What's with Case and their quality?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by VicAlox74, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. dirc


    Jan 31, 2018
    for whatever reason, I'm drawn more to gec over case, I'm not really a bone handle fan, but I do love wood & antler
  2. BenchCo Spydermade

    BenchCo Spydermade

    Feb 10, 2014
    So these are my case knives. Only 3 have any play. The worst play is in the hammerhead. The play is slight, but noticeable if one is paying attention. The knife is plenty servicable still. Also, its about 20 years old. The toothpick and green seahorse whittler have the slightest play. Maybe I'm lucky.
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  3. DocT


    Mar 25, 2012
    I have a number of Case knives. Some have had issues. Of three Trapper Locks, I have a Chestnut Bone that is perfect. I have a yellow handle that has so much blade play I don’t use it. But the worst was a John Deere that had no detent, at all. I sent it back to Case and they sent me another knife, plus a Mid Folding Hunter, my favorite pattern.
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  4. VicAlox74


    Nov 4, 2018
    Sorry to ruffle some feathers here.:DJust wondering what's going on with Case.
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  5. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    My biggest issue with the Case knives that I have purchased, was that none of them came with points on the blades. I think they are buffing them so much that they just get rounded over. It's an easy fix for me, but it just seems odd that they can't seem to fix this.

    I've also never purchased a Case knife that had a usable factory edge. GEC knives don't come sharp either and cost twice as much.
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  6. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    I have had good experiences with case and their repair work too. I have had a couple of Cases that were just about as perfect as it gets. Ive only had 1 bad experience. I got a gorgeous trapper that had blade play pretty badly. I sent it back and it came back perfect.
    Im happy overall.
  7. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    There shouldn’t be ruffled feathers. This is Bladeforums, it’s what we do. I have had good luck with Case knives, but I think Vic has better and more consistent quality. It is pretty staggering when you consider how many knives per year Vic makes.

    Still, both are quite acceptable to me at their price points. Lots of bang for the buck and plenty for my everyday needs. I just can’t get away from Stockmen, love that pattern.
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  8. VicAlox74


    Nov 4, 2018
    Don't get me wrong, i really like Case. Just wish they were better. I also like the stockman. The 18 pattern.
  9. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I haven't had a bad one yet, so no I'm not tired of their quality.

    If I did then I probably would be for sure, or I'd only buy what I could Inspect in person.
    For me that's only a handful of models maybe 6 I'd actually buy , I'd own them already and I would be done with case.
  10. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    Well over 40 knives, not one bad. Great prices, quality, variety and made in the USA. Nothing bad to say here.
  11. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    You sir,are a true American.
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  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Btw I hear people say Rough Rider is as good or better ?
    I've had probably 6 over the past few years and not a single good one.
    For the price excellent but I've had way better from case, and Case is American made.
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  13. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    Have a friend who used to be a plant superintendent in China because he is married to a pretty little Chinese girl who came from there. He said people were paid like 35 cents a day and mostly slave and child labor. I will not cater to that form of manufacture nor will I support it. It's a shame when we do have no choice but to buy China made, but if given the choice, no way.
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  14. JPD1998

    JPD1998 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 18, 2004
    I have over 20 Case knives and only one was returned to Case for warranty repair. It was a Cheetah with jigged horn scales, a chunk was missing on one scale.
    I sent Case a picture and the customer service rep was very interested in getting the knife back. They wanted to see how QC let the knife leave the factory like that.
    They sent me a new knife and some Case swag. I was very impressed by how they handled the situation.

    IMO Case makes a few patterns that are consistently made better than other patterns. I've had good luck with the fit and finish on the larger patterns ( large stockman, back pocket, tribal spear)

    I'm carrying this one today.
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  15. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    This year I've acquired several Case knives, all bought from online retailers. None of them have QC issues that even approach unacceptable.

    They can get a bit mismatchy on the lighter colored bone scales and the medium stockman I got is a little light on the main blade. None of mine have blade play in the open position. A couple can be moved from side to side when closed but not open.

    I freaking love these knives and nearly all of my moderns have found their way back into their boxes on a shelf. The Case MiniCopperlock is an ideal EDC pocket knife for me. It's outstanding.
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  16. ibute21

    ibute21 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    The limited run Case/Bose knives are quite nice. I've had four, still have two. In fact, I just got one last week. I'm quite fond of them, but they are often priced extremely high. They are as close as it gets to a real Tony Bose knife so they are worth it imo.
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  17. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I sure don't have to buy my tools , knives, or boots from China.
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  18. Ripcord 82

    Ripcord 82

    Feb 15, 2019
    And it is American made.
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  19. willc

    willc Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    I truly enjoy Case knives and have only had a couple ones with issues out of over a dozen.

    That doesn’t bother me but what irks me about Case is how the price jumps so drastically on certain covers.
    So even though I have a couple fancy Case knives the majority of mine are the delrin or semi dyed bone.
  20. Halfneck


    Jun 30, 2005
    I've had a couple that were OK at best. Recent Case knives are a lot better in quality than they were in the 90s & early 2000s. The Case/Bose collaborations are better than some customs. I've also found that the Tony Bose patterns (Tribal, Sowbelly, Swayback, etc.) tend to be better in fit & finish too.

    My personal favorite pattern is the Case Medium Jack. Not as popular as the Peanut or Texas Jack though & I wish they offered it in more options.

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