Case Knives are Outstanding & the Best & Most Highly Collectable Pocket Knives on Earth

It is no State secret, since I was 14 years old I have been a Case knife fan. My favorite is the full size two bladed trapper. I bought my first one with money I made working for farmers bailing hay. Case knives are collected throughout the world as are Colt and Winchester firearms. I know knife enthusiasts also collet other makes of knives and I am one of them. I collect Case Barlow plus others, and fruit or melon knives. Yea I know, kind of off the beaten path. But hey, I found a new condition Case melon knife so I am happy.

Case was nice enough to send me three knives to review. The Black Canvas Laminate Trapper with a Clip. Yes, I asked for this one. Case showed me this knife at the Shot Show in Vegas. Trappers are my kryptonite. The Black Canvas Laminate Gunstock which is a very cool old pattern, and the Case® Winkler Curly Maple Hambone. The Hambone is the third in a series of collaborations between Daniel Winkler and Case celebrating American heroes. The Hambone is honoring U.S. Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha. Great first name Romesha.

Case Trapper With Black Canvas Laminate and Clip

As previously stated, I am a huge fan of Case knives and more so for their double-bladed full-size trapper. When I was at the Shot Show, I saw their double-bladed trapper with a pocket clip. This one was on display. They would not let me have it right then and there. I kept going back and looking at this Bad-boy. Yes, they kept an eye on me.

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This beautiful two bladed trapper sported the polished black canvas laminate handles or scales. Black being my fav color, or combination of all colors, I fell in LOVE. To make my addiction worse, the new scale shield is a relief stamp pattern of “CASE”. To me this makes the knife and scale “pop”. I have been carrying this trapper for a few days and found it is just suited to me and my needs for a traditional pocket knife. This Trapper carried very well on the edge of my jean or pants pocket. It was handy for use in my daily chores. I use the clip-point blade for the majority of use and the Spey blade for serious cutting such as testing the steak on the grill or cutting 550 cord for various projects. Great knife with a great knife design made by the premier knife company.

As always both blades are very sharp so take care when using a Case knife or any knife. The Case Trapper with Clip has a life time warranty. Check out the YouTube video. The Specs for the double-bladed trapper with pocket clip is listed below.

Case Trapper Specs:

  • Black Canvas Laminate Trapper with Clip
  • Model No.: 23137
  • Pattern: Trapper
  • Pattern Stamp: 10254C SS
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Laminate
  • Handle Finish: Smooth
  • Blade Type: Clip, Spey
  • Blade Length(s): 3.24 in, 3.27 in
  • Lock Type: Non-Locking (Slip Joint)
  • Blade Material: Tru-Sharp™ Stainless
  • Blade Finish: Mirror-Polished
  • Closed Length: 4.13 in
  • Weight: 4.0 oz
  • Limited lifetime warranty

MSRP: $88.99

Case Trapper with Clip

Case Gunstock With Black Canvas Laminate

Also, at the Shot Show I was shown the reemergence of an older pattern called Gunstock. The reason the pattern is call “Gunstock”, is the handle has a gunstock appearance. The Gunstock I tested, has polished black canvas laminate handles or scales. This type of product is very tough and will last several generations. These handles will resist scratches and retain their sheen for years.

The Gunstock spawned from an 18th century jack knife design. As in the two bladed Case Trapper, the Gunstock sports the new scale or handle shield in a relief stamp pattern of “CASE”. As stated, I love this shield. The Case Gunstock is an ideal slip-joint pocket knife for everyday to carry in your pockets from jeans to dress slacks. For the ladies, the Gunstock would be perfect for carrying in their purses. Hopefully in a side pocket. I like the two bladed system. I assign different duties to each blade. One blade is used much more than the other. The secondary blade is saved for special fine-hand work. In this way, my routine sharping and maintenance is mainly preformed on the primary blade.

Case Gunstock Model No. 23143 is an excellent slip-joint pocket knife with a 2.61-inch spear blade and a 1.98-inch pen blade. I like the spear blade design. It makes the knife look more dressed up than a plain blade. For such a functional medium size pocket knife, the four-ounce weight is even more pleasing. This is a great knife. Check it out on the link below the Specs.

Case Gunstock Specs:

  • Black Canvas Laminate Gunstock
  • Model No.: 23143
  • Pattern: Gunstock
  • Pattern Stamp: 102130 SS
  • Handle Material: Black Canvas Laminate
  • Handle Finish: Smooth
  • Blade Type: Spear, Pen
  • Blade Length(s): 2.61 in, 1.98 in
  • Blade Material: Tru-Sharp™ Stainless
  • Blade Finish: Mirror-Polished
  • Closed Length: 3.75 in
  • Weight: 4.0 oz
  • Limited lifetime warranty

MSRP: $82.99

Case Gunstock

Case® Winkler Hambone (Curly Maple)

I received a Case® Winkler Hambone fix-blade knife from Case. I am familiar with the Winkler half of the name. Daniel Winkler has been a knife designer and manufacture for many years. I visited with Daniel at the recent 2020 Shot Show. He rents his space every show even though the sale of items is banned. He is a very interesting man to talk to. His knowledge about knives as well as current events is impressive. He is a very nice person who supports our Warriors 100%. He is a patriot and someone who loves his country. I have evaluated two Winkler knives and one tomahawk. There are no better. For this reason, I was very pleased to see my fav knife company, Case, partner with my fav serious tactical knife designer and manufacture Daniel Winkler.

This Case-Winkler Hambone fix-blade, is the third knife released in a series of collaboration to honor our American Heroes. The concept was born out of Case’s historic dedication to provide knives to our military and the ongoing involvement of Daniel Winkler Knives with members of the U.S. Military’s Special Units. The Case® Winkler Hambone came from a shared vision between Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler and U.S. Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha.

The “Hambone” blade is made from 80CrV2 which is a steel known for its lateral strength and superior retention. This steel is also easy to maintain and sharpen. On the butt of the Hambone is an extension of the blade which can be used to break out glass windows or vehicle glass. I strongly suggest you do not use this knife for breaking glass. If it is an emergency and you deem seconds count to save a life, then you must make this determination. As a LEO I always used my Winkler “Wild Bill Ax” which works well. Even with this ax, I still used a leather glove. And, if you are wondering, my Wild Bill Ax, after six years, shows some scuffing on the head but no metal damage. The Wild Bill Ax is one tough tool/weapon as are all Daniel Winkler products.

The Hambone sheath is made of lightweight kydex. The kydex sheath is adorned with the green and black star, the epitome of military service. On the belt side there is a strong metal clip attached which can be used for attaching this knife and sheath to your battle rattle or backpack. For my taste and many years of experience, I do not like a metal clip to retain my field fixed blade. You see I am the kind of guy who seems to find all things which can snag or attach themselves to my fix blade knife. Next thing you know, I reach for my blade and it and the sheath are gone. Now the metal clip on this sheath is really strong and you might like the system. But, happily for me, this sheath is designed for Warriors like me who lumber around like a cruise missile with a broken gyroscope. All I do is remove four screws and the plate. Then I remove the metal clip. I then replace the plate which makes a handy slot for my heavy-duty belt. This is one of the things I like about this knife. It has options.

Winkler Curly Maple Smooth

“Traditionally used by woodworkers in creating accent pieces, furniture and even musical instruments, this beautiful maple wood makes for an equally appealing knife handle.” I could have not stated this better. The handle on my sample is just beautiful….in a manly way.

Case Winkler Hambone Specs:

  • Model No.: 43180
  • Pattern: Case® Winkler Hambone
  • Pattern Stamp: 80CRV2
  • Handle Material: Winkler Curly Maple Smooth
  • Handle Finish: Smooth
  • Blade Type: Hambone
  • Blade Length(s): 4.9 in
  • Blade Material: 80CRV2
  • Blade Finish: Black oxide Caswell™
  • Weight: 12.0 oz
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Limited lifetime warranty

MSRP: $333.99

Case Winkler Curly Maple Hambone

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