The W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has a very rich history that began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning their knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. The company has produced countless treasures and it continues to do so as one of the most collected brands in the world.
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A friend of mine stumbled on this Case tested era knife. He has told me that it has the circle C tang stamp on all three blades, no pattern number, and as you can see a shield on both handle scales. I am not sure but i believe it to be a 94 pattern. I would like to hear any thoughts as to the two shields on this piece. Sorry these are the only 2 photos I have. He walked away from it.
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JMAM, I`ve seen and owned old Case knives with a shield on both sides.That in itself doesn`t make it a bad knife.Case did it on rare occasions for some reason but I don`t really know why. Maybe someone else can give you some better information about it. Bill [by the way,Nice looking knife]
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jmam, I know you don't have the knife and probably can't get more pictures, but I would like to see the blades open. If it is a 94 then the closed length should be 4 1/4 inches. The nail nick in the top picture seems to be in an unusual location for a 94 blade. The grooves in the bolsters look too wide to me. Also I recall only seeing grooves on the flat bolstered 94 patterns. So in my experience the knife has other characteristics in addition to the double shields that make it unusual.
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Knife does not look right to me. I do not think it is a legitimate old Case knife. I'd walk away fast.
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I don't believe Case made that knife. It is possible that it might be a contract knife but not having it in hand I would be like Wayne and walk away.
As Bill indicated, the two shields doesn't mean anything. I , like Bill, have had authentic vintage Case knives with two shields. I have been told by experts that they were mistakes made in the factory.
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Are my eyes deceiving me (quite possible) or does that master blade have a nail nick on both sides?
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I saw a 6345 one time with two shields. I passed on it. I just didn't know!!!
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