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A question of style

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Spec ops Grunt, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Would you rather have one of Case.'s knives in stainless with abalone or pearl grips, or a Damascus Case with stag handles?

    Also has anyone else found it impossible to sharpen case stainless? I've spent hours on my sharp maker and it's still dull while my cv blades are super quick to push cut hair.
  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Is there a third choice? Will this be a user, or just to collect?
  3. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

    The abalone if you're collecting, the stag if you want a user. And stag/damascus I'd call a "Sunday-go-to-meeting" sort of knife, or a barbecue knife, whichever term is used in your neighborhood.

    The chromium that makes a steel stainless also makes it more difficult to sharpen.
  4. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    I'd use it I think

    @jshirley, if you have something else in mind you want to recommend, go right on ahead.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  5. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    I vote stag.

    I know you know how to sharpen but reread the sharpening sticky at the top of the forum, I suspect you need an angle adjustment and/or a secondary bevel.
    Just my .02
  6. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    One of my current favorite knives is a 1950s ulster Boy Scout Kamp King pattern knife, its really comfortable and fills out my hand well. Would a cigar whittler be like that in feel?
  7. Spec ops Grunt

    Spec ops Grunt Well-Known Member

    Who else makes really good traditional pattern knives anymore? Also tips for scrounging up classics? just check pawnshops?
  8. tdstout

    tdstout Well-Known Member

    Stag all the way for me. I never have warmed up to abalone. I've never had a Damascus case knife, I'm partial to chrome vanadium
  9. Piraticalbob

    Piraticalbob Well-Known Member

    Canal Street Cutlery, Queen Cutlery, Schatt & Morgan.
  10. stan rose

    stan rose Well-Known Member

    Some of the nicest traditional pattern folders are from Great Eastern Cutlery. They have three lines GEC, uses stainless, while Northfield and Tiduote use 1095. GREAT knives I own several, and have been very happy with all. Good luck.
  11. jeepnik

    jeepnik Well-Known Member

    The "stainless" that Case uses is on the "softer" side. Taking an edge and holding it are, on these knives, secondary to corrosion resistance. Sort of like the older Swiss Army knives.

    You didn't mention a price limitation, so I'd recommend one of these. They are stylish and tough as all get out.


    If you really want something that looks good, consider one in Damascus.
  12. HighExpert

    HighExpert Well-Known Member

    I had several "difficult" to sharpen knives and found the solution. The WorkSharp power sharpener. I am pretty good at putting an edge on a knife with either an Arkansas stone or a Gerber diamond hone. This tool makes my efforts look feeble. It puts an honest to god factory edge on just about anything QUiCK. It used abrasive belts in various grits to do it. Check out the videos on line.

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