Knives manufactured in the year 2005 - "Case XX' with XX above, XXX below.
In 2010, the 'Case XX' marking was re-designed, with a wider, more wavy letter 'C'.
After this time, one dot is removed in each year of manufacture between 20.
Between 20, an 'X' on the blade marking is removed each year.
The system of blade marking with the year of manufacture has become slightly complicated with combinations of X's and dots.
For example, knives manufactured in the year 2004 - "Case XX' with X-dot-X above, XXX below.
The following year a factory was established in Bradford, Pennsylvania by J. After the rough blade shape and primary bevel had been formed by machine, the fine work was then done by hand grinding.
Modernisation meant that blades were now blanked from sheet stock and ground to shape by banks of grinding machines.
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. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that are passed down for generations.The company's rich history began in 1889 when four brothers - William Russell (W. 'The Case Brothers') began fashioning knives and selling them along a wagon trail in upstate New York. R.'s son, John Russell (Russ) Case, a former salesman for the Case Brothers brand, launched W. Today Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world famous Zippo windproof lighter, another family-owned business based in Bradford.These dots indicate the year of manufacture, with one dot being removed each year after 1970.After 1980, the dots were placed above the 'USA', with the introduction of the 'lightning' form in the 'S' of the 'Case' and 'USA'.