CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

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CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby DR_MAGOO » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:45 pm

I have this M1059L SS Executive Lockback and I need help identifying the year of the tang stamp.
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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby DR_MAGOO » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:26 pm

Anyone got an idea what year?

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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby QTCut5 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:45 pm

DR_MAGOO wrote:Anyone got an idea what year?

It's definitely post 1989, so sometime in the 1990s or 2000s (it's not particularly old, if that's what you're trying to determine). You may need to contact Case Customer Service if you want to know the exact year this "undated" tang stamp was used. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby Mumbleypeg » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:41 pm

I'm gonna make a guess that it's late 1990s. As Q says, it's not real old, as evidence by the "lightning s" (wasn't used earlier than 1980) and shape of the tail of the C says 1990s to me. http://www.wrcase.com/case_college/tang_stamps/ There may be a dot or two hidden under the bolster. ::shrug:: Don't see that pattern much so not sure where the dots were located on those blades. Or maybe that one just didn't get stamped with the dots.

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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby DR_MAGOO » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:15 pm

Thanks Q and Ken. I know that it is not old. The stamping, I believe, is from the '90's. Although there are not dots to indicate what year.

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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby QTCut5 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:18 am

I've actually seen the same knife & stamp previously (and there's one currently for sale on eBay), so I'm pretty sure it's not a factory error or missing some dots. I have also seen the M1059L pattern with two other style date stamps, one was a 1995 and the other one was from the 2000 era, so my best guess for the date of your knife would be between 1990 - 1994.

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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby knifeaholic » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:57 pm

That one has me stumped. As others have said, it looks like a 1993-1999 stamp. But there should be dots below the long tail C. You should inquire with Case.
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Re: CASE Tang Stamp Help Needed, What year?

Postby DR_MAGOO » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:40 pm

Got this from Case this afternoon.

Re: What Year?

Postby Katie Shonts » Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:32 pm

Hello,

This is the tang stamp that appears on the '059L exclusively since 2010.

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