|I've had a few misses, but I think this knife from Gurrentz International Corporation (it's a meat company!) is a hit.|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Case Knives and the Fruit Tester
I opened the newspaper the other day to see what I had missed on Black Friday other than voluntarily lining up in frigid weather to buying things I don’t need. After perusing the newspaper ads I discovered I hadn’t missed anything.
Credit where credit is due: Their date system is a stroke of genius for keeping the collectors interested and driving up prices due to scarcity.
I did however note that our local outdoor store had Case knives on sale. I also noticed that several of the knives had pocket clips and a thumb stud. I couldn’t tell from the pictures, but it didn’t look like the knives locked open. I searched the Case website, and yes, they do have lockable knives with pocket clips! But only a few.
So why not more? I always knew not every knife needs to be a tactical knife, but an article on infobarrel suggested that a tactical knife was originally any knife that was issued by the military for use as a weapon and as a tool. Later marketing took the idea and hasn’t stopped running with it yet.
Case introduced tactical knives several years ago at the SHOT Show. I always considered Case a stick-in-the-mud company, but the announcement made me reconsider. Several years later, I’m still not seeing tactical knives in catalogs or knife press. The Case website doesn’t find “Tactical” during a knife search.
I guess they don’t feel it’s a market they want part of. Of course I still think Case is really a collector company like the Franklin Mint. With all the SKUs Case carries, it would be
impossible very difficult to have all the representative knives in any one store.
I recently picked up a long skinny non-locking folder. Yes I know, what am I doing with a friction lock knife?
The truth? Well, it looks like one my father used to keep in his fishing tackle box. He said it was a sausage testing knife and the cream colored handle and long skinny silver blade fascinated me. It looked too sharp for me to use without cutting off a leg or some other equally important body part.
I later learned the knife was also called a fruit testing knife. The long slender blade always seemed too fragile to cut open a cantaloupe or watermelon. A peach yes, a strawberry of course, but why did that type of knife need such a long blade for such small fruit? But cutting open the casing to inspect the grind and mixture on a length of sausage, I think that knife would shine at that.
Maybe fruit tester had higher job status than sausage tester.
Anyway, the knife went missing years ago and my father has no idea where or when is disappeared. When I saw the knife on the seller’s table it reminded me of fishing for bluegills with Dad. I have a picture I took of him standing on a dock holding a walleye he caught in Canada. He was a little younger than I am now when I took it. That knife takes me back to standing there with my camera snapping the photo. I’m glad to have that knife.
This knife? The blade is stamped stainless (good for handling fruit or raw meat) and is made by the Colonial knife company.