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10 Best Case Knife Families

This post was originally published in April 2017 and was updated in 2021.

Along with the trapper pocket knife pattern, the stockman is one of the best and most iconic American slipjoint patterns ever created.

The history of the stockman is nearly impossible to track, but Gary Zinn of chuckhawks.com speculates it was made first developed around 1900. The stockman design typically consists of three blades: clip, sheepsfoot, and spey (or pen).

Featuring three pretty different blade types, the stockman is almost universally praised for its versatility. You can use the spey blade to spay or neuter animals (as its name applies) or the sheepsfoot blade for those tasks when a point isn’t necessary.

While the traditional uses of the stockman are no longer warranted (very few stockman owners are going to castrate young animals with the spey blade), its usefulness remains even in modern times.

When it comes to stockman patterns, it’s hard to beat a traditional Case knife.

Case has released a ton of knife families, which is essentially different handle materials on many of its patterns. We thought it’d be cool to look at the best Case knife families. And to make things easier, these are all the stockman designs in our favorite handle materials.

1. Amber Bone CV Family

The Amber Bone collection is not only one of Case’s largest knife lines but it’s also one of the most handsome, in my opinion. The Amber Bone has a fantastic hue that’s earthy and comforting, like sitting on an old porch at dusk. The bone is peach seed jigged, which offers a reliable grip.

2. Blue G-10 Family

Next is a sleek, modern take on the classic design. Case proves it’s not stuck in the past by embracing the indestructible blue G-10 material.

The contrast between the polished stainless steel bolsters and the blue G-10 is too hard to overlook.

3. Working Knives Series

The Working Knives line is designed with work in mind. The brown handle is made from synthetic material to ensure durability in all types of working conditions. This small version of the stockman forgoes the spey blade for the pen blade.

4. Basket Weave Turquoise Bone Family

This family is among the newest at Case. It is the Basket Weave Turquoise Bone Family, which perfectly describes the knife. The scales offer a unique visual experience that manages to mess with your mind. You think it will feel one way but it will surprise you.

Another interesting thing about this family is that there is no shield on the knife. Instead, the Case branding is etched into the genuine bone handle.

5. Buffalo Horn Family

From one interesting material to another — the line of Buffalo Horn knives is dark and brooding. This stockman features a handle made from Water Buffalo horn. The jigged horn is natural and complemented by the polished bolsters.

6. Yellow Synthetic Family

Although it might not seem interesting, the Yellow Synthetic family is among the most popular knife families at Case. These yellow knives stand out more than others and are very tough. The Yellow Synthetic Case knives remain highly beloved among fans.

7. Pocket Worn Old Red Bone Family

I’m quite partial to the bone Case knives, and the Pocket Worn line may be my favorite. Made from red bone, the Pocket Worn line features extra hand-finishing that gives it the feel of a knife you’ve broken in after years of use. That red coloration goes great with the polished bolsters and stainless steel blades.

8. Black & White Fiber Weave Family

This family might look similar to the basket weave family, but the Black & White Fiber Weave family (which only consists of this stockman right now) interlaces carbon fiber with G-10.

The combination creates a knife that’s lightweight yet tough as nails. On top of all that, it gives the knife a very unique appearance.

9. Navy Blue Bone Family

The Navy Blue Bone family pays a subtle tribute to the United States with “deep-sea colored” scales and an eye-catching red Case shield.

The jigged bone texture gives the knife a pocket-worn look while giving you extra tact in your hold.

10. Patriotic Kirinite Family

Finally, there’s what I believe is one of the newest handle materials for Case: Kirinite. The material is exceptionally tough and offers the ability to create stunning and dazzling patterns. That’s where the patriotic theme comes into the picture. The red-white-and-blue coloration is delectably psychedelic.

5 Comments

  1. Over the past 60 years I have had a number of Stockman pattern knives. I carry these in my pocket so prefer a single blade same as the larger blade. The 3 blade as shown needs to be carried in a pouch as it can be very hard on pockets.

  2. Old tech. Personally, I can’t see any reason to have a knife that can’t be opened one-handed, doesn’t lock open and doesn’t have a pocket clip. As far as having multiple blades; I have owned those in the past but found that I wound up using the biggest blade 95% of the time and really could have used it 100%.

  3. I love Case Stockman knives and prefer them over any OHO knife. This article states “10 Patterns”, there are only 5 shown. Different finish or covers does not make a different pattern. An ’18 is an ’18.

  4. I really like, and have owned, all of your picks for best Case stockman patterns to own. Except that i was sad not to see my favorite stockman pattern that i have gradually grown to prefer ever since it came out, the odd but interesting Case 090 stockman. It just “feels right“ in my pocket, like any Case “Pocket Worn”.
    And again, You have an excellent Case stockman list here!

  5. I can’t believe no one mentioned the 64047PU.
    This 4 blade stockman is my favorite pattern of all time. I have carried one for over 40 yrs. They are rare as chicken lips now though.

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