Dating case xx knives
The first digit signifies the handle material; Case uses distinctive, mostly natural handle materials, such as buffalo horn, stag horn and even mammoth tusk. A pattern stamp of 5318 signifies a three-bladed knife.
The number at the end of the pattern stamp on a fixed blade knife usually signifies the blade length--thus, the numbers 65-5 signify a 5-inch bladed 65 pattern.Dan Antony began his career in the sciences (biotech and materials science) before moving on to business and technology, including a stint as the international marketing manager of an ERP provider. Case filled an order for 81,000 knives for the United States Navy just before World War I and provided a custom survival knife for the astronauts on Gemini and Apollo space missions. This same C appears with an extended line under the ASE of Case and X or TESTED XX below the line. Case makes it easy, with a system of stamps, to identify a knife as an original Case and to identify it by its pattern, year of manufacture and composition of steel. (There may be one stamp on either side.) The stamps will be on the largest blade of a multiblade folding knife. 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.When in doubt as to the manufacturer, simply look for the word "Case" in the tang stamp.Case maintains an excellent website with comprehensive resources. Case & Sons of Bradford, Pennsylvania began making Case knives about 1905. The company continued through 1940, but used other marks at the same time, including the short-tailed C with an arrow point at the top. This company has also filled the pockets of American boys and men for over a century. The use of the arrow-pointed C from 1932 to 1940 included a long underline and nothing below, or a curl at the end and TESTED XX below. The stylish logos were discontinued and the pocket knives from the 1940s had straight CASE XX marks (1940 to 1964) and CASE XX METAL STAMPINGS LTD (1948 to 1952). Case has introduced 33 distinct tang stamps since 1905 for its folding knives, and 17 stamps on its fixed-blade knives.See References for a complete gallery, which will also help you to identify the years of manufacture.