Maxims for the Case Pocket Knife Collector

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From the book “Collecting Case Knives Identification and Price Guide” by Steve Pfeiffer

 If it’s your knife / If it’s my knife

  1. It has “regular” or bone handles with a “red tint.” / It has “cherry red bone” handles.
  2. The stag handles have a crack / The stag handles have a “natural stress line.”
  3. And it has a steel blade pin in a nickel silver bolster, then it was “crudely repined with a nail.” / And it has a steel blade pin in a nickel silver bolster, it was a “special factory order” made that way for “extra strength.”
  4. It has “visible rust spots.” / It has “specks.”
  5. It has “significant rust and tarnish.” / It has “developed a nice patina.”
  6. It has “50 percent blade wear” and has been heavily “buffed and polished.” / It has “been lightly used and cleaned to near mint.”
  7. It has “significant blade wobble.” / It has a “hint of blade play.”
  8. And it has weak backsprings, it has “lazy blades.” / And it has weak backsprings, they are “easy on the thumbnail.”
  9. And it has a blade that has been reshaped, it is a “broken blade.” / And it has a blade that has been reshaped, it is a “special tool blade” that “came from the factory” that way.
  10. It is a phony. / It is an “authorized reproduction.”
  11. It is a modern counterfeit. / It is “new old stock” from a “warehouse find.”
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Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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