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Picked up a 100+ year old Case knife. It looks like a slim trapper but the stamp reads"R2049". The 9 could be a poorly struck 8. The celluloid scales are both cracked. The Spey blade is broke off at the choil. Question is, should I repair it to use, or just save it. The long slim clip blade has some rust on it, but it's usable. The scales could be glued? I really like the size and style of this knife. The factory doesn't have any parts for this neat old guy. What do you think?

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Can you post a pic, Terry ??

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I believe a cogent response is dependent upon YOUR intended use.

If you wish to EDC it .. I'd offer suggestions along one line.

If you wish to preserve it "as is" ..OR.. possibly offer for resale .. my suggestions would be along a different line.

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Enjoy

D ale

Got you covered on the pics.

Case slim trapper

Slim trapper tang stamp 2

Slim trapper tang stamp 1

... and, that looks like a "9" to me.

For EDC ... I'd be tempted to turn it into a single blade jack & rescale ..OR.. have said performed by another known to be talented @ repair/restoration.

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Resale .. would probably be for parts only .. maybe the obscure collector who cares more about the age & stamping than the broken blade.

Hi Dale, I'd like to carry it but if it has significant value, I think I'd prefer to purchase a newer one. I don't want to ruin any collector value. I'm a rooky collector. Most of my collection was purchased new by me. A few pieces we're inherited.

I think I posted some pics in my photos

Thanks,


Terry

Terry,

I'd pose the "value" query to John McCain & trust his response.

D ale

It was a looker at one time though !

I love the shape of that blade .

The handle pattern sure looks like a slimline but the stamp looks like a 49 like you said D ale. Below is some info on the 49 pattern, but the picture isn't anywhere near like the knife in your pic.

"Pattern # 49
Case Copperhead KnifeThis pattern is a 4″ jackknife that is referred to as a large or big copperhead. Some collectors call them Vietnam knives. Most have two blades, but some older versions were made with a single blade. The master blade is most often a clip blade, but I have seen some with a wharncliff master blades as well. The other blade is most always a pen. Case started making these sometime before 1915."
I like the idea of turning it into a single blade with new scales. I was aware it doesn't look like an 049 pattern. That's why I thought the stamp was off. Maybe an early 049?

D ale said:

For EDC ... I'd be tempted to turn it into a single blade jack & rescale ..OR.. have said performed by another known to be talented @ repair/restoration.

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Resale .. would probably be for parts only .. maybe the obscure collector who cares more about the age & stamping than the broken blade.

OK .. I'm referencing ....

The Standard Knife Collector's Guide

Identification & ValuesSecond edition

By Roy Ritchie & Ron Stewart

According to my notes on the inside cover .. I purchased this in Sept 1992.

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Note: The # 48 pattern is listed as being manufactured with yellow composition scale material ..&.. what I see pictured could easily be a faded old version of exactly that.

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The pattern # 49 pictured directly below it appears to have an almost identical main blade.

The descriminating feature appears to be the OAL closed .. the # 48 is 4.125" while the # 49 is 3.938".

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What is the OAL of the one you have in hand ???

See attached file.

Attachments:

http://api.ning.com/files/vXmFHq1ldXCXgOnzJFwuePw0u0edUo*1Ouh6Zmslu*UYvrvVCk0tOIPoq4eAgPwwe8w*-y-VNXgQ57OzQEqwm-SpX0NNR53h/20161008_142601.jpg

I'm out at the lake now. Will check it when I get back, tonite or tomorrow afternoon. Looking at the 6249 pic, it has an enlarged bolster on the blade end that's also rounded. This one is square looking. Maybe it was different 100 years ago?

Thanks

Terry

D ale said:

http://api.ning.com/files/vXmFHq1ldXCXgOnzJFwuePw0u0edUo*1Ouh6Zmslu*UYvrvVCk0tOIPoq4eAgPwwe8w*-y-VNXgQ57OzQEqwm-SpX0NNR53h/20161008_142601.jpg

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