Case knives dating system
The dots are a dating convention that the company introduced in 1970. The lightning S's are simply a design element introduced in 1980.
It would remove one dot per year for 10 years, such that a blade produced in 1970 had 10 dots, one produced in 1971 had nine dots, and so on. Absence of those elements dates your blade as pre-1940.
How To Determine The Year Of A Case Knife By learning the simple Case Dating System, you can easily determine the year a Case knife was manufactured.
In 1970, Case added dots beneath the USA on the tangs of all knives. So, nine dots appeared in 1971, eight in 1972, and so on.
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The last two or more digits and letters (18 in our example) signify the model of knife, what Case calls the pattern.
The number 18 signifies the junior stockman pattern, a three-bladed knife and one of Case’s most popular.
And now, to celebrate the turn of the century, we are introducing a new tang stamp and dating system using a combination of Xs and dots to date the production of each Case knife.
From 2001 through 2005, we will remove one dot for each year.
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