Where to purchase interesting Case knives?

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by NativeCraft, Dec 10, 2019.

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  1. NativeCraft


    Oct 27, 2006
    For you Case aficionados, where does one find Case knives with interesting and pretty scales and such?
    I decided I wanted a medium jack to add to my pocket, but the only thing that shows up on the Case website is one with black scales or a blue "Ford" one. Just what is Case's fascination with Ford, anyway? That's about the tackiest thing in the world to do to a knife.

    Where are the pretty or interesting ones to be found?
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  2. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Same thing with the single clip blade mini trapper, you can only find it in Ford or Harley covers... C'mon Case!!! :mad:
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  3. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Just a heads up.
    If you can't find something you like from one of the dealers on our list, Paid Dealer Members List ( Updated 10/13/2019 ), any others can't be mentioned here. It's in the guidelines.
    We'll keep an eye on this thread. If it goes awry, it disappears. Thanks.
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  4. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Case is always changing up covers on their main set of patterns. Though there are some that are either discontinued or are not in their mainstream lineup and don't have many variations.

    The 087 Medium Jack is one of those that is still around but doesn't seem to get much attention. They do make it in a pen, jack, and stockman variant on that same frame. However, it was made in other handle materials in the past, so you would probably have to look for older, pre-owned knives either at dealers who carry vintage knives, or one of the online auction sites.

    I also dislike the "brand affinity" knives, but they must sell well because Case certainly makes plenty of them.

    I have one 62087 Medium Jack in some nice bone covers, shown on the right in this group photo of several of my Case jacks:


    and one in the Pen variant as well, also in bone, shown in yet another group photo, lower left:

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  5. gunstockjack

    gunstockjack Mid-low tech sexagenarian. Gold Member

    May 14, 2011
    I think the early '70's models are worth the extra money for a mint specimen as far as F&F and overall quality. I prefer the models made before 1976 when Case opened their new digs.

    There are several well known vintage Case dealers on the 'bay that sell vintage stuff.
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  6. waynorth

    waynorth Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Nov 19, 2005
    I agree with Gunstock Jack. Some of the New Case knives are interesting, but it's hard to beat Case XXs and ten-dots!
  7. JoeGoblyn

    JoeGoblyn Gold Member Gold Member

    May 9, 2018
    Does Case make a two blade Jack with a spear main anymore?

    I’m talking something similar to a GEC 15, I’ve seen vintage ones but the current Barlows are the closest I could get.

  8. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Of the dealers on the BladeForums supporting list, I have had good experiences with KnifeCenter. They have a good selection and good customer service.
    If you want to examine the knives first, there are probably Case displays near you at a hardware store or farm and ranch store. Sometimes gun shops and pawn shops. Good luck!
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  9. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Sadly the Case Medium Jack is not a popular model. As you noticed the only ones you can commonly find through dealers are the Black Delrin with As-finished blades, or the Ford logo, Blue Bone version. A few years back there were a couple other variations, but they fell by the wayside. Case seems to focus more on the Peanut (smaller), and the Case Texas Jack (bigger). Only other options will require you to keep your eyes open on the secondary markets.

    My renewed interest in traditional slipjoints is due in part to trading for the above mentioned Black Delrin version. Though I much prefer jigged bone & carbon steel, that knife has become one of my favorites. Hopefully one day Case will make a carbon steel version with jigged bone.
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  10. NativeCraft


    Oct 27, 2006
    Rakkasans! ^^^ Those guys conducted our field training when I was a cadet at West Point back in the late 80's. Top notch.
    The instructors used to crack me up with that "hambone" slapping thing they did when they were first introduced. Reminded me of something you'd see in a black juke-joint on a Saturday night.
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  11. Gamecocks84


    Dec 9, 2019
    Check your local Tractor Supply Co, Cabelas, and mom and pop farm stores.
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  12. MadTrapper


    Dec 30, 2005
    In my opinion Case has been using a lot of junk for handle material lately. Based on what I'm seeing as of very recently, it would appear that perhaps that is beginning to change. We'll see...
  13. Railsplitter

    Railsplitter Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 31, 2010
    I can't remember if I still have it or not but Case did make a 62087 in red bone.

    Mine is/was a 1965-1969 model with carbon steel blades. Really nice bone. I'll try to remember to see if I still have it when I get back home today. If I do, I'll post a pic.

    I see a few for sale "out there" but they aren't cheap.
  14. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I hear ya.... My wife gave me a Case mini trapper with the HD logo on it. I had to go out and buy a Harley to go with it. :cool:

    Most expensive knife I've ever owned....
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  15. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Some of us like the Case specialty knives such as this Single Blade Sowbelly with U.S. Navy embellishments.


    And of course we like older Case knives.


    But I try not to knock Case knives regardless of pattern, embellishments, etc. because we're darn lucky to have Case knives still being made.

    Besides, they're a thing of beauty.


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  16. NativeCraft


    Oct 27, 2006
    Showoff! :p

    What pattern is that last group?
  17. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    I think that is perfect reasoning. :D:thumbsup:
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  18. hornetguy

    hornetguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    I believe those are all sowbelly knives. I've got one by case, and one by RoughRider. I'm still on the fence about one I'm watching on the bay... I might have to go ahead and take the plunge... one Case sowbelly just isn't enough.
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  19. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    #39 Sowbelly
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  20. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    The title of this thread "Where to Purchase Interesting Case Knives" prompts me to post this interesting Case Knife - a Case Cheetah 11 1/2 L with blade embellishment.


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