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Carbon fiber is a popular building material that’s found its way into many tools in the last decade. When it came to knives, carbon fiber seemed a natural fit, much like bone or horn. It’s light, tough, and looks great — and recently even the blade makers steeped in old-timey tradition like Case have given the material a shot with their CF collection.

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Are you a fan of both traditional pocket knives and modern, high-tech materials? Case bets that at least some of you feel that way, as they’re cranking out a couple of their most popular patterns with carbon fiber cases. What you see pictured above is the standard lockback, but you can buy the same material set in medium stockman, folding hunter, trapper, and “Sod Buster Jr.” patterns.

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No one needs a turquoise insert in a knife handle. Silver, sure; we could see that — werewolves being the problem they are in everyday life you’d need something to repel them. The exotic veined turquoise knives, however, have no supernatural secondary duty and are put together for collectors. Though we must admit that these catch the eye like a bit of shiny to a crow.

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I think it’s clear by now that I’m not a fan of Case’s adoption of the Disney-style vault system for stock rotation. Perhaps it’s just sensitivity from Disney shoving their warehouse clearing program up our collective posteriors, and us quite literally buying it. “Hurry, before it goes back into the vault!” is not something I like hearing from one of my favorite blade builders. But like it or not, Case’s “vault” is opened and has drawn forth the Copperlock and Sowbelly, among others, to spread joy this Christmas.

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I’m not sure why the new pitted bolsters on these knives look so good; they just do. Case is famous for doing these kinds of things — small adjustments on classic designs that wind up looking good without altering the function of the blade. It’s basically the same knife they’ve sold for years, except this one had someone with a tiny punch sit down and methodically dimple the hell out of the bolsters. We respect that.

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I’m generally not into collectable knives, preferring instead the kind you actually use. But when the two cross paths, it grabs my interest. That’s what drew me to Case’s John Wayne collection. The knives feature the veteran USC footballer and film veteran’s signature, either inlayed into the handle or engraved on the blade. But besides that, they’re just good old standard Case knives, great for daily carry.

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Frequenters of the Case cutlery website will notice that Case has rolled out a new look for their online presence. The navigation is a lot cleaner and now you can view the families of the different blade styles from one page, which makes cruising for new knives a lot easier.

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Every year it seems we end up missing the SHOT Show — this year it’s out in Vegas on the 18th-21st of January. We really hate to miss it, because the only thing better than knives and sporting goods is knives and sporting goods in Vegas. As usual, W.R. Case has a booth out there and is rolling out some of the year’s goodies to come.

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The folks at Case must love the King. Apparently Case is going to be making some knives with Elvis emblazoned on the blades/handles for his 75th birthday year. We say “apparently” because for the first time in as long as we can remember, Case is sending out the party favors and announcements without even a sketch of what they are going to look like.

Of course, we suppose it’s not really rocket science to figure out. Let’s see, a nicely painted young Elvis smiling on a pattern that’s big enough to see. So that rules out toothpicks and “S” shaped handles and leans more towards lockbacks and the thicker-bladed knives that give you a little more room to work with. Perhaps for the serious collector there will be a wooden display case along with the blade for presentation.

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It would be difficult to find a bigger fan of pocket knives than I am. I have carried one without fail since I was a small child. Many of them have been Case, but none of them looked like the new Abalone series. To put it mildly, they have a little flair.

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