I got this knife a year or so back and just left it on my desk and every once in a while I would work on cleaning it up. It was covered with rust, like it had been submerged in water. Being of stainless construction it was mostly discolored, however the pen blade that had an etch "1 of 1600" didn't come completely clean, probably because I was trying to preserve the etch. Only used Mothers and a rag. As you can see the shield is missing and I believe all the blades are still factory edge. Sorry to say, way too many new Case knives have a horrible factory edge in my experience but Case is still a favorite.
What's the deal with the organization NKCA, have they turned belly up? Can't seem to find any info on them but I see several different brands of knives with their shield on E-bay. Some like this 6592 in mint condition are over a hundred bucks.
The etch on the clip blade says, "1972 NKCA 1982" over the phrase "DECADE OF GROWTH", this tang stamp shows this to be of 1986 manufacture. That doesn't seem to add up, unless they were looking back.
This is the 1st 6592 I've handled and find it to be more of an oddity than a practical knife for my purposes. I suppose one could get used to all the blades and how to find them, sorta' like a SAK.
Wonder if Case would have the round shield for this? Some of the other NKCA knives also show a round shield with NKCA logo.
Also the front bolster, mark side, has the number 0811 or 1180 if turned upside down.
Any comments on this one and/or the NKCA?