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W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
Comprehensive Dictionary

Authored by Shirley Boser

Tang - The unsharpened piece of steel that extends from the blade of a knife and secures in the handle. The stamp is applied in this area of the blade.
Tang Stamp - The Case company logo is stamped into the tang of the knife. W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company changed their stamps periodically and in 1970 started a doting system for dating knives. This practice has made Case knives very collectable.
Tempering - A process of heat-treating to relive stress on hardened steel to allow for increased flexibility, ductility, and strengthening. Double tempering is done at Case for quality.
Texas Toothpick - A term used for a tickler style of knife; for example, Case's 610096, 610094, 610098.
Thumb Roll - A knob or stud found on some folding knife blades. Instead of a nail mark, a user opens a knife by placing his thumb on the knob and pushing the blade our of the knife's handle.
Tickler - A frame pattern for a pocketknife similar to a clap knife; also called a Texas Toothpick.
Tip Bolsters - Small, undersized bolsters.
Tom Hart - Legendary knife designer and model maker at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company. Tom passed away in 1999 after 50 years of service. Tom's designs included the Russlock, the Texas Lockhorn and the Copperlock.
Tony Bose - Custom Knife Maker who works with Case collaboratively developing custom-style knives in a manufacturing environment.
Tortoise Celluloid - Imitation handle material that resembles actual tortoise shell.
Toughness - Refers ability of steel to resist deformation and fracture.
Trapper - A Jack knife with full-length clip and spey blades; for example, Case's '254 patterns.
Trapper Nut - A Peanut pattern which uses a clip and a spey blade; such as 1999-#813-6220.
Tru-Sharp Surgical Steel - A specially formulated blend of high carbon stainless steel-striking a fine balance between strength, edge retention, and ease of resharpening- used by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company in all stainless steel blades.
Tumbler - In a lockback knife, the part that secures the blade in the open position until the lock is released.
Two-End Spring - A special spring that is used for a two or three bladed knife to allow operation of a blade at each end.

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