Rare early Case family knife marked JD Case Kane Pa putting it’s manufacture between 1908 and 1911 on contract for John and Andrew Case after the loss of their Kane Pa factory which only operated for a few years. Early Case history is a network of separate Case family cutlery businesses and openings and closings of factories due to financial troubles, expansions and fires. The trade mark ‘Tested XX’ was sold to the WR Case company in 1911 when Case Manufacturing company run by Andrew and the John D Case went out of business. The Case Tested XX knives have become the most widely collected pocket knife in the US and this is an interesting relic of the early formative years of the Case family knife business.
Knife is in excellent mechanical condition, it has snappy opening and closings with a half stop, large blade shows some sharpening and there is a chip on the small blade, not bad for a knife over 110 years old, celluloid hafts are free from damage outside of pocket wear.