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Which Case Sowbelly...

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Mingecutter, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Hello all. I've been drawn to the single bladed sowbelly pattern for some time now. I think it's time to make a purchase. As such, I've narrowed my choice to either the Case Carhartt version in dark molasses bone or the standard Case CV version in yellow delrin.

    I favor the "as ground" blade finish and brushed bolsters of the Carhartt but also love a good carbon steel patina. Further, I have no traditionals in yellow delrin or jigged bone, as my collection consists of woods and micartas. This knife will be asked to handle simple everyday cutting chores (mail, packages, cardboard, occasional food prep, etc.).

    Do any wise members of the Porch have experiences or thoughts they'd like to share, either on the general pattern (ergonomics/pocketability/etc.) or these two versions, as I try to decide which to purchase? Oh, and pics are always welcome :)

    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
  2. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    I’d go with the yella.
    Fodderwing likes this.
  3. Nature Boy

    Nature Boy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2016
    dc50, boy&hisdogs, Invoice and 5 others like this.
  4. oldtymer

    oldtymer Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    If you like patina get the yeller one, the as ground ss does not show fingerprints like the polished blades do.
  5. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    The bone handled one looks nice would look even better without the ugly carhartt shield. I'd go yellow prefer their CV over their SS
    mnblade likes this.
  6. greentrout

    greentrout Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2016
    Case's two best blades IMO so I see the hard decision you have. I've had a yellow delrin one in a cart all week and may go ahead and pull the trigger.
  7. The Fort

    The Fort Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    It's not a Sowbelly, in the picture, but the yellow Delrin Case knives seem to look better with time. The scales seem to tone down a bit, at the same that the CV blades darken with a patina, and the bolsters take on a few abrasions of their own. All Business! Looking forward to seeing which one you choose, and the journeys that you take it on. -Lance IMG_1870.JPG
  8. supratentorial


    Dec 19, 2006
    I've owned the 1-blade but I prefer the 3-blade since the sheepfoot is one of my favorite blades on a stock knife.


    Choose the covers and steel that you like best.

    Invoice, redsparrow, Jolipapa and 8 others like this.
  9. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013
    I've been thinking about the yellow one myself.
  10. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    I love Case’s yellow Delrin.

  11. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    image.jpg Just came out with this Smooth black curly maple wood covered version might get one
  12. HatchetKnot


    Aug 28, 2017
    That one is sexy! Might have to get one too!
    sXePhenomenal likes this.
  13. AdamFuzzyballs


    Mar 16, 2015
    Wow! That serpentine is gorgeous! What's the model number for that one, a clip, sheepsfoot and a punch is a great combination!
  14. Jolipapa

    Jolipapa Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 4, 2015
  15. sitflyer

    sitflyer Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    I've often thought about a single blade Case Sowbelly, but this pattern carries so well and fits so comfortably in hand and pocket as a three blade knife that I just can't justify it, and then there is always the thought about missing the wonderful sheep foot blade. also, as a two well pattern, it has an excellent hand feel to me, I wonder how the single blade would feel in hand, being a bit more narrow.
    Modoc ED and Mingecutter like this.
  16. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    A side/side/side picture of the three configurations showing the width would be good.
  17. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    I have found the Case single blade sowbelly to be an excellent EDC. Comfortable both in hand and in pocket with a very useful all purpose blade. I would choose the yellow delrin over molasses bone and CV over stainless but those are just personal preference. I think you will be happy whichever you choose.
  18. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    This one is a midnight bone 3-blade with silver script shield from 2003 in stainless. I liked it so much that I had Glennbad replace the spey (seldom used) with a very useful caplifter. Now it gets carried and all three blades get used a whole bunch. I wouldn't have one without the sheepfoot.

    mnblade, meako, quaboag and 7 others like this.
  19. Mingecutter

    Mingecutter Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    All -

    Thanks for all of the great insight on pattern, opinions on my choices, and of course, the pics! I've seen some really fantastic 3-bladed stockman versions in this thread as well!!

    Looks like some yellow delrin will be in my near future :thumbsup:
  20. Astronaut FX

    Astronaut FX Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 8, 2018
    Good choice. Maybe I’m in a minority, but I’m not a big fan of promo style knives, meaning those knives that the manufacturer has replaced their own branding with the branding of another company or organization, especially when it’s a non-knife-making company or organization. I don’t like my tool to be a billboard or advertising vehicle. YMMV.
    sXePhenomenal, Mingecutter and jc57 like this.

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