Ontario Rat II

What knife just can’t seem to leave my pocket over the last almost two months?

Certainly that title gave you a big clue. The knife just worked for me. This is a knife that consistently stayed sharp, was always ready, and opened with a flick of a thumb on a perfectly placed thumb stud.

Much has been recorded on YouTube, written about, talked about, regarding this knife but the fact of the matter is this is one of the most successful knives ever launched by Ontario.

Bottom line if you are looking for an inexpensive EDC I strongly recommend this knife. For $10 bucks more get the D2 steel and you’ll be glad you did!

Now I offer a terrific and only slightly profane YouTube Video describing the knife and alluding to the New World Order business. Just too funny and fits my sense of humor. Many thanks Advanced Knife Bro, you have a new subscriber!

The Case of the Yellow Knife

By Steve Hanner

Who is not a fan of yellow handled knives? Many manufacturers make them but Case makes a great yellow.

In fact my knife collecting life started with a yellow knife, way back when I was a young man of just 10 years.

Somebody once said that yellow knives gained popularity when farmers and ranchers and just about anyone working in or on country property tried to use a bright color knife to make it easier to find when the inevitable happened and that knife dropped and fell to the ground.

But because of my early love of that yellow knife and because I was a farmer for many years, I must admit to buying many yellow knives through the years.

The yellow knife I write about today is indeed a W.R. Case Trapper with yellow handles. An absolutely beautiful knife with great fit and finish as we have come to expect. But the reason for my story is there is something very different about the knife.

The yellow handles are made from Delrin, a material that’s been around for a long time and is considered a good choice for a hard working knife. Delrin is strong, long lasting and made for rugged use.

This knife comes in three different models, two featuring a different steel and one featuring different handle material. There’s the Case Trapper Yellow Delrin with Case’s Tru-Sharp Stainless steel, and the Case Yellow Trapper with Chrome Vanadium. As of this writing a Peach Tree Jigged Bone with an amber handle is offered and that is a very pretty knife.

Over time the Chrome Vanadium will develop a patina in contrast to the shiny yellow Delrin. The Chrome Vanadium does require care, maybe a little more care than the Tru-Sharp stainless steel.

All models feature Case’s traditional nickel silver bolsters and nickel silver shield.

The yellow handles are secured to brass liners with brass pins. All models open with a finger pull cut into the two blades.

Well I told you there was a difference about this knife and just maybe you can pick it up in the specs:

The Case Pocket Clip Trapper Yellow Delrin with Chrome Vanadium Steel, Model 30114 Specs:

• 3 1/8” Clip Point, Chrome Vanadium

• Yellow Delrin

• Finger Pull

• Nickel Silver Bolsters and Shield

• Brass Pins and Liners

• Tip Down Pocket Clip

• 4 1/8” Closed

• 7 ¼” Overall

The specs for the Tru Sharp Blades is identical.

If you missed it here is a picture:

That’s right a pocket clip! A long awaited feature, finally here and on these three models. W.R.Case has used pocket clips on other knives like the Trapperlock, a knife I reviewed last year. So they do have experience. This is significant because it signals a change in traditional pocket knife styles.

This is collectible, very usable and only the beginning for what we see from W.R. Case

Where to Buy: Smokey Mountain Knifeworks