Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Get on the Case! Knife Review

Don't get me wrong, I like my my Spyderco folder, I like my Buck and my Kershaw too and I wouldn't mind a Benchmade, but I wanted something that wasn't "tactical", a knife that'd be handy in the field for cleaning small game and in the home, for slicing up food and opening bottles of wine.

I settled on the Case Trapper, with chrome vanadium steel Clip and Spey blades. Why? For a start, it's good to own something that doesn't have "made in China" written on it; I also liked its traditional styling, its yellow handle (you can see it against the Kryptek), and overall excellent fit and finish.

The knife's razor sharp too, as well as compact enough, at 4 1/8" closed, to fit snugly in the hand or pocket. Open, the knife measures 7 3/8", so it's reasonably substantial and at 4 oz it weighs just right for a jack-knife of its size.

So, does it work? Sure it does, it sliced through some pork chops and onions as if they were butter. Does it look good? If you like the looks of a traditional American classic jack-knife, yes it does. Is it Tactical? No, thank God. Would you recommend it to a friend? Most definitely. Are you going to take up whittling? I highly doubt it but you'll be the first to know if I do. Will you use the Spey blade for its intended purpose? Excuse me?

Case have been making the Trapper since the 1920s and you can see why it's still popular, it's a great little knife. It's inexpensive too, at around $37; I'd say that was value for money.

Get one, if you like Trappers.



LL said...

It reminds me of the knife that my grandfather carried with him every day.

If only I could get one with a genuine ivory handle...with a bit of scrimshaw on it.

c w swanson said...

Case actually makes a Whittler pattern that is super useful, if you have any small cutting job. The Muskrat pattern is also one of my favs.

Great knives for sure.

LSP said...

I'm real pleased with mine. Thanks for the Muskrat tip.

LSP said...

I think there was a limited run of ivory handled Trappers. Pricey... but good looking.

Md Saddam Hossain said...

Good looking fillet knife.

LSP said...

Thanks, Md Saddam Hossain.