seldom buy slip joint knives. They seem
so old fashioned, as if the manufacturer can’t catch-up with the 1980s not to
mention 2021. The blade is held open by
spring pressure on the tang and doesn’t lock the blade open. I see it as a safety issue, but that’s me. I do make an exception for very cool knives,
like Doctor knives or Physician’s knives.
|Case Doctor Knife, no64128 You could say it is on target.|
I’ve got a list of must-haves. It’s got
to have a spatula and a slender spear point.
The knife butt should be flat and I suspect the originals has a solid,
flat end. Back in the old days when
doctors made house calls they often took medical supplies with them. Sometimes they needed to formulate medication
and would grind up a power or pill and makes a salve or roll pills.
don’t find too many as this was a niche market, but I’ve seem examples from ink
and paint companies as part of their advertising and self-promotion.
|Yeah, those are scratches on my new knife.|
also not a big Case knife fan. They are,
in my opinion, a collector’s club attempting to drive sales by constantly
changing handle materials and their unique system of dating blades. If you collect a specific pattern, you’ll never
be done as each year a newly dated knife is made by the thousands.
of their ploys, which I like from a marketing point of view, is they will
“retire into the vault” a pattern that doesn’t have much demand and later
release it when they think there is demand for it.
happens to Doctor knives. I saw this
knife in 2018 for the first time, but even as I jumped on it, it slipped
away. A. G. Russell had “found’ a cache
and I didn’t wait.
handle is natural bone scales that have been sculpted and dyed with the stars
and stripes of the American flag waving in the wind and capped with
nickel-silver bolsters. The fact that
Case jigs and dyes their own bone in house allows them to create these unique
|The back is a nice white bone|
knife is part of the Star Spangled series Case introduced at the 2017 SHOT Show. The blade is a slender spear point 3 inches
long with a Rockwell C hardness of 54-57.
The blade is made of Case’s proprietary steel called
Tru-Sharp. Case describes as a high
carbon steel. I suggest a drop of oil is
The front is a nice jigged bone
handle in a American Flag motif while the back is just white bone.
The one thing I don’t like, half
the width of the spatula seems to be scratched by the brass bolster that separates
the two blades. I doubt very much the
brass actually did scratch the blade. I
think it is a manufacturing artifact. I
could polish it out, if it’s not too deep, but I’m going to leave it as that’s
the way they made it.
I understand A.G. is out of stock
and the vault is still locked. I’m happy
to have it in my collection.
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