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The Slim Lock The Slim Lock was originally produced in 2005 as a tribute to John Russell Case.Each knife carries a “JRC” (John Russell Case) tang stamp and a liner that locks. A second family was released in 2006 that featured ladder patterned Damascus blades.Some of the more recent knives are stamped with an "L" after the pattern number, which signifies that the blade locks when opened in 2002, after a 20-year hiatus.The Russ Lock The Russ Lock (953L) debuted in 2000.The handle splits apart revealing a separate knife, fork, spoon and bottle opener.Case produced two variations of the Hobo ('51 and '52) from the early 1900s-1940.The company, alongside Alcoa, founded the Cutco brand of cutlery in 1949 under the company name Alcas (its name being an amalgamation of Alcoa and Case); Alcoa would purchase Case's stake in the company in 1972, and Alcas' management bought the company from Alcoa in 1982, and is now simply known as the Cutco Corporation.
The pattern number (1953) represents the year Russ Case died.
Case has also won awards for advertising and marketing, for instance its packaging designs won in two categories at the North American Packaging Competition for Excellence: Best Family Packages and General Superiority According to End-Use Household.
The Case website won an ADDY award for creative excellence in 2006.
Chrome vanadium (CV) Chrome vanadium is a special formula of alloyed cutlery steel known for its ease of re-sharpening. A thin film of oil should be kept on the blade to maintain the polished finish of the steel.) Case Tru-Sharp Surgical Stainless Steel (SS) Case Tru-Sharp Surgical Stainless Steel is a high-carbon steel.
It offers excellent blade strength and corrosion resistance.