The W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company has a very rich history that began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning their knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. The company has produced countless treasures and it continues to do so as one of the most collected brands in the world.
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I think I see 2 dots, so 1978 would be correct.
Pocket, fixed, machete, axe, it's all good!
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Try a lubricant to loosen those blades. Or even wash/clean it out with Dawn dish washing liquid and it should loosen that blade up for you. Or do both . They may snap even harder than they do now, but they should open much easier. If you don’t do something to loosen those blades up a little it could actually break the springs and then No Snap. I have broke more knives than I care to remember by not lubricating before opening. And as far as a Thumbnail
I try to use blade openers or even a small wide head screwdriver to open tough to open knives if I remember
It will save your thumbnail but unfortunately mine is down to a nub again
Just a part of playing with knives everyday. And I do play with a few knives
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If lubrication does not free up the opening the knife you can try taking dental floss between the blades and
bolsters. This has helped me in the past. Another thing you can do is try using a WaterPik in those areas.
Let us know how it turned out.
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Great help loosen up a dirty knife.... Ultra Sonic Cleaner I use mine a lot love it
you would be amazed how much stuff comes out with a good degreaser. Watch them wood and porous / pearl scales never had one get damaged but if a small crack was present they might get worse.