Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

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Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by herbva » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:42 pm

I fished this one off the bay a while back and would like opinions regarding this knife. It measures 3 3/8, so I am assuming it is a pattern 35. I believe the closed C shield indicates it is a Case Tested. I can't see even a whisper of the remains of a tang stamp (second picture), and I see no indication that the knife has been altered or tampered with. But in looking at Steve's great book and my other reference books, the only EO pattern 35s I see are 0035's, made with composition scales and no shield, and probably not made by Case. I love the bone on this knife and want to restore it with better blades, but want to find out first what I have here. Surprisingly, the worn down blades do have a little bit of snap left. Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated! :D
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:59 am

Here's a similar Case shield, on a Tested 2345 1/2 at 3 5/8" for comparison, Herb.
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by treefarmer » Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:03 am

If your measurement is correct then it may not be a #35 as knifeaholic's book says the #35 is 3 1/4".
There is a 6214 with out an easy open that measures 3 3/8" with the same blade pattern a spear and a pen. ::shrug::
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:21 am

Could it be 3 1/2"? From Sargent's 2nd, Page 212.

There's also a 6216EO that's 3 3/8", Page 44.

Your blade looks more like a spear than a clip. ::shrug::
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by herbva » Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:08 am

treefarmer wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:03 am
If your measurement is correct then it may not be a #35 as knifeaholic's book says the #35 is 3 1/4".
There is a 6214 with out an easy open that measures 3 3/8" with the same blade pattern a spear and a pen. ::shrug::
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Hi Treefarmer. Now that you mention it, I remember noticing before that my copy of Steve's book (2nd edition) describes the pattern 35 (first paragraph, page 147) as "3-1/4" closed, but 9 of the 10 pattern 35's pictured have "3 3/8" under each picture and the other picture in the bottom left corner of page 148 (a "Kingston USA" contract knife) does not mention the length. So, I went back and more carefully measured my EO knife, and lo and behold it is 3 5/16, and so is the only other pattern 35 that I currently have. Go figure............. ::hmm::
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by msteele6 » Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:10 am

Looks like a '35 pattern, the '14 is noticeably slimmer. The 6235 EO is certainly an actual Case pattern. I believe that the '16 pattern was always bare-headed whereas the '35 was capped. Here is my accidental collection of '35's which includes a 6235 EO (the second knife from the top is an '035 1/2):

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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by herbva » Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:29 am

1967redrider wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:21 am
Could it be 3 1/2"? From Sargent's 2nd, Page 212.

There's also a 6216EO that's 3 3/8", Page 44.

Your blade looks more like a spear than a clip. ::shrug::
Hi John. Good to see you back on line buddy. Thanks for the input. If it was 3 1/2" I would be thinking pattern 28 too. I think all the pattern 16's were "bareheads". Here is a pic of the EO knife next to the only 6235 I happen to have right now (1972 8-dot). I should have tried this before. The frames on both are identical - 3 5/16", but the bolsters look a bit different. Steve's book does picture one with a spear instead of a clip. ::hmm::
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:52 am

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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by herbva » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:14 pm

msteele6 wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:10 am
Looks like a '35 pattern, the '14 is noticeably slimmer. The 6235 EO is certainly an actual Case pattern. I believe that the '16 pattern was always bare-headed whereas the '35 was capped. Here is my accidental collection of '35's which includes a 6235 EO (the second knife from the top is an '035 1/2):

JMO.
Very nice "accidental collection" msteele6! Seeing the EO in your pictures settled the question for me. Now, if I can just find that replacement spear blade I need to put in mine..........
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:28 pm

::hmm:: This might be a Steve or Ken question- would the absence of a "1/2" in a Case pattern number change the bolster configuration?
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by knifeaholic » Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:42 pm

1967redrider wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:28 pm
::hmm:: This might be a Steve or Ken question- would the absence of a "1/2" in a Case pattern number change the bolster configuration?
No, the 1/2 only designates a clip mater blade. Nothing to do with bolsters.

The posted knife is an authentic 6235 EO. Not mentioned in my book only because I did not venture to try to describe all the pre-1940 knives.

As to the closed lengths, Case barlows and 35 patterns could vary from 3-1/4" to 3-3/8" closed. Sometimes dependent upon the particular set of tooling used, or on minor variations due to final hafting.

As far as I know, the 14 was never made as an EO, nor the 02. And as MSteele said, the 14 and 02 are slimmer than the 35.
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Re: Case Tested 6235 EO (Maybe) or What Have I Got???

Post by 1967redrider » Thu Jul 22, 2021 6:15 pm

Thanks again, Steve. ::handshake::
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