[SHOT Show 2020] Case Knives’ New Winkler Axe & Tony Bose Locking Lanny’s
Russ Chastain 01.30.20
I made a point of stopping by the Case Knives booth at the 2020 SHOT Show, and I’m glad I did. I was able to take a look at their new Winkler Pack Axe and a couple other knives — including a Tony Bose collaboration and the more-or-less rebirth of the Pocket Hunter. Let’s dive right in.
Case® x Tony Bose Locking Lanny’s Clip Collection
Once upon a time, Tony Bose made a knife for his friend Lanny. Tony and Case decided to re-create that high-quality knife, which has the convenient size and clip blade of a classic pocket folder combined with the strength of a lockback. Case has made these before, and have brought it out of retirement in a limited-run lockback version.
I met Tony Bose and fondled the Locking Lanny’s Clip knife, and was immediately impressed. The knife is rock solid and the blade opens & closes like the door of a bank vault. Liners and bolsters are integral, giving the knife even more strength.
I found Tony himself to be a humble and straightforward sort, who looked uncomfortable as he remarked that people at the Show were treating him “like some sort of celebrity.” Something tells me he’s earned every bit of his renown, and he’s definitely my kind of guy: Confident, able, honest, and down-to-earth. And that Locking Lanny’s Clip knife… well, it’s a beaut.
There will only be 950 of these knives made in a total of six styles to be available in summer 2020.
Made in the USA, the new Case® Bose Locking Lanny’s Clip is loaded with premium features including ﬂat taper ground and satin ﬁnished 154-CM stainless steel blades, ﬂuted steel bolsters, specially milled liners, and a stainless “pawn” shaped shield that completes each beautifully crafted knife. A joint effort with renowned knife maker Tony Bose, who has collaborated with Case to produce high quality, durable knives with a custom look and feel for over 20 years, this lockback is a real workhorse. Its mid-lock design means it’s easy to close with one hand and an especially good choice for skinning or other two-handed tasks. The blade is easy to pull, an ergonomic handle that’s flared at the back ensures a good grip, and a classic leather pouch protects your investment. With a slim design that measures 4” (closed), it’s big enough to get things done and small enough that it doesn’t feel like a potato in your pocket. The Case® Bose Locking Lanny’s Clip will be available in six styles in Summer 2020.
I’ve seen pre-order prices online ranging from $483 to $717.
Winkler Pack Axe
Case’s new Winkler Pack Axe has an interesting look and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a more-rugged hatchet — especially in a mass-produced version. Handle and head are all part of the same slab of 80CrV2 carbon steel, so good luck trying to break this handle.
Hefting the Case Pack Axe made me long to start chopping stuff; it just feels good in the hand. The back side can be used as a hammer, although it’s smaller than the heel of most hatchets, which may or may not be a bummer for driving tent stakes and the like.
The Kydex sheath is rugged and of good design, and has nylon straps so you can hang it from your belt or pack.
They say this axe “was co-designed by Kevin Holland, a survival expert with over 2,000 combat missions across the globe as a U.S. Navy Seal and an elite member of U.S. Special Operations.”
They’re slated to be available in February, 2020 and I’m working on getting one of these to test and review for y’all, so stay tuned.
- Made of one 3/8-inch thick piece of 80CrV2 steel
- Axe head is sharp out of the box
- Blunt end can be used as a mallet
- Durable Canvas laminate grip scales
- Tapered, skeletonized handle promotes better balance for accuracy
- Paracord wrap offers extra utility when needed
- Kydex sheath with reinforced ballistic nylon straps
- Hexagon-shaped hole on the knob
- 15” long
- Weighs 26 ounces
- Item #43181
- MSRP: $499.99
Case Pocket Hunter
The Case Pocket Hunter is a nice little two-blade folding knife (a single-blade version is available) that’s only 3.75″ long when closed, so it will ride easy in your pocket until it’s time to shuck out your critter.
Although there will be a single-blade version available, most hunters will prefer the two-blade model which adds a skinning blade to the classic clip blade.
Case is only planning to make the Pocket Hunter for 2020, and it’s slated to be available in mid-March. A dozen handle options will be available initially, with more to come throughout the year. Prices will vary.
Tang Stamp Series
The Tang Stamp Series celebrates 100 years of Case Cutlery Co. tang stamps. Numerous models are planned for availability in March 2020, with MSRPs varying according to model.
Some folks will love the olive green jig bone handles. I do. They kinda look camouflage to me, and I love green anyhow.