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Old 06-27-2020, 10:10 PM
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Found in my fathers belongings an old Case barlow knife. two blades with the number 62009 followed by the fraction 1/2 on the knife. No "x"s on the blade no dots and as far as I could go wit hthe number it means the handle is jigged bone (dark red) with two blades. I've hit a dead end and am wondering if there are any collectors out there who can help. Knife blades are made of carbon steel 9it is stained but not rusted) and knife is tight with no wobble whatsoever and the are very sharp. This has the looks and feel of a very old quality knife and I am wondering if anyone out there can help me further
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:48 PM
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62009 is the old Case model number for the barlow pattern. The older Case knives didn't use the dot dating system. Here's a link showing various Case stampings that should help narrow down the age W.R. Case & Sons Pocket Knife Age Identification
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:05 PM
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The 62009 1/2 pattern in red bone was made from 1940 to 1964 according to my Sargent's reference book.
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:27 PM
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diyj98 and Pawngal thank you both very much. From the link diyj98 gave me and comparing the "CASE XX" with USA under it indicates that the knife was made between 1965 & 1969. Were it not for the USA under the CASE XX Pawngal you would be correct in your aging.Although the 6 indicates jigged bone as per the web site, I suspect from the look of it that it may very well be derilin as per the web site since they used the same number. The material on the handle is smooth and just looks like well aged plastic. Apparently the 1/2 indicates a clip point main blade and the 2 indicates two blades. All very fascinating and I thank you both for helping me. A nice way to spend Saturday night learning some very arcane trivia
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My book also lists the Delrin with the 62009 1/2 pattern, but lists it as a 10 dot, dated to 1970. Just like researching S&W, no set rules!
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Sawcut or smooth bone would be right for that vintage Case Barlow. The 6 just indicates bone, could be jigged, smooth, or sawcut. Dyed bone has a translucence that delrin doesn’t have.
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Well, counselor, as long as we have the attention of some Case collectors', please forgive me for thread theft....and I will post a picture eventually.

I have a Case knife that belonged to my parents and it fits into a nice wood, open for the handle, "box" that has seen so much use the blade has worn through the wood. It's a fixed blade knife and looks more like a steak knife than anything else except it has no point. It's 10 inches long, the blade is around 5.5", and it literally has no point - it's round at the tip like a butter knife.

Markings (dots added to force the positioning):

CASE XX...............................................................PROCESS PAT
..............................................SNACK
Chromium.............................................................No. 2147078

Anyone know this knife?

Thanks, counselor, for not jumping up and down in righteous indignation.
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I've got a few but would not consider myself a "collector" per say. Just more of a few knives I picked up along the way. Bought two brand new ones not too long ago and the quality has unfortunately decreased. It wasn't terrible but certainly not the quality of yesteryear. Most of the issues I was able to resolve without exchanging them - as they were Christmas gifts and had no time to do so. Had they been for me and had no time restrictions, I would have had them exchanged.

From what I have read, the ones to buy new now are the "select" models that they put a little more effort in prior to shipping. Still, for the money they are descent American made knives that can still be quite serviceable!

I own more knives than I care to count and I still prefer EDC-ing a traditional folding pocket knife rather than some of my high tech modern clip on pocket knives. While the modern styles of the Spyderco, Kershaw, Benchmade etc. are excellent and quite well made, nothing warms my heart like an old well worn and carried pocket knife that is razor sharp.

When in the presence of others and you take out an old Case, Marbles, Uncle Henry etc. no one feels intimidated. Flip open a new style Spyderco and you'll get a different reaction most of the time.

Caj, why don't you try calling Case (Phone: (800) 523-6350) they might be able to help. There is also a Case collectors forum if you really strike out there.

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All About Pocket Knives (AAPK) has a research and forums where found info on my dads and grandpas knives . I have a CASE XX 6229 1/2 1940 -64 assumed owned by Grand Pa . It is still sharp with plenty of snap ,he was real handy ,wittled and master sharpener . My dad used his knives cutting cardboard ,rope etc working at a hardware store
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I have accumulated a few Case knives. Most of them are pictured here. The most recent is the Slimline Trapper, shown open second from the left. Yellow delrin, with Caseís excellent CV steel, a carbon steel with chrome and vanadium added. The slimline trapper came to me just yesterday from a giveaway (we would call it a Karma) on Bladeforums.

Yellow delrin is a classic finish, and for Case, also a budget finish. The other yellow delrin knives here are a Sodbuster, a medium stockman and a peanut, all in CV steel.

There are a couple of other 6318 stockmen there, a Sodbuster Jr. in orange delrin, and a Seahorse Whittler in Rogers jig bone. Too bad about the poor picture quality, but that one is probably my nicest Case knife. It works pretty well as a whittler, too.
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Case kitchen knives donít have much collector value, the information on them is sparse. Case made lots of them and very fine scissors as well. I have two sets of steak knives (6) one set is older, early 60ís the other is early 70ís. I also have a large butcher knife as well. The steak knives are about 9Ē overall and have a rounded tip. All have pattern numbers marked on the blade, all are marked stainless steel.

I would suspect yours is older, the chromium marking is a clue. A photo would help identifying it. It does sound like a utility type pattern rather than part of a set since it has its own box, if Iím understanding you correctly.

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Case knives were so well known in years gone by that many, including
my Dad, referred to any pocket knife as a Case knife. Just like they called
all copy machines Xerox for a long time.
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I'm not a knife collector but I do have a few Case knives, most recently a couple of new Barlows last year. a single blade with polished bone and a 2 blade with red handle. I have several Case knives, one Redbone Stockman that is unused, the rest I have used. Currently carry a 2 blade Teardrop, Red Pocket Worn. Probably have a half dozen others. Case still makes a good product, in the USA at a fair price.
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IMO the current Case offerings do a dis-service to the name and the older models. They tweak the styles and pump them out like popcorn.
A real shame.
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I would suspect yours is older, the chromium marking is a clue. A photo would help identifying it. It does sound like a utility type pattern rather than part of a set since it has its own box, if I’m understanding you correctly.
Picture coming soon! Thanks for the reply.
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IMO the current Case offerings do a dis-service to the name and the older models. They tweak the styles and pump them out like popcorn.
A real shame.
The Case / Tony Bose collaborations are really nice. Tony is a living legend in the traditional knife community. They are near custom quality, but donít compare to the real thing. But he no longer takes orders and his knives sell for thousands in the secondary market. The Case Bose start around $400.
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