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Case Knife: EDC or Collector’s Knife?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Mitch Taldison, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. Mitch Taldison

    Mitch Taldison

    Jan 26, 2019
    Guys, we all know Case knives are very collectible and many people buy old or new ones to stick in the drawer or safe.

    But does anyone today still actually CARRY and USE a Case knife? I ask because I’m in the market for a CV Stockman with amber jigged bone scales, but are these even considered a candidate for real world use, or a handsome trinket for collecting only?

    Just wondering, gang. I’ve pined for a traditional folder for years and think I’ve narrowed it down, but my uses will not at all be collecting, but whittling, cleaning squirrels, opening packages, cutting food, etc. and am just wondering either way.

    So, does anyone still use a old fashion Case knife on the daily? Or are these pretty collectibles for display only? Thanks all,

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  2. cudgee

    cudgee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 13, 2019
    I have a large amber bone CV stockman, it gets plenty of use.
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  3. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Of course ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    The last two weeks I carried a Case Tribal Lock in very similar bone scales to the photo you posted Peach Seed Jigged Bone. The only difference in mine is it has the "antique" dye added to take the white bone on the ends to a yellowed tan color.

    It gets the job done for light materials that aren't too abrasive. The Tribal Lock is actually a pretty stout knife but you are right the steel is a little soft.

    In contrast what I will be carrying for the foreseeable couple weeks is going to be __________
    Suffice it to say the blade is made from clad HAP-40 high alloy steel and is fantastically thin, hard and sharp.

    PS: one of my very favorite EDC knives is the Case Trapper of which I have like ten in various handle materials and textures. The handle shape and blade shape is so superior for my use that I am willing to sharpen much more often. And having so many it is easy to just reach for a sharp one or carry more than one so I don't have to sharpen every day.

    My Christmas carry knife this last Christmas was a Case Trapper in Dark Red Jigged Bone with a CV blade.

    So yeh we carry the heck out of the Case Traditionals. Over all these are great USERS !
  4. TAK65

    TAK65 Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 28, 2019
    Mitch, buy the stockman and use it like it's the only knife you own. Once you slide it in your pocket you will find yourself reaching for it every chance you get, even when you don't need to.
  5. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    Me too,been kicking it around between a mini Case Stockman CV or a Mini Case Trapper CV. I have a Trapper in stainless but I don't need to carry a big knife like that often when the mini is easier to carry in the watch pocket and don't even know it's there. I do have an old Uncle Henry medium stockman that I have carried, geeze, for maybe 30 years or so. What I have found with the stockman is I hardly ever used anything more then the primary blade for anything and the whole knife is like in new condition. I don't even know what the blade steel is on it but it wears good and holds an edge though it doesn't show any signs of patina. I do have one little quirk about the design of the stockman and that is the sheep's foot has to be bent in order to lay between the clip point and the spey blade. That's more or less why I tend to lean more to the Trapper patterned knives now. You mentioned cleaning squirrels, then the Trapper , either the large or the mini will be ideal for this job because of the nice spey blade that is a great skinner. I'd probably stay with the stainless for use in this sense since it will be blood covered and not so easy to clean when done cleaning those little tree rats. I was worried about a Tru Sharp blade for a long time because there are some who would have you believe that it turns into a butter knife with the first cut. This is laughable, actually. If that was the " Case ", then I don't think Case knives would have the following that they have had for all these many years. Oh and I think the Antique Jig Bone is the best looking scales out there. I have a few knives with that and they are easily my most wanted.
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  6. mitch13

    mitch13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    Yep, use them.
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  7. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I also recommend using your new knife. Case does make some knives that appear to be designed specifically for the collector market but the knife in your picture is not one of them in my opinion.
  8. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    @Ripcord 82 A lot of people have this received notion that CASE ss is some kind of rubbish stainless that won't hold an edge, but as you've discovered, it's quite wrong. It all dates back more than half a century when received wisdom(aka ignorance) was that stainless can't hold an edge and carbon is the real thing bla bla. It may be 'modest' in terms of modern steels but it works very well for pocket knife tasks, edge holds actually better than their cv I've found. It would be a proper option for field dressing small game or fish etc.

    I'd recommend the matte finish as ground stainless for constant work, or you can knock off the polish on the regular run models with paper-keeps down the scratch effect.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2019
  9. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    It's not a surprise that some people, especially those unfamiliar with the Traditional knife world. might assume that CASE are pay and display collector stuff. They do put out some questionable (in terms of taste..) runs with kitsch themes or garish handles, it brings in money. But at heart, they're serious user knives with both a long pedigree and future potential.

    Here's a Chestnut Bone carbon that sees much pocket time and use in the garden and elsewhere. No trinket this one ;):thumbsup:

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  10. mitch13

    mitch13 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    Well said I have both and am happy to use either.
    Whatever the knife if you like it & want to use it, just use it.
  11. akaMatt

    akaMatt Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 10, 2017
    Use it! Case knives are great, I have several that all get used at times. I like their stainless, much as Will said it takes a fine edge and holds it fine for my needs. I have a mini trapper and a peanut in the amber bone, and it just gets better with a bit of pocket and hand time, my opinion!
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  12. Tpost


    Sep 15, 2013
    I carry an amber bone cv trapper almost everyday. Great knife! And very durable.
  13. Cambertree

    Cambertree Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    I like both Case's CV and stainless 420HC 'Tru-Sharp'.

    The two models I use the most are the large CV Stockman and the stainless mini Trapper.

    The medium CV stockman you are thinking of getting will serve you well for all the tasks you mentioned.

    The CV steel performs very well, especially when it's been thinned out a bit behind the edge.


    The mini Trapper is the knife I take along with me to BBQs and restaurants so I don't have to rely on dull flatware or the abomination of plastic knives. The spey blade is great for that purpose - discreet, takes a sharp edge easily, very stainless, and if it dulls on a plate, it's a cinch to bring back to razor sharp.

    I like running the stainless Case blades with a medium coarse edge - around 600 grit.

    An often mentioned advantage of the Stockman in addition to the versatile blade kit, is the ability to play around with different edge finishes.

    For example you can have a scalpel thin sheepsfoot for opening boxes and packages and whittling, reserve the clip blade for food, and run a coarse edge on the spey for field dressing small game.


    I like them enough as working knives, that I'm looking to add a full size CV trapper to my user knives.
  14. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Use it. I'm going to put an amber bone trapper in my pocket in a few minutes. It gets a lot of use. I don't even own a "collectable." The other Case I use a lot is an amber bone medium stockman, though I think I would prefer a larger size.
  15. J Buck

    J Buck

    Jun 10, 2011
    I have a double fistful of Case pocket knives. I carry 3 or 4 in rotation on a daily basis. Buy it, use it, and take care of it. It may only last you 30 or 40 years but it will become an old friend.
  16. chuck4570


    Aug 21, 2010
    I use every Case knife I own, there a usually 2 riding my pockets everyday. I can’t think of one that I would buy and not use. I like the feel of a knife in my hand like a kids fidget toy at times and small Case knives are great for this purpose. My most used knife is an Amber bone Mini Copperlock but it will get some competition when I receive a Case Mini Trapper with a single Warncliff blade, can’t wait. Use them as they are intended. Pick a pattern or 5 and have fun.
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  17. chuck4570


    Aug 21, 2010
    Yes carry and use the heck out of it. Take care of it and sooner or later you will know it’s there but you won,t remember how long you have had it. Pick your favorite pattern or 5 and have fun and use them all.
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  18. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    Use them new or old (unless it’s a tested xx in mint condition or older) great edc knives. Only two I have currently are the Bose Collabs I carry and use them often. You might enjoy the medium cv stockman with the pen blade more
  19. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Carry it and use it... They are not a scarce knife and readily available if you need a replacement.
  20. Norcaldude

    Norcaldude Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2014
    I only have one Case knife but it's a user.

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