This weekend, Friday and Saturday to be exact I will be traveling from Upstate NY to Bradford, Pennsylvania to partake in the annual W.R. Case & Sons Collectors Reunion. I have been an avid Case fan since I received my first pocket knife from them as a child, a Mini trapper in synthetic yellow handles with a CV blade which I still own to this day.
Over the past year and a half of writing for my own blog(RuggedAmericanGear.com) I developed a relationship with them and was invited to experience the weekend there. On Friday there is a factory tour followed by a silent auction, dinner and then a live auction. On Saturday there is a full day of events such as a knife swap tent, knife sharpening, Tony Bose custom knifemaking exhibit and several different kid events.
I’m bring along my oldest son and my wife, and we are very excited about the weekend. When returning I will be providing several writeups about the different events and any neat things to be seen there that should be relayed back.
I am mostly looking forward to Friday nights auctions as from what I understand there is typically some fairly rare pieces there. While I’m not planning on making a purchase…you never know! but at the minimum I’m excited to hopefully see some rare knives from Case’s history.
This is going to be my first type of knife collecting event, and I can’t think of a better place to start than with a company that has been making knives in America since 1889.
If there is anything in particular you want me to search out or hunt for leave a comment and I will do my best!