Posted October 19, 2007 by Howard
Case has shipped the 2007 Tony Bose knife- This one is a swing guard lockback with Ebony wood handles.
Tony Bose is one of the premier custom knife makers. Case and Tony Bose have partnered once again to produce a near custom-quality level knife design for a mass market; one with an ATS-34 scotch-brite finished blade, a pinned-on shield, and superior overall fit and finish. This year’s collaboration is the classic Swing Guard with a Coke bottle shaped handle. The blade is flat gound ATS34 superior stainless steel. It measures 5-1/4″ closed. The stainless steel pocket end bolster and badge-shaped shield give this interesting form a distinctive look. Only 200 pieces produced!
Made in the USA.
Knife enthusiasts can now purchase a custom quality knife inspired by a world-renowned custom craftsman and made by one of America’s most trusted manufacturers. The unique “Swing-Guard Lock” is the result of a long-running collaboration between W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company and maker Tony Bose.
John Sullivan, Case’s Director of Marketing, says the new Swing-Guard Lock combines a “unique look with a feature-rich design and a quality in craftsmanship which rivals many knives made for the custom market.”
The new Case/Bose Swing-Guard Lock will be available in limited quantities; 200 in Ebony Wood. Standard features include distinctive stainless steel bolsters and a vintage shield design that’s pinned to the knife’s interior scale. The knife’s mid-tumbler locking mechanism holds the opened 4-3/8” clip blade in place. Each measures 5-1/4” overall when closed.
The Swing-Guard Lock’s blade is wire cut from ATS-34 stainless steel, Bose’s metal of choice for his own custom knives. The blade features dramatic double cut swedging, traditional and French style nail marks, a flat taper grind and a satin-fiber finish. A milled stainless liner promotes improved blade fall.
The Swing-Guard Lock was inspired by Bose’s previous encounter with an early Case Swell Center Jack pattern. Knives like these gave rise to Case’s ’65 pattern, the Folding Hunter; a staple in the Case catalog for decades.
Bose says early locking versions of patterns like these do exist, but those fitted with swing-guards are “extremely rare.” He points out the precision engineering and mechanics required to produce such a knife, stating, “It’s no wonder there weren’t many of them made.”
All are packaged in a half-moon shaped suede leather pouch.
This is the ninth such Case/Tony Bose collaborative offered to the public.