Folding Pocket Knife
Case Knives USA, Muskrat CA056 folding pocket knife, made in the USA. Measures 9.5 cm (3.75 inches) closed, chrome vanadium steel, 7cm (2.8 inch) blades. Ideal every day carry pocket penknife. Brass handle liners, synthetic yellow handle scales, nickel silver bolsters.
Case Knives Yellow CV series includes 16 different pocket knife patterns with polished synthetic yellow handles and chrome vanadium steel blades. Chrome vanadium steel is harder and holds a longer lasting cutting edge than stainless steel but is less resistant to corrosion. Chrome vanadium steel folding knives should be cleaned and oiled after use to prevent corrosion. All knives are made in the USA with highly polished blades, bolsters, backsprings and handle scales. The year of manufacture of each Case knife can be identified using the XX and dot system marked on the blade tang. Further information on the marking system can be found on the WR Case website.
This pocket knife offers maximum UK legal blade length in a slim package. It carries very unobtrusively in a trouser pocket or even in a shirt pocket, under a pullover or jacket. The thin blades are more versatile than they seem at first. It makes a quick and tidy job of cutting an apple into segments, with very little waste. In fact the Muskrat does very well in the kitchen and would make a good choice to bring along on a picnic. CV steel will patina, of course, and it does leave a slight taste, being carbon steel. But that's all part of the charm. If you have never owned a carbon steel knife before, they are very easy to maintain; common sense, really. Just oil the blades now and then, for food prep, olive oil or cooking oil is fine. The joints are best oiled with light machine oil. Never put it in your dishwasher. The Muskrat also makes a fine whittler. The weight to blade length ratio makes the Muskrat light in weight but big on performance. A somewhat overlooked and underrated pattern amongst traditional pocketknives, yet well worth considering. Highly recommended!
Steve | Lancs | April 2015