W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company was created around the turn of the century, during a time when pocketknives were as essential as a watch. Through the years, the company has been recognized as a leader in pioneering new materials and designs in the knife industry.
The company's roots extend back to 1889, when a few enterprising brothers 'William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John and Andrew' in the Case family began selling handcrafted knives from the back of a wagon in upstate New York. In January 1900, the brothers incorporated to form the first Case family brand, Case Brothers Cutlery Company.
J.R. Case, who named the company after his father, W.R., formed W.R. Case & Sons as it is known today. By the time the company moved to Bradford, PA in 1905, the four Case brothers had established their family brands as the most respected names in American cutlery. Beginning with World War I, the government has called upon Case to make military knives for U.S. servicemen and women. During the 1965 flight of the 'Molly Brown,' astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young used special Case knives on a NASA space mission. Case has garnered famous admirers and avid collectors such as former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and country music star Randy Travis.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that are passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case's offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectables.
The company's rich history began in 1889 when four brothers - William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John, and Andrew Case (a.k.a. 'The Case Brothers') began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. W.R.'s son, John Russell (Russ) Case, a former salesman for the Case Brothers brand, launched W.R. Case & Sons around the turn of the 20th century. Russ's father acted as his son's consultant, helping to stabilize the company's early finances while building a reputation as a dependable supplier of high-quality cutlery.
Today Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter, another family-owned business based in Bradford. The company's original knife concepts and manufacturing methods have been recognized with awards and features from major print publications, international trade organizations and events, broadcast television shows and major motion pictures.
A unique tang stamp dating system used since the very early days of its history has made the Case brand one of the world's favorite collectable brands. The Case Collectors Club, with 19,000 active members, is the largest known knife collecting association in the world.
Case's pioneering spirit is shown in several of its original knife patterns, like the CopperLock®, Baby Butterbean®, Cheetah® , Cheetah Cub®, Sod Buster®, XX-Changer®, Baby Doc, Kodiak Hunter®, Tiny Trapper, Mako®, RussLock®, Hunter Trapper, Tiny Muskrat, Jr. Scout, Sway Back, Hobo®, and all-new BackPocket. Case's commitment to quality is evident in the many pairs of hands that it takes to create just one knife. Case knives start with carefully shaped handles made from a wide range of genuine materials like cattle bone, stag antler, buffalo horn, mother-of-pearl, exotic woods and stones. Brass, nickel, and silver components highlight each form, bringing together knives that are not just beautiful, but able to stand the tests of time and use.
The brand's popularity is underscored by the knives it manufactures under licensing agreements with popular American icons like Harley-Davidson®, Ford Motor Company, United States Marine Corps®, United States Army, United States Navy, John Deere, Boy Scouts of America®, Ducks Unlimited®, John Wayne® (Wayne Enterprises) and National Wild Turkey Federation.