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RVW: Case Honey Appaloosa Canoe

Feb 4, 1999
Well, we usually end up reviewing the obvious stuff, the latest tacticals, hot new folders, etc, but I rarely see a review of a classic, so I thought I'd give it a try. I needed a nice, non-threatening traditional pocket knife that is slim, relatively good size, and lightweight to carry in my pocket when I am in clinic attire. I had been carrying my Sean Perkins Seraph for this purpose, but I wanted something a little more compact and not quite as unusual looking. I decided a Case would be right up my alley. I've never owned one, and thought this would be a good investment. I had my eye set on the new Limited Edition Trapper with Micarta handles (black), but the Trapper pattern wasn't doing much for me. I decided to try Ebay, knowing there would be more than plenty patterns and handles to choose from at prices I wanted to pay.
I settled on a Honey Appaloosa bone handled Canoe pattern. The canoe has two blades opening from opposite ends. One blade is a small pen and the other a nice, rounded, fairly blunt pointed spear point. I think this knife is from 1995 or 1996 and is 1 of 500 made with this handle. I suppose I should have left it in the box new, but I'm not much for collecting knives, so I figured the other 499 would serve as decent reminders of Case's work!

The Appaloosa bone comes in a bunch of different colors, and the honey is a nice, rich color. The way they dye the bone makes it splotchy and streaked, giving it a nice appearance. It has brass pins holding the scales to the frame, what look to be brass frame liners, steel locks, stainless blades, and nickel silver bolsters. The only thing I don't like is the way the brass liners contrast with the lockbars and bolsters. It looks chintzy, but it isn't too bad.
The brass pins aren't quite 100% flush with the bone handles, so there is a tad bit of roughness. The blades open a little rough, too, and I will be working that grit out with White LIghtning, but it takes a while.
The knife came incredibly sharp, but the bevels aren't the best done I've ever seen. REALLY sharp, though, which is good. The edges are thin, too, so they should be easy to clean up. The handle fits my hand really well and both blades are easy to use in the open position. Overall I like the rustic qualities of this knife. It performs well, gets lots of oohs-and-ahhs when I display it, and fits unnoticeably in my pocket. It isn't perfect, but for the price Case knives are unbeatable in value. I will definitely be buying more...

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Nice review. Nice to see a review on something that's not tactical. There's a reason why Case is the #1 collected knife, lots of choices, lots of hustory. I only have one, a Stockman, with Stag scales and Damascus blades, not something you see everyday. It broke my heart that I couldn't afford to get in on the Case/ Bose Trapper, that knife is a SURE Winner! Now, if that had been in Stag, I would have to sell something to get it. There is something about a traditional pattern that is less intimidating to non knife people, there's just something familiar about them. People make a connection to something their Dad's carried. People aren't affraid to handle them. Don't get me wrong there are some beautiful Tacticals being made, Pat Crawford's Kasper Customs, and I think William Henrys are real nice for the money. Only WH dosen't do anything in Stag, and that's really all I would buy at this time. I guess you can tell I'm a Sucker for Stag, good enough for Roy Rogers, good enough for me. Enjoy your knife, I've got to go check out Ebay!