Your Traditional Knife of 2019

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Jack Black, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Old Hunter

    Old Hunter Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Late in 2018 I saw an individual’s ad on another knife forum for a NOS Case 62048 slim trapper that I wanted for my collection. The seller and I both thought it was bone handled but he determined it was actually made with Delrin handles after I bought it but before he shipped it. He contacted me and offered to refund my money but I told him to ship it anyway, I wanted one for my collection. Being the kind of guy that he is, when my 62048 arrived I found the seller had included two “extras” - both late 70’s Case Knives that were used but still quite functional. One was this 1978 6332 Medium Stockman. I have owned several of the 63032 over the years, including one that is still NIB, but had never carried one being a Case 18 pattern MED Stockman fan. I tried out this surprise 6332 - nice bone, great snap, no blade wobble and minimal blade wear - just a nice old knife that had seen some use and had a lot of blade staining. I have carried this knife more than any other since getting it in mid January 2019 - it has been a real surprise to me that it pushed my Case 18 patterns out as my prime EDC. Now as a Knife-Knut I own and carry lots of pocketknives (like many of you here) but this one is my main EDC nowadays (my collection of Case 18’s still get carried but not as much as this 32). The 48 is on my shelf (where its been for the last year) and the 32 is in my pocket now. OH
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  2. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    Thanks Jack. I'm glad you enjoyed my post but I believe a correction is in order. Looking at Levine's 4th it seems what I considered a scout might better be described a "Sportsman". Thought I should set the record straight. Hope your having a great day.:thumbsup:
     
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  3. Ace Rimmer

    Ace Rimmer

    Jul 4, 2017
    I have both of these in the two-blade versions (6232 and 62032). Both are nice but the older one (6232) is slimmer and a tiny bit longer and has a super nice feel. (Also, the clip on mine is really pointy.) I can see why you like yours so much. I'd carry mine more if the backsprings weren't so darn strong (like, a 7 or 8 pull)!
     
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  4. Pinemoon

    Pinemoon Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    Great post, and an interesting choice for KOTY '19.
    I've yet to add a SAK to my collection; your happiness with the Evolution 11 has me thinking I should snatch one up.
    The price is certainly right :)
     
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  5. redsparrow

    redsparrow Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2014
    ^^^ Thank you. Pretty sure you'll find one equally enjoyable and totally useful but be careful... there are so many SAKs.:)
     
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  6. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    It's with a bit of a sad heart that I post in this thread today, as my knife collecting has undergone such a major transformation this year. I used to collect knives with such great enthusiasm. Mostly classic scout knives, but I also looked forward to each and every new GEC release.

    I started off the year with an attempt to carry the same knife every day for all of 2019. That WW2 Camillus engineers knife lasted for over five months in my pocket. Unfortunately, that knife was not purchased this year, so it does not qualify. Then for the remaining part of the year, I carried an old Victorinox SwissChamp every day, that was also not purchased this year. So it does not qualify. Yep. That's right. Two knives combined for my daily carry for 2019, and neither of them qualify for this thread. How's that for a letdown, in perhaps my favorite recurring Bladeforums thread!!!!

    But that is not to say to that I didn't purchase any knives this year. I did buy a few knives. Not nearly as many as usual, but making a concerted attempt to carry as few knives as possible will do that to you. It drains the life out of a hobby centered around collecting.

    Yet I did purchase the occasional GEC this year, a year that was particularly impressive. Charlie's jigged bone lambsfoot immediately comes to mind, as does Barry's bloodwood 86 SFO. Both of my 92 Eureka Jack's are glorious, as is the 2019 BladeForums knife. GEC really had a killer year. So many sensational knives.

    But if I'm honest with myself, I can only get so excited about carbon steel these days. My collection has grown to the point that having to care for all of the carbon steel knives is becoming a burden. Stainless steel is just so much easier to live with.

    Fortunately, I did pick up some stainless in 2019 that particularly impressed me. They may have only ridden shotgun to my two main carries, but I am very thankful to have them. I can think of two that stand out in particular, that are easily worthy of accolades. Two knives that a non-collector could purchase, and have no need for another knife. Two knives that a collector could purchase, and be utterly dazzled by.

    The Case bone stag Tribal Lock wins honorable mention. I sort of bought it on a whim. I was half sure that it would be too bulky in my pocket, and not up to my quality standards. But oh how wrong I was!!! This knife is nothing sort of functional perfection. The blade grind is wonderfully thin for a knife of this size, which carries smaller than you'd expect. The grip is exceptional. Opening is smooth as silk, and the back lock disengages without trouble. Fit and finish is immaculate, and that bone stag is drop dead gorgeous. This is a highly underrated knife here on Bladeforums.

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    My 2019 KOTY is the Case Mini-Trapper. It is similar to the Tribal Lock mentioned above, in that the covers are bone stag and the blades are Tru-Sharp stainless. The grinds are also thin enough to cut more efficiently than most modern traditionals. But this Mini-Trapper takes the top spot this year because it is so small and unassuming, and because the blade combination is so unerringly useful. The clip and wharncliffe can handle just about any ordinary EDC task with aplomb. This knife is also a joy to hold in the hand. The bone stag is thick enough that you can really get a grip on it. Fit and finish are also top rate.

    Today, if I was to put my SwissChamp aside, this is the knife I would carry. I easily place it in the top ten best knives of my entire traditional collection. If you've been thinking that GEC is the only good brand on the market, you owe is to yourself to try a Case bone stag Mini-Trapper. It's crazy good, and somehow affordable at the same time.

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  7. AnW

    AnW Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 15, 2019
    Thanks for the thought provoking post. I have 2 Case Mini Trappers that I really like and I've been meaning to get a Tribal Lock. The fit and finish on the mini Trappers I have are very good (unlike some of the stockmen I have).

    I never considered bone stag because the photos don't look that enticing on vendor sites, but yours look spectacular!
     
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  8. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    It seems that Case does some patterns extremely well, and other patterns not so well. The Mini-Trapper and Tribal Lock are two of the good ones.

    I'm very picky about my bone stag. I seldom buy it sight unseen, as it can vary greatly. I mostly hit the big auction site and track down a listing that shows the exact knife that I'll receive.
     
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  9. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Great choice, Buzz. :thumbsup:
     
  10. kamagong

    kamagong

    Jan 13, 2001
    The things you own end up owning you.
     
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  11. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    That is so true. I feel it more this year than at any time in the past. The combination of only really carrying two knives all year long, combined with so many ultralight camping trips this year where I happily lived with a very minimal set of belongings, provided a stark contrast to the absurd number of unneeded possessions that I own. So many objects, few of which truly matter to me. I feel like their only purpose at this point is to rob me of time that could be spent living and doing things that matter, instead of merely maintaining my life's footprint.
     
  12. Jonny D

    Jonny D Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jan 25, 2014
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    My traditional knife of the year has to be my GEC 15 radio knife. I was lucky enough to find this replacement from a fellow member here! I had originally sold my first one when I purged my collection to pay off my debts. It was a constant companion for a couple of years this new one I hope will be around much longer!
    I’m enjoying this thread and looking forward to next year!
     
  13. WhittlinAway

    WhittlinAway Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    My knife purchasing waned significantly this year, with only three new pocketknives being added to my collection. Even had my acquisitions numbered five times that, my 2019 KoTY 2019 would have been an easy selection. I knew it from the second day it was in my pocket, when the pocket hog refused to yield back to my usual standard buffalo horn lambsfoot.

    My fellow Guardians will not be surprised to hear that my 2019 KoTY is my:

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    This is what I wrote in the Guardians thread when I first received it:

    That was no exaggeration. After the first Guardian's Edition Lambsfoot was produced, I'd been hoping for a follow up in Barlow form. It took a while, but it was worth the wait. The Hartshead Barlow has seen considerable pocket time this year, and I do not see that changing in 2020 and beyond.

    Well done, Jack. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Very profound Buzz :) :thumbsup:

    Many thanks Greg, nice post :) :thumbsup:
     
  15. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    I was sitting in my reclining chair minding my own business, in August, when I heard a "Ding" from the direction of my desktop. Low and behold it was a notification from USPS that a package had been delivered to my mailbox:eek:. I pulled on a pair of jeans, drove up to the mailboxes - a couple of miles -, retrieved my international package, and came back home. When I opened the package out came this A. Wright "two-blade" Lambfoot knife with Dark African Rosewood covers. I've carried it in my back pocket every day since it fell out of the international package!!

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    Some were surprised that I liked it so much because they thought it was a thick, heavy knife, with the lambfoot blade nail nick difficult to get to because the pen blade somewhat blocked it but none of those issues have been a hindrance to my using it. It's a solid well put together knife and I intend to keep carrying it as time goes on So, that makes this my 2019 Knife.:thumbsup:
     
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  16. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    That's a looker, Ed. Good choice. :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Buzzbait

    Buzzbait Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 25, 2001
    I really like this knife. Great cover material. Good useful size. Awesome frame shape. Two blades, one straight edge and one with belly. And............ are the blades stainless?
     
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  18. Misplaced Hillbilly

    Misplaced Hillbilly Gold Member Gold Member

    May 16, 2018
    Isn't it amazing how a knife can come out of left field and become one you just cant seem to do without. Thats how it was with the Calfpen for me. I wanted to add another GEC to my collection, but prices of what was available at the time kinda held me off. Then the Calfpen pops up on the exchange for a reslly good price,but I still hesitated a couple days. Mostly because it was kinda odd looking. But I went ahead and pulled the trigger, now its practically my most used knife. Seems a few 2019 knife of the year knives were unexpected gems.
     
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  19. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    No, the blades are C70 carbon.
     
  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Cool choice Ed :) I think I've carried mine about twice! :D :thumbsup:

    The same pattern is made in stainless under the Joseph Rodgers and IXL brands :thumbsup:
     
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