CASE XX 7 DOT 1973, 7197 L SSP SHARK TOOTH LOCK BACK KNIFE RARE CURLY MAPLE
Case XX USA 7 Dot 1973, 7197 L SSP Shark Tooth Lock Back Never Used, Scarce Curly Maple Handles. Case XX STAINLESS USA with 7 dots, 1973 Stamping, 7197 L SSP. The Famous Case Shark Tooth Lock Back Measures 5” Closed. Case Currently no Longer Produces this Pattern. A Mint Knife Never Used, Carried or Sharpened. Smooth Action, Great Lockup. Smooth Curly Maple Handles with No Cracks or Chips. It Comes with the Original CASE Box, Sleeve, Black Sheath and Care Papers. This is the old-style Shark Tooth with the cut out on the lower tang, making it easier to choke up on the blade. This knife is rare in 7 dots with the original curly maple handles. Case made these in 1972 and in 1973, but they were never released to the market due to difficulties in sourcing the handle material. The regular release of the Shark Tooth to the market occurred in late 1975. For the standard production knives, Case had switched to a dark black Pakkawood handle material. Case held about 1,800 of the original 7197’s with the original curly maple handle material in inventory until 1977, when they were finally released to the market. So, this knife is one of only about 1,800 made.
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