CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

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CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby zp4ja » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:56 pm

Hello All,

Anyone have any CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frames to share? Case's smallest jack knife at 2-1/2" long. Cool liitle pattern. I ran across 2 while going thru my collection. Hit them with some Blue Magic and took the pic below.

Thanks much Steve for the detail in your book. I was looking thru the price guides and did not see the 6229-1/2 (or other handle types in 29-1/2 frame) listed past CASE XX USA era. I knew that they were not made beyond USA era but did not realize that the 6229-1/2 was considered "relatively scarce" in that era since it was discontinued in 1967. Thanks for the detail in your book.

It looks like they made the 29-1/2 pattern back to at least the CASE BROTHERS era, from what I can tell. In TESTED era, it looks like that made quite a variety of handle types. In pearl, I.P., different bone colors and even imitation Tortoise.

I would love to see some if anyone has any, please share.

I have always had an interest in the rare CASE patterns but my interest in the CASE "extinct" patterns is really growing now also. Sometimes both go hand in hand.

Pictured is CASE XX USA 6229-1/2 and CASE XX 2229-1/2 LiitleTadpole

Regards, Jerry
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby j5109 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:05 pm

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here is a few

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby cato » Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:24 pm

sweet little fellers

here is a few
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby zp4ja » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:45 am

Great Tadoples guys!!!

Thanks for showing them.

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby jmh58 » Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:01 pm

Nice Tadpole showing gents!! ::tu:: KOOL little knife!! ::nod:: John :D
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby slimpickins » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:04 pm

Here's the two I have. XX slick black and W.R. Case and Sons rogers bone.Slim
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby zp4ja » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:34 pm

Thanks John. Sweet little knives. Really liking the only two I got. Till I get ahold of some more...

Slim, good to hear from you again with such a bang!
Really liking that old Rogers Bone! My favorite Case handle material by the way.

Take care Guys. Keep the Tadpoles coming.

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby slimpickins » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:56 pm

Thanks Jerry. Curious thing about the W.R. tadpole is it's not shown in any of my references in rogers bone until the Bradford era.The knife was clenned but not taken apart so I'm thinking maybe a transition from the W.R. to Bradford era. Any opinions?Slim.

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby cannonball242000 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:22 pm

I have one of those lil guys, I presume it's a cracked ice handle.
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby bkazz5 » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:00 pm

Here's a tested green bone. It is 2 5/8" so is it a 29 1/2 pattern? It has some nice pocket worn character and a little blade loss but still has snap and the green bone is great.
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby zp4ja » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:07 pm

bkazz5 wrote:Here's a tested green bone. It is 2 5/8" so is it a 29 1/2 pattern? It has some nice pocket worn character and a little blade loss but still has snap and the green bone is great.


I personally think that is not a 29 frame. The frame is straight and not curved slightly like a 29 is. I think it MAY be a 6206-1/2, Little Guy or Tiny Jack, as they are called. I personally would open a new thread in this Case forum as some that may have additional opinions may not see it in this thread. Interesting shield.

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby Lilrooster56 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:56 pm

Got a case xx tested tadpole in a single blade yellow handle just want to verify that they made a single blade here a picture
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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby rugmar » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:02 pm

zp4ja wrote:
bkazz5 wrote:Here's a tested green bone. It is 2 5/8" so is it a 29 1/2 pattern? It has some nice pocket worn character and a little blade loss but still has snap and the green bone is great.


I personally think that is not a 29 frame. The frame is straight and not curved slightly like a 29 is. I think it MAY be a 6206-1/2, Little Guy or Tiny Jack, as they are called. I personally would open a new thread in this Case forum as some that may have additional opinions may not see it in this thread. Interesting shield.

Jerry


This seems to be a sort of mystery. The research section on this forum says the 06 pattern is shorter the the 29, not longer. bkazz5 has stated his knife is 2-5/8. I agree that his knife is probably not a 29 for the reasons Jerry stated but then what the heck is it? Research section also states the 06 is called a tadpole. Do you think that may be incorrect?

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby Mumbleypeg » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:41 pm

Lilrooster56 wrote:Got a case xx tested tadpole in a single blade yellow handle just want to verify that they made a single blade here a picture

Sargent's 7th edition lists a 7129-1/2 Tested XX tortoise shell. No picture. No other single blade version listed though. ::shrug::

The 29 pattern "Tadpole" is a curved jack, 2-1/2 inches length. The 06 has a straight frame and is 2-5/8 inches long. The 06 is the 25 cent knife frame, aka a "Boy's Knife" .

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Re: CASE "Little Tadpole" 29-1/2 frame

Postby rugmar » Wed Aug 07, 2019 12:41 am

The research section of this forum must have incorrect info for the 06 pattern. It says the 06 is 2 3/8 and is referred to as a tadpole. If the 06 is actually 2 5/8 then it makes since that bkazz5's knife is an 06 pattern.


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