With the Cheetah on its way to “the vault,” I found Case’s announcement of the Tony Bose-designed Swing Guard lock blade knife to be welcome news. This limited-production blade looks a lot like the Cheetah, but adds a classic “swell center” (read: the pointy bits in the middle).
An excerpt from Case’s press release talks a bit about the knife’s exotic handle materials:
The new Case/Bose Swing-Guard Lock will be available in limited quantities and a variety of handle materials: 300 in standard-jigged antique bone, 300 in standard-jigged brown bone, 200 in ebony wood, 100 in abalone, and 100 in genuine mother-of-pearl. Standard features include distinctive stainless steel bolsters and a vintage shield design that’s pinned to the knife’s interior scale. The knife’s mid-tumbler locking mechanism holds the opened 4-3/8” clip blade in place. Each measures 5-1/4” overall when closed.
For those who don’t know him, Tony Bose is a member of the knife making guild and has been making knives for a very long time. His designs, much like many of Case’s offerings, are classic in appearance but thoroughly modern in material and construction.
Swing guards have always been a favorite of mine because they just look cool. It’s difficult to find ’em because they’re a pain in the ass to make. As Tony says in the press release, “It’s no wonder there weren’t many of them made.”
If you’re into sweet, limited edition, old-school-looking knives, the Swing Guard locks will be available soon. We recomend that you talk to your local dealer early because with so few scheduled for manufacturing, this is destined to become an instant collector’s item.
Swing Guard-Lock Knife [Press Release]