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What is your favorite Case handle material

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by g123, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. g123


    Oct 25, 2009
    What aesthetically is your favorite Case handle material.


  2. Frailer

    Frailer Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    Old school chestnut jigged bone.

  3. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Jigged bone. I love chestnut and old red bone, but only have amber at the moment, and I love it:
  4. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    The Amber jigged bone on the CV Canoe?
  5. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    That's a beautiful knife. On my short list.
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  6. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    (1) Red bone, (2) Green bone, or (3) Brown Bone...This one is Brown Jigged Bone.
    I'd love to have some vintage Red or Green Bone, but they can run a pretty penny.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2019
  7. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Very nice, John. I like some of the blue bone I've seen too.
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  8. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    With me you often get more than you asked for.
    (all these case knives I am talking about are pretty much ALL Case Large Trappers)
    I will start out saying I prefer the genuine horn handles just because they are fatter. In the Case of the Genuine Stag scales they are A LOT fatter and that is a good thing while using the knife. I go back and forth with the Stag looks wise. One minute it creeps me out and another minute I love what Case does with it to produce so many colors and textures on one knife handle.
    Here's the Stag with a few other slip joints
    The Black Water buffalo is pretty great to.

    In the past and again just lately I am sort of embarrassed to say I have a real fascination with the White Sparxx. It is just plain old white imitation (molded) jigging texture. They are pretty thin scales (not fat). But I don't know, what can I say, there it is . . . I love the look of them.

    The Antiqued Peachseed Jigged Bone scales are very classic and have a bunch of texture to them that I crave in a knife handle so recently I have been enjoying that handle quite a lot.

    The Dark Navy Blue Bone Roger's Jigged scales shown above are right up there for me. I don't think "Dark" is part of the actual color description but the scales only do it for me if they are almost black with a little blue around the edges. There for a while Case was leaving the blue scales with some sky blue and even white with the dark blue and black and for me it was . . . nah dude, nah. The last example I bought a month or so ago (not shown) was very pleasing. I am totally happy with it.

    The Tony Bose / Case knives with Gabon Ebony are just so great looking ! ! !
    I don't have one but I sure like to look at them.

    Around Christmas I like to busssout my Dark Red Jigged Bone Trapper (shown above). All that red is a bit much the rest of the year but at Christmas I give myself permission to enjoy carrying that one. It is really beautiful. CV patinad blade natch' ;).

    Finally I have to say I had quite a love affair with Chestnut but I swear the handle seemed to really fade and even show some white bone here and there that I swear was not there when I bought the knife. It has not seen any significant sun at all. I work indoors and carry the knife in a pouch always (not loose in a car or some such). Now I am just meh about the Chestnut because the dye seems to be too fugitive.

    Scales when new :

    Scales not even a year later.
    These photos don't do it justice . . . how pretty it was in the past and how faded it is now.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2019
  9. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    When Case gets its Bone Stag right, it's gorgeous. but I am very choosy when buying it.


    I'm also quite enamored with Case's yellow Delrin.

  10. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Another vote for Bonestag.
    Jigged Amber Bone is right up there, too.
    Sycamore is something I would like to acquire someday as well :thumbsup:
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  11. sXePhenomenal

    sXePhenomenal Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 8, 2018
    Antique jigged bone is my favorite but I like a lot of them. Chestnut, Brown bone, the Molasses bone that’s only on the Damascus Bose knives is one id really like to have, and their midnight stag is really nice looking.
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  12. solphilos

    solphilos Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 17, 2009
    You just said everything I was going to.
    Bonestag can be quite a striking handle material, or it can look like a shoddy, color pencil sketch of stag. I think it looks best when it's deeply grooved and toasty, like the examples you posted.

    I like some of Cases various blue jigged bone, which can look fantastic against highly polished tru sharp. Of course yellow delrin is always a classic.
  13. CVamberbonehead

    CVamberbonehead Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    As my username says, I like Cases amber bone. :D I also really like their yellow delrin.
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  14. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    jigged bone
  15. Lansky1


    Apr 12, 2016
    Bone, preferably of the colorful dyed variety, jigged or smooth. I also like the swirly Corelon acrylics, but won't pay full retail for them ... so many hunt those, very difficult to get one much below retail ... only have a few I've gotten deals on. Funny, I just find the traditional redbone, greenbone and amber bland (I know, I know blasphemy to the vintage collectors). I do not care for plain dark red delrin plastic either - avoid those. I must be part magpie - like shiny and colorful ... here's a few 32''s and Ratcliffe Muskrats ---->


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  16. black mamba

    black mamba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I agree with Buzz about the better bone stag, but the old green bone is my favorite.
    This one is as close as I get, and still pretty nice.

  17. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
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  18. GE Jr

    GE Jr Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 29, 2015
    I always look for the old red, brown, and green bone when at a knife show. For the present-day knives, I think it's hard to beat amber or chestnut bone.

  19. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    I certainly have more chestnut jigged bone examples (all in CV) than any other Case handle material. Here's a group shot of what I have, except for a teardrop jack that I bought more recently. Note that there's quite a bit of variation in the color of the chestnut jigged bone. (I wish they offered a canoe in this series!)

    But I also find this stainless mini copperhead in navy blue jigged bone with red shield incredibly attractive, and could see myself eventually getting other patterns (canoe, tribal lock) with the same covers.

    Another cover material I thought was real attractive, although I don't have an example of the original series, was the walnut Rogers jigged bone with quad-threaded bolsters that was available a few years ago. This mini copperlock has the same covers, but came out later, I think:

    - GT
  20. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Amber Jigged bone

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