Have you ever wanted to feel like the Toolmonger version of James Bond, pulling out the perfect tool for the job — the job of cutting a lime at a cocktail party or opening the mail at the office? If so, we’ve found the knife for you: Case’s bone damascus peanut. It’s beautiful, it’s functional, it’s even a bit rare, and best of all: it’s affordable.
Read on past the jump for our hands-on experiences carrying the damascus peanut for a few weeks.
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This knife ships like most all Case knives — wrapped in tissue paper inside a box slightly larger than the knife. The pattern, steel, and model number are printed on the end of the box.
The first thing we noticed when the knife slid out into our hands was the peach seed-jigged burnt amber bone covers. Case’s bone comes from Brazilian Zebu cattle, whose bones Case says are among the most large and dense of all the world’s cattle — but which you’ll most likely remember as an obscure animal reference in The Simpsons. The “peach seed” jigging refers to the pattern textured in the bone, which is sort of staggered and uneven; combined with the burnt amber color, it gives the bone a Stag-ish feel.
We were truly dazzled, however, when we opened up the first blade and saw the damascus.
Damascus is a unique material made by forging alternating layers of similar metals together, folding them over and re-forging them, then repeating the process many, many times. The result: a sturdy material with a built-in pattern unique to the folding and forging technique of the blacksmith who made it.
A man named Devin Thomas supplied the Damascus used in this 2006 model knife, and as you can see from pictures it features a prominent “raindrop” pattern throughout both blades. According to Case, Thomas is a very experienced knife maker in his own right, having crafted his first knife at age twelve and taken home awards from numerous trade events.
The “peanut” pattern features two blades: a small pen blade and a larger clip blade — though we use the phrase “larger” carefully as the whole knife measures around 2-3/4 inches from end to end. Both blades are stamped with Case’s latest tang stamp.
Like most modern Case knives, it also features brass liners and a brass cut center as well as a brass center pin.
Read on to page two for our in-use experiences and conclusions.
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