Connect with Collectors If you're jumping into the hobby, it's never fun doing it alone. The cruder forms can be mistaken for preforms or unfinished artifacts and identification in this case must rely on edge wear studies. The Sharpfinger became popular enough that it's seen a number of variants with different handles, and its impact was felt around the knife world so much that Sharpfinger basically became a generic term for a small skinning knife with an upswept blade. You don't want your knives accumulating dust or getting rusty, so you should consider two options. Written by Timothy Martinez Jr. In fact, the freshly removed flakes provided a much sharper cutting edge than bifacial knives and they were probably used much more than we currently recognize. Just enough discount to lure you in.
Larry Vickery For whatever reason, by the end of the decade, Schrade decided to close down the Ulster line to focus solely on the Schrade-Walden name, which allowed the Old Timer knife to be forever connected with Schrade. Within this category, you can also collect different types of jigging patterns, which is when a bone handle is cut in a certain way to form a distinctive appearance and feel. Once you pick a handle material, the idea is to get that same material in different patterns. First Production Run Some people prefer getting a first production run knife, meaning it has a numbered stamp on the blade that indicates it was part of the first batch manufactured. The Golden Age of Old Timers As you might expect, Old Timers became increasingly popular with each year and were considered a prime example of quality and craftsmanship in a knife. We are fortunate to have some really excellent knife manufacturers out there today who bless us with blades of the finest quality to meet our ever growing standards.
What may appear to be the deal of the century will likely turn out to be a cheap, shoddy fake that looks just like the real thing on the surface but deep down lies a piece of crap. Below is a picture of where the stamp is located, along with the most common stamps and the years that they were used. There are so many resources out there for amateur and expert collectors, so you may not feel as stranded as you might be collecting a brand like Scorpion Knives, which is even older but doesn't have the same fanaticism behind it as Case. Old Timer Comparison Chart With more than 85 Old Timer knives available, it can be hard to determine which one is best for you. This book explains every year and has pictures to show the real deal vs pictures showing what to look out for. Limited Editions A third way people collect Case knives is by focusing on Limited Editions.
We won't go over all the patterns because hundreds have been produced over Case's history, but here's a partial list of some of the most popular patterns: Stockman, Peanut, Copperhead, Barlow, Congress, Elephant Toe, Trapper, Canoe, Bowie, Muskrat, Jack Knife, Whittler, Pruner, Sodbuster, and Folding Hunter. Many thought the Schrade brands would be lost forever. It's an historical and well documented explanation of how and where Case knives values are supported and why. For each year thereafter, they removed one dot. We offer exciting selling opportunities! Take a look at picture below courtesy of. The first digit signifies the handle material; Case uses distinctive, mostly natural handle materials, such as buffalo horn, stag horn and even mammoth tusk. The first number indicates the type of material used to make the handle.
It contains little information that can help do more than establish a basic idea of price. Here's the Old Timer Comparison Chart. From 2001 through 2005, one dot is removed each year. The second digit gives the number of blades. From the editors of Blade Magazine this book is not a price guide to thumb through to check on a pattern's value.
Book Summary: The title of this book is Collecting Case Knives and it was written by. They are highly collectible—the Case Collectors Club has about 18,000 members, who collect by model pattern , handle material and year among other characteristics. This is the master blade; it is usually where marks are made. Case also returned to using a long tailed C on the word Case which resembled the older tang stamps. Pre-1920 The above stamps were the most common used by Case on knives that were manufactured in the years prior to 1920.
Another flint knife that is found throughout most of Oklahoma is the diamond-shaped. The name marked on the knife will give you the first visual clue to its age. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding this program,! Continue this tutorial if you need to know how to determine the year of a Case knife. For clarification, note that ten dots appear on 1970 knives, nine dots appear in 1971 knives, eight on 1972 knives, and so on. All the legitimate stores have sales now and again but rarely will you find something ridiculously cheap and it be the real thing.
You may need to clean this area to see marks but if the knife is a Case, that's where you'll find the mark. Impressive and confirmation from an employee indicate that sold a trapper knife bearing the Old Timer name as early as the mid-1930s. Case describes several dozen abbreviations for individual knife attributes and combines two or more of these in a blade abbreviation. To clarify, this guide does not cover any fixed blade Case knives. As for the pattern stamp, the numbers are written in a specific order to help you know all about the knife.