1 - HardwoodThis number is usually used for a hardwood, such as walnut. Walnut is a very durable and rugged hardwood used for working knives; such as, the 1199SH Pattern and the 12031 electrician's knife.
2 - Smooth Black SyntheticBlack poured plastic molded handles usually made from Delrin® or Thermoplastic Rubber.
3 - Yellow SyntheticSmooth yellow poured plastic molded handles, called Delrin®.
4 - Smooth SyntheticPoured plastic or Delrin® molded handles made in most any color except black and yellow.
5 - StagNaturally shed or dropped deer antlers are used for the Stag handles in Case knives. The most desirable Stag comes from the Sambar or Chital deer in India. Stag covers are burned lightly during the completion process.
5 - XX Prime StagGenuine India Stag with an extra rough texture - the best of the best.
M5 - Midnight StagGenuine Stag except it is treated with a black dye and the covers do not get burned during completion.
R5 - Red StagGenuine Stag except it is treated with a red dye and the covers do not get burned during completion.
V5 - Vintage StagGenuine Stag that is not dyed or burned during the manufacturing process, but is given extra buffing and hand finishing.
6 - BoneProcured from Brazil, the shin bone of the Zebu cattle are the main source of bone suitable for Case bone handle materials.
Jigged SyntheticPlastic molded covers with a jigged pattern.
Jigged LaminateLaminated wood with a jigged pattern; such as used on the Folding Hunter.
V6 - Vintage BoneNatural Bone with a special jigging pattern which has similar characteristic to stag.
6.5 - 6.5 BoneStag®6.5 BoneStag®, a Case registered trademark, is bone handle which is jigged and treated with flame to achieve the look of stag antler material.
7 - RosewoodA handle material that comes from a number of hardwood trees from rain forests. It has a rose colored effect and is becoming more rare. Case used this in many of their outdoor knives.
7 - Curly MapleA knurly section of wood from a maple tree is used for handle material. The wood has a curled design, giving it a very distinct look.
7 - Curly OakA knurly section of wood from an oak tree is used for handle material. The wood has a curled design, giving it a very distinct look.
7 - EbonyComes from Africa. This black wood is also used in woodwind instruments.
7 - Desert Iron WoodComes from the deserts of SW America or Mexico, a heavy wood which is regarded as some of the most beautiful wood anywhere.
7 - Boi D'arc WoodComes from the Osage tree of Texas, this dense yellowish, orange wood is used frequently by Native Americans
7 - Zebra WoodComes from Africa, a hard, dense, beautiful wood, naturally striped like a Zebra.
7 - Tulip WoodComes from the Tulip trees, found in jungles and North America.
7 - Lace WoodComes from Burma Rain Forest and is a hardwood.
7 - Snake WoodComes from South America and is considered the heaviest wood on earth.
7 - AmboynaComes from SE Asia, only the burls from the Narra tree are used to give the numerous, beautiful swirls that comes out in the Amboyna handles.
8 - Mother-of-PearlNatural shells harvested by deep sea divers in various parts of the Pacific Ocean.
8 - Abalone/ PauaGathered in Mexico, Abalone shells are cut into thin "feathers", edges are glued in thin sheets with each sheet color matches and then laminated with a high pressure laminate into sheets for handle material. Paua is a similar shell found in New Zealand.
8 - Pink Mother-of-PearlOnly pearl shells which are found in fresh water; no artifical color or enhancements added.
8 - Black Mother-of-PearlRare shell harvested by deep sea divers in various parts of the Pacific Ocean; no artifical color or enhancements added.
9 - CorelonA synthetic resin handle material developed in a wide variety of colors and patterns - similar to an imitation Mother-of-Pearl
9 - Imitation Mother of PearlNot currently used at Case, Imitation Pearl is a composite material that looks like mother of Pearl.
10 - MicartaHigh pressure plastic laminate with either a paper or cotton cloth reinforcement substrate is used to make micarta. Micarta is a very durable handle material which is waterproof, impact resistant and polishes well. The lines and swirls that show in the finished knives are these layers of paper or cotton cloth.
10 - G-10Using the same process as the Micarta, G-10, however, has a glass cloth reinforcement substrate for exceptional strength characteristics with a very high impact and tensile strength. The lines and swirls that show in the finished knives are these layers of glass cloth.
B - CelluloidWaterfall is celluloid, cream in color with a ripple design resembling a waterfall.
RM - CelluloidChristmas Tree is a very colorful celluloid with green, reds and some gold.
EX - ExoticEX indicates that the handle material used is from a variety of the most unique and desirable materials available; such as, precious gemstones, giraffe and ostrich bones, etc.
GS - CelluloidGoldstone is celluloid, colored with gold metal flakes.
I - IvorySince the last ice age, the Mammoth Ivory tusks have been locked in ice some 12,000 years. This is perhaps the most beautiful and exotic of all handle materials which Case uses.
I - Imitation IvoryNot currently used at Case, Imitation Ivory is a composite material that looks like natural ivory.
P - PakkawoodA laminated wood typically birch or maple, impregnated with clear resin and bonded together. Pakkawood has the natural beauty of finished wood and a high resistance to heat and moisture, especially developed for Case handles in 1948.
R - CelluloidCandy Stripe is a celluloid material colored in a striped (vertical or horizontal) design.