Dating and pricing knives
The number stamped on the tang of the main blade of every Case knife identifies the pattern. 6 is the handle material 3 is the number of blades 47 is the factory pattern So, this would be a #47 pattern knife with a jigged bone handle and three blades.
The first number is the handle material, the second number is the number of blades, and the third number is the factory pattern number.
And now, to celebrate the turn of the century, Case introduced a new tang stamp and dating system using a combination of X's and dots to date the production of each Case knife.
From 2001 through 2005, Case will remove one dot for each year.
From 2006 through 2009, Case will remove one "X" each year.
The company’s rich history began in 1889 when four brothers – William Russell (W. ‘The Case Brothers’) began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York.
Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted cutlery based in Bradford, Pennsylvania.