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Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:44 am

Visited some thrift stores today hunting for sharpening practice knives. Bought some junk but also a pair I can't identify yet.

They are in a fitted walnut block with a stone built into the back. They are long chrome or highly polished hollow ground blades with brass pinned wood torpedo ahaped handles. They are marked as Case's Mr. and Mrs. Russet Line Process Pat 2147079

The longer Mr. knife looks likeit has never been used with some rust or patina along the edge. The handle has marks that look like a pliers was used to remove it from the block a long time ago.

The shorter but still long Mrs. knife looks similar with some very fine scratches near the handle. The handle is unmarked but dull and un finished or oiled.

Do any of you have insight to the mfr. date or if I should treat them as collectibles and preserve?

Re: Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:30 am

Pics would help

Re: Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:14 pm

Here are some pics (I hope). Oh, and the blades are 11"+ and 8"+

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Re: Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Did you try looking up that patent number? That might give you more info on the knife if you could find it.

Re: Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:37 pm

Thanks Mark but that's not a patent number, I believe it's Case's pattern number. I did find that it appears to be made from 1945-1950 as that is when they used the Case's trade name for their Kitchen knives. I'd like to learn more.

Re: Vintage Case's Russet Line-how to treat them?

Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:47 pm

Mark,
I just tried the patent number search and it appears that the knife was made by Cutco in Germany in 1972. I'll keep searching to see if I can learn what steel was used for the blade.

Thanks for steering me in the right direction.
Marty
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