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In Use

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Our first thought after carrying this knife for a few days is that we very much enjoy the “peanut” pattern.  It’s small, but surprisingly effective at daily office tasks like cutting open mail or opening a package.  The clip blade is especially great for mail, and when sharpened well, the pen blade is great for slitting open CD packaging or splitting tape.

The knife’s blades were a bit stiff from the factory, but this is common and easily remedied by a drop of 3-in-1 and a little working of the action.

The peanut’s curved corners also travel well, riding freely instead of snagging, which can be a problem if you’re wearing dress pants.  In fact, our favorite use for this knife was carrying it on days when we had meetings.  There’s nothing cooler than saying, “let me open that” to a co-worker or business acquaintance then pulling out a tiny damascus knife to complete the job.  It’s a conversation starter, with most people asking “what’s the blade made of?” or “is it expensive?”

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And that’s what makes the peanut a great choice if you’ve dreamed of owning a damascus blade but are scared by pricing.  The bone damascus peanut is expensive for a small pocket knife, selling for around $75.  But when you consider that larger damascus knives generally start around $200 and range to well over $1,000, it’s not that bad.

Plus, at under $100 you won’t be afraid to actually use it a bit — at least in a clean environment like the office.

Summary/Conclusions

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During our time with Case’s bone damascus peanut knife we came to think of it as our preferred “dress knife” — the perfect knife to carry around the office or for a fancy dinner out.  It’s so tiny that it fails to attract any negative attention from the general public, but we enjoyed the positive attention we received from knife aficionados and those in the know.  Even people who’d generally care less about knives notice it in the way they’d notice a fine piece of jewelry.

It also served as a great conversation starter, turning otherwise boring social occasions into a great opportunity to talk about knives, blacksmithing, and tools.  How cool is that?

Street pricing starts around $75, and you can find this particular model of bone damascus knife from a variety of dealers online.

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3 Responses to Hands-On: Case’s Bone Damascus Peanut Knife

  1. Roscoe says:

    That’s a beautiful knife. If I were to end up stuck as an executive and in an office everyday, that would be the knife I’d want in my fancy pants.

    Unfortunately, I’m enough of a redneck, that I seem to just feel more comfortable with my leatherman in my pocket- even for date nights and to church on Sunday morning.

    If I ever end up in the field little enough that I don’t feel compelled to carry a knife with lots of tools, this Case is the one I want.

  2. Crashin says:

    I have a damascus steel knife that was made by WM Miller from the Kansas City Area. It is a really nice blade I’ll have to save a link to this for the next time I am in the market for a knife.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Nice, and being a Case, quality goes without saying. That said, it is a little pricey and I’d hate to lose or misplace one of these. I can’t afford stuff just to look at or to use part time. My Swiss Army goes with me all the time, whether I’m in Wranglers or dress slacks.

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