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The Peanut Class of knife.

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Yes, some of us love the peanut. The little legume as made by the Case Cutlery Company. They are a beguiling little pocket knife of almost delicate beauty, but sometimes startling capability that is out of promotion to it's small size. I grew up watching my dad do most of his cutting with one, and it was always interesting. But in those days, all the men had a small two blade jack in the pocket. It seemed like in the 1950's, the universal American pocket knife was a small 3 inch and under pen or jack.

    My dad used a peanut because of sentiment. It had been a gift from his mother, and it traveled with him to some interesting places and times. But more than that, it was a class of knife. He once told me that a pocket knife is something that is carried a lot, but only used once in a while. Thus the small size preferred by the menfolk of the Ward Cleaver era. Small jacks and pens were the knife of the day, and I think of them as a class of knife. The little kife that is carried much and used some.

    So…lets see your peanut class of knives; those 3 or maybe even 3 1/4 and under small jacks and pens. The little little dog leg jacks, the serpentine jacks, the Eisenhower pens, the lobster pens.
  2. Jeff_R


    Aug 12, 2015
    This class of knife is indeed very... well, classy. :)

  3. Cannonball970

    Cannonball970 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 21, 2015
    The peanut class is by far my favorite type of knife, but, oddly enough, I've never had an actual peanut (need to remedy that soon). It doesn't take much blade to make me happy. :)

    These are some of my personal favorites:
  4. Stich2442


    May 6, 2012
    One of my favorite classes


    Peanuts and Small Jacks

    Case 6201 and 63's

    Small Stockmans, Schrade and Queen

    Small congress and 1/2 congress

    The rest mix of brands/styles

  5. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Here's one with a useful secondary as well. German Eye Tadpole at 3" Nice thick bone on this model and I find that an asset on a small knife, better ergonomics etc.

  6. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    It's a mix for me. As much as I love the Remington/Camillus peanut, I've always had a very soft s[ot in my heart for the Boker 240 pen in Rosewood.

  7. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    Böker certainly do a great Penknife :thumbup:

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  8. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    They do!

  9. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I have three Robeson ShurEdge Rochester gentlemen's knives all made before WWII, in bone, pearl and celluloid. All about 3⅛" closed, and beautifully made.



  10. J Buck

    J Buck

    Jun 10, 2011
    Only jumped on board the small knife train to "Enlightenment" in the last couple of years, but I finally got it. My pocket choice over the holidays has been out of the Buck family. I bought myself an early gift of a model 305 and a 303 in the Rosewood/Brass dress, cleaned them up and stuck them in my pocket. It turns out, I use the little 305 the most in my daily task. I do prefer the Peanut's jack blade configuration and I wish Buck made a small knife with similar properties. I keep my 3 Peanuts and my little Bucks on the nightstand, sharp and ready for action. Sorry, no pictures, but all are just run-of-the-mill, buy'em anywhere knives. Easy to pocket and ready for service. Folks are missing out not trying this little category of knives.
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  11. rishma

    rishma Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2008
    Whoa!!??? Peanut sized with clip and sheepsfoot! I must have one.
  12. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Good morning J.Buck! Your post contained a though provoking line. I wonder if the little knives, like the smaller guns and other stuff are just underestimated. I went through most of my life thinking the little knives were not for me, and it wasn't until my dad had passed away, and his old peanut was sitting on top of my dresser that I actually dropped it in my pocket one morning on an impulse. I had always been a fan of larger knives like stockmen, large sodbusters, and a number 9 Opinel. I just had no need of a tiny knife, or so I thought.

    Once I used my dad's knife, I ended up buying a Case peanut of my own, and the disease was in motion. Then my better half came home from work one day with one of those tiny Victorinox Classic's that her company had got with their logo on them to handout to clients. I ended up "experimenting" with that one as well. I found out that for 98% of what I had to cut, a small sharp blade did just as well as a bigger one, and sometimes it was even better for getting into tight corners.

    I remember all the pocketknives in use when I was growing up, and they all were similar in size to the Buck 309 and 305's. My old friend Wayne is a life long devotee of the 309. We worked together for many years, and his wit had given him a little 309 one year and it was his pride and joy. Used it for everything, and I mean everything. Fishing knife, hunting knife, (Upland game and squirrel) hobby knife, household projects knife. I personally witnessed him jumping into the water off a crabbing pier in Maryland one night after his knife fell off the railing. Took him a few dives to find it with the aid of a minimag in a ziplock bag, but he got his knife back. After 20 years or so, it was worn down to a two blades that looked like little ice picks, so his wife bought him another one in yellow. He's still carrying it. Wayne is not a knife nut, and thinks I'm crazy, but he's one of those guys who knows he needs a knife, but doesn't want to be burdened by one. So he likes a small knife that the can forget he's actually got on him, until he needs a knife.

    "Easy to pocket and ready for service."

    Kind of the same thought of my dad's saying that a pocket knife is something that is carried a lot and used one in a while. The easy to pocket thing is important and I don't think non knife people want a knife that is bulky, or heavy, or large. The popularity of the little Victorinox classic as the worlds most popular selling pocket knife proves a point there. And in this day and age of the mighty tactical knife, they are still selling tons of Buck 309's and 305's as well as the 303's at generic sporting goods places like Dick's, Academy, Bass Pro, and others, not to mention Walmart and Target.

    Most people don't carry a knife these days. Of the people who carry a knife, it seems like the small inconspicuous knife is still a popular item. I don't have any proof or statistics, but I'd be willing to bet a BBQ dinner that the sales of the tactical hot lick knives are to repeat buyers of knife nuts. That Victorinox makes and sells more classic's than any other three knife models by any other three knife companies is remarkable. That Buck is selling as many of the small 300 series pen knives says something.

    I remember when my better half's company gave out these gifts to clients and it could be a nice Parker pen, Maglight AA Minimag, or a Victorinox Classic. All with the logo the firm on them. People loved the little SAK, and overwhelmingly preferred them over a pen pr flashlight. So much so, they had to re-order them in large quantities over any of the other give aways.

    Just some random thoughts.
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  13. jec88


    Mar 6, 2012
    1987 Buck 309. I bought it new to keep in my tackle box to cut light fishing line and it rode in my tackle box until about a year and a half ago. I thought it was too small to be useful for much else at the time. The other is a 1920 to 1940 small Case jack that had been in with tools I have and was either my dads, grandpas or great grandpas. The other a 1970 Case Jack, the other I'm not sure if it fits but it was in the picture I had is a newer muskrat.

    Peanut my son picked out for me for fathers day. I've carried it everyday since, but with another knife too. He picked me out a nice Bass Pro shield burnt amber bone Case Peanut for Christmas(no picture as of yet). I like them both and I asked him which one he liked the best out of the two for me to carry and the red one has won out.
  14. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    Great thread.

    I don't have any photos (have never been able to post pics online), but I own two Case peanuts; one yellow and one 'pocketworn' redbone, both in SS. I like the yellow one more, but for some reason have never been able to warm up to either of them as EDC knives. It's not the size. For years I EDC'd a SAK Classic until I discovered the Executive, which is my EDC small knife. For some reason, it feels as if the peanut might slip out of my hand during use. Maybe its shape and 'slickness'.

    Outside of SAKs, my favorite little pocket knife is the Buck 309 pen knife. I have a couple older ones from when they were still manufactured in El Cajon, CA; one with flat ground blades and another with the newer hollow grinds. Awesome little pocket knives. Only reason I don't EDC one is it lacks the small knife/tool versatility of my Executive.

    My late dad often carried small 2-blade pocketknives, usually small jackknives, but he had very thick fingers from a lifetime of physical labor that made it difficult for him to open those little knives after awhile, especially in his later years.

  15. rwc53


    Dec 21, 2009
    Don't have a picture to post yet, but I received a little GEC #14 Lick Creek Boy's Knife with an ebony handle for Christmas, It's just slightly over 3", with very sharp spear and pen blades. It is so light, I can hardly tell it's in my pocket! And it is handling all my cutting chores just fine here in good ol' Central Texas! I will post a pic as soon as I can.

  16. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Open stock Schrade 708, 2.75" closed.
  17. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Northfield 18 in Stag
    Northfield 18 Sangria Jigged Bone and Case [​IMG][​IMG]
    An old Case

  18. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Daily carry for months now. Peanut is the upper knife.

  19. 252chevyboyz


    Jan 8, 2012

    T2 Tappin'
  20. deltaboy


    Jul 6, 2014



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