Welcome to W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company at
Smoky Mountain Knife Works.com. When you hold a Case knife in
your hand, you're holding a little piece of the American dream.
A knife of this caliber can only be created in a place where pride
is more important than profit...a place where craftsmen will never
be replaced by machines. For more than a century, Case knives have
stood steadfast as a symbol of American quality and integrity. Each
is painstakingly hand-crafted from the finest materials, so no two are
exactly alike. It is this character-the authentic individual spirit-that
makes them the most collected knives in the world. You can see a full
line of Case Knives listed here at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.com. One
can even find a large selection of SMKW exclusives that no one else in
the country sells. So please take a look around and see one of the
largest selection of CASE® KNIVES available.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that are built to be passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, PA, Case’s offerings include a wide variety of knives that fit virtually any need, from convenient, traditional pocketknives to fixed blade sporting knives to limited edition commemoratives and collectibles. The company’s rich history began in 1889 when William Russell (“W.R.”), Jean, John, and Andrew Case began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. Today the Case Company is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company (makers of the world famous Zippo® windproof lighter), another family-owned business based in Bradford.
Case credits its 350 associates with maintaining its industry position by constantly pioneering the use of new materials in ever-changing knife designs. Case’s innovation is underscored by several original knife design patterns, such as the popular SlimLock®, CopperLock®, RussLock®, Baby Butterbean®, Cheetah®, Hobo®, Sod Buster®, Mako®, Mini-Blackhorn® and XX-Changer®.
Case’s offerings have expanded to include product licensed to several well-known American icons, including Boy Scouts of America®, Ducks Unlimited, John Deere, Orange County Choppers™, and Sturm, Ruger and Company, Inc.
Case’s commitment to quality is evident in the 125 pairs of hands it takes to create one knife. Blades are stamped from high-quality domestic steel and hardened with precise heat treatment. Artisans craft handles using the finest natural materials, ranging from natural Brazilian cattle bone, genuine India Stag and Buffalo horn to more delicate substances like Mammoth Ivory and mother-of-pearl. A variety of exotic hardwoods and precious stones are also used. Metals like brass, nickel, and silver highlight each form, bringing together a knife that’s not only beautiful, but also stands the tests of time and use.
A unique tang stamp dating system that’s been 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. The Case Collectors Club’s 18,000 members make it the largest known knife collecting association in the world. Club members enjoy offers for exclusive, limited knife productions, a quarterly publication entitled The Case Collector, and other benefits including an open invitation to a “Walk and Talk Tour” of the Case factory. The company co-sponsors a biennial Swap Meet with Zippo Manufacturing Company, luring enthusiasts from all corners of the globe to Bradford, PA for a weekend of buying, trading, and sharing their most prized collection pieces.