Case knife quality

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My entire collection is post 1970 to present Cases (~150 pieces). I am admittedly very picky, and I would say 1 out of 5 have defects that can't be seen in pictures that bother me and those don't stay with the firm (weak snap, bolster gaps & lateral wobble are the deal breakers for me). I'd say the most recent are the most consistent - rarely do I get a stinker. I'd say for the money, it's darn near impossible to beat Case quality, just expect to get one thats not perfect once in a while... these are mass produced knives after all. And lastly, expect the factory sharpening to be lousey - anticipate it will need to be honed (best case) or reprofiled (worst case) out of the box ... which is fine once you learn to accept that - their blade operators must be under such high volume demands, they just don't take the extra few seconds on the grinder to sharpen properly.
 

Henry Beige

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Most of my Case knives have been pretty decent. The exceptions both came from big box stores in blister packs. A blue peanut had a poor dye job that left the edges of the scales a blotchy white. Just the other day I picked up a Sodbuster Jr. in yellow delrin and CV. You wouldn’t think a synthetic scale could be such a bad fit. On both sides, the liners are proud all the way around, and the blade is off center. By comparison, my orange Tru Sharp is quite nice.
 
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