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.
Greg beautiful knife! Looks to be in wonderful condition. Is it the original finish on the blades? Long pull on a spear blade is a nice combination. I like the thin profile of these 2 blade models combined with the sturdiness of a strong backspring.
Jerry I was surprised at the slimness of the knife. What a wonderful carry knife that would make although I don't think this one will see any duty. It does appear to be the original finish as you can see a slight rub mark on the secondary blade. I am very Happy with this one.
IF YOU AIN'T BUYING OR LOOKING AT A KNIFE THEN YOU AIN'T LIVING. Always looking to buy good quality Empire knives.
Zach, very nice example. It looks well cared for - I like those pointy blade tips!
Thanks to Harold stockman I have a new addition to my 45 collection. This is a Case Bradford 06245 with green Rogers bone. The pen blade is stamped with the 06245 pattern number which is common on Bradford era knives.
The 45 is such a classic knife ... whats not to like. Does anyone know the history of why it was discontinued and why they never seem to bring it back ? It kind of irks me ... arguably the most desirable Case pattern of all time has been all but forgotten (except by us in the know) ... thx.
pffffft that's not a knife ......... now THAT'S a knife !! Crocodile Dundee
This is a scarce one - first I have ever seen exactly like this.
Two things are unusual:
It is the "military" 45 pattern, but all of those that I have seen so far have a spear master. This one has a clip.
It has what I consider to be the third variation of older Case rough black. The first two are pictured in my book and can bee seen in this thread. The two most commonly seen variations are the "worm groove" style that appears to be a hard rubber material and the jigged type that appears to be an early (pre-Delrin) plastic.
This "third" variation has similar jigging to that of Case Tested era green bone, and it appears to be a hard rubber material. I have seen this material only on the 31 spear master two-blade military jack and the 45 military 3-blade cattle pattern.
Steve Pfeiffer, author of Collecting Case Knives: Identification and Price Guide second edition released November, 2015.