This is the first Case knife I''ve bought, and I''m duly impressed. I have other "premium" brand pocket knives, as well as a slew of less glamorous brands (e.g., Opinel and Victorinox) for comparison, and I find myself carrying the Case much more than I thought I...
This is the first Case knife I''ve bought, and I''m duly impressed. I have other "premium" brand pocket knives, as well as a slew of less glamorous brands (e.g., Opinel and Victorinox) for comparison, and I find myself carrying the Case much more than I thought I would.
First off, the fit and finish are excellent. No cover, bolster or pin fitment issues, and nearly non-existent gaps in the liner (on par with my Great Eastern Cutlery(GEC) offerings and miles ahead of my Queen knife). The blades have no horizontal or vertical play, and arrived very sharp (better than either my GECs or Queen) . A quick stropping made them even sharper with no drama. The grinds and polish are very nice and smooth with no sharp edged to tear your pocket liners. The spring strength is great: strong enough to lend good "talk" to the blades, but soft enough to leave your fingernails attached.
Second, the size. I have large hands, so gravitate to the 4"+ closed length knives. The trapper is a big enough knife to be comfortable under prolonged use with its long grip and broad back, and is comfy with either the clip or the spey blade deployed. It''s not quite as nice to hold as a fixed blade knife of comparable size, obviously, but it is good for a pocket knife. It also fits into my watch pocket- barely. I am not quite confident it would stay there if I performed some action hero moves, but it has been fine for the week or so I''ve had it in daily (pretty mundane) use. If I were in the field, I would chuck it into a deeper pocket.
Third, the utility! The clip blade is great for impromptu food prep (fruit, veggies, cheese, salami etc.), which is not surprising given that it is about the same length as an Opinel No 8''s. The CV steel holds a good edge, and I have only needed an occasional stropping to bring it back when it dulls (mostly after cutting cardboard or dirty rags). I like the fact that the blade pulls are both on the same side so you don''t have to fumble with the knife to change blades. The asymmetric trapper pattern handle design helps with this too. In the short time I''ve had it, the blades have developed a nice patina, and the grips and bolsters have picked up some scratches and swirls from use (and being banged around): I see these as badges of honor.
Overall a great knife for the money with traditional American flair! I love it.
There are a few niggles, however.
The clip blade is nice, with a great distal taper and feel, but somehow it is not very "pointy". The tip almost has a bullnose profile. I wish it were more acute and needle-like (this is where Queen and GEC do things better), especially since it is paired with a spey blade that basically has no working point.
The spey blade is a bit of an enigma to me as to its daily use. I know it was designed for "fleshy" operations, but I''m not in the castration line of work (at the moment). It is a bit too thick to slice as well as the clip blade, and I prefer a drop-point for skinning maybe it''s just me though). I do appreciate its long straight edge for cutting line and such, and for sharpening easily.
The grips/covers are a bit slippery. The Delrin also feels a bit "cheap" compared to wood or bone (or fossilized walrus baculum or whatever else fancy knives have for covers). I also expect the glued "Case" badge to drop out at some point, judging from used examples I''ve seen. No big deal, but maybe something to consider if you plan to pass your knife on to your kids some day.
No regrets on this purchase, however!