One week before the plunge into all things modern, practical and tacticool at the SHOT Show, I decided to take a step back. The Case Trapper has never heard of AXIS locks, thumb studs, CPM S35VN supersteel, deep-carry pocket clips or G10 scales. And it doesn’t need them. It’s a simpler knife from a simpler time.
This 19th-Century composition has only three notes: steel, brass and bone. And it’s flat-out beautiful. The standard-size Trapper has 3-inch clip and spey slipjoint blades, and this model (18512) wears Mediterranean Blue jigged bone scales. I took advantage of a perfect crisp winter day for photography, but I’ll save the rest of the photos for the full review.
People’s reactions to a Case knife are vastly different from their response to a modern EDC knife. When you unclip a Spyderco and flick it open with your thumb to open a UPS package, most people don’t care but a few are mildly alarmed. Only a real knife guy would ask you which model of Spidey is your favorite.
But when you pull out a gleaming Case knife from the depths of your pocket and deliberately open it with two hands, even non-knife people notice it with appreciation. My wife is now completely immune to the casual and ubiquitous presence of knives around the house and in my pockets, but she noticed this Case immediately. “What is that? I’s really pretty,” she said, which is high praise from a complete knife muggle. A Case knife is a mark of elegance and simplicity, like carrying a pocketwatch instead of telling the time from your smartphone.
I’m already starting to ‘get’ why people collect Case knives.