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W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
Comprehensive Dictionary

Authored by Shirley Boser

Razor Blade - A knife with this blade is referred to as a one-arm man as it was designed so the end of the blade could be hooked on a shoe, table, or clothing to open with one hand. The tang stamp will reflect the use of the razor blade with the letters "RAZ" after the pattern numbers.
Red Abalone - An edible mollusk having a shell lined in red Mother-of-Pearl found mainly off the coast of California and Mexico. This is used for knife handle material and also for jewelry.
Regular Pull - The regular size thumbnail mark on a blade used for opening.
Rockwell Test - Impressing a diamond cone into steel to measure the depth of penetration is a test that measures steel's hardness. The softer the metal, the deeper the penetration, and the number is lower. The higher the number is, the harder the steel. Cutlery steel usually measures between 50 and 68; Case tries to stay between 50-60.
Rogers Bone (Rodgers) - The Rogers Handle Company, destroyed by fire in 1956, originally produced Rogers bone. The company's jigging pattern was characterized by deep grooves that were rounded at the top to give the bone a smooth feel.
Rogers Corn Cob Jig - This jig pattern is a combination of rogers and corn cob jig.
Rogers Jig - At W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company, Rogers is a jigging pattern that is smaller in dimension, closer together, and has a smoother feel than the standard jig.
Rosewood - A knife handle material that comes from a number of hardwood trees with a rose-like odor. Case has used rosewood handles in Outdoor knives.
Rough Black - A man-made hard rubber cover material with rough or jigged finish. This was also called "PLASTAG" and was used during the 1940's when cover material was hard to get.
Russell Boulevard Factory - The second factory built for W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company, 1929-1988, located on Russell Boulevard, Bradford, PA 16701
RussLock - A specially designed knife named after the founder of W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery, John Russell Case. It is a one arm-opener knife with the tang designed similar to the tang of the straight edged razor; such as, Case Item #785 or #320
Russlock Clip Blade - This blade is used as a utility blade and features a tapered tang like that of a straight edged razor. This currently used one in the specially designed Russlock knives named after the founder of Case Cutlery, John Russell Case.

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