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Who carries a Case as an EDC?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by AC_23, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. AC_23


    Apr 17, 2000
    Recently slip-joint knives have caught my interest. I purchased a few Queens on-line, but Case is pretty much the only brand that I can find in a store in my area. I purchased a baby butterbean, and really like it as an EDC.

    I've heard bad things about Case in recent years, and I was hoping to here from people who carry and use these daily.

  2. CRH


    Jan 17, 2004
    I usually have a Case 6318 or 3318 (medium stockman) or a 62048 or a 32048 (slim trapper) in my pocket. My preference for EDC is 70's or 80's models. I just can't bring myself to carry my mint Case XX slim trapper!

    My preference for the stockmans is an HE model which denotes a pen blade instead of a spey. Currently my favorite EDC is a '73 3318.

    No stainless for me. It's Case CV all the way.
  3. OTguy


    May 31, 2004
    I have a dozen in the rotation, carry whatever catches my fancy for the week. CV is better, but if you make sure the stainless is sharp to start, it will cut what needs cutting. You just have to practice edge maintenence more with the stainless. That means don't let it get really dull, when the edge starts to drag its time for a few swipes on a loaded strop. If you haven't tried a Case with CV steel, you should get yourself one. I'm one of few that hasn't got a "bad" Case yet, all mine are good knives, worth what I paid for them.
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  4. Thomason

    Thomason Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2002
    I have an old classic yellow handle sodbuster that sees some pocket time.
  5. AC_23


    Apr 17, 2000
    Where can I find 70s & 80s Case knives?

  6. Starfish


    Jun 14, 2001
    I rotate among a yellow-handled mini-trapper (CV) and an amber bone small Texas Jack (CV) during the week. These are both new models. The only problem I have noticed with my knives is that they were not terribly sharp out of the box, nor were the edge grinds even and, in one case, the clip point blade did not have a tip :rolleyes:

    A little time on a diamond stone fixed these problems right up though :)

    As for finding older Case knives, eBay is your best bet. You can also look at some of the online dealers, Shepherd Hills comes to mind.

    I should add that the only reason I rotate a couple of Case knives is because I haven't really expanded my collection to include other manufacturers yet. High on my list are Queen, Schatt & Morgan, and German Eye Brand.

  7. Spydiefan04


    Jan 8, 2005
    I carry a Case large stockman CV with amber bone handles. Case is really not bad, especially compared to the market as a whole. Case isn't what they used to be but are still very good, and there are a bunch of Case bashers out there :D
  8. Gryffin


    Dec 27, 2004
    I occasionally EDC a Case CV Canoe, CV Stockman, or Tested XX Sowbelly (with that crappy Tru-Sharp stainless). The two CVs hold up just fine in daily use.

    The Sowbelly I carry just because I love its looks and heft. It's a good cutter, but of course, doens't hold an edge fa shite, so it's just for light duty.

    Ah, for a Sowbelly in CV... THAT would be sweet...
  9. Bastid

    Bastid Goat herding fool and resident vermin breeder. Staff Member Super Mod

    Feb 27, 2001
    I occasionally tote a 6383 from '71.

    Older case knives show up on ebay, garage sales, knife dealers, antique shops or pawn shops.
  10. I have 3 in my EDC rotation:

    1978 Dogleg jack
    1971 6347HP Stockman
    and a new Amber bone 6347

    I like them all.

    The older ones do appear to "maybe" be tougher, but the new one cuts and sharpens just fine.
  11. FK

    FK Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    I occasionally carry a 1971 Case 6249 with red bone. I also have several additional 1970's 6249 knives put away for the future. Great blade snap, fit and finish compared to current manufacture.



    Jan 6, 2004
    4 1/4" yellow CV Stockman just to see how it would hold up to my daily usage here in the shop etc. So far, so good. All three blades had a beautiful edge on them when bought though the main clip blade needed a touch on the strop to take off a bit of roughness. The sheepfoot blade has been the one used constantly and it has not needed a touch-up in the past two weeks of usage. I do like the feel of this large Stockman and I do like the size of the blades. I also took the liberty of bluing all three blades with OXPHOBLUE just 'cause it looks cool and I do such a damn fine job of it if I do say so myself!! This also all but rust proofs all three blades permanently as well as making them look like they are a serious pieces of steel with a deep blue-black finish you could use as a mirror for shaving, assuming there is anyone here who still scrapes their face every morning. I haven't done it myself in 25 years now.
    I also bought one of the CASE amber bone large size stockman knives. This knife was much---MUCH!--- better fit than the yellow version and the blades on the amber bone stockman may well be the sharpest I've ever seen on a common commercial pocketknife. This is one fine knife that could be used as an example to CASE on how to build all their pocketknives.
  13. Rod Neep

    Rod Neep Bounced email

    Sep 16, 2004
    Notice how almost everyone here has recommended Case CV (carbon steel) bladed knives as EDCs. You can take your pick, CV in yellow handle or CV in Amber Bone handle. And generally, as has also been noted, a Stockman is probably the most versatile.

    Here are two of my EDC CVs. The medium Stockman and the Jack.
  14. Blades_Two


    Dec 31, 2004
    I have a couple of Case EDC's. One is a yellow handled small Congress in CV steel for everyday use and the other is a damascus bladed, stag handled muskrat for dressier occasions.
  15. Bobwhite


    Nov 30, 1999
    A medium stockman with CV in amber bone makes my regular rotation. The springs are sort of lazy now, but it is a good knife.
  16. bob b

    bob b

    Jul 12, 2004
    Hello all, I have been carrying a Copperlock with amberbone handles fo a month or so great knife. Bob bi
  17. done-dirt-cheap


    Sep 1, 2004
    hey all,
    i have carried vintage case knives all my life, and wore out and broke tips off more than a few(mostly in my formative years). up until recently my edc was an old green bone case xx 1940-60's large stockman '64047P', which is the model with the leather punch. the other three blades are a spear blade, sheeps foot and spey. i really love that knife but a friend convinced me to put it up due to todays book value. after that i carried a 1970's mini trapper for a while wich was not heavy enough for my style. then i went to a recent local show in west palm beach, where i picked up a pair of two blade case xx 1940-60's barlows '62009 1/2' that had the most beautiful rough sawn red bone scales. one was unused/pristine and the other was mint! so naturaly one went in the pocket and one went into the collection cabinet. :cool: .. in my humble opinon, life is too short for stainless steel for any of my knives... except for the kitchen drawr.
  18. CRH


    Jan 17, 2004
    All mine have come from eBay. Ask questions before you buy and be very careful buying from a seller who does not know the ins and outs of Case knives.
  19. SpyderJon


    Jan 27, 2002
    You know, I carry more than a few knives with me during the day, so I don't have a problem with the Stainless Case knives. I carry a Seahorse whittler with me a lot of times w/autumn bone handles. I carry it because it has a large wharncliffe blade. You can find good ones, but you have to look around.

  20. Rod Neep

    Rod Neep Bounced email

    Sep 16, 2004

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