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]