Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

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Re: Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

Postby knifeaholic » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:32 pm

The change to the bolsters started in the late 70's when Case stopped being as careful in the final hafting. so the bolsters started becoming somewhat blockier.

However, the big change occurred in 1985/86 when Case started stamping bolsters for all knives out of flat sheets of nickel silver. The traditional way prior to that point had been to die-form the bolsters out of square nickel silver bars, so the bolsters as formed were half-round to begin with. During final hafting of the knife, the handles were hafted to match the half-round bolster shape.

After 1985 with the bolsters stamped from flat stock, the only rounding that occurs happens during the final hafting, which seems to vary from pattern to pattern. You will see more rounding on the modern "pocket worn" knives.
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Re: Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

Postby Lansky1 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:56 pm

Thanks Steve for that info - interesting how the methods of manufacturing bolsters at Case has changed. ::tu::
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Re: Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

Postby markpreston » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:43 pm

Does the squared bolster knife have half stops,and if so do they feel better on opening than the 18?

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Re: Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

Postby Lansky1 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:56 pm

markpreston wrote:Does the squared bolster knife have half stops,and if so do they feel better on opening than the 18?


I have about a dozen post 1980 32's (square bolsters) & none have half stops. I have read some of the 1970's 32's have half stops though...
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Re: Interesting medium stockman comparison (#18 vs. 32)

Postby 32man » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:51 am

Thanks for that info Steve! I love my 32's! ::tu:: ::groove::


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