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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.

The new punched bolster/stag combo comes in eight of the most popular patterns Case currently stocks, including Trapper/Tiny Trapper, Canoe, Barlow, Eisenhower, Stockman, Toothpick, and my personal favorite, the Cheetah. Sizes range from 2 3/8″ to just a shade over 4″, so whether it’s a working knife or a white-collar pocket, there’s a style for it.

The attraction for this is twofold: first, it looks good, but it’s also the knowledge that this wasn’t machined but crafted by a person who took the time to finish off your knife for you. Sure, it’s blade bling, but nothing has been done to disable the function of the knife.

Expect to cough up around $110 to $130 to put one in your pocket. No, that’s not a typo. Hand-punched dimples are expensive. As you might expect, supplies are going to be on the limited side.

Worked Bolster Worked Stag Knife [W.R. Case]


4 Responses to Dimples and Horn from Case

  1. asdf says:

    I’ll happily spend money for a better-quality blade, but for hand-punched dimples added to a modestly-priced knife? Are they serious?

  2. tsander says:

    I’d probably just buy a Swiss army knife (Victorinex) and get the same features for a lot less.

  3. Shopmonger says:

    Yeah as much as I love a good knife………..I will buy the regular or a victorinox blade first…I want a blade that works first, looks pretty second….


  4. jeffo says:

    Im glad you are a huge supporter of CASE knives. Top notch stuff. I was at Lake Forest Hardware in Lakeforest. An example of a great old hardware store slowly dying. Whats sad is there is an old case knife case that is sitting empty. Case knifes used to be routinely sold at hardware stores. Now you have to go to some outdoor store. Why? Niche specialty hardware stores are harder to come by. We need them just like we need fancy clothes stores or fancy food stores.

    Quality trumps low price in my book. Just today I bought a cool Richard eleven in one paint scraper made in Canada from our best local hardware store in Chicago. Clark/Devon Hardware. Go NorthAmerica!!!!

    Boo to milwaukee tools/dewalt tools/etc…..
    You get what you pay for.

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