W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. enlists new series of officially licensed U.S. Army and U.S. Navy Knives

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company – one of America’s foremost manufacturers of premium, hand-crafted knives – is proud to announce two new collections featuring officially licensed United States Army® and United States Navy® knives. The collection is now available for purchase from Case Authorized Dealers nationwide.

The U.S. Army is comprised of some of the most dedicated and respected soldiers in the world, who continue to protect America’s freedoms while serving at home and abroad. To salute those individuals for their relentless defense of justice and freedom, Case has crafted a new family of officially licensed U.S. Army knives, including:

  • -Trapper Gift Set (#15000) – Embellished Clip and Spey Blades and Embellished Natural Bone Handle. Knife is numbered with Case Long Tail C Serialization. Gift set includes a Genuine Case Collectable Medallion and official Certificate of Authenticity. Packaged in a hinged jewel keepsake box.
  • -Peanut (#15004) – Clip and Pen Blades with Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle.
  • -Stockman (#15002) – Clip, Sheepfoot and Spey Blades with Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle.
  • -Muskrat (#15003) – Two Clip Blades with Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle.
  • -Mid-Folding Hunter with Clip (#15005) – One-Hand Opening Clip Blade with Thumb Stud and Liner Lock; Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle and Belt Clip.
  • -Trapper (#15001) – Clip and Spey Blades with Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle.
  • -Trapperlock with Clip (#15006) – One-Hand Opening Clip Blade with Thumb Stud and Liner Lock; Embellished Smooth Olive Green Bone Handle and Belt Clip.
  • -Trapper Gift Set (#15007) – Embellished Clip and Spey Blades and Embellished Chestnut Bone Handle. Knife is numbered with Case Long Tail C Serialization; gift set includes a Genuine Case Collectable Medallion and official Certificate of Authenticity. Packaged in a hinged jewel keepsake box.

For 240 years, the U.S. Navy has upheld the sovereignty of the seas while protecting our country from global threats. To recognize their unyielding work ethic and patriotic spirit, Case is proud to debut a new collection of officially licensed U.S. Navy knives, including:

  • -Sod Buster Jr.® (#17709) – Embellished Skinner Blade with Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle and NAVY Shield.
  • -Sowbelly (#17707) – Embellished Clip Blade with Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle and NAVY Shield.
  • -Mid-Folding Hunter with Clip (#17706) – Embellished One-Hand Opening Clip Blade with Thumb Stud and Liner Lock; Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle with themed shield and a handy Belt Clip.
  • -Trapper Gift Set (#17700) – Embellished Clip Blade and Spey Blade with Embellished Natural Bone Handle; presented in a commemorative jewel box with a Genuine Case Collectable Medallion, Case Long Tail C Serialization and official Certificate of Authenticity.
  • -Trapperlock with Clip (#17705) – Embellished One-Hand Opening Clip Blade with Thumb Stud and Liner Lock; Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle with themed shield and a handy Belt Clip.
  • -Trapper (#17708) – Embellished Clip Blade and Spey Blade with Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle.
  • -Folding Hunter (#17710) – Embellished Skinner Blade and Clip Blade with Standard Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle and themed shield.
  • -Mini Trapper (#22551) – Embellished Clip Blade and Spey Blade; Rogers Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle with Case Stars & Stripes Shield; Pocket End Bolster features intricate engraving of the official U.S. Navy logo. Comes packaged in a two-part America’s Navy® box.
  • -Russlock® (#22552) – Embellished One-Hand Opening and Liner Locking Clip Blade; Rogers Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle with Case Stars & Stripes Shield; Pocket End Bolster features intricate engraving of the official U.S. Navy logo. Comes packaged in a two-part America’s Navy® box.
  • -Trapper (#22550) – Embellished Clip Blade and Spey Blade; Rogers Jigged Navy Blue Bone Handle with Case Stars & Stripes Shield; Pocket End Bolster features intricate engraving of the official U.S. Navy logo. Comes packaged in a two-part America’s Navy® box.
  • -Trapper (#22553) – Clip and Spey Blades with Embellished Natural Bone Handle with Case Oval Script Shield; Nickel Silver Pocket End Bolster features intricate engraving of the official U.S. Navy logo. Comes packaged in a two-part America’s Navy® box.
  • -Trapper (#22554) – Clip and Spey Blades with an Embellished Natural Bone Handle with Case Oval Script Shield; Embellished Nickel Silver Pocket End Bolsters feature intricate Navy-themed engraving including the familiar U.S. Navy anchor; comes packaged in a two-part America’s Navy® box.

In 2015, Case released a “faithfully true” reproduction of the World War II-era V-42 – a knife that Case was originally commissioned to create in 1942 for the First Special Service Force. The V-42 is widely considered to be one of the rarest of all World War II knives, and one of the most sought-after of all World War II-era knife militaria. The V-42 continues to remain a prominent symbol in today’s military and can be found on the Regimental Crests, unit shoulder patches and other distinctive insignias of the U.S. and Canadian Army Special Forces.

“As a company that has been hand-crafting knives exclusively in the United States of America for more than 125 years, Case has long been connected with various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces,” said John Sullivan, Director of Marketing, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company. “With these new collections, we’re proud to honor all members of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy – past, present and future – for their bravery and dedication to serving our country.”

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Case Unveils New Modern, High-tech Collection

As part of the company’s strategy to engage with new consumers, the Tec X from Case brand extension has been designed to target customers looking for the ultimate utility knife for a wide range of applications, from everyday tasks around the house to camping or field dressing in the outdoors. The collection offers sleek designs that many knife enthusiasts are looking for today, as well as a wide assortment of handles and blade finishes.

The new Tec X from Case collection will be available to buy in the first quarter of 2012 from selected Case dealers. More patterns will be designed, adding even greater excitement to the Tec X brand in the fall of 2012. Plans include more unique designs and collaborations with noted designers.

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W.R. Case & Sons – New BackPocket Knife: “Easy To Get To, Hard To Put Away”

Case’s new BackPocket knife is 4-5/8” in length yet slender enough to be carried comfortably in any pocket. Bradford, PA (September 1, 2010) – W.R. Case & Sons has announced the release of an all-new knife pattern for the fall season; the BackPocket (TB’546). At 4-5/8” in closed length, the BackPocket is made to tackle any job and represents one of the largest sized patterns to be introduced by Case in years. It’s also one of the first to be made expressly for consumers who opt to carry a knife in a posterior pocket. The knife’s “barehead” design is based on one created by renowned custom maker Tony Bose. Features include a flat, taper ground California Clip blade made of Case Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel and a lanyard hole. The knife’s blade is also distinctively swedged.

Custom knife maker Tony Bose says he’s carried a knife similar to the new Case BackPocket since he was a young man. He summarizes his admiration for the new Case pattern by saying, “It’s easy to get to and hard to put away.”

Case is offering the BackPocket in Standard Jigged Dark Red, Chestnut, and Molasses Bone variations, as well as Smooth Ebony Wood and Black G-10 versions.

Consumers can also purchase a Case-branded genuine leather lanyard from Authorized Dealers as an optional BackPocket accessory.

Ed Jessup, Case’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales states, “This new BackPocket pattern is a shining example of what can happen when Case and Bose blend traditional pocket knife design with modern innovation. We’re proud to be adding the new BackPocket to our product line.”

Case’s new BackPocket is just one of several knife patterns that have resulted from the company’s collaborative relationship with Bose. The Case Sowbelly (2001), Saddlehorn (2004) and Sway Back Jack (2008) have become permanent fixtures in Case’s product line since their introductions.

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W.R. Case & Sons Launches Redesigned Website

The hundreds of Case knives now being offered by Case Authorized Dealers are grouped on the website according to type of manufacture: Standard products, promotional products, licensed products, and commemoratives and collectables. Users can also browse knives by the type of blade steel. Additionally, every knife on the Case site can now be viewed in larger sizes and at a higher resolution than was formerly offered. A new “Special Programs” section explains Case’s special merchandising programs in detail: XX Vault, Rare Finds, XX Limited Edition, Pocket Worn®, XX Select, Case and Tony Bose collaborations, and Case’s corporate gift programs in detail. Finally, Case collectors will find production checklists for specially-featured patterns.

Consumers will find several self-service and support options available on-line, including an interactive “Frequently Asked Questions” section and a timeline-based slide show which chronicles the various tang stamps used on Case knives throughout the company’s 122 year-old history.

Fred Feightner, Consumer Marketing and Communications Manager, credits Michael Granger, the company’s Web Marketing Coordinator, with implementing the redesign’s look and feel. “Mike’s work in the redesign of W.R. Case’s website not only gives our web visitors a richer experience, it sets a new standard for our industry and lays the foundation for future integration of newer applications and technologies.”

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Case Announces Making a Case for America Grand Prize Winner

Four runners-up were chosen to receive W.R. Case prize packages which included a Case knife and country music CD combination, a Case-branded ball cap and t-shirt. They were: Henry Adams (Bradenton, FL), Bobby Addington, (Stanley, NC), David Bough (Indianapolis, IN), and Patrick Coss (Sartell, MN).

At left: Stirling Wilson, Grand Winner of the Making a Case for America SweepstakesWilson, who has been collecting knives made by the 122-year old Case Company for decades, said the Case Tang Stamp commemorative “is by far the best thing (he’d) ever won.” A recent post from Wilson which appears on the Case Collectors Club members forum reads, “This isn’t just a set of knives or a grand prize in a contest, this set has a history that started long before my hands ever touched it.”

Wilson was given his first Case knife by his father at the age of 16 and has carried one with him ever since. He’s been a member of the Case Collectors Club since 2006.

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Case’s – Gum Fuddy Knives Inspire Rough Black Series

Case's new Rough Black handled RussLock is part of an 8-pattern family just releasedMost likely have never heard the phrase, “Gum Fuddy.” Those familiar with vintage pocket knives, however, recognize this nickname given to some special Case knives made during a pivotal time in American history. Now W.R. Case & Sons has brought back these old favorites back with a “Rough Black” family of knives.

Case's new Rough Black handled RussLock is part of an 8 pattern family just released
The new Rough Black family consists of eight patterns, each fitted with specially jigged handles, Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel blades, nickel silver bolsters and a Case oval shield. They include: Trapper (6254 SS), #18222 Medium Stockman (6318 SS), #18223 Small Texas Toothpick (610096 SS), #18224 RussLock® (61953L SS), #18225 Peanut (6220 SS), #18226 Canoe (62131 SS), #18227 Humpback Stockman (63046 SS) and #18228 Slimline Trapper (61048 SS).

The story behind Case’s Rough Black pocket knives begins in the 1940’s with the advent of World War II, when many raw materials used to produce consumer goods were diverted to support the war effort. Materials traditionally used to make pocket knife handles were no exception. A race to market knives with new, never-before-seen materials ensued between competing knife manufacturers.

In that search, Case product developers came upon a hard black synthetic material which demonstrated high durability, strength and overall appeal. A special jigging pattern was applied to the material surface to create the unique “Rough Black” knife handle slabs. The knives that resulted became known as “Gum Fuddy” knives at Case, a nickname quickly adopted by the consumer market as sales of Rough Black knives grew.

Case phased out production of “Gum Fuddy” knives after the war, as traditional handle materials made their way back to market. The knives have since become highly sought after collection pieces.

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ELVIS TO GRACE CASE KNIVES DURING 75TH BIRTHDAY YEAR


Bradford, PA
(April 26, 2010) – W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company was recently approved by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. to manufacture and market Elvis-branded knives, commemoratives and collectibles in the U.S.A. The agreement matches one of the world’s most revered cultural icons with one of America’s oldest and most collected knife brands.

“The King’s” year-long 75th birthday celebration will be the theme for some of the very first Elvis-branded Case commemoratives and collectibles. Case knives were present at another important birthday in Elvis’ past. In January of 1945, Gladys Presley accompanied her son to Tupelo Hardware, a local hardware store which still sells Case knives, in search of a birthday present for her son. It was there that Elvis received his very first guitar.

Elvis Presley’s contributions to the world of rock and roll are unsurpassed, having sold an estimated one billion copies of his recordings. Ed Jessup, Case’s Vice President of Marketing, states, “Elvis Presley is quite simply one of the most important names in the history of pop culture. We are thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to manufacture Case products for Elvis fans and Case collectors alike.”

Additionally, Case and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. anticipate introducing a multi-patterned family of Elvis-themed pocket knives by fall.

Visit WRCase.com for more information on this exciting new line of collectible knives featuring the name, image and likeness of rock ‘n’ roll icon, Elvis Presley.

About Elvis Presley Enterprises
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. is based in Memphis, with additional offices in Los Angeles. In addition to Graceland and its related attractions in Memphis, including the Heartbreak Hotel, EPE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing program, merchandising, music publishing, and television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.elvis.com. EPE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (www.ckx.com), a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market® under the ticker symbol CKXE.

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W.R. Case & Sons New Hawk Bill Pruner Earns IWA International Knife Award

Case's newly engineered Hawk Bill PrunerBradford, PA (March 18, 2010) – A new knife made by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is about to hit the market; one which has just been awarded one of the international outdoor industry’s most prestigious honors. Case’s new Hawk Bill Pruner (‘011 pattern) was selected as the winner of the coveted International Knife Award given by IWA 2010 & Outdoor Classics in the Outdoor category in Nuremburg, Germany’s Exhibition Center last Friday. The award presentation was part of the exhibition’s opening ceremonies, and celebrates Case’s first appearance as an IWA show exhibitor and International Knife Awards competitor. Sixty-three different knives representing 42 suppliers in nine countries were part of this year’s competition. The knives were judged by a panel of leading knife experts, each with extensive experience in the cutlery industry.

According to IWA’s website, www.iwa.info, the contest judges knives in several distinct categories “according to strict criteria of functionality and quality, plus innovation, design and material combination.” Case’s new Hawk Bill Pruner, which measures 4” in length when closed and weighs 3.2 to 3.5 oz, is currently offered in Peach Seed Jigged Amber Bone, Smooth Rosewood, and Smooth Black G-10 handles with a stainless steel blade. Additional handle choices will be forthcoming.

The jury also recognized the Hawk Bill Pruner for its authentic look and feel, saying, Accepting award at IWA“Traditional knife patterns as can be found in this very well crafted gardening tool keep the culture alive. This knife is suited for any dedicated collection.”

Tom Arrowsmith, President of W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company states, “We are delighted to be recognized by the international community for the unique blend of quality, innovation, and traditional hand-crafting built into Case knives.”

2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the IWA International Knife Awards competition.

About IWA 2010 & OutdoorClassics
IWA & OutdoorClassics has been the world’s leading exhibition for the hunting and sporting guns, outdoor and accessories sector for over 35 years. Last year 1,135 exhibitors from 53 nations presented their products and services to more than 32,000 trade visitors representing more than 100 countries. The show’s international share of visitors is 60 % – which makes IWA & OutdoorClassics in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg a truly multinational occasion for the industry.

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W.R. CASE & SONS AND BROOKS & DUNN COMMITTED TO AMERICAN MANUFACTURING

Brooks & Dunn“We need more companies like Case,” explains Ronnie Dunn, “…especially in this economy. We’ve outsourced everything on the planet and now we’re going to need to rebuild our economy with a grassroots plan – the kind Case has implemented.”

Case retailers are largely made up of local shop keepers facing tough competition. These operators find Case knives fill a vital niche that helps to differentiate their stores from big-box retailers and those in megamalls. The Making a Case for America Campaign allows Case dealers to show their communities they care enough to sell something that’s still American made in their stores,” says Ed Jessup, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Case. “We are proud of what this program is accomplishing.”

Case has a long history of supporting independent business owners and the small towns in which they operate. Case knives are routinely used to raise funds for local charities or to honor a special person, group or event.

Brooks’ fondness for the Case brand begins with his own grandfather, whom he’d often see sharpening, cleaning, and using his Case knives routinely throughout the day. He says he’s impressed with how Case maintains a strong market position today, simply by making the best knives it can. In his words, “Case knives still represent serious quality.”

The people at Case are hard core, hard-charging Americans…the kind of people with whom I like to be associated,” says Dunn.

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Ribbon Cutting at Red Hill Cutlery Saturday

The Kentucky Museum of American Pocketknives at Red Hill Cutlery chronicles the Case Company’s history from its early beginnings over more than a century of American hand-crafting. Knives, displays, documents, pictures, and more have been carefully collected, preserved, and organized throughout this 5,000 square foot retail sales floor and museum showroom area.

About Red Hill Cutlery and the Kentucky Museum of American Pocketknives
Red Hill Cutlery (part of Basham Lumber) is one of only a handful of Master Case Dealers throughout the United States, offering customers one of the most complete displays of Case knives, collectables, commemoratives, and accessories. It is also a participating retailer in Case’s Making a Case for American promotional campaign. Basham’s Kentucky Museum of American Pocketknives is a tribute to the Case brand, a name synonymous with the most popular collectable pocketknives in the world.

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