Case Knives, now owned by Zippo, has an interesting knife museum in Bradford
Pennsylvania. The museum has samples of the early knives and the stories behind them. My nephew, Tim Pike accompanied me since he has been a knife fan for years. His grandfather, Thomas Pike, used to have Fort Tuscarora on Route 172 in Lisbon Ohio. History, guns, and knives runs in the family.
My quest for the best pocket knife was easy at the Zippo/Case Museum, because of the abundance of knives there. This place is open to the public, and I highly recommend it to knife collectors. These pictures were taken in 2006, so things might have changed since then. According to their website, the place is open 7 days a week, and boasts of 100,000 visitors per year, from all over the world.
These new Case knives with your corporate logo will last forever with your customers and employees. This is a cost effective way to make your advertising last forever, or until you retire. Each customer will love to own a USA-made Case knife.
Case has come up with new handle colors and designs. Some are synthetic, bone, and buffalo horn. Some are orange, gray, navy blue, patriotic colors, yellow, black, and white. Most of the blades are high quality stainless steel. One new knife is chrome vanadium (item 031), a material that you can get real sharp, and keep real sharp. Case does the decorating right there in their Pennsylvania factory. They do laser engraving, electro etching, Tech Printing (durable screen printing) up to 2 colors, and engraving with color fill.
Pocket knives are so popular because they are collector items. Other reasons are: They are useful, portable, made of steel, helpful in self defense, a powerful tool in a small package, and made of interesting handle materials. In our opinion, the best pocket knives in 2016 are these. Our selection is based on popularity with our customers, and our own opinion on the quality put into these beautiful knives. In alphabetical order, they are:
The Boker Magnum King Barlow 01MB559DAM is styled after the antique barlow knives made in the 1600’s in England. This design of a subtle teardrop shape fits well into the hand. Like all barlows, it is 3 3/8″ closed, and has an over-sized bolster. The burl wood scales (handle) add much character. The pinnacle of its beauty is the genuine damascus blade. It also has a lockback mechanism. This is a safety feature not found on the original barlow knives.
By far, the pocket knives of all pocket knives is the Buck 110 Folding Hunter Lockback. Its size, weight, composition, extra sharp stainless steel blade, and wooden handle with stainless steel bolsters make it the king of pocket knives. When someone asks for a Buck knife, this is the one they are referring to. USA-Made.
Case has been making pocket knives by hand since 1889. Located in the woods of Pennsylvania, they take pride in the hand-made tradition. The 7200 Executive Lockback is the top seller. People like it because it is the right size and shape for a man’s pocket. There are no sharp edges on the handle to cut into your pocket. The stainless steel blade comes super sharp, and it is easy to keep sharp your whole life. USA-Made.
The classy Kershaw Scallion Camo 1620 knife satisfies both the camo lovers and the knife collectors. The patented Speedsafe opening mechanism makes it fun to open with one hand. No worry, there is a tip safety lock to prevent accidental opening. A removable pocket clip makes this knife a real keeper. USA-Made.
Your company can thrive if and when you grow big enough to give out pocket knives with your corporate logo.
The first step is to develop a company logo that is simple and reflects the feeling of your company. The simpler the better. Some good examples are IBM, AT&T, and HP. These logos are very simple and easily recognizable. Some business owners try to put too much information, text, and graphics into a logo. At some point it looses its identity as a logo and becomes a picture.
After a successful company is proud of their logo, they usually like to give out promotional products that have their logo imprinted on them.
The best and largest companies give out company logo knives and other high-end business gifts. When you reach this point, you can be proud, because you are successful in creating a company that will carry your tradition of excellence into the future.
Without a doubt, the best-selling USA-made pocket knives are the Buck Folding Hunter 110, the Case Executive Lockback 7200, and the Kershaw Scallion Knife, Camo 1620. These are the best pocket knives to have laser engraved with your logo and give to your best clients. Your customers will absolutely love these 3 knives because they are American made, and because they are made by companies with a strong US tradition of quality.
Kershaw, a proud US knife company was founded in 1974. They are a real newcomer, but have established a remarkable reputation with their USA-made knives. They also have some of the models made overseas to their exacting specifications.
You become known as a generous person who gives useful gifts.
Your business grows partly because the pocket knives that you distributed are mobile advertising media.
USA-made knives like Buck, Case, and Kershaw are the most popular ones. These brands carry a high brand recognition value. Some imported knives like Gerber and Dako and Maxam are less expensive. They are good for trade show give-away products.
You must have a favorite pocket knife. Tell me about it. Is it one of these? See if you agree with me that these are the 5 best pocket knives in the world.
Boker Magnum King Barlow. Boker is a big name in quality knives. They design and produce them around the world, using the best stainless steel. This barlow is a lockback formulated to please the hard core barlow lovers. Its prize features are a real damascus blade and burl wood scales (handles). This knife is the crowning glory of the long history of barlow knives, which originated in the 1600’s.
When someone asks for a Buck knife, this is the one they mean, even though Buck makes a lot of styles of cutting instruments. The 110 was first made in 1964, and just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Case Trapper Knife. Case makes all of its knives in the USA. This Natural Bone Trapper 91445 is the best selling Case knife by a long shot. Hand made, fine stainless steel, pure bone handle, and a lifetime warranty make it a winner.
They make this one in the United States out of the best material. It is a precision piece comprised of assisted opening, closed safety lock, and of course, the popular camouflage design.
Kutmaster Compact Rescue Knife. Popular because of its stylish look, and its usefulness. Black blades command a mysterious look, along with the black handle. The tanto style blade adds to its attractiveness.
Let’s say that your boss wants you to be in charge of ordering Christmas presents for all the employees, or all the customers. This could be a huge task. Fortunately he has narrowed down the gift idea to custom engraved knives. Great. Now you have to go online and find the perfect pocket knife or hunting knife that will get the job done. If he hasn’t given you a list of criteria, I’ll help you make that list. Here are the points that he should want you to look for. If you and he can narrow down your wish list, then you will be able to find the perfect Personalized pocket knives:
Price. Which knife will fit into your budget? This is a good place to start your list. Knives sell for a range of $5 to $200 each. So you can narrow down your search using this parameter.
USA-Made. Is the country of origin important in your decision? This is something to keep in mind when you are looking for the perfect gift knife.
Size. Would an 8 inch hunting knife become a cherished gift? Or would a small “Every Day Carry” (EDC) pocket knife be the answer.
Brand. Some brands have universal recognition, like Buck, Case, Gerber, Leatherman, and Kershaw. How important is the brand name in your giving campaign?
Color. Knife handle come in different colors of bone and synthetic. Also stainless steel and wood. Does your corporate logo require a certain color combination? Would Laser Engraving your logo into the blade work for your purpose?
Method of Imprinting. Laser engraving is the most permanent, and most popular. It can be done on metal and wood. If you need a color imprint, Case offers the imprint colors shown above.
Production Time. How soon does your boss need the knives? Production times vary from 24 hours to 5 weeks, depending on the brand and current availability.
If you can help your boss with the answers to these 7 things, you will make him happy. And one step closer to a Promotion (I hope). At least the two of you will be able to promote your corporate name to a group of key people.