Case XX Vault Preserves Knife Patterns for Collectors


Bradford, PA (January 28, 2008) – RussLock®, CopperLock®, Tiny Trapper®, XX-Changer®, Sod Buster® and Cheetah®.  These are the names of some of the most popular knife patterns in existence.  They’re all produced by W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, one of America’s most treasured names in collectables.  And Case’s new “Case XX Vault” program is aimed at preserving some of its most cherished patterns for future collecting enjoyment. 
 
The new “Case XX Vault” program, which took effect January 1, 2008, calls for several popular Case patterns and all related tool works to be locked away inside the “Case XX Vault” for a period of at least three years before being reintroduced to the public. 
 
The Case Tuxedo (‘156), Doctor’s Knife (‘85), Cheetah® (’11-1/2L), and ‘056 Lockback were the first patterns to enter the Case XX Vault on January 1st.  They’ll be followed by the Sowbelly (’39), CopperLock® (549L), and the small and large sized Slab Side Hunters (78-3 ∏ and 47-5) on July 1st.  The program calls for production of component parts for these patterns to cease at the close of business on the day before entering the Case XX Vault.
 
Announcements of new patterns to be retired to the Case XX Vault will be made periodically.  With each announcement, one pattern is chosen as the “Collector’s Choice” of the group.  250 of each of these will be made as a final production run, fitted with a unique shield indicating their vault entry date, and stored away for safekeeping.  Another 250 piece order of each “Collector’s Choice” pattern will be made upon reintroduction in 2011, fitted with a new shield indicating the vault exit date.  The resulting two-piece sets will be offered to the public in commemoration of the pattern’s return to market.  The Case Cheetah® (’11-1/2L) and CopperLock® (549L) were made the first two “Collector’s Choice” selections. 
 
Case officials say the new program benefits for all types of Case enthusiasts.   Casual Case hobbyists will have some extra time to find missing knives that may have eluded them in the past.  Market-minded collectors may see their existing collections appreciate in value due to the tightened supply of selected patterns.  Finally, Case’s continuous engineering and production improvements should enhance overall consumer appeal for reintroduced patterns.  

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Case XX Treasure Trove Won by Molly Timbs, a dedicated knife collector from Walton, West Virginia

Bradford, PA (January 28, 2008) – Hunting for treasure is all about the prize, and for Molly Timbs of Walton, West Virginia, a visit to a Case XX Treasure Hunt event at Around the Farm Store in Ripley, West Virginia on June 30, 2007 has really paid off.  Molly was named the grand prize winner in Case’s XX Treasure Hunt sweepstakes; her prize is a treasure trove of special edition knives from W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company worth an estimated $3,000. 
 
When Case officials informed Molly that she was the grand prize winner of the Case XX Treasure trove, she exclaimed, “I’m just tickled to death that I won!  She went on to explain, “My husband and I made the treasure hunt a series of mini-vacations for ourselves. We traveled thousands of miles to hit six different stores on the treasure map. We tried to be first in line at 3:00 in the morning.” 
 
She kidded about her husband, Doug, who is a Lifetime member of the Case Collectors Club, being “jealous that he didn’t win.” Molly said she “promised to share the prize with him…somewhat.”
 
Last spring, Case invited Treasure Hunt participants to attend any number of 19 separate Case XX Treasure Hunt tour stops, which took place across 14 states between June 30 and November 17, 2007.   These special events, which focused on small town American retailers in places like Ripley, West Virginia, Spurger, Texas, Radcliff, Kentucky, Wesson, Mississippi and Duncan, Oklahoma, gave consumers an opportunity to share their memories of hunting for Case knives with one another.
By winding their way throughout the U.S., Case chose to help highlight the company’s all-American heritage and its commitment to making its product available largely though an authorized dealer network.
 
Tour events paid tribute to the people behind the company’s history and its knives, which have been a part of America’s heritage since 1889.  Several Case personalities, including Tom Arrowsmith, Case President and CEO; Eddie Jessup, VP of sales; Shirley Boser, Case’s Company Historian, and Case artisans direct from the Case factory in Bradford, PA, were all on hand to talk knives and swap stories with treasure hunters from all walks of life.
 
The company has commemorated the Case XX Treasure Hunt contest with a once-in-a-lifetime series of eighteen different knives made especially for the contest winner, with unique artwork on the handles and an image of an opened treasure chest engraved into each knife’s pocket end bolster.  A one-of-a-kind Case XX Treasure Hunt Event knife with Genuine Mother-of-Pearl handles is the crown jewel of the knife set.  All eighteen knives are housed in a handsome shadow box, arranged against a backdrop of the contest’s official Treasure Map. 
 
Similar limited edition tour knives were available for sale only at selected Case consumer events throughout the Treasure Hunt period. Every visit to a dealer event afforded another entry into the contest for participants. Special entry stickers were distributed upon request for enthusiasts who could not attend in person.
 
Ten first place winners will each receive a limited edition Case knife that can be treasured for years to come.

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