Buck knife dating system chart
The Case Knife pattern number is stamped on the knife’s blade.
The stampings are small and are located on the tang end of the blade nearest the handle.
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This helped produce a more congruent material for a bladesmith to make a knife’s blade out of. These days we have robots on Mars, so I’d hope (and yes it is the case) that we can make pure steels that do not benefit from forging in the slightest.
Another reason this myth has persisted over such a long period of time is due to the industrial process.
Case has been marking its knives with tang stamps from the beginning.
This buck knife has been discontinued for a long time now.
If your Buck Knife is manufactured after 1986, match the symbol next to the model number inscribed at the base of the knife blade to the corresponding symbol on the dating system chart.
For example, a knife with the outline of Idaho next to the model number would have been manufactured in 2005.
Check the knife handle for clues to the age of knives not bearing a symbol next to the model number.
If a model number is inscribed, the knife would have been made after 1973 but before 1986.