Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review: Case Executive [Lockback Pocket Knife]

Last week I was buying some tools at Ace Hardware, and I noticed they had a nice display case full of Case, Buck and Gerber knives. It was the usual assortment you'd expect, but there were a couple of Case pocket knives that caught my eye. The display case was dusty and the box on mine said 2008 on it. It looks like my knife sat quite a while waiting for me to purchase it.

This particular one, the Case Executive, caught my eye because of the fit and finish. Even without my reading glasses, I could tell the machining and workmanship stood out from the usual knives they had, so I bought it.

Specifications


  • Made in USA
  • Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Surgical Steel Blade
  • Drop Point Blade
  • Lockback
  • Weight: 1.4 Ounces
  • Length Closed: 3 inches
  • Blade Length: 2 1/4 inches


Fit And Finish


The fit and finish on this knife is superb. The tolerances are the best I have seen on a pocket knife. The rivets and lockback mechanism are completely flush with the body and polished to where I have to look closely to see how the unit is fastened together. The Chinese may be making much better knives these days, but they still cannot compare to the attention to detail shown by what few American manufacturers there are.

The only downside to the fit and finish is that the body scratches so easily. It's my fault though, for treating it more like a high usage EDC than a gentleman's executive knife that it's meant to be. Don't get me wrong, this is about as rugged looking of a knife as I've seen, but I could picture it getting scratched up.

Usability


I'm not sure I like the ergonomics on this knife. I didn't expect it to have much grip being so sleek, but I didn't expect to be a bit awkward either. One saving grace though with the grip is that it's contoured a little bit to better fit in the hand. 

The lockback mechanism is a little tight, but that's fine. I expect it to loosen up over time. It's another area which is a little awkward. It locks great, but until it loosens up, it seems to be determined to nick my finger when I close it. Again, this probably won't be a big deal once it loosens up.

Conclusions


This is an amazing little knife, but as the model name suggests, it would be more at home in a tuxedo than as an EDC in your blue jeans. There are rare times where I want to leave the house looking nice, and this knife will be with me. Until then, I think I'll keeping looking for that perfect, small, locking and high-tech pocket knife to replace my lost Cutco.

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