Case Jaguar Auction

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We’ve got one heck of a neat pocket knife in the SHC Online Auction that you may want to “keep tabs” on, so to speak.  It’s a Genuine Mother of Pearl Case XX Jaguar from all the way back in 2001.  Straight out of the SHC archives, we are putting this one up for bids in the Online Auction that starts November 26 and runs through December 3.  Though you might pass on fighting the crowd for it, it’ll be just as fun to watch the fur fly from the sidelines. If you’re maybe a bit curious about the knife, I talked with Rod Reid to get the inside detail on some facts, Jack.

The Jaguar was, his words, “A cat of a different color.”  The series was designed in 1997, during a time of transition up at the plant, when tooling was being adjusted for more modern technology.  At the time, there was no feasible way to produce an 11 ½ pattern Cheetah, due to the changing nature of the plant.  But, the demand for a swing-guard was high during that time and Shepherd Hills, already a bit familiar with twists on old classics, were ready to take on that challenge.   So, taking one of the patterns Case did have updated tooling for, the ’51 trapper, they gave it a few tweaks, added a jaguar caught mid-prowl onto the clip blade with a sleek swing guard design at the base of the blade of the 5 ¼ inch monster.

The result was an “eye-catcher” of a knife, sleek, beautiful, and with an interesting feel in your hand.  An interesting history for sure, here’s a few more fun facts on the Jaguar:

  • It was the 4th knife variation that Shepherd Hills had commissioned Case to produce.  (The three before were, in order of production, the Beast, the Big Nut, and the Big Chief)
  • All the knife series mentioned above shared a common sequence of handle material in their production.  Each were issued in these handles and this sequence: Red Bone, Stag, Green Bone, Red Stag, Blue Bone, Midnight Stag, then last but not least, Mother of Pearl.
  • The earliest produced Jaguars had one feature that later ones didn’t: they had a saber grind on their blades as opposed to a flat grind. The saber grind proved more costly to work with and produce, so succeeding issues were made with a flat grind. If you happen to have one of the saber grind in the red bone, you’re in luck!
  • In 2002, Case built new tooling and brought back the 11 ½ pattern Cheetah.