Almost too good to be true, the Case Stag Series 5154L Trapperlock takes an old but loved pocket knife and makes it better. If you already own the traditional model but secretly envy the newer one-handed locking folders, this is your chance to discreetly retire the Trapper slip joint and join modern society.
This really is the old reliable Case XX Trapper — one of the company’s most popular pocket folder knives since the Case company began producing knives in 1889 — but with modern perks that are rapidly becoming standard features. The old Trapper opened with a thumb notch and snapped into place with a pressure-release spring bar (the slip joint method). The new Trapperlock is a whole new beast. The Trapperlock’s clip point blade spins open on a precision bearing, easy enough to flick open with the thumb in a one-handed movement. Fully open, the blade seats with a stout liner lock that holds the blade open until intentionally released by side pressure. There may no longer be the need for that cautious father-son discussion about how pocket knives tend to close up on a person’s fingers if used incorrectly. This is a much safer and more practical knife.
Locked open, the Trapperlock has much of the blade security of a small fixed blade, but still has the look of the classic Case pocket knife. Genuine stag antler handle slabs and polished nickel bolsters form the grip, and the knife folds to a convenient 4-1/8 inches with no sharp edges to wear holes in your pocket. In 2008, Case began production of three classic styles in the Trapperlock design including Yellow Handle, Red Bone, and this knife in India Stag.
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