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Enjoy outdoor adventures uninterruptedly with outdoor edge knives

If you are thinking of spending a lot
of time outdoors, then you should always carry hunting or outdoor
edge knives. Famously known as survival knives, these sharp cutting
objects are carried by hunters or the people who go for outdoor
activities such as camping, hunting, mountaineering, rafting or
outing in dense forests and natural places that are not frequently
visited by people. These knives are not only useful for hunting
purpose but also for the hunters’ survival from unknown danger.
Hence, these knives serve various purposes.

Fixed blade knives and lockback or
tactical folding knives are the two common types of knives. Although
both types of knives s have their own unique benefits, yet their
selection mainly depends upon your own needs and hunting styles. The
thing that makes a lockback or folding blade knife remarkable and
useful is their one-handed opening feature. It allows your thumb nail
to open the blade instantly. Being smaller in size, these knives are
the best and safest to carry and wear on the belt. Additionally,
these knives cover less space owing their ability to get folded

On the other hand, fixed
blade tactical knives or hunting knives are more durable and
versatile. That is why they can be effectively used for cutting,
slicing, gutting, piercing and trimming plants as well as animals. A
fixed blade is an invaluable gift for the purpose of wilderness
survival. When hunters or adventure-loving people carry these knives
with them, they can easily clear small bushes, skin small animals and
cut ropes. These knives are carried in a sheath on the belt, leg or
boot to avoid physical injuries. The clip point blade, skinning blade
and the drop point blade are the three common types of blades
primarily used by hunters in their journey to forests. You can easily
find these blades clad in either fixed or hunting knives.

elegantly crafted and designed knife can make things easy for you if
you are going to skin the animal or cut up the meat. When your bag
has some sharp knives, you can easily spend every leisure moment in
excitement and adventure. As the quintessential tool for outdoor
adventure and survival situations, the knife serves a symbolic
purpose by providing security. Whether you look for cutting game and
wood, warding off danger, administering first aid or feeling safe,
outdoor edge knives come out to your rescue and overcome your

Whether you
choose tactical folding knife or fixed blade knives, make sure your
selection should match your recreational and hunting needs directly.

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Knives as Tools

Knives have always been an extremely useful tool to have. They are probably one of the only tools that we use daily that were used by our distant ancestors. The Bronze Age brought about the first significant change to knives, though since its softer structure didn’t make the strongest of knives, many still preferred the “older” stone tool. Stone blades and knives really remained the preferred material up until bronze was replaced with iron which was considerably stronger than bronze.

First Improvements

Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations are credited with the first folding knives as well as knives with ivory blades. It’s believed that this was a result of the popularity of cut fruits – ivory blades prevented the transfer of the taste of rust (or metal).

Manufacturing Knives

Between 1095 and 1272 there were a number of Crusades launched by the Europeans. During this time they traveled to all corners of the earth fighting for ground and more. Like so many other conflicts, this created an opportunity. France began its manufacturing of cutlery offering blades of various sizes and shapes and in a variety of materials. France had a corner on the cutlery market (including knives) until about 1789 and even today, you’ll find several cutlery manufacturers still in France.

The “Pocket” Knife

Today’s pocket knife is believed to be started sometime during the 15th Century – again out of necessity. Remember, knives were the main tool at that time, there was no cutlery, as we know it today – people ate their meals with the blades of their knife. This is when it is believed that multiple-blade knives made their first appearance and most likely resulting in more folding knives.

Material Improvements

While most early knives were created from carbon steel (or iron), today’s blades are made of surgical steel, carbon steel or from martensitic stainless steel. What has not changed much is the overall design of knives.

Nearly all collectible knives and Scout knives are created from carbon steel. The reason behind this is believed to be that while this knife can oxidize easily, it’s less expensive to manufacture, it’s very easy to sharpen and once sharpened it has a great edge.

Useful Knives

It seems like today you can find a knife for any purpose including fighting, multi-purpose knives, hunting knives and more. This development really came about during the 19th Century, material was readily available and more people were adept at creating knives. Whether you are looking for a simple purpose knife or a collectible folding knife, today you will have no trouble locating them. Whether your tastes run to plain handles or intricately designed handles, there is a knife available to suit your basic needs, or your desire to collect a piece that displays exquisite workmanship.


Today pocket knives are available for a fraction of the cost of what they used to be. You’ll find people from early teens to older adults, men and women sporting a pocket knife. Because of the impeccable record keeping that began around 1900, collectors have an easier time valuing and dating previously created knives, and particularly those rare hand-crafted ones. Knives are often used for wedding gifts, promotional items and more.

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CASE knives now and then PART 2 of 2.

Please take no offense to this video, I just feel CASE needs to kick up their QA a little more.

asked Are there females who have survived the harsh wilderness when going hiking or camping?

I mean with only a knife, rations of food, sleeping bag, and maybe a sidearm.

And got the following answer:

Sure, I did that regularly in my 20’s. I used to go backpacking even in the middle of the winter at temperatures way below zero, often without a tent, just a lightweight tarp. Didn’t need a firearm either (have never carried one — what would you need it for?) I had a number of female friends who were Outward Bound instructors and had gone through rigorous survival training including as much as a week alone in the backcountry with minimal equipment.

There are countless women throughout history who have endured and even enjoyed such challenges. Remember the Donner Party, the pioneer group who was stranded all winter in the Sierra Nevadas back in the 1840’s and some of them had to revert to cannibalism to survive? Most of the women survived and most of the men died. The women also managed to keep all of their children alive (and the women refused to eat the dead). Some of the great adventurers and mountaineers have been female, including a woman in her 50’s who was the first to climb 22,000′ Huascaran, the highest mountain in the Peruvian Andes. There are plenty of books on women adventurers — too many to list here.

in fact, during the 1950s and 1960s when the US Military and NASA were preparing for the space program, someone had the idea (unusual at that time when women were discriminated against in most workplace environments) to test women as well as men for candidates to be astronauts. Much to the researchers’ surprise, the females they tested had more endurance over a range of conditions than the men, especially for the psychological stress of extended isolation. They had one test where they would leave the person in a dark float chamber until they couldn’t stand it any more. Some men lasted a few hours, a few made it to a couple of days. All of the women stood it longer than any of the men and one woman was so comfortable with it that she never asked to be let out — they just ended the experiment after several days so that the researchers could go home for the weekend! Despite the test results, and the fact that women, being smaller and therefore needing less oxygen and food, would have been more practical to use in the early spacecraft, the US decided to limit the first astronauts to males only. It was almost 20 years before women were a regular part of the on-board space program.

Physiologically, women hold up better in severe cold — though their hands and feet feel cold sooner than men, that is because their bodies have evolved to protect the core (and a baby, if they are pregnant) so they don’t lose heat through their extremities they as fast as men do and so are less susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Psychologically they are less likely to panic and make poor decisions under difficult circumstances. I’ve participated in the rescue of several men over the years who lost it in the woods (often the biggest “toughest” guys are the first to break) and had to be sedated or even strapped in a Stokes litter to evacuate them they were so freaked out. I helped in the rescue of women on 3 occasions, but even though all of them were injured they each kept their calm and were able to evacuate under their own power with some help.

I’m not just saying this because I am female myself. I have worked in construction and been a wilderness skills instructor for over 35 years and I have seen first hand how both men and women react to severe conditions. Yes, there are fewer women than men in both construction and in challenging wilderness sports, but the women that are in those fields are just as tough as, and in some cases, tougher than, any of the men.

Michael asked How much is a benchmark limited edition “Wildlife Forever” knife worth?

It’s in new condition in its original case. Folding engraved blade with bone handle. 1 of 500 ever made.

And got the following answer:

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jacob fry asked What years did Jean Case stamp fixed blade knifes with his name on them ?

I have 3 fixed blade knifes that have Jean Case stamped on one line then below that cutco and then below that little valley ny. I cannot find anything on the internet that helps me date these.

And got the following answer:

Well the beginnings of Cutco and Case are difficult to track down. I’ve worked on this before, prompted by the fact that I have several Case kitchen knives that are exactly like some Cutco knives I have (except for the handles), including having the same patent numbers on the blades.

The four Case brothers (William Russell/W.R., Jean, John, and Andrew) started selling their knives off the back of a wagon in Western New York around 1889. They had formerly worked for the Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. The Case Brothers Cutlery Co. operated in Little Valley, N.Y. from 1896 – 1912 (officially incorporated in 1900, and burned to the ground in Feb., 1912). Operations were moved to Springville, N.Y. in March. The Case family itself had numerous participants (some with the same name) in the knife business, plus there were Champlins and Platts brought in through marriage, which makes the whole thing rather complicated. There were also several companies founded to conduct all this business.
Cutco was formed in 1948 but has roots going back to Olean, N.Y. in the late 1800s. Some of these ancestors came from Sheffield, England – another famous knife making area. The name Cutco came from a combining of the Cooking UTensil CO. name owned by Wear-Ever, a subsidiary of Alcoa Aluminum.
Alcas (Alcoa/Case) was the name of the company formed for Case Cutlery of Bradford, Pa. to manufacture knives for Cutco in Olean, N.Y. in 1949. I can’t find any connection between Jean Case and Cutco.

That’s about as good as I can do for you. I don’t see how Cutco (formed in 1948) could have an authentic connection to Little Valley, N.Y., since that Case Bros. factory/barn burned down in 1912. However, “Tint” Champlin was devoted to Little Valley and insured that Kinfolks (a Case brand) was permanently located there. John Russell (Russ) Case might be the connection since he was involved with both Alcas and Kinfolks.

Edit: Found it – here is C&P from Kinfolks site (Case family history by relatives. Dean is son of Jean):
[ Three cousins, Tint Champlin, Russ Case and Dean J, formed Kinfolks Inc. in November of 1926 to help Russ and Tint’s cutlerys keep up with the demand for razors and fixed blade knifes. Jean was now 73, spending time with the grandchildren, working the farm with the aid of Bill Austin, his friend and hired hand, and still enjoyed going on the road. Dean J. would often have batches of seconds or overruns stamped Jean Case Cutlery Company for sale by Jean. Selling on the road, visiting old friends and clients were a much needed balm. ]
Since Jean died in 1935, you can assume that your knives were made between 1926 and 1935 (to directly answer your question), I would guess that they would be worth a fair amount considering the circumstances of their manufacturing/selling . . . although I still have trouble with the Cutco stamp – even if done as a commemorative.

Why don’t you try contacting someone at Cutco? You might also try some knife forums – I used to go to a good one – will add to source(s) box if I can find it.

SPRICE asked What are all the different pocket knife types and what are they most useful/built for?

I just care about knives like case brand knives for this question. I’m wondering about trapper vs congress vs stockman etc. What are all those types of knives and their uses?

And got the following answer:

Hopefully one or a combination of all of them will give you the answer to your question.

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