CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby FRJ » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:33 pm

Thanks, Greg. Haven't chased these so I didn't know about name changes from date changes. I assume those are Case's marketing names.
I like "swing guard", actually.
I am pretty impressed with this knife.
Thanks again, Greg.
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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:00 am

Great knife Joe. The bug bites. Real nice one.
Technically, from the old days thru 81' when discontinued, only the Stag 70' Proto and 71 production run of the proto with the etch are considered the only true Cheetahs by most serious CASE swing guard 11-1/2 collectors.
I do not get that technically crazy but some moron reamed me at a knife about 20 years ago. Told him to pound sand.

Besides those mentioned, 81' and prior I understand they just called them the "Case Swing Guard" as they were the only swing guard made besides the Tested 050 Big Coke as I recall. Not sure they continued that knife into XX era from memory.

Great pickup. By the way, the font on the pattern number switched in USA.That is the earlier one you have My guess is that when the change occurred, that when the 2 rare USA era factory errors were produced. So there are actually 4 variations of the CASE USA Swing Guard.

First mention I have heard about the Stilleto reference.

Hope that helps. My 2 cents.

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby FRJ » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:02 am

Thanks so much, Jerry.
Always nice to get your input on these great old knives. ::tu::

As I mentioned, I like the swing garde name.
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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:00 pm

Glad to help Joe. I carry a swing guard usually daily as on of my two EDCs.
Actually as I recall, marketed as a hunting knife in one of my old CASE catalogs.
I will try to get all four USA era variations out for a pic in the near future.

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby FRJ » Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:08 pm

That would be great.
Thanks Jerry. ::tu::
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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby Meridian_Mike » Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:50 pm

My first swing guard Case....
It needs a little bit of clean-up... (OK maybe a lot of clean-up) Not a lot of blade loss though.

Case Swing Guard 6111_1.JPG


Case Swing Guard 6111_2.JPG


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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:43 pm

Nice Mike. Love that late 70s CASE bone with the white and purplish accents.
Please post a pic when you get it cleaned up.
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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby Jcj02 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:27 am

Hey Jerry, Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I was the one up in Central KY couple years ago where we spoke and I wear the GOT CHEETAH? shirts.

So SURELY someone here can get my prize piece together for me.
A TRUE RED CHEETAH
That's all I want in life : :roll:

**I CALL THEM ALL CHEETAHS AS ITS SIMPLER THAN EXPLAINING** I like all swing guards for most part

I will be getting my cheetahs together in the upcoming months but as I shared in the other thread here is what I have got in one place together so far. Love the swing guards!! Look forward to chatting with you all

I will be letting some of my 71's go soon. As I grab some additional green bones and also I am wanting another Mammoth Ivory should anyone have a spare. Looking for the bark look

green cheetah.jpg
reddish cheetah.jpg
reds cheetahs.jpg
stags cheetahs.jpg
table of cheetahs.jpg

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby Jcj02 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:34 am

zp4ja wrote:Keep posting those knives!!!

Here is my red bone Factory Error (no model stamp) CASE XX USA 6111-1/2L. Now this is a CASE Red bone for sure. I love this knife. Amazing bone color in my opinion.

Regards, Jerry




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I need this. Please find it again lol....or one like it

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:57 am

Jcj02 wrote:Hey Jerry, Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I was the one up in Central KY couple years ago where we spoke and I wear the GOT CHEETAH? shirts.

So SURELY someone here can get my prize piece together for me.
A TRUE RED CHEETAH
That's all I want in life : :roll:

**I CALL THEM ALL CHEETAHS AS ITS SIMPLER THAN EXPLAINING** I like all swing guards for most part

I will be getting my cheetahs together in the upcoming months but as I shared in the other thread here is what I have got in one place together so far. Love the swing guards!! Look forward to chatting with you all

I will be letting some of my 71's go soon. As I grab some additional green bones and also I am wanting another Mammoth Ivory should anyone have a spare. Looking for the bark look

green cheetah.jpgreddish cheetah.jpgreds cheetahs.jpgstags cheetahs.jpgtable of cheetahs.jpg


Hello JC,

Although it would be nice to meet and talk knives, that was not me that you met at the show in KY.

Thanks for reviving this thread and showing your beautiful CASE Swing Guards! On the true Cheetahs you posted, is there a 10 stag dot Proto in there?

Regards, Jerry
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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby Jcj02 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:03 am

zp4ja wrote:
Jcj02 wrote:Hey Jerry, Thanks for pointing me in this direction. I was the one up in Central KY couple years ago where we spoke and I wear the GOT CHEETAH? shirts.

So SURELY someone here can get my prize piece together for me.
A TRUE RED CHEETAH
That's all I want in life : :roll:

**I CALL THEM ALL CHEETAHS AS ITS SIMPLER THAN EXPLAINING** I like all swing guards for most part

I will be getting my cheetahs together in the upcoming months but as I shared in the other thread here is what I have got in one place together so far. Love the swing guards!! Look forward to chatting with you all

I will be letting some of my 71's go soon. As I grab some additional green bones and also I am wanting another Mammoth Ivory should anyone have a spare. Looking for the bark look

green cheetah.jpgreddish cheetah.jpgreds cheetahs.jpgstags cheetahs.jpgtable of cheetahs.jpg


Hello JC,

Although it would be nice to meet and talk knives, that was not me that you met at the show in KY.

Thanks for reviving this thread and showing your beautiful CASE Swing Guards! On the true Cheetahs you posted, is there a 10 stag dot Proto in there?

Regards, Jerry



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Very sorry about the confusion then. Pleased to meet you here then sir ::tu:: Shoot me an email back and tell me your last name. I could have swore we have met somewhere or spoke another time

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:08 am

Jcj02 wrote:
zp4ja wrote:Keep posting those knives!!!

Here is my red bone Factory Error (no model stamp) CASE XX USA 6111-1/2L. Now this is a CASE Red bone for sure. I love this knife. Amazing bone color in my opinion.

Regards, Jerry




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I need this. Please find it again lol....or one like it


I know right where it is, in my safe. I will keep an eye out for you. True red swing guards are hard to find. Although not official CASE colors, they vary on color spectrum of red. But red is red based on color spectrum in my opinion. I call that one strawberry red myself. Also have one that is a dark red cranberry color.and maybe ( don’t recall off top of my head) some other red color variations.

You will find you one.

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zenithman » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:36 pm

When I first started collecting back in the late 60’s to early 70’s, the pattern was called the “lock back” as that was pretty much the only locking blade pattern Case made during that time period. The number of locking bladed knive patterns exploded in the mid 70’s with the introduction of the Buck (can’t recall the pattern #) locking blade slipjoint. The Buck probably did more to influence knife styles than any other pattern. Seem like every manufacturer copied its style, some more successfully than others. I personally didn’t like the pattern or the style but I seemed to be in the minority. At gun/knife shows it’s fun to listen to the various collectors discuss the 6111-1/2L and what they call the pattern. Older collectors almost always refer to it as the lock back while younger ones call it the Cheetah.

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby zp4ja » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:24 pm

zenithman wrote:When I first started collecting back in the late 60’s to early 70’s, the pattern was called the “lock back” as that was pretty much the only locking blade pattern Case made during that time period. The number of locking bladed knive patterns exploded in the mid 70’s with the introduction of the Buck (can’t recall the pattern #) locking blade slipjoint. The Buck probably did more to influence knife styles than any other pattern. Seem like every manufacturer copied its style, some more successfully than others. I personally didn’t like the pattern or the style but I seemed to be in the minority. At gun/knife shows it’s fun to listen to the various collectors discuss the 6111-1/2L and what they call the pattern. Older collectors almost always refer to it as the lock back while younger ones call it the Cheetah.


Absolutely agree with what you have stated regarding the CASE Swing Guard. Only lock back made at that time so old timers just said "lock back". I fully subscribe to that myself.

And yes, all the CASE lock backs or swing guards are named as such. Technically, the only "True Cheetahs" were made in 1970' and 1971' only and are rightfully called Cheetahs. Any other year it is a CASE lock back, 11-1/2L or swing guard. Hence why I named the thread title the way that I did.

That said, even though I use the properly assigned term, I don't get out of whack like some collectors I have met when people do not use the proper term regarding this.

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Re: CASE 11, 11-1/2, 11-1/2L and Cheetah thread

Postby jlw257 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:26 am

Saw this Knife at the Dalton Show last month and couldn’t get it out of my mind so I call the guy and was able to acquire it

Case XX 9-Dot 5111 1/2L SSP Ivory handle Cheetah
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