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Case Shields?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by MadTrapper, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. MadTrapper

    MadTrapper

    202
    Dec 30, 2005
    I recently purchased a Case knife and when I removed it from the box, the shield fell off. There is at this time a generous forum member who is giving away a Case mini trapper on this forum that he too has lost the shield from.

    I'm a long time collector of fixed blades, having recently moved into the area of traditional slip joints. I've fallen in love with Great Eastern but I also like some of the Case knives (and so does my budget). My question to those of you who have experience with Case knives; how big of a problem is it with Case knives losing their unpinned shields? Does it happen often? Obviously once is too much but I'd rather not invest in a collection of knives that are known for losing their shields. Thanks much.
     
  2. MercyfulfateXX

    MercyfulfateXX

    Mar 2, 2014
    35 year collector here, its never happened to me.
     
  3. Humppa

    Humppa

    Jul 25, 2010
    I have several CASE Knives. But not at collection at all. Each of my CASE Knives are users. I´ve used them often, frequently and they worked fine. I´ve never had a problem with a shield falling off from them. I´ve heard about that problem here in this Great Crowd.

    All I can tell you in falling shields - I´ve had that problem with a Puma Stockman. But a little sandpaper and some superglue fixed that problem easily. (Just FYI)
     
  4. squazy

    squazy

    121
    Sep 30, 2013
    yes they fall off most of the later case knives, you have to re glue them with some proper epoxy,i use the slowest setting aircraft grade stuff, I cannot think of the scotch weld no,its a problem.
     
  5. In reading posts on this forum and others, one might conclude shields falling off of Case knives is common, because these forums will effectively concentrate the feedback from the users/collectors of them. But that's the illusion of it; ordinarily, most people won't mention any issues at all, if nothing bad happens with their new knife (this is true with reviews of any product, be it knives or kitchen appliances or automobiles). The 'good' examples number in the thousands (or tens-of- or hundreds-of-thousands), but very rarely get any mention at all.

    Point being, it's not very common. It does happen, but not in the numbers that might be assumed. I have dozens of Case knives (post-pinned-shield era), and a couple or three hundred knives total; only one of them ever had it's shield fall out, in exactly the same manner and circumstance as yours (brand new out-of-box, and the shield dropped into my lap as I was inspecting it for the first time). The good news was, it's an easy fix with some gel superglue and 5 minutes' time. Better-than-new when I was done with it.

    In a circumstance where a shield might fall out of a new Case knife and get lost before the purchaser is aware, Case will still make it right, either in repairing it or in replacing the knife with another new one. So there's really very little to worry about. Don't sweat it. :)


    David
     
  6. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    I have about 80 Case knives. Majority of those were produced in the past 4 years, most bought new. I have never had a shield fall out of a new or old Case knife, either in the box or during use and carry. I am sure it can happen, but it has not happened to me.
     
  7. Brisket

    Brisket

    Aug 2, 2009
    As David stated, it is something that is covered under the warranty so I see no reason to not collect Case knives because of the rare incident of a shield falling off. I have never experienced that issue myself but have seen knives on the secondary market with missing shields.
     
  8. Alnamvet68

    Alnamvet68

    Mar 26, 2013
    Give Case a call, and they will either send you a new shield with instructions on installing, or will ask you to send the knife in, where they will not only install a new shield, but give the knife a spa treatment if needed. And yes, shields falling off are extremely rare.
     
  9. arizonaranchman

    arizonaranchman

    Jan 1, 2012
    I have several users and love them. Never had it happen.
     
  10. MadTrapper

    MadTrapper

    202
    Dec 30, 2005
    I'm glad I asked the question. Good to know that this is apparently an infrequent problem and nothing to worry about. Thanks for the info.
     
  11. squazy

    squazy

    121
    Sep 30, 2013
    I guess Ive just had bad luck so Ive had 3 fall off, none of them users really,odd use maybe, none of them have had to be re sharpened so that much use, perhaps its the climate in Ireland? its an easy fix and has no effect on my buying case knives, I believe the Bose series of case knifes have pinned shields if its a worry for you.
     
  12. HOKIE_FAN

    HOKIE_FAN

    Aug 7, 2010
    Never happened to me but I know they will send you one.
     
  13. navihawk

    navihawk

    Feb 21, 2006
    It's never happened to me and I use the Cases I buy. Welcome to the forum.
     
  14. sunandsteel

    sunandsteel

    Oct 23, 2013
    The only Case I own is a Peanut and so far no shield problems. Knock on wood.
    I wonder if they could brand a knife with the script writing Case. I think that would look pretty cool and wouldn't have to worry about the shield falling out, ever.
     
  15. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    I had a shield fall off a brand new Swayback Gent as I took it out of the box. Strange but true.
     
  16. Zuchus

    Zuchus Gold Member Gold Member

    475
    Apr 27, 2005
    I had a peanut accidentally go through the wash, and the shield fell off, but that was an especially rough situation. Found that little bugger too, in the dryer, and glued it back on!
     
  17. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    Owned dozens of Case knives, never had a shield come off.
     
  18. mostho

    mostho

    Mar 5, 2007
  19. LastRodeo

    LastRodeo Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    That is the same model I had the shield fall off as I took it out of the box.
     
  20. That's interesting, if the 'red shield' fell out on yours. That's the ONE example of the problem I've seen (mentioned in my earlier post), as it happened to my 'Red Shield' 5344 SS stag stockman, pictured alongside my 1970 stag Peanut, here:

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    David
     

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