I suppose value is in the eye of the beholder. Why does a Cadillac Escalade cost significantly more than a Chevy Tahoe? They’re both made on the same assembly line by the same workers and other than some cosmetics they have mostly the same parts.
I’m probably not going to explain this well, but there are two levels of knives having connection to Tony Bose that are produced by Case. It’s my understanding that the lower priced of the two are Tony Bose designs produced with pretty much standard Case steels and handle materials, on the factory production line. They cost about 10-20 % premium over standard Case production. I believe the aforementioned Saddlehorn was one of those. There have been several others like the “Teardrop jack”. I think on those you’re paying for a Bose design. Sorta like a “RealTree Edition” truck.
Why do the “Case/Bose Collaborations” cost more? The higher end Case/Bose collaborations use premium materials like 154CM steel (the just- announced lockback Lanny’s Clip is 154CM), and have hand finished blades (instead of tumble polished), milled liners, handcut/ground swages, pinned shields, etc. Features typically found on custom knives, but not typically found on modern factory-produced pocket knives. https://caseknives.com/blogs/news/case- ... w+Releases
It’s my understanding these knives are produced by Case’s best cutlers. Depending on pattern and handle materials those Case/Bose collaborations sell for multiples of what standard current production Case knives sell for. A pure full custom knife made in Tony’s shop will cost several times more again than one of the Case/Bose collaborations.
To the casual observer the Case/Bose collaboration knives and standard factory production may seem the same. They aren’t. I own only one Case/Bose (a lockback whittler). It was a gift. It’s a superb knife, as flawless as you could find. But I have also “Coon fingered” a bunch. I can spot one without touching it, and in-hand there is no comparison. I’ve seen horror stories of blade wobble, etc. but haven’t seen any of that in knives I’ve personally examined.
Are they worth several times more? Some people apparently think so. Obviously some patterns sell better than others, as evidenced by some patterns still available on eBay, but others that can’t be found for sale anywhere. We all are entitled to spend our money as we see fit.