Cool Stuff Being Made: W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery

By March 29, 2008Cool Stuff Being Made

We have a slightly disrupted supply chain of Cool Stuff Being Made videos this week, soon to be rectified. But in the meantime, we return to last week’s video — one that received an especially large number of hits.

Besides, Instapundit is knife-blogging today, with all sorts of links to interesting commentary and coverage, so the subject is timely.

So again this week, we take a gander at U.S. manufacturing in all its hand-crafted skill and beauty, as W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery brings us a video showing how fine knives are made.

Case’s commitment to quality is evident in the 125 pairs of hands it takes to create one knife. Artisans shape handles from rare Brazilian cattle bone and Buffalo horn to more delicate substances like rosewood, mother-of-pearl, and stag. Metals like brass, nickel, and silver highlight each form, bringing together a knife that’s not only beautiful, but one that will stand the tests of time and use.

And there’s lots of tradition, American tradition.

The company’s rich history began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning their knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. A unique tang stamp dating system used since the very early days of its history has cemented the Case brand as one of the most recognized and valuable collectibles in the industry. Today the Case Company is owned by Zippo Manufacturing, another family-owned business based in Bradford.

That’s Bradford, Pa., home as well to the Zippo/Case Visitors Center.

Thank you to the good people at Case who sent us the video. We’re pleased to feature it at Cool Stuff Being Made and encourage other manufacturers to share their stories.

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  • mnblade says:

    Kind of a bummer how the guy kept touting only the “collectability” of Case knives. Heck, doesn’t anyone else tote and USE their knives anymore? Am I the only one?

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