be a priority from any company that makes a knife.Stich2442 said: I'm not a fan of the current almost illegible Case shields, I like the 1970's shields best
AS IT STANDS, I WILL CONTINUE TO BUY THE CASE/BOSE COLLABORATIONS AND THE OLDER CASE KNIVES.
There are some really nice Case XX's posted in this thread and too many to name individually. Thumbs up to everyone who posted their fine examples.
Great video, AL! Thanks. I never took the time to watch the interview with Bob. Nice to hear about gum fuddy from the horse's mouth. The hard black rubber on my grandad's knife is soft feeling if that makes sense, but truly hard and durable. Kind of like vulcanite or Bakelite, but still shiny and new-looking after over 70 years. And it hasn't shrunk or moved on the knife. The handles are still tight without gaps.
If I can find a new Case with CV blades and gum fuddy handles, I would buy it without thinking twice. Ahhh, a new quest...
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