1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

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1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Grate » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:57 pm

I picked this knife up today on eBay. It didn't have very much info on the posting but I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the number on the bolster. Maybe part of a set or first production run?

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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:13 pm

Probably some kind of “limited run” marketing gimmick, designed to make collectors think it’s a rare knife, like “only 500 made” or similar. Without knowing more about it, it’s hard to say what’s “special” about it. Not seeing any blade etch, I’d guess it’s the handle color. There were probably 50,000 or more of that pattern made with other colors. :roll:

Someone here may know more about it. Or you can email Case Consumer Relations consumer-relations@wrcase.com and ask them.

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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Steve Warden » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:28 pm

I'll agree with Ken.
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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Grate » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:34 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:13 pm
Probably some kind of “limited run” marketing gimmick, designed to make collectors think it’s a rare knife, like “only 500 made” or similar. Without knowing more about it, it’s hard to say what’s “special” about it. Not seeing any blade etch, I’d guess it’s the handle color. There were probably 50,000 or more of that pattern made with other colors. :roll:

Someone here may know more about it. Or you can email Case Consumer Relations consumer-relations@wrcase.com and ask them.

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Thank you for your reply and I'm glad I found this place! I'm definitely going to email Case. I honestly just wanted a Trapper from the year I was born. At first I kinda wished the number wasn't there. Now I'm just curious.

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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Tsar Bomba » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:04 am

Firstly, ::welcome:: to AAPK, Grate!

Case serialized some trappers without obvious explanation in the early '80s.

I suspect Steve (knifeaholic) would have some useful information about these trappers, might see if he happens across this thread. ::shrug::

Here's my 1982 jigged green bone G6254 (S/N 443) with brass bolsters and serrated spey blade.
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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by treefarmer » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:43 am

::welcome:: Grate. ::handshake::
Looking at the mark side of the clip blade, there might be some evidence of some cleaning, possibly removing an etch that would go with the 418 on the bolster. May be seeing things but looks like lines running parallel to the blade. ::shrug::
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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Modern Slip Joints » Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:14 am

The bone color and jigging look just like my early 1980s standard Trapper so treefarmer's reply is the best answer yet.
treefarmer wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:43 am
::welcome:: Grate. ::handshake::
Looking at the mark side of the clip blade, there might be some evidence of some cleaning, possibly removing an etch that would go with the 418 on the bolster. May be seeing things but looks like lines running parallel to the blade. ::shrug::
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The lightening bolt S in Case and USA tells us the blades are stainless so it is unlikely that the master blade was sanded to remove corrosion. Club knives are almost always worth less than standard production versions of same model. Club knife decorations have to be very gaudy to make me dislike a knife but I'm just one dummy. The seller or a prior owner probably did not want a decorated blade.

It has a great traditional Case brown color. I much prefer that over Case's modern bright colors.

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Re: 1981 Case Trapper with stamp on bolster?

Post by Grate » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:36 am

::tu:: Thank you guys for all the info. I really appreciate it. ::handshake::

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