Canoe etch?

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Canoe etch?

Postby Caseman601225 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:05 am

Just found this Case 62131 in what I think is wonderful user condition in some of my Dad's stuff. Perfect snap. No blade wobble. A little light rust on both blades that I'm about to oil off.

The stamp is Case XX USA. The canoe pattern always makes it hard for me to see if there are dots. I can't tell. I have some canoes without the pic etched on the blade. This is the only one I have with the canoe pic. When did they put the Native American (politically correct, I think) paddling the canoe on the blade? Will this help narrow down the date? Why do some have it and some don't? Thanks for any help.

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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby donjr » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:06 am

Not for sure, but I believe they started etching them in the Mid 1970's. If Steve comes along, he can tell you for sure.

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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby Caseman601225 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:08 am

I was actually about to post that. Just found an old post that said around '75. Try as I might, I can't see the dots on this one.

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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby gsmith7158 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:16 am

I think it was about the same time as when they started etching the elephant on the 6250. 1973 or 74.


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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby zed6309 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:00 pm

what a wonderful thing to find of your dad's ::tu:: it's the reason I try to carry the same knife as much as possible as me and my daughter's go camping as much as we can and other outdoor pursuits so they see me using a pocket knife alot,hopefully when I'm no longer here they can look at these things with great memories ::tu::

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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby XX Case XX » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:16 pm

I really like those Canoe's with the Indian on the blade. It's more than a simple etch, it's more like an engraving. It's deep and it won't come off. I had a 1973 that I sent to Case for new blades but they said their production methods had changed and they couldn't do it. That was a well built, rock solid knife.

I just gave it to a friend. Probably going to get another one someday. ::nod::

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Re: Canoe etch?

Postby knifeaholic » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:21 pm

It was in 1974 that Case started the etching both on the Canoe and on the 6250.

You will find some six dot 74 examples of each pattern with the plain blade, since they started the etch some time after the start of the year. I have also heard of a few 7 dot blades made with the etch, but not certain that those exist. If true they are the result of some leftover 7 dot blades used up in 74. Part of the problem is the usual difficulty in seeing all of the dots on a canoe due to the bolster.
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