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    Talking 048's...With JimmyHad in mind of course.

    So, I couldn't find Jimmies knife thread...actually I didn't look. Too lazy I guess. Anyways, these knives you are about to lay your eyes on are Jimmies favorite pattern that WR Case makes. The styles designation by Case is "048" also known as Farmers knives , slimline trappers, and Dixie Switches. The first pic shows a Pocket worn series 048 with 2 blades and green bone handles. this knife was made in 1998. the next knife is an autumn bone peach seed jig 048 with 2 blades. It was made in 2000. I have 2 more like this. Third is a single blade with strawberry red bone made in 2006. fourth is a single blade 048 from their workmens series. It has delrin scales and was made in 2004 and was my first of this style. I carried this one for about a year.

    Second pic, first knife is an old red bone 048 with 2 blades. this was made in between 1965 and 1969. The second, third, and fourth knife are all 2 bladed knives with delrin handles made in 1972, 75, and 77 in that order.

    Third pic, the first 3 are schrades. They are a similar style as the Case knives but are known as Gunstocks. Schrades designation was 93 for this knife They are a tad shorter than the 048 but of similar design.
    The first knife is a Schrade Walden knife with delrin scales which was made in the early 70's. The second is a single blade locking knife with delrin scales. this knife was made in 2004, the year Schrade closed its doors and sold to Taylor. the third knife is from Schrades Heritage collection. It is a Schrade Heritage with beautiful red bone scales. This knife was made in 1986 and I considered it the most beautiful of all the knives pictured until I received the last knife in the last picture. This last knife is an extraordinarily well made knife. The maker calls it a saddle horn. I call it gorgeous! The bone scales have a depth and beauty that is difficult to describe and the only close comparison is the old red bone case made in the 60's. The workmanship on this knife is top rate...did I mention this was made by my favorite knife maker Hiroaki Ohta? I picked this thing up on a fluke. I found it on ebay a couple of days before the end of the auction and won it at a price well below what he normally sells for.

    Without further ado here are the pictures! I hope you enjoy.
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    Nice collection. I really like the Case Trappers. I had a 3 blade medium size that I carried for probably 15 years until I lost it. Wish I had a picture of it. Beautiful, well made knives.

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    This is probably going to sound stupid, but what is the purpose of having multiple blades?

    Of all of those, the Strawberry red bone in the first picture is the one I would have.

    Very nice knives, Mark.

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    Greg, each blade has its own purpose. In this case the clip blade is an all purpose blade for many uses. The one that looks like a spear blade with a portion from the tip removed on the top side is called a spey blade and should be used for flesh only. Some knives have what is known as a sheepsfoot blade which has a flat edge designed for trimming hooves and then there are many other designs with their own peculiar shape and purpose.

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    So it's litterally just to provide multiple profiles. Fair enough.

    I guess that's quite redundent in everyday life these days, just looks good! Here, you will probably appreciate this.

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    I was introduced to the Case '048 pattern when I was a young ironworker. I was carrying a Buck 301 which is a three blade stockman pattern. An old fellow on the job saw that and said."that ain't good for nothin' but wearin' a hole in your pocket." He pulled out his 'Dixie Switch' and I knew I had to have one of those.

    Light in the pocket, the single bladed model can be opened one handed with the thumb and forefinger. A great blade profile for cutting peaches, apples and tomatoes. I hear it is pretty good for slicing a fellows abdomen as well although I can't say I've ever found that out for myself. Here are some of the mint pieces I've collected over the years. The older they are the more refined the grind, scales and workmanship in general. Like a lot of other things.
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    Quite a collection gents!!
    Now you've gone and made me miss my grandfather. Every morning, i would go across the street, for a visit and he would be drinking a cup of Folgers coffee and honing on a whetstone. He was an old cowboy, a good man and lover of his knives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McWolf1969 View Post
    Quite a collection gents!!
    Now you've gone and made me miss my grandfather. Every morning, i would go across the street, for a visit and he would be drinking a cup of Folgers coffee and honing on a whetstone. He was an old cowboy, a good man and lover of his knives.

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    Yeah. But did he have a blue Paki?

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    Rofl!!
    I doubt he had even heard of Pakistan, let alone imagined there being such a product in America. He may have liked the blue handle, however.

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    Now after looking at all these beautiful knives I have to get a Case 048. Checked with the various knife sites and it seems that there are two new versions available. Carbon steel with yellow delerin stocks and stainless steel with imitation bone. Would prefer the carbon with bone handles.
    Guess I will have to check with the knife "traders" and see what is available on the used market. Beautiful knives at any rate.

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