In Praise of the Case Seahorse Whittler

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For several years, there were several knife people trying to get Case to make the seahorse in 1095, CV, or even D2 steel, instead of their stainless.
They did make a brief run in ATS-34, seen here, but never did go for CV.
I think they couldn't get it in the big rolls of steel they use for production, in the thickness needed, but that might just be an ugly rumor. I suspect the ATS-34 knife was made from flat stock, because it was a bit pricey.
It's a beautiful pattern, nicely proportioned. I have carried a couple of them, but someone always seems to talk me out of one, when I have it with me!!
"Hey what can I trade you for that purty :eek::eek:- - -I mean ugly knife?":p

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Nice knife Charlie, and to keep things in balance this ought to knock your socks off, or blind you:D

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somniloquist

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Thanks for posting this, this may help the inevitable hunt for one of these :)



Marcy Tully got back to me from Case about that ATS-34 Seahorse.
I remember ordering it from Shepard Hills, and then they were gone!
This might explain it!

"Good afternoon Charles,

The only year that the Seahorse Whittler had ATS 34 steel blades was 2003 #05262 limited to 250 .

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Marcy

Marcy Tully | W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. | Consumer Relations |

PO Box 4000, Bradford, PA 16701"
 

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Still waiting for mine to arrive, getting very excited due to the pictures, this pattern merits more attention.

The GEC version 57 isn't really it, too short and stubby, I have the Half-Whitt variant and it's a nice single-spring knife but it lacks the Seahorse grace.
 

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That is definitely a bright material, Brad! As we often say, if you drop it you will have an easy time finding it!

Agreed. The Case is simply a much more elegant package.

I agree 100% Jamie! Of the several Wharcliffe Whittlers (WWs)I have seen and owned, I like the Case the best. The proportions and lines are very good, and the ergonomics in hand are good also.
I just prefer Carbon steel!
 
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belay my last...it's not here yet. A case rep told me it will see the light of day in the near future. Sorry for getting ahead of myself.:eek:

hay!!!!!!! Hip hip hurray!!!!!!! A case seahorse whittler in cv!!!!!! Coming soon!!!!
 

waynorth

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I think it was 2003, Shepard Hills had a few tables at the Oregon show, and I got to choose the best Giraffe Bone Seahorse they had! (To my eye, anyway.):)
Opened every one they had!!:eek: Wasn't often I could pick a Case first hand, as they don't have a dealer anywhere near me.

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Thanks to Charlie's generosity (thank you again friend) I am now a member of the Seahorse family. I was really surprised to see that thick spine on the main blade. Blade stock like that is usually found on moderns and fixed blades. I'm curious has the Case (and family brands) always had a thick main blade?
And now for the pics!







 

waynorth

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The Seahorse has always had that thick main blade, Brian. The theory is, you do the heavy stock removal whittling with it, then do the fine detailing with the smaller blades, and voile' (sp?), a personalized walking stick, or a ball-in-cage, or a pile of shavings!
:D

You can't lose that knife in a snowstorm! I think they called the color "paintbrush", but the box with the info is long gone.

Welcome to the family, and enjoy it in good health!!:thumbup:
 
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Thanks Charlie, that makes sense. You are correct, it sure is a bright one. Thankfully I had it with me during the snow storm last night. Never lost sight of it. :D

Signed...

still shoveling in Pa.
 

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I think it is paintbrush as well. Possibly named after the brightly colored flower Indian Paintbrush.
 

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Still waiting for mine to arrive, getting very excited due to the pictures, this pattern merits more attention.

The GEC version 57 isn't really it, too short and stubby, I have the Half-Whitt variant and it's a nice single-spring knife but it lacks the Seahorse grace.

One man's "short and stubby" is my "compact and easy in the pocket" :D
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If they offer a seahorse in cv though, I'll want one. It really seems the closest thing in current production to the original 'Wharncliffe Pattern'
 

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This one arrived today. I had planned on replacing the one I sold several years ago but this thread made me go look and, voila, they're available! The covers are called Crimson.
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For several years, there were several knife people trying to get Case to make the seahorse in 1095, CV, or even D2 steel, instead of their stainless.
They did make a brief run in ATS-34, seen here, but never did go for CV.

Like this pesky fellow, back in 2006?

A few of us have been harrassing Case to make one:mad: , but alas, they have yet to do it:grumpy: :thumbdn: !

;)

From the sounds of it, it sounds like a CV version may finally be nigh. I must say, y'all have piqued my interest.

~ P.
 
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This one arrived today. I had planned on replacing the one I sold several years ago but this thread made me go look and, voila, they're available! The covers are called Crimson.
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I like the covers on that one!


.....and also, i have to point out, when I looked at the menu, I thought #10 said "Human Beef" at first glance :D
 

waynorth

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That Crimson bone has a very nice appearance Gronk.
A little more subtle than Brian's PB, which I also like for its unabashed Fiery-ness!
 
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