what is the rarest case knife you have??

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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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby hardman » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:17 pm

I suppose different folks might attach different definitions to the word "rare." I won't claim these Case knives are necessarily rare, but I will say that they are not seen very often. Some were made in Germany, some were made in Jacksonville, AL when Jim Parker owned both Case and that Alabama facility, and some were made in Bradford.

The first one is a big 5" Lockback 51139L SSP made in Jacksonville, AL. Unfortunately, it did not make the transition back to Bradford.

The second one is a fairly rare Mammoth Ivory Mako with scrimshaw commemorating the anniversary of the Pony Express.
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby hardman » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:20 pm

And, some more. The first one shown is a CASE TESTED S.C.U.S.A. TL-29 from the WWII era. The second pictures shows two Clasps that feature Smooth Buffalo Horn Scales. The third picture shows two Green Bone Folding Hunters made for Case in Germany. Next up are two different sizes of Folding Hunters with Finger Grooves - FG103L and FG104L. The larger of these is perhaps the largest folding Case pocket knife that I have. The Mother of Pearl Lady Leg was made in Germany, and finally the 3" Single Damascus Blade Razor (511098D)was made in Jacksonville as was the bigger two blade (4") razor (521500).
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby TripleF » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:06 pm

This TESTED XX 2 blade MOP 1920 - 1940
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby jmh58 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:32 pm

WOW Scott... That sure is a LOOKER there!! Real NICE!!!! ::tu:: ::tu:: John :D
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Postby XxTestedxX » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:38 am

Tested 75LP on the right
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby 58chevy348 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:13 pm

This one is heading to the restoration shop later this year. A super rare W R Case & Sons 6539 sowbelly. Hoping to get it back to the ballpark condition of the black and white photo.

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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby XxTestedxX » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:41 pm

Some unique stag on it
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby kennedy knives » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:10 am

Thought I would add one or 2 of mine
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby RalphAlsip » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:56 am

KK, Nice group of old knives. The 048 has some elegant looking blades. ::tu::

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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby kennedy knives » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:21 pm

RalphAlsip wrote:KK, Nice group of old knives. The 048 has some elegant looking blades. ::tu::

Thanks ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby slimtrap48 » Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:44 pm

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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby chevycannontexasjack » Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:52 am

Man It's been a while since I've been back to this forum, but here is my new additions! A regular XX trapper frame with redish bone handles and a first model XX with true redbone handles!
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby msteele6 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:55 pm

This is my rarest Case knife, it's a B396, I've only seen one other, no pictures in any guide I've seen, the only mention I've seen is in an early Sargent's where the pattern number is shown, no picture, the action on this knife is the best of any knife I own, perfectly solid and not too hard. The knife on top is a 2346 and the one below is a 4226 (big peanut):
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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby Colonel26 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:35 pm

Y’all done scooped up all the good ones! I’ve loved looking through this thread. Amazing knives. The cigar patterns and the big 91 whittlers especially. Wow!

I only have one “mildly” rare one. This little WHITE HOUSE.

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Re: what is the rarest case knife you have??

Postby RalphAlsip » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:03 pm

msteele6 wrote:This is my rarest Case knife, it's a B396,

msteele, nice knife. I would agree on the scarcity of a B396. The main blade is also unusual for a Case (in my experience) with the nail nick where it is and the really long swedge that runs almost to the tang. The swell center frame reminds me of an 83.


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