The folks at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company are once again setting aside a weekend to treat knife enthusiasts and our local community to another unforgettable experience – Case style! This is the perfect way to say thank you to some of our most enthused supporters, while Case aficionados and fans from all walks of life come together to buy, sell, swap, and share prized collectables. The event will give us all a chance to greet old friends, meet some new ones, and share stories about Case knife collecting. This year the event will be held on the grounds of the Zippo/Case Museum on Saturday, July 23rd.

We look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation for your commitment to our company and the Case brand. Let’s get ready to share a weekend of fun and excitement!

Look At What We've Got Planned For You!

COLLECTOR KNIFE SWAP

The Collector Knife Swap Tents will be filled with Case knives, old and new. Guests can get a firsthand look at some unique collectables while talking to our knowledgeable staff about what to look for when buying a knife. Bring along your own prized Case knives to see what their value might be and you might even find a fellow collector who’s looking to buy. The Knife Swap Exhibitor Tent will be open to the general public on Saturday, July 23rd.

GRAND COLLECTORS AUCTION

Going once! Going twice! SOLD! Pre-registered auction guests are invited to participate in the Grand Collectors Dinner & Auction hosted on Friday, July 22nd at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, inside the Frame-Westerberg Commons Building. Guests can bid on a variety of items and take home unique one-of-a-kind knives. We will begin accepting bids on twelve (12) silent auction items at 4:30 pm. The live auction begins at 7:00 pm where fifteen (15) items are introduced from the auction block. The auction promises to be fast and furious! A mouth-watering meal will be served prior to the live auction. Guests must pre-pay for dinner. Reservations are no longer being taken at this time.
 

CASE ON CANVAS

Come paint with us and explore your creative side! We are excited to introduce a new event to our weekend as local artist Allison Ambrose shares step by step instructions on how to paint the featured Case Canoe work-of-art. Her patience and skill will take the intimidation out of painting. This class is for the beginner and no experience is necessary. We provide the canvas, paint, brushes, and lots of encouragement. We invite you to sit down, relax, and follow her lead as a piece of art becomes reality. Participants will take home their very own masterpiece worthy of being hung up at home or in the office or maybe gifted to someone special. This class is offered at no charge.

MOMENTS IN TIME CASE STORYTELLING

Some very special Case Ambassadors will be joining us as part of our Club’s 35th Anniversary celebration’s Moments in Time Case Storytelling event. First up are two very special Case retirees, Erica Runyan and past company Historian Shirley Boser, who will be sharing their stories about the fun they had while working together throughout the decades from Russell Boulevard to Owens Way. The modest and talented Model Maker, Mike DuBois, will be by their side to add his own version of the Case work experience. If you like to hear a good story, you won’t want to miss this!

2016 REUNION COMMEMORATIVE

If you pre-registered for one of the Limited Edition Canoe knives, you will need to present the previously mailed out ticket and photo I.D. when picking up your knife at the Zippo/Case Museum. As a reminder, these knives will not be shipped.

Pre-ordered knives can be picked up and paid for at the Zippo/Case Museum beginning Thursday, July 21st.

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is proud to introduce a Limited Production Run Canoe (62131 SS) debuting as the 2016 Case Collector Reunion Event Knife. Only 200 of these knives were produced. This knife features Rogers Corn Cob Jigged Caribbean Blue Bone handles, the NEW Case Collectors Club® 35th Anniversary Bronze Oval shield, an embellished Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel Spear blade with “Case Collector Reunion” artwork, and Case “Long Tail C” serialization. Each knife is packaged in a collectable gift tin.
$67.95


CCC MEMBERS-ONLY CASE FACTORY TOURS

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of our Club, Case will offer FREE Case Factory Tours on Friday, July 22nd. Tours will run continuously from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm; each will last approximately 30 minutes. If you pre-registered for a Factory Tour, please arrive at the Case factory 30 minutes before your tour begins and park in the designated area. All tour slots are filled at this time.

Your safety is most important while walking through the factory. All guests who enter the building must comply with the following tour rules and safety requirements. Please take a moment to review them before you travel to Bradford.

Tour Rules:
  • All guests are required to sign in and wear a name tag.
  • No one under the age of 12 can be admitted into the factory.
  • Guests must remain with the tour guide at all times and within designated viewing areas.
  • No purses, cell phones, cameras, or back packs allowed in the factory.
  • Photography is not permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted.

Safety Requirements:
  • Safety glasses and ear protection will be provided and must be worn at all times.
  • Only closed toe shoes covering the entire foot will be permitted. NO open toe shoes, sandals, low cut shoes or high heels (Maximum 1” heel height). Sneakers and rubber-soled shoes are acceptable.
  • Hair that hangs below shoulder length needs to be secured above the shoulders (this includes facial hair).
  • Pants must cover the entire leg; shorts and capris are not permitted.
  • No dangling/ loose jewelry or clothing are permitted.

CASE CONSUMER EVENT TOUR STOPS

On Saturday morning, eight (8) Consumer Event Tour knives (each limited to 50 pieces) will be available for sale at 8:00 am. Several Case celebrities will be on hand to sign autographs. Knives will be sold on a first-come basis at each Case Authorized Dealer table (as noted below), located in the Knife Swap Exhibitor Tent.

We are thrilled to partner with several Case Authorized Dealer event sponsors in offering the following knives during our Collector Reunion Celebration:

Event Sponsor Event Knife Knife Details
Bluegrass Ace Hardware (Richmond, KY) Historian Knife - Katie Shonts Saar Dynasty Jigged XXPresso Bone Tear Drop
Booker Hardware (Holly Springs, MS) Artisans Knife - Ricky Deitz & Brian Jones Smooth Green Bone Trapper
Coffman Hardware (Mackinaw City, MI) Artisans Knife - Chris Cole & Jeremy Prince Smooth Green Bone Trapper
Ossian Hardware (Ossian, IN) Built in Bradford, PA Knife - Skip Lawrie Smooth Chestnut Bone Trapper
Shepherd Hills Cutlery (Lebanon, MO) Owner and Chairman of the Board Knife - George Duke Smooth Natural Bone BackPocket®
Smoky Mountain Knife Works (Sevierville, TN) President Knife - Mark Paup Smooth Natural Bone Cheetah®
Willey Knives (Greenwood, DE) Tony Bose Knife Peach Seed Jigged Whiskey Bone Sowbelly
Zippo/Case Museum (Bradford, PA) Artisans - Tim Kraft & Kerry York Smooth Green Bone Trapper




CUSTOM KNIFEMAKING DEMONSTRATION

Some things are a natural fit. In our world of knives, Tony Bose and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company are just that. Renowned custom knife maker Tony Bose will demonstrate his skills to show what goes into making a truly custom made knife. Tony travels all the way from Shelburn, Indiana, to share his entertaining and enlightening presentation. This is one you won’t want to miss!


CASE® BOSE COLLABORATION KNIFE TRADING CARDS

Tony Bose fashioned his first knife in 1972 from a power hack saw blade he received from a friend. He’d work to perfect his skills for years before pursuing a full-time custom knifemaking career in 1990. Tony’s impact was quickly felt across the industry, winning Best Folding Knife Award for the 1995 East Coast Custom Knife Show and the 1995 Blade Show with his own five-bladed Stockman designs.

Case employees have had the pleasure of working with Tony since 1999 with the introduction of the Case Bose collaboration series. These Limited Production knives allow collectors the opportunity to have a knife similar to a Tony Bose custom knife without the wait or the cost. This fall, Case will introduce the eighteenth knife in this series. Case is pleased to highlight Case Ambassador Tony Bose and each of the collectable knives found in this series through a unique set of trading cards.

The search is on as collectors look for nineteen different trading cards that will be handed out throughout the day on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd.
Hint: Tony Bose and each Reunion EVENT SPONSOR will have one to give away.


CASE KNIFE SHARPENING AND POLISHING

Case Artisans will skillfully transform your knife into one that looks and performs as though it was just taken out of the box. Stop by and say hello to these amazing folks, who are thrilled to be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the CCC® with dedicated Club members.



KNIFE APPRAISALS

Your collection is priceless in your eyes, but how much are those pieces worth to potential buyers in today’s market? Be sure to see Tony Foster, a knife collector and a leading expert on Case knives from Wando, South Carolina, who will be on hand to appraise your knives. Tony has diligently studied all aspects of Case knives and has been a trusted resource of information to the Case Company through the years. It is our pleasure to once again welcome Tony back to Bradford to share in this special event.


CASE JUNIOR ACADEMY

Case fans of all ages are welcome to join us in this educational, hands-on experience that teaches participants about knife pattern names and numbers, the various parts of a Case pocketknife, and our many different handle materials using fun games and activities designed for the whole family. The first pre-registered students (aged 6-16) who complete the Junior Academy session will receive a brand new Case knife (parental permission required). Sign up today at (814) 368-2926!


CASE COLLECTORS CLUB® HISTORICAL TRIVIA

Take part in a fun and educational Case Collectors Club quiz show! Contestant choose five questions (all pertaining to the Case Collectors Club), and advance through each round as correct answers are given. There are lots of prizes at stake, including a shiny, new Case knife!


CASE PIN TRADING

Again this year, we are excited about the opportunity to do some pin trading. Be on the lookout for lots of colorful tack (or hat) pins. Each registered guest will receive a lanyard and FREE dated reunion logo pin to get started. You can keep your pin, participate in events to earn new ones, buy some additional pins, and search for others who may want to trade a few pins with you. Be on the lookout as some of these pins are very limited. Good luck in your hunt to find all of the new pins introduced during the 2016 Case Collector Reunion.


EXPLORE THE ZIPPO/CASE MUSEUM

You will have the chance to experience the rich history of two American Icons: Case knives and Zippo windproof lighters. You can explore all of the engaging exhibits in the 15,000 square foot museum in a self-guided tour. Then, make sure to visit the Zippo/Case Flagship store and pick up some souvenirs!

Zippo/Case Museum Event Hours
Date Hours
Thursday, July 21st 9 am - 5 pm
Friday, July 22nd 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, July 23rd 8 am - 6 pm
Sunday, July 24th 9 am - 5 pm






PARKING

There is parking near the Zippo/Case museum. Look for Case parking signs to locate the area closest to you. Shuttle service will be available.

FOOD VENDORS

Food vendors will be onsite at the event on Saturday. Donuts and coffee will be on sale from 8 am - 11 am, followed by chicken BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage, meatballs, walking tacos, funnel cakes and more until 3 pm.

TRAVEL AND LODGING

This list is provided as a service to our guests and does not imply any endorsement by Case.



AIRPORTS

Bradford Regional Airport
212 Airport Drive
Lewis Run, PA 16738
(814) 358-5928

Erie International Airport
4411 West 12th Street
Erie, PA 16505
(814) 833-4258

Buffalo Niagara
International Airport
4200 Genesee Street
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 630-6000


HOTELS/MOTELS

Best Western Bradford Inn
100 Davis Street South
(814) 362-4501

The Comfort Inn
76 Elm Street
(814) 368-6772

The Holiday Inn Express
75 Forman Street
(814) 362-7090

Econo Lodge
Formerly DeSoto Holiday House
515 South Avenue
(814) 362-4511

America’s Best Value Inn
Formerly Motel DeSoto
920 East Main Street
(814) 362-3567

DIRECTIONS

The Case Factory and Zippo/Case Museum are located in Bradford, PA.

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