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W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
Comprehensive Dictionary

Authored by Shirley Boser

California Clip Blade - A long narrow blade with an upswept keen point used mostly for looks and as a utility blade. The blade is shaped like the state of California.
Can Opener - A blade used for opening cans; some have a screwdriver tip.
Candy Stripe Handle - Celluloid handle material colored in a red and white striped pattern.
Canoe - A folding knife handle pattern shaped like a canoe; Case's pattern #62131.
Cap Bolster - The bolster on the end of a knife handle, the opposite end of the main blade.
Carborundum - Carborundum is a trade name for materials made of carbon and corundum. The hard abrasive is used for sharpening cutlery.
Case Shears Corporation - A Case company in Nashville, AK where shears were manufactured from 1952-1985.
Case XX Trademark - This trademark signifies the double tempering process that goes into every Case knife. In years past, the pans of blades were stamped with an X after each tempering process. This XX on the pan indicated that the blades were double tempered for quality. Even today this "Case XX trademark" is our mark of distinction.
Catch Bit - A spacer used to accommodate the use of thinner blades in a knife. Typically, catch bits are used in two bladed stockman configurations; such as, Case's 62109X.
Celluloid - The first moldable plastic. A synthetic knife handle material, celluloid can be left in its natural translucent form or colored to any shade of the rainbow. This material is very durable; however, because it has a cellulose nitrate base, it is flammable and becomes unstable over time.
Center Pin - The pin that serves as an axle for the blades to turn on; also called hinge pin or pivot pin.
Certificate of Authenticity - A factory issued certificate that accompanies official W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company Limited Edition Sets verifying the authenticity of the set and giving a description of the product.
Chital - Antler of a large Indian deer. Chital Stag is used at Case for their stag handles along with Sambar Stag from India.
Choil - The round indentation on a blade located before the edge begins at the shoulder of the tang. The choil allows the blade edge to be honed without hitting the tang.
Christmas Tree Handle - A handle material made of celluloid with mixed red, green, gold, and black colors.
Chrome Vanadium Steel - Carbon steel used in many Case knives. Chrome vanadium steel is more rust resistant than ordinary carbon steel; however, extra care is still needed because these blades will rust or tarnish over time and should be kept oiled.
Cigar - A handle pattern that is oval shaped, as a cigar. These handles are primarily used for pen and whittler knives.
Clam Pack - Special package using a top and bottom clear plastic molded shells, an inserted information card, and knife. A heat sealer process seals the completed package. Clam packs are made to hang on a wire rack for a point of purchase display.
Clasp - A handle pattern for a large single-bladed jack-knife. The handles have an upward curving handle that tapers to a point; for example, Case's P172.
Clip Blade - A blade with a concave cutout on the back of the blade extending from the point toward the center of the blade; used as a multipurpose utility blade.
Cocobolo - A fine-grained reddish-brown exotic wood used for knife handles.
COKE Bottle - A handle pattern with the center of the handle curved sharply outward at the center; shaped like an old glass COKE bottle. This is also called a "Swelled-Center Jack."
Commemorative Knives - A special factory order knife manufactured in honor of an occasion, a person or event; usually in a special package with a Certificate of Authenticity and serial numbered.
Components - Manufactured parts needed for assembling a knife.
Composition - A man-made handle material with a dull, solid, and smooth finish.
Concave Grind - This grinding process hollows out the blade bringing it to a concave shape down to the blade edge; also called hollow grind or hollow edge grind.
Congress Knife - A knife pattern with a slight upward tapered curve in the middle of the handle. The bolsters are squared and equal-ended. All congress knives have sheepfoot master blades.
Coping Blade - Small blade cropped off about 70%, mostly used for whittling, carving - wherever a fine point is needed. This is commonly used in carpenter's knives to scratch lines in wood or other materials.
CopperLock - A knife that is "One part trapper, one part copperhead, one part lockback and 100% Case." New pattern introduced in 1997.
Corn Blade - This blade is used for cutting corns from feet.
Corn Cob Jig - A jigging pattern that resembles a corncob.
Corrosion Resistance - The ability of a steel to withstand chemical attacks; such as, rusting.
Cotton Sampler Blade - This is an old pattern blade used to cut samples from bales of cotton so they could be inspected.
Counterfeit Knife - A copy or imitation of an individual company's knife intentionally made to deceive the buyer.
Cover Rivets - Brass or nickel silver rivets used to attach the covers to the liners of the scales.
Covered Scale - The completed scale for a knife with liner, bolsters, and covers.
Covers - A slab of handle material used on the knife that fits between the bolsters.
Cracked Ice - A plastic/celluloid handle material, off white in color, with the appearance of frosted glass.
Crinking - The process of bending blades mounted on opposite ends of a knife to the correct angle to allow blades to move freely without touching when the knife is closed.
Crown Stag - The "butt" end of a deer antler, used as a handle material for a fixed blade hunter. Custom knifemakers are the main users of this.
Curly Maple - A knurly section of wood from a maple tree used for a handle material. The wood has a curled design, giving it a very distinct look.
Curved Manicure Blade - Similar to the pen blade with file, this blade features a nail file for fingernails and also features a sharpened edge for cutting.
Curved Pen Blade - This design is used for delicate skinning jobs and smaller detail.
Cut Swedge - A false edge ground along the top of the blade with a deep indentation from below the nail mark proceeding to the point of the blade.
Cuticle Blade - A secondary blade with a downward curve for cutting and shaping cuticles, and cleaning nails.

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