I own--and love-- a number of Case Classic 098 pattern toothpicks (with the 5 1/2 inch frame). Based on the few photos of the original 098s I'd been able to find, I concluded that the powers-that-be in the Classic line pretty much designed their own version of this pattern. My reasoning:
1) the shape of the Tested and Bradford Era 098 frames is a bit curvier with a slightly broader "chest" beneath the bolster and a narrower, slightly longer end cap (See first photo).
2) The blade on the Tested Era 098s (And the one Bradford Era 61098 I own) is a wide flat-ground clip with a low pull; and that on the Classic 098 is a narrow saber-ground blade with a bayonet- like deep swedge and a high pull. (see second photo)
But I recently found a knife listed by R. Davies that has caused me to doubt all the above. This is a W.R. Case & Sons Era 098 with a frame (as far as I can tell) that looks exactly like the Classic Frame! (I'll include a link so you can check out all the photos of this knife but I include one for a quick comparison). (see third photo) https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-Vintage-W ... SwGUBaMWmh
This is the first ever 098 I've seen with this less curvy shape--sorta like a stouter Straight XX Era 093. The blade is still different and unfortunately this one suffers blade loss that mis-shapes the point somewhat. But, having a saber grind, it is a bit closer to the Classic 098 blade. (It looks to me kinda like the ones used on the Jumbo Trappers Mr. Davies lists.)
I'm wondering if any of y'all own a WR Case & Sons Era 098 with a blade that matches the Classic. It would be awesome to see pictures or at least hear your thoughts on this subject. I only started collecting a year and a half or so ago and have yet to see a knife show as I don't believe there are any in New Jersey. So, besides the three original 098s I've acquired, my study of the pattern is based mostly on the pictures Older Dogs and R. Davies have on Ebay and one or two I've found in the forums. Sergeant (RIP) only shows a Tested era 098.
Are all the other Classic patterns perfectly matched--design-wise-- to a source era knife? I know liberties were taken with bone color, tang markings, etc.
Thanks for any thoughts you might provide!