Along with the trapper pocket knife pattern, the stockman is one of the best and most iconic American slipjoint patterns ever created.
The history of the stockman is nearly impossible to track, but Gary Zinn of chuckhawks.com speculates it was made first developed around 1900. The stockman design typically consists of three blades: clip, sheepsfoot, and spey (or pen).
Featuring three pretty different blade types, the stockman is almost universally praised for its versatility. You can use the spey blade to spay or neuter animals (as its name applies) or the sheepsfoot blade for those tasks when a point isn’t necessary.
While the traditional uses of the stockman are no longer warranted (very few stockman owners are going to castrate young animals with the spey blade), its usefulness remains even in modern times.
When it comes to stockman patterns, it’s hard to beat a traditional Case knife. Case has released a ton of variations of the knife, including different sizes, handle materials, and iterations, over the years. If you’re new to the stockman game, these 10 stockman patterns from Case are among the best around.
1. Case Medium Stockman, Amber Bone
The Amber Bone collection is not only one of Case’s largest knife line but it’s also one of the most handsome, in my opinion. The Amber Bone has a fantastic hue that’s earthy and comforting, like sitting on an old porch at dusk. The bone is peach seed jigged, which offers a reliable grip.
2. Case Medium Stockman, Black G-10
Next is a sleek, modern take on the classic design. Case proves it’s not stuck in the past by embracing the indestructible black G-10 material.
The contrast between the polished stainless steel bolsters and the black G-10 is too hard to overlook. It’s the kind of knife James Bond would carry.
3. Case Small Stockman, Working
While the Black G-10 line is something you would take to a black-tie event, the Working line is designed with work in mind. The brown handle is made from synthetic material to ensure durability in all types of working conditions. This small version of the stockman forgoes the spey blade for the pen blade.
4. Case Small Stockman, Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl is not just your average handle material. This stuff is harvested from the inner lining of oyster shells and boasts a magnificent appearance. On top of that, mother of pearl is strong and durable. Doesn’t get much better than that.
5. Case Stockman, Buffalo Horn
From one exotic material to another — the line of Buffalo Horn knives is dark and brooding. This stockman features a handle made from Water Buffalo horn. The jigged horn is natural and complemented by the polished bolsters.
6. Case Medium Stockman, Camo Caliber
Although Case is known for classic designs, it’s never afraid to embrace newer technology and materials (though we have yet to see any assisted opening Case knives). The Camo Caliber collection uses lightweight Zytel for its handle scales and a camouflage pattern. It’s exceptionally grippy as well.
7. Case Medium Stockman, Pocket Worn
I’m quite partial to the bone Case knives, and the Pocket Worn line may be my favorite. Made from red bone, the Pocket Worn line features extra hand-finishing that gives it the feel of a knife you’ve broken in after years of use. That red coloration goes great with the polished bolsters and stainless steel blades.
8. Case Medium Stockman, SparXX
The SparXX line actually comes in two iterations: white and orange. The material it uses is Delrin, which is a thermoplastic created by DuPont. Delrin is a synthetic material that quickly became a premier handle material in knives due to its easy coloring ability and durability. While the jigged white Delrin is fine, what makes this is a real winner is the vibrant red Case logo shield. It brings the pattern to life.
9. Case Medium Stockman, American Workman
The American Workman is another one of those lines designed for the American worker. Like the Working line, the American Workman knives are synthetic (except these are a handsome blue). Case says these are handcrafted in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and are made by American workers for American workers. That alone makes this stockman a winner.
10. Case Medium Stockman, Patriotic Kirinite
Finally, there’s what I believe is one of the newest handle materials for Case: Kirinite. The material is exceptionally tough and offers the ability to create stunning and dazzling patterns. That’s where the patriotic theme comes into the picture. The red-white-and-blue coloration is delectably psychedelic.