I seldom buy slip joint knives. They seem so old fashioned, as if the manufacturer can’t catch-up with the 1980s not to mention 2021. The blade is held open by spring pressure on the tang and doesn’t lock the blade open. I see it as a safety issue, but that’s me. I do make an exception for very cool knives, like Doctor knives or Physician’s knives.
|Case Doctor Knife, no64128 You could say it is on target.|
But I’ve got a list of must-haves. It’s got to have a spatula and a slender spear point. The knife butt should be flat and I suspect the originals has a solid, flat end. Back in the old days when doctors made house calls they often took medical supplies with them. Sometimes they needed to formulate medication and would grind up a power or pill and makes a salve or roll pills.
You don’t find too many as this was a niche market, but I’ve seem examples from ink and paint companies as part of their advertising and self-promotion.
|Yeah, those are scratches on my new knife.|
I’m also not a big Case knife fan. They are, in my opinion, a collector’s club attempting to drive sales by constantly changing handle materials and their unique system of dating blades. If you collect a specific pattern, you’ll never be done as each year a newly dated knife is made by the thousands.
One of their ploys, which I like from a marketing point of view, is they will “retire into the vault” a pattern that doesn’t have much demand and later release it when they think there is demand for it.
This happens to Doctor knives. I saw this knife in 2018 for the first time, but even as I jumped on it, it slipped away. A. G. Russell had “found’ a cache and I didn’t wait.
The handle is natural bone scales that have been sculpted and dyed with the stars and stripes of the American flag waving in the wind and capped with nickel-silver bolsters. The fact that Case jigs and dyes their own bone in house allows them to create these unique pieces.
|The back is a nice white bone|
The front is a nice jigged bone handle in a American Flag motif while the back is just white bone.
The one thing I don’t like, half the width of the spatula seems to be scratched by the brass bolster that separates the two blades. I doubt very much the brass actually did scratch the blade. I think it is a manufacturing artifact. I could polish it out, if it’s not too deep, but I’m going to leave it as that’s the way they made it.
I understand A.G. is out of stock and the Case vault is still locked. I’m happy to have it in my collection.