When you find a model number stamp that says 6392, how are you supposed to know that this knife is a bone handled, three bladed knife of pattern ninety-two? While this may seem complicated, it will come to you quickly as you handle knives. Help: Model Number Details What Does the Case Model Number Stamp Mean? This is the Case factory short hand for a knife frame named the trapper. This is a collectors principal method of rapid identification, or telling a very good knife from a medium knife. Patterns are at least two digits, so the early patterns like numbers 1 thru 9 always show up as 01, 02, 03, etc. There are many handle descriptors used by Case, frequently for a short period only. So, what is a new collector to do?.
These further describe the knife you are seeing. In the first, a V precedes the 5. Here are some tangs with different blade counts. It is also the first defense against fraud. Case used this designation for what it called vintage stag.
Case Handle Code Handle Material 1 Hardwoods like oak, cherry, etc 2 Smooth Black Composition 3 Smooth Yellow Composition 4 Smooth Synthetic in various colors today. For example: Standard Model Number Zero before Pattern Zero before entire number Two zeros before pattern number The Blademaster has been unable to determine a factory method in the assignment of the zeroes to the variations. The following lists the principal factory designations. Knowing how the model stamp works along with the techniques for , are the two important steps in becoming a Case knife expert. The second position tells the number of blades in the knife. For example in the next illustration, the T.
And there are exceptions to these rules. Patterns may have as many as four numbers. The easiest way to determine the handle material is to start at the left of the model number stamp and disregard everything until you hit one of the official handle codes. But, the vast majority of red bone handles are simply marked 6. Fortunately, this is not widespread, as it does not provide as much verification of the knife's authenticity as a full model number.
The number 6 in the code is the factory designation for bone handles. In other words, a zero in front of a model number will mean different things on different patterns. For example, you can find R6 handle codes that represent red bone. Be Happy, they tell you what pattern they are! If someone tries to sell you a rare stag handled knife handle code 5 , and you notice that the tang says 6391, you can quietly put the knife down and save your money. This will be your handle material.
Information in front of this code either modifies the handle code, as the V modifies the stag 5, or provides other information about the knife, as seen in the Tony Bose example. For most of the model numbers we have seen so far, 54 is the pattern. Some model number stamps may be found before 1920, and most but not all knives made after about the mid 1940's will have model numbers. . . . .
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