Case-like knife, just with better steel?

Queen did but they are no more but you can hunt down what is out there. Buck doesn't use a better steel but has better HT of their blades but they also lack the variety or patterns/models. GEC has lots of variety but your limited to 1095 steel for about 90% of their production. You can find some others but not many that focus on traditional knives with a variety of patterns these days.
 
Things like Case Bose and some other options out there are nice but they are smaller production numbers and much higher prices too typically 3x price of a normal Case at least.
 
AG Russell is a good one I missed most theirs are Chinese made but use 8cr13mov which is a fine steel again not better but might be done with a better HT. I also forgot about Rough Rider similar to AG Russell using 440A iirc also not a fantastic steel but might be done with a better HT. Bottom line if your problem with Case is the steel it is likely more their HT as they keep theirs somewhat soft around 56-57 RC iirc vs most the rest 57+ on their hardness.
 
Lion steel, Masserin, MKM, etc. Depends on exactly what you're looking for. If by "Case-like" you mean smaller traditional type knives there's more options. If you mean smaller traditional type knives with bone and such handles, then the options get more limited. Carbon steels are very common in this family of knives.

Check out Collector Knives and SK Blades for some various options:

https://www.collectorknives.net/

https://www.skblades.com/
 
Lion steel, Masserin, MKM, etc. Depends on exactly what you're looking for. If by "Case-like" you mean smaller traditional type knives there's more options. If you mean smaller traditional type knives with bone and such handles, then the options get more limited. Carbon steels are very common in this family of knives.

Check out Collector Knives and SK Blades for some various options:

https://www.collectorknives.net/

https://www.skblades.com/

Yes, smaller, traditional pocket knifes with bone/abalone/mother-of-pearl, but with S30V/S35VN steel for the blades.

I like the CR Mnandi, but it's still now quite what I was thinking. I'd like a Case Trapper with S30V or M390 blades and mammoth scales.
 
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You will pay a high price if you want S30V or anything up in those realms I know AG Russell has some in premium steels mostly you will need to look at more custom makers and mostly you will find CPM154 or similar for the steel. The forum knife this year has a Fox knives option in the vote it is similar to a Buck 112 or 110 but lighter and we are told M390 is an option on it however the votes for it are trailing but maybe Mike will still work to make his version with Fox Knives and I suspect it would be in M390.
 
Yes, smaller, traditional pocket knifes with bone/abalone/mother-of-pearl, but with S30V/S35VN steel for the blades.

I like the CR Mnandi, but it's still now quite what I was thinking. I'd like a Case Trapper with S30V/M390 blades and mammoth scales.

Thanks going to be tough without getting into the custom makers.
 
I would definitely look at Collectorknives offerings from Lionsteel, Maserin, and Viper. They have some traditional patterns with M390 and D2 blades.
 
You may have to seek out bit Northwoods had some nice knives in CPM154. I had the barlow and a Presidential.
 
Case has had some with 154CM blades, GEC although 1095 runs their heat treat at a higher hardness than Case and it holds an edge longer for me. You might also check Boker Tree Brand, I can't remember if they offer higher steels but would be worth checking out.
Bob
 
Who makes a pocket knife like Case (traditional folder), just with better steel?
Can you be more specific?
How traditional does it need to be? Will any slip joint qualify, or does it need to be VERY traditional?
Does the blade steel have to be stainless?
What price range are you looking for?
 
I forgot to include Enigma knives, they make nice slipjoints with M390 and US2000MC blades.
 
Right now, if I want something traditional and a higher grade steel, the buck stops at LionSteel.
 
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