Case Pocketknives.


November 15, 2010, 10:42 PM
What do you think of them? What is your stance on the CV Vs. SS steel choice? I just ordered this in CV steel: Mini Trapper.

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November 15, 2010, 10:47 PM
Here are some interesting Case factory videos:

November 16, 2010, 12:33 AM
I think you'll find Case knives pretty popular around here! Good knife and good steel choice.

November 16, 2010, 12:50 AM
I am love my Spydercos and Benchmades and the rest, but I regularly carry a Case mini-trapper, and I really like it. It makes a very nice work knife, they are relatively easy to sharpen (though not for me, as I suck at sharpening), and there is just a certain pride of ownership. I actually own two of them: One regular mini-trapper with black G10 handles, and a blue bone 2007 Wharncliffe mini-trapper, which I really, really like a whole bunch as a slicer and general work blade.

Pretty much the exact opposite of a tactical knife, but that's part of the charm. The other thing that surprised me is how nicely the mini-trappers ride in my pocket. I HATE stuff rattling around in my pocket, but these just sit nice and don't bother me a bit. You do have to be a little more careful on account of the lack of a lock, but proper knife handling will keep you safe, and you should be doing that even with a lock anyway.

FWIW, the regular Trappers are nice, but a bit too big for my taste, and the tiny trappers are just too, well, tiny! I obviously favor the Trapper model, but as far as size goes that seems to hold true for all the models.

November 16, 2010, 06:44 AM
Large copperlock here. Nice and slim, don't even know its there. But a pretty large knife when you need it.

November 16, 2010, 07:26 AM
Good choice. Case makes a fine knife.

My opinion on the CV blades is they are good. They are easy to sharpen, and even easier to keep sharp if you spend a minute or two a week on a fine stone.

The CV blades will rust, so keep them dry and oiled.

My Sodbuster CV is still going strong after many years of daily use.


November 16, 2010, 10:37 AM
Case is a maker of quality, traditional slipjoints. I really like them, and have no problem with either the cv or stainless blades. Like Timbokhan, I too prefer the trapper pattern. The medium stockman is also a favorite of mine.

Most days I carry some make and model of Spyderco. Delica, Centofante, or Endura (recently aquired). The Case knives are a completely different kind of knife. They really are, imho, works of art as much as they are functional, and functional they are. I carry one when hunting,when in slacks or dress clothes, or when I just want to deviate from modern lockbacks just to change things a bit. They are classy for sure, and everyone would do well to give em a go.

Good choice on the redbone mini trapper by the way. Very nice!

November 16, 2010, 11:39 AM
Knife is bigger than it look's here. I don't take good photographs and despise trying to bother with them. This knife is several years old and has never cut so much as a piece of string. I stopped at a small store in Alabama looking for driving directions and the couple who ran the little country store were so nice to me I bought the knife from a display case they had. Case XX is a good knife. I own several of the USMC model's they submitted for testing along with Kabar. They both passed the same tests and are designed and look the same but Uncle Sam went with Kabar because Kabar submitted the lowest bid. Both models are fine blades but I like the Case XX model better (own both models) because the 'false edge' come's sharpened on the Case XX model. (better for fighting if you ever need to)..Case XX is a good knife....PS..The slight discoloration shown on the knife here is just old preservative (grease) I put on it years ago to protect it..By the way, for those of you who may be interested; each one of the Case XX USMC model's come's with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' showing it went through and passed all of the original tests requested and specified by The United States Marine Corps....

November 16, 2010, 12:03 PM
This knife is several years old and has never cut so much as a piece of string.

That just seems so..........wrong.

I prefer a Sodbuster Jr. I'd take it in CV as I like high carbon blades, but Lowes has the SS bladed version for $17. I don't feel bad about use and abuse. Makes a fine small game (and large game for that matter) knife. Added bonus that it can be opened one handed by pinching the blade and hooking the end of the handle on a pants pocket. (I think I learned that from Steve).

November 16, 2010, 03:16 PM
I've carried a Case knife since I was in 3rd grade. I retired the Mini-trapper I carried from when I got out of the army in 1970 until just a few years ago when I treated myself to a SS med Stockman. Then Case came out with it's Tony Bose Swayback Jack so I got one of those in CV. I like the CV a little better than the SS but each has it's advantages. I carry the Swayback daily unless I'm camping or fishing when I switch to the Stockman. The clip blade is a little more versatile than a warnclif (cutting a steak on a paper plate, for instance) but for most jobs either will do. (I do about 90% of my cutting with the pen blade anyway.)

November 16, 2010, 04:41 PM
I have a Case XX SS mini trapper, Amber jigged bone that I paid $43, still in the box. Don't know what to do with it. Didn't and don't need it, and I prefer the CV myself.

Oh, well...

November 16, 2010, 11:37 PM
I like the full sized Case Trapper a lot. Either steel is good. I bought a new one in the last month as well as Trappers in other brands.

November 17, 2010, 03:16 AM
Thank you for the replies.

November 17, 2010, 07:55 AM
I own several Case folders, enough that I can carry a different one every week.
I like the Trapper series and the Slimline is a pants pocket favorite of mine.
I also like the Sodbuster series and I prefer the CV blades for sharpening ease and edge holding ability.

November 17, 2010, 08:13 AM
Cant go wrong with anything Case.

November 23, 2010, 11:01 PM
I have to say that their QC has left something to be desired. I have a mini-Sodbuster I bought new with the blade way off center and a Blackthorn (from the local TSA surplus joint) where the lock bar fits poorly to the blade. I also have a full size Sodbuster with rivets not smooth to the handles, but I bought it that way, fully disclosed, form a forum member. I hope my experience is out of the ordinary but I suspect they've been coasting on their good name and letting the QC slip.

November 23, 2010, 11:47 PM
but I suspect they've been coasting on their good name and letting the QC slip

Well, that sucks! I don't know why you have gotten bad knives from them, but I do sort of think your the exception to the rule, dude. Have you talked to them? They have multiple ways to get in touch with them, to include a facebook page, and I feel certain they will set things right with you.

November 27, 2010, 10:27 AM
I carried a one-handed opening Russlock for years--loved it and lost it in a hurry at a TSA checkpoint. Picked up a mini-texas toothpick later that was a nice little knife as well. Nothing but good things to say about Case knives.

November 27, 2010, 11:48 AM
You guys been watching the Cutlery Corner too much! LOL!:what:

Brian Williams
November 27, 2010, 11:50 AM
I carry a triple of Cases daily all are CV, Right front an Amber Bone Canoe, right rear next to my Wallet, an Amber Bone Trapper that has the Spey blade removed, left front a Yellow Thinline Trapper.
I also have a Lowes Sodbuster and Buckthorn for junk work because I don't care if I mess them up.
I am looking for a Backpocket with ebony scales for Christmas.

November 28, 2010, 10:45 AM
I have an old 6383 Whittler model my grandfather gave to me, red jigged bone handles. Sure the blades are a bit spotted from some rust (it was one of his hunting knives, and he loved to hunt), however is still good enough to be in my very short list of carry pocketknives (benchmade and kissing crane make up the rest of that list).

November 28, 2010, 12:08 PM
After losing the Slimline Trapper I carried since I was about 10, I bought another that I've had over 30 years now. Stainless blade. I'd feel naked without it.

November 28, 2010, 03:30 PM
EDC a Case XX Executive stainless. Thin, light, sharp, resilient--can't ask for anything more. :)

November 28, 2010, 09:25 PM
Trying to talk the wife into this one for Christmas.
Found one in a blue bone though that's pretty sharp lookin.

November 28, 2010, 09:46 PM
Found one in a blue bone though that's pretty sharp lookin.

November 29, 2010, 09:20 PM
Awesome. Thanks Reaper.

November 29, 2010, 10:33 PM
You're welcome!

December 1, 2010, 04:52 PM
Well...Dad and I used my Soddie Jr. to gut a nice fat doe with this morning. Worked like a if there was any doubt.

December 1, 2010, 08:07 PM
Picked this one up today. Nice and slim, fits my hand great. It was between this and the canoe, but I'm probably going to pick up the canoe also eventually, to keep as a strictly hunting knife.

December 1, 2010, 08:41 PM

December 6, 2010, 12:06 AM
I am not really a collector but I use and give Case stockmans to friends. My favorite is the 18 pattern 3 5/8" . Some times the larger 47 pattern 3 7/8. I recommend the stainless for most people and uses, but my favorite is the economical yellow comp with CV . Sharpens easily.
I put Birchwood Casey gun blue on the CV blades for the heck of it, it seems to help prevent tarnish a bit when riding in the rain . Some people go for an antique aged look by soaking them in catsup or stabbing them into fruit.

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