Stockmans: Part 2: Case


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July 14, 2008, 11:18 PM
As I said, I'm doing a review of my four stockmans. I've already done one, the Boker Grand Canyon. Read the thread "Stockmans: Part 1: Boker" for more info.

Well, here is the second Stockman- and it is a very special knife to me. It's a Case Medium Stockman, 3318, CV with yellow. It was my first good knife (I had a couple Sheffield SAK clones and a Regent's Trust advertising knige before)- I got it when I was eight years old, back in Christmas of '01. I carried it around the apartment complex where we lived for many adventures, and it still occasionally accompanies me on some.

Well, enough for sentamentality, I'll give some specifics. The knife is 3 5/8", IIRC, and it is a good compromise size. It's very slim, and elegant, and easy to carry. My main used blade on this one, like the Boker, is also the Sheepsfoot, which also seems the sturdiest. The clip blade is slimmer, more like a boning knife than the one on the Boker. I like it for delicate and precise work. And the Spey, well, that's almost the same as the one on the Boker- hardest to get out, used the least, and the sharpest.

A thing I like about this knife, like I said, was that it isn't too big. I have carried this on many occasions as my only knife, but personally think it makes a great companion to another, single-blade knife- like a Slimline Trapper, or Sodbuster, or Opinel, or Buck 110, or (my most carried) and Al Mar Eagle Talon. It can also be paired with a more tactical knife, to use so you won't scare anybody, or with an SAK, if you want a dedicated cutter as well.

I like yellow handles- not only do I think they look good, but if you drop the knife, they're easier to find with the yellow handle. They also come in CV, and are cheap to boot.

It has an honest patina, one acquired through years of hard use. I like the look of that patina, and the protection it gives the blade.

All in all, I'd say the Medium Stockman is a compromise, but is still capable of performing almost any role- from a precise boning knife to a rough-and-tumble rope cutter. And it also works beautifully with other knives.

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