carbon fiber sided Cases

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carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby Modern Slip Joints » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:32 am

I just noticed a Case Folding Hunter with carbon fiber sides, 10265 SS. It has no bolsters. I did not know Case made knives that way. I presume the design was to lighten the knife. That has some attraction if this old geezer is going to try and carry it a long way. In general, what time period did Case use carbon fiber sides, are they common, are they wanted or are they seen as too cheap a substitute for a knife with bolsters, etc. Opinions?

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Re: carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby Mumbleypeg » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:07 am

I'm not sure which knives in the Case line you're asking about but I'm guessing it's the TecX series. https://caseknives.com/collections/tecx

These have been around for several years, Case's response to the customer base that likes this sort of knife. They're contracted from a Chinese source and made a lot of Case " made in America" purists upset when they were introduced. Case does not own the factory where these are made.

Personally I don't like anything made in China but I can understand a company not wanting to lose market share. The TecX knives I have examined are of good quality. You can see the price point in the URL link I provided. I don't own any and do not intend to.

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Oops just noticed you referenced the 10265 pattern which negates my response above. However I think the same principle applies - an attempt to satisfy a segment of the customer base. Case has made bolsterless knives throughout their history. Sometimes called "shadow bolsters" . The carbon fiber? Why not - they use everything else under the sun! :lol:

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Re: carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby 4ever3 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:16 am

What Ken said...

I believe that knife is made here, it’s just that Case is trying to appeal to a younger crowd.
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Re: carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby Modern Slip Joints » Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:16 am

Since we usually expect to see a single digit for the handle material and the ~ 4" Mid-Folding Hunter's handle shape has number 265 I'm concerned that the pattern number 10265 SS might be confusing. This site's research area writes 10 is the number for Micarta. Probably that was written before Case started using carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The materials are similar enough for it to be logical to use 10 again. I found another example with carbon fiber sides. It is the common 3 5/8" serpentine Stockman that with carbon sides is a 10318 SS. I hope that makes it all clear.

I'm still hoping for some opinions, good or bad.

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Re: carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby jmh58 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:06 pm

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Re: carbon fiber sided Cases

Postby tallguy606 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:50 pm

I see knives with synthetic handles, and some have a washer under the blade pivot pin, and some do not. Seems to me the one with the washer would be a much stronger design, less prone to develop sideways blade play. I notice some Buck folders were made both ways.


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