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Old 02-17-2013, 05:19 PM
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One of the guys at the Gun Club meeting today had a selection of pocket knives he was selling. I made the mistake of picking this one up and I could not put it back down.

A little Case lock back that someone slicked up a bit.Bark ivory scales and some outstanding file work. It so neat I may not carry it.


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I can see why you didn't put it down. Cool knife. BBQ knife!
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One of the guys at the Gun Club meeting today had a selection of pocket knives he was selling. I made the mistake of picking this one up and I could not put it back down.

A little Case lock back that someone slicked up a bit.Bark ivory scales and some outstanding file work. It so neat I may not carry it.

I cannot tell from the picture, what's the blade length? If it's 3 1/2" I want one.
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Nice pocket jewelry. Looks a little small for me, and I don't like file work. But I see why it spoke to you.

I only have one Case, I think, a medium sized stockman with red jigged bone scales. It is very well made. I seldom carry it, as I always need some tool on a Swiss Army knife.

But occasionally, I do carry the little Case, just because it's so pretty and so well proportioned.

BTW, the same company that owns Case also owns Zippo lighters. Both are American traditions.
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Love that filework and Mastedon ivory. Great catch Tony.
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Does it have a sister?
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Many years ago I found a beautifull case like the one in this picture. It was by a gutpile. I worked for the conservation department and he may have thought I was a warden and ran for it, or maybe it was a legal deer and he just dropped it, I dont know. I lent it to a neighbor kid that wanted a knife for a camping trip. The little ---- threw it at a tree breaking the stag handle on one side. I found this one like it, its a commemrative that case put out cost me plenty! Then I bought the red handeled one pictured with the 1917 in a pawn shop about 6 years ago for $25s. Later I seen a identical one in another high end pawn shop-gun shop for 10x that! Its funny because he is fair priced on his guns. Maybe I have been liveing under a rock? Yes, he has $250s on it!! I may send my old case to the company and see if they can put another stag handle on it and polish it up. I found that one back in 1961 or 1962 and it looked old then!



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A beautiful knife, lawandorder. Case turns out some real quality knives at a good price. I started collecting them years ago.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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STOP IT.....STOP IT........You're hurting my eyes showing me those knives.

I see the XX. Is it a 2 dot then? I can't see all of the stampings since it's not opened all the way.....


That's one to take and caress the rest of the afternoon, and into this evening....Very nice.


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3 dots and the blade is about 2 & 5/8s. I have about worn it out already from coon fingering it.
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Definitely ask if Case can rebuild your knife. If not, they can refer you to some guy who does that, although he probably isn't cheap. His name escapes me at the moment, but he's famous for that.

I buy knives to use, although I take meticulous care of them. I really don't care how many dots or spots are on the tangs. But the collectors do, and some are very pricey!

You can buy Fallkniven folders for less than what some charge for older Case items. And the Fallkniven will have better steel and very often, a more appealing style. Some have gorgeous handles, too. www.fallkniven.com Note that prices are quoted in Swedish kroner, not in USD. They do have US dealers. Some discount list prices by quite a bit. But many will hesitate to carry their fancier folders. I would. Such luxuries add joy to life! I don't set my knives aside just to admire as art, although they are art.

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Can Case actually/really replace the side panel on one of their knives?

I have a very, very old one that was my Grandfathers. One side looks like it was damaged like when a piece of plastic, like a fishing worm, dissolved the side and made an ugly mark.

I do not have a pic but certainly could take one.
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3 dots and the blade is about 2 & 5/8s. I have about worn it out already from coon fingering it.
Looking at the style of tang stamp, and the fact that the blade has three dots on it, dates it to 1973. Here's a link that explains the various dating systems Case has used in more detail:

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Can Case actually/really replace the side panel on one of their knives?

I have a very, very old one that was my Grandfathers. One side looks like it was damaged like when a piece of plastic, like a fishing worm, dissolved the side and made an ugly mark.

I do not have a pic but certainly could take one.

If by "side panel", you mean the handle scale, they probably could, although they might not be able to match the scales. Remember, wear and age make each handle unique after a number of years in use. One answer is to replace BOTH scales, perhaps with some nicer material, unless you have exceptional stag, etc. on that knife. If it just jigged bone, probably no big deal.

But it matters if they still make that knife or otherwise have parts on hand. See my above post. If they can't fix it, they refer you to some specialist in that. I think he also does some design work and special editions for Case. I'm pretty sure that the factory would be less expensive, if they can do that job.

Many of the better knife companies do excellent repair work, sometmes at much less expense than you'd think. Ask about replacement handle scales of more exotic materials, if you like, too. Buck does a very fine and fast repair or refinish of their knives. I sent a Model 120 back for refinish after I rescued it at a gun show. Some idiot had scuffed up the edges in sharpening and the bevels needed re-setting and honing, and the pommel/butt cap, even the black Buckarta handle, had scratches that they buffed out. It looked almost like a new knife when I got it back. Only a tiny dent in one side of the handle remained. It was a fraction too deep to buff out without thinning the handle too much.

Some guy has a YouTube video showing how they refinished his dad's Model 120, and he shows a new one, too. If you can't place the Model 120, it is the knife used in the, "Scream" movie series and other Hollywood productions. I have seen more Buck Model 120's in movie and TV use than any other identifiable knife. (For scenes where somebody gets stabbed or where actors might otherwise be injured by the real thing, they make replicas that have retracting blades and some are resin or plastic casts of the real knife. These look VERY real, even to the maroon trim on the handles. Some fellow on YouTube sells them to movie buffs who want replicas and are afraid to own the real knife.)

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A great passion of mine is antique knives. The problem I have is when I had my wife catalog them for me. Seems when number 500 was recorded and there were still a few to register, she seemed to think I should slow down abit on my collecting. Women.
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A great passion of mine is antique knives. The problem I have is when I had my wife catalog them for me. Seems when number 500 was recorded and there were still a few to register, she seemed to think I should slow down abit on my collecting. Women.
Have you catalogued her shoes and purses?
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Looking at the style of tang stamp, and the fact that the blade has three dots on it, dates it to 1973. Here's a link that explains the various dating systems Case has used in more detail:

Date Identification Guide for Case Knives
Thanks for the link.

I was never in to knives, but have one Case and wondered how old it was.
Looks like the '65-'69 markings. No 'dots'.

Opposite side of the blade is marked '3 FINN / SSP '
Any idea what that means?
This is a single blade hunting type about a 4 1/2" blade,, not a folder.
Shows how much I know about 'em.
Never used it,,I'd just cut myself again if I did.

Beautiful folding knives BTW..
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Opposite side of the blade is marked '3 FINN / SSP '
Any idea what that means?
Yep. FINN is the model style. It's a basic hunting knife, patterned somewhat after the original Finish Puukko knife, thus the "FINN" designation. The SS stands for stainless steel and the P means that it has a polished blade.

Most of the Case FINN models had the traditional leather stacked handles.

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tony, i know that feeling all too well. if i hadn't lost all my guns in a boating accident at sea i would probably have had more pocket knives than guns. lee
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Can Case actually/really replace the side panel on one of their knives?

I have a very, very old one that was my Grandfathers. One side looks like it was damaged like when a piece of plastic, like a fishing worm, dissolved the side and made an ugly mark.

I do not have a pic but certainly could take one.
Case can do the work but there are private guys out there that frankly will do a better job with whatever material you like. Let me know by PM if you want to know how to get in touch with them and see their work.

The ivory in the knife in the original post is lovely--it looks like mammoth ivory to me.
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Yep. FINN is the model style. It's a basic hunting knife, patterned somewhat after the original Finish Puukko knife, thus the "FINN" designation. The SS stands for stainless steel and the P means that it has a polished blade.

Most of the Case FINN models had the traditional leather stacked handles.

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That's it! Thanks,,and it does have the stacked leather handle.
Still have the original scabbard too.
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If handle "scale is the correct term than yes, that is what is marred. It is either a plastic or bakelite. I can not see to well right now but the tang mark I believe dates it in that 1940-1964 age.

It is one of the few things I have from my Grandfather, it is not a real special knife, but he was an interesting guy. He was Norwegian Whaler and I have scrimshawed whale teeth that he did.

I will post a pic in the morning well I guess it is morning. Later
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Thanks for posting the identification link for the Case knifes Mule Packer!
I carry a small pockat knife every day that was my grandpas. I see that it is a "XX" era knife and nice to know the facts about it, that I never knew.
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