BRADFORD, Pa., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., America's foremost manufacturer of premium, handcrafted pocket knives, and Carhartt, America's premium work wear brand since 1889, today unveiled the Carhartt Knives by Case collection. Rugged, reliable, and boasting the unmistakable durability that has become synonymous with these two storied brands, the Carhartt Knives by Case collection will include 22 individual models, all of which are made in the U.S.A. The collection will be on display at the Case booth, #13905, at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
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"Carhartt and Case share an unparalleled and rich history," said Ed Jessup, vice president, sales, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. "The quality craftsmanship that has defined each of the brands since 1889 is at the heart of each knife and is encompassed by a style that will sincerely resonate with the Case and Carhartt consumer. We could not be more proud or excited to have this opportunity to manufacture and deliver these exciting new knives."
Each knife in the collection will feature Tru-Sharp surgical steel blades with a Strong Shoulder Grind, Case's special grinding process that gives added strength and rigidity to the knife blade at the tang area. Inspired by some of the best known custom makers, the Strong Shoulder Grind offers a feature reserved only for special Case knife collaborations like the Carhartt by Case collection. Further enhancing the distinct look and texture that compliments the hard work ethic of the Carhartt consumer, the stainless steel blades will also feature a Scotch-Brite brushed finish. This same brushed finish can also be found on each knife's Lazy Duck-shaped bolster inspired by the traditional back pocket stitching style of the same name found on Carhartt clothing. The knives will be packaged in a distinctive two-piece box that features Carhartt-themed artwork. Certain patterns will also be available in attractive clamshell packaging.
"Like Carhartt's legendary work apparel, Case Knives are built to the highest standards of handcrafted quality which makes it a perfect extension of the Carhartt brand," said Rick Fecowicz, director of licensing at Carhartt. "They understand what is essential to Carhartt's core consumer and have delivered an exceptional accessory offering Carhartt durable DNA through and through."
The Carhartt Knives by Case collection will be available early 2013 and will launch with three specific families, each of which feature distinct handle designs. The families include the fiberglass reinforced G-10, the classic Molasses Bone and Rough Black-over-Cream.
The G-10 knives are built to really last, with an ultra-tough handle material whose earthy color and rugged texture is inspired by the look and feel of Carhartt's signature Duck Canvas. The G-10 family will feature seven knives, including: #36300 Mid-Folding Hunter with Clip (101265LC SS), #36301 TrapperLock with Clip (10154LC SS), #36302 Trapper (10254 SS), #36303 Large Stockman (10375 SS), #36304 Medium Stockman (10318 SS), #36305 Hawkbill Pruner (101011 SS) and #36306 BackPocket® with Lanyard (TB101546 SS).
Boasting a classic design that suits today's gentleman, the Molasses Bone family will feature nine knives, including: #36307 Medium Stockman (6318 SS), #36308 Small Texas Toothpick (610096 SS), #36309 Mini CopperLock® (61749L SS), #36310 Peanut (6220 SS), #36311 Mini Copperhead (62109X SS), #36312 Sowbelly (TB6139 SS), #36313 Mini Trapper (6207 SS), #36314 Trapper (6254 SS), and #36315 Desk Knife (617-3 154 CM).
Manufactured using a high-quality, durable resin, the six knives in the Rough Black-over-Cream family are ideal for just about any task that the everyday consumer will encounter. The family will include the following knives: #36321 Trapper (6254 SS), #36322 Hawkbill Pruner (61011 SS), #36323 CopperLock® (61549L SS), #36324 RussLock® with Clip (61953LC SS), #36325 Mini Trapper (6107W SS), and #36326 Medium Stockman (63087 SS).
For additional information regarding the Carhartt Knives by Case collection, please visit www.wrcase.com.
About Carhartt, Inc.
Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with approximately 4,400 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company's founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case's offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectables. Today, Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world famous Zippo® windproof lighter. Case's commitment to quality is evident in the 125 pairs of hands and 160 manufacturing processes that it takes to create just one knife. A unique tang stamp dating system used since the very early days of its history has made the Case brand one of the world's favorite collectable brands. The Case Collectors Club, with 19,000 active members, is the largest known knife collecting association in the world. For more information about W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. call 800-523-6350 or visit www.wrcase.com.
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