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The Case 61048 barehead or slimline trapper

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by sm, Feb 15, 2008.

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  1. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    1. My old favorite:
    Case 31048 CV barehead trapper, yellow handles.

    2. Case 61048 CV slimline trapper, old red bone

    Same knife, just different handle materials and specifications for 61048 is one Clip Blade,4 1/8" closed; 2.4 oz in weight.

    I am not associated with Vintage, just these pictures are nice, and by clicking on "more views" one can see additional pictures.

    Lady has yellow handled ones (quite a few) and some other handle materials, and decided to get another and the red bone.
    Curious to see how the new offerings compared to old ones, being honest.

    She took a shine to the red bone after getting a Case Peanut in red bone with chrome vanadium blades.
    This red bone is meant to replicate the XX-era (1940-64).
    I was born in '55 and I had one of these, and remember this red bone so well.

    Her users are most often Case yellow handles, with CV blades the Peanut ( always) and the slimline trapper.

    From kitchen use, horses, farm and ranch duty, and whatever else one does, and needs a quality knife, proven to be dependable, sharp and hold up to real use.
    These pocket real well!

    In a pocket, one knows they have the knife, one does not have to worry about a sheath coming open, or walking off from a truck, horse with saddlebag, or pack.

    These knives are often called: Trappers, Bareheads, Slimlines, Barehead Slimlines, and Barehead Slimline Trappers.

    These two new knives came in and fit and finish was just super!

    Under magnification the knives themselves and edges were great!
    Sharp out of the box, and congruent from tang to tip.

    Now, she is 48 years old. She was raised right as we say.
    She knows about 1095 Carbon and Chrome Vanadium blades, folks that use a knife, understand this.

    Three things Case needs to do:
    1. Pin the shield into handle. Me an mine do not trust these being cemented in, so we always ease out, remove factory cement, clean and degrease, and epoxy, only use epoxy to put these back in.
    2. Bring back the old brown paper with "Case" written on it, instead of the plain brown paper.
    3. Off a lot more handles with CV blades.

    Shirley at Case - you reading this?

    It seems to us that use a knife, that Carbon Steel and CV blades are out of the box sharper, and the edge is more congruent from tang to tip.

    Our take is, users versus collectors.
    Users , like me and mine, only use CV blades, or 1095 Carbon made by another mfg.

    So after these two had the shields removed, epoxied back in, clean and degreased...
    A tall glass jar, like olives come in was filled with RC [Royal Crown Cola], up to the tang, after these knives were placed into them with blades opened and point down.

    About 2 hours later...the most wonderful, old time patina you ever did see!
    This patina against them yellow and red bone handles - is striking!

    Now she like the rest of me and mine, only sharpens freehand, and most often all any of us is a small stone no bigger than 3" x1".

    Case Moonstone, oh how I wish I still had mine.
    Now that patina, will get on down to the edge, so all she did was freehand with that small Case Moonstone, and let me tell you, not only was that edge razor sharp, that really fine , thin, polished edge against that patina, oh it was good looking!

    Now these two particular knives are going to be used.
    The red bone being nicer than expected caused her to order some more, and the Peanuts to match.

    This pattern allows one to open the easy, even though the back springs are stout.
    Even with gloves on, just pinch the blade or use old old tricks we grew up to open one handed.

    From food prep, making fuzz sticks, kindling, tossing sparks with a magnesium fire starter, cleaning deer, small game, waterfowl, cutting rope, cutting leather, opening feed sacks, cutting rubber hose, cutting cardboard, scoring wood to cut it, sharpening No.2 pencils or Carpenter pencils, cutting tarp ( canvas or vinyl) to cover fire wood...

    Case 61048 with CV blades, are proven, by too many folks over too many years.

    I am one such person...

    A bit more about this lady, and some of her experiences with this pattern later on.
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Member

    Jul 31, 2003
    North Las Vegas, NV
    Now you're talking about my favorite Case, the 048. I thought the regular Trapper was the bomb until we did a Roundtable over at a Case forum and a guy sent me a gray boned 048. That thing never left my pocket! Perfect size, disappears in the pocket, always ready.

    I took a yellow handled one and re-did it, replacing the liners with titanium and the handles with Snakewood. Wasn't going to sell it but this guy kept clamoring for it so I sold it and a Seahorse I rehandled in Ironwood.

    Yellow handled 048's are cheap - a great knife for the money.

    Mustard and white vinegar will also give that sought after patina on CV blades!
  3. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    I figured you would come out of the woodwork at the mention of a 048

  4. coelacanth

    coelacanth Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Queen Steel used to make a pattern almost. . . . .

    exactly like the Case but they put a little half-round notch about halfway back the handle to assist opening. Loved that knife - wish I had it back or another one like it but I'm SOL on both counts.
  5. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    I just traded a guy out of one of these. So far, I'm enamored of it.
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