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Case Baby Butterbean Chestnut Bone

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Case Baby Butterbean Chestnut Bone

Case Baby Butterbean Chestnut Bone

€80.00

Description

The Case #28708 Baby Butterbean features smooth Chestnut Bone handle scales with nickel silver bolsters and brass liners. With the longest of the two non-locking blades measuring less than 5cm this makes it a great little EDC Pocket Knife.

Specification

Code CA28708
Limited Edition: No
Brand: Case
Blade Material: Tru-Sharp
Blade Length (cm): 4.7
Closed Length (cm): 6.90
Overall Length (cm): 11.2
Handle Colour: Brown
Handle Material (Text): Smooth Chestnut Bone
Lock Type: Non-locking
UK Friendly Carry: Yes
Product Weight (g): 38.27g

Reviews

  1. Worth itReview by
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    Despite a glitch at my end -- be wary of upgrading to Mac os x High Sierra -- a fine person called Olly at HH managed to sort me out within five minutes and my purchase arrived safely. These are remarkable people.

    As for the Butterbean, it is very small. Really it's only good for minor tasks and may not even have the blade length to handle a large apple comfortably, but maybe that isn't the point. Maybe the point is that it is very beautiful and demands to be held and used. Personally I prefer it to the Peanut, but I am considering buying the Texas Jack which I hope will be 'the' pocket knife.

    The only three caveats you may wish to bear in mind are that the main blade is already marked by the secondary blade, and both blades were raggedy out of the box. Finally, and I can't quite figure this out; although the edge of the main blade is sharpened to the tip, it is poor at piercing things. It seems unlikely that Case would get this wrong, so I may have chosen the wrong blade design.

    All in all, it is worth buying just to own. I know people waffle on endlessly about grandfathers passing it to fathers and fathers passing it to sons, but with this one I actually believe the myth.
    (Posted on )
  2. Small wonder...Review by
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    This is a great choice for a small inoffensive EDC pocket knife. Work colleagues, family and friends all find it charming. The petite pen blade is useful to create the right sort of impression, effective but winsome. A good choice for simultaneously opening a package and calming sheeple neuroses. It knows how to work its cuteness. And the name of the pattern only seals the deal!

    The main spear blade is similarly capable yet demure. Case favours a more bulbous shape for the spear blade on their excellent Canoe patterns; the point looks almost blunted when compared to a Queen Canoe - also a favourite - or a Rough Rider or Buck (their Canoes are made in the same factory as RR; maybe to a slightly higher and consistent standard of quality control, that is, very good indeed). Of course the comparatively rounded tip belies the able performance of a Case Canoe or Baby Butterbean. The larger Gunboat Canoe is a different sort of animal, by the way.

    The Baby Butterbean, like its larger sibling, excels at slicing tasks thanks to the thin blades. So while this pattern is admittedly best deployed for genteel tasks, it does them well.

    Interestingly the blades share a single backspring. On vintage Case Canoes this also was a feature. Currently Case makes their Canoes with a separate backspring for both the spear and the pen blades. As to why, I think it may have to do with spring characteristics and shape. See below. My Queen Canoe has a single spring. Unlike the arguably more ergonomic Case design, Queen opts for a flat, straighter look to the back of their Canoe. Placed on their backs on a table side by side, the Case is the more tippy Canoe, bobbing up and down. As if travelling a rolling river, while the Queen serenely traverses Lake Placid.

    About the backspring on your cunning little Baby Butterbean: resist the temptation to admire it or display it to your friends with both blades opened partway. Halfway or 3/4 of the way places maximum strain on the backspring. This is not a good thing. Backsprings which curve outwardly as on a Case Canoe or Baby Butterbean are inherently more prone to stack up stress as cutting force increases. That is not to say that they are incapable of cutting through tough materials or being excellent carvers. They certainly do these things well. Google "Oar Carver."

    Just keep in mind that the curving back of the handle, although a superb example of an ergonomic design, also means that stress on the backspring has nowhere to go as forces build up due to increasing cutting pressure. Bearing down on your knife gets the job done; in the process, it is the pins and backspring that take the stress and strain.

    A traditional English Lamb Foot, Ettrick, Pruner, etc pocket knife, with its characteristic inwardly curving back, called a Swayback by some, permits the spring to flex. A straight back will also allow this, although perhaps not so effectively as a Lamb Foot et al. Which is why the aforementioned patterns almost never suffer from a failure of their backsprings. Typical proven British design. Understated and efficient. Canoes on very rare occasions have been known to break, although I have never experienced this and can only cite photos and reports of others in relevant forums. British Blades is a community of enthusiasts and knowledgeable users. All About Pocket Knives is a veritable library. Worth visiting both.

    One thing to look out for with backsprings on any slipjoint pocket knife is machining marks or grinds visible from the inside. If any marks present go in the direction of the handle, that is fine. The forces in normal or even severe use will be distributed along the free areas of the spring; it will flex around its central pin and still support the blade.

    What you do not want to see are marks from grinding, machining, profiling (even by comparatively precise water jet cutting), or stamping, that go across the spring when viewed internally. These are visible stress risers. If the spring breaks it will be because such marks concentrate forces rather than letting them be distributed. Like a glass cutter scoring a pane, allowing moderate pressure to snap the glass. While the likelihood of failure from these small lateral scratches or gouges, depending on severity, is probably slight, knowing what I do now would cause me to return a pocket knife that displays these undesirable traits.

    Having said this, I do recommend both Case's fine Canoe and the adorably scaled down Baby Butterbean. It might be pointed out that a basic Victorinox SAK features the spear and pen blade combination, from the simple affable Pocket Pal through many models of increasing complexity to their pinnacle flagship, the Champ. And almost all will be less expensive. Well, yes, but let's not miss the point. A traditional slipjoint is in a different category. It isn't about the journey. It's about getting there in style.

    So, the cute little Baby Butterbean. It has charm, appropriately reassuring weight, and undeniable quality. Holding it for the first time, you know instantly that it is well made. As friendly little pocket knives go, it tops the list, sharing the limelight of smiling approval with Case's popular Peanut and sublime Tiny Texas Toothpick. In the world of tastefully small pocket knives, the Baby Butterbean goes down a treat!

    Thank you, Heinnie, for offering little gems like this!
    (Posted on )
  3. Great, but not perfect!Review by
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    This is a lovely little EDC slip joint. Overall fit & finish is good, and it feels very robustly built. Closed length is a tad shorter than the Case Peanuts, but is feel much more substantial than a Peanut. The Chestnut Bone is a very attractive colour and the long nail-pulls are a nice detail. The only real flaw is blade rub, which seems quite common on smaller Case knives. If you can live with a bit of blade rub, and the little mark it leaves on the main blade, you will probably enjoy this knife - I certainly do! Heinnie's swift service was in full effect again :-) (Posted on )

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