With the reveal of the recent set of Case knife flippers, there comes a question as to what the names mean. It’s an interesting little back story to each of them; one that I think is worth sharing, since they really tie in well with Bradford, if not Pennsylvania as a whole.
To start with, Marilla itself comes from a Celtic term meaning ‘Shining Sea’, its use here for the new line from Case however is something that hits a bit more close to home for those at the factory.
The Marilla Reservoir, located all-but ten minutes west of Bradford Pennsylvania and about three miles from the New York border, was constructed in 1898 by the Bradford Water commission, and, alongside being a scenic hiking trail, the reservoir also can hold up to 120 million gallons of water within its body, which it uses throughout McKean county. Only natural that the color of the knife reflects both that ‘Shining Sea’ and the waters of the Reservoir.
Meanwhile, the Kinzua has its own origins, much like its sister Flipper.
Adopted as a Township name in nearby Warren county, and by a railway in McKean county Pennsylvania, the word coming from a local Indian tribe supposedly meaning “fish”, the local area so called that due to the abundance of game within its nearby waters.
The Railway was, at one point, considered by many to be The Eighth Wonder of the World after its construction finished in 1882, being the tallest railroad bridge in the world for two years, standing at a towering 300 feet in height. In 1900, it was rebuilt with steel to allow heavier loads, where it remained until 2003, when a tornado took against it, crumbling 11 of the bridges 20 supporting towers in the span of about 30 seconds.
What remains of the once-towering railroad bridge now can be seen at the 339 acre Kinzua State Park, where the nine remaining towards stand, the others a testament to the power of nature.
With these too, Case has a testament of their own: A testament to their homeland of Bradford Pennsylvania. It’s only fitting that their names reflect the heritage and the history of the area.