Case XX Shields
Below is a list of many of the shields that have been used on Case knives. There are several that are not included because I don’t have images of them all & because there are a very large number of them that makes a comprehensive list difficult to put together.
On older Case knives, one shield style was predominantly used for several years. When knives were made to be carried, there was not a big demand for variety and it was easier to manufacture with a smaller variety.
As technology improved & manufacturing techniques were tweaked, shields became easier and more economical to create and install, Case began making all sorts of them. Today, you will find tons of different shapes and letter styles. You might find fancy 3D type shields, lettering directly inlaid or laser engraved onto the handles, and even carvings made into bone and other handle materials to make cool designs.
You will find countless commemorative shields made for the likes of Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Johnny Cash and others. You will find John Deer shields, Rebel Flag shields, and others of varying brands and interests. Case also has done special shields for anniversary events and historical dates such as a 2010 shield made specific for the 10th anniversary of its Ruslock knife pattern and special millennium shields to recognize the year 2000.
Given the vast array, you will find an example of most the older variations , but when Case started making several different shields per year, you may find some that are not on our list. If you do find a picture of a shield that is not on this page, please send us an image!
Note of interest: Shields were pinned on bone and stag handled Case knives until the late 1970′s at which point the company started gluing them on.
|Plain Oval shield. Used on knives manufactured from 1905 – 1915.|
|Plain oval shield with pointed ends. Used by Case between 1905 and 1915.|
|Arrow Head shield with raised letters. Used on knives manufactured from 1915 – 1925.|
|Diamond shield with raised letters. Used on knives manufactured from 1915 – 1925.|
|This diamond shield was used by Case on knives manufactured prior to 1940.|
|Bomb Shield with raised letters. Used on knives manufactured from 1915 – 1925.|
|Bowtie Shield with raised letters. Used on knives manufactured from 1915 – 1925.|
|Oval shield with closed C and block letters. Used on tested era knives (1920 – 1940). Case switched to an open C writing design in the late tested years.|
|Oval shield with open C and tall S. Used on late tested era and early XX era knives.|
|Oval shield with open C and block S. Used on late xx era knives through to the mid 1980s.|
|Oval shield with raised letters and rim. Used on knives manufactured in the late 1980s and early 1990s.|
|This arrow shield was used on some late 1990s knives. I have seen it on some three and five bladed peanuts (big nuts) and trappers (beasts).|
|This shield was the most common on knives made in the mid-late 1990s. The year 1999 was to be the last year, but it is common to find “transition” knives made in 2000 that have it. To clarify, the transition knives will have the 2000 tang stamp accompanied with this shield. This phenomenon is due to the fact that Case often used up old shield inventory into the next year or years.|
|This shield was first used by Case for their knives manufactured for the year 2000. It was the most commonly used shield for several years thereafter.|
|To the best of my knowledge, this shield was most prominently used on Case knives with rosewood handle scales in 2000 and 2001.|
|A relatively recent shield used on knives manufactured sometime after the year 2000. This is one of the first to include colors.|
|In 2000, Case started an interesting marketing campaign with their shields. They randomly shipped shields marked 111 to signify the companies 111th year. The chance of getting one was random. If the dealers were peakers, retail purchasers were not likely to get them in standard production boxed knife purchases. I believe they did this from 2000 – 2005. 2000 knives were marked “111″, 2001 knives were marked “112″, 2002 knives were marked “113″, etc.|