If you've ever wanted to know what makes a Case Seahorse Whittler Knife so special, here are some fun facts:
- W. R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company was started in 1889 in upstate New York and today is owned by Zippo Manufacturing.
- Each knife is handmade. According to the company's website, it takes 125 people to make one knife!
- The Case Collectors Club, established in 1981, has 18,000 members, making it the largest knife collecting association in the world.
- From World War I the US Government relied on Case to make military knives for service men and women.
- In 1965 John Young and Gus Grissom, astronauts abord the “Molly Brown,” used special Case knives on a NASA space mission.
- Every two years there is a Zippo/Case swap meet in Bradford, PA, home of Case, which attracts collectors from all over the world.
- The Seahorse knife was reintroduced by Case in 2002 along with the various Family Brands that Case had used in their long history.
- The Case/Zippo visitors' center was opened in 1997 in Bradford and includes exhibits of rare Zippo lighters and Case knives.
If you'd like to start your own Case Seahorse Whittler collection is not a bad place to start. You can sometimes find a bargain if you're patient!
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