Buck knife dating code
You can learn to date Case knives by marks once you know where to look. This is the master blade; it is usually where marks are made. The tang is at the end of the blade where the pin anchors it to the casing. You may need to clean this area to see marks but if the knife is a Case, that's where you'll find the mark. The two-digit code is the year in the current century the product was made.A knife code of 17/RC was made in 2017, whereas a code of 07/RC was made in 2007.
The code holds true for date stamps 102, 202, 103, 203, 104, 204, 105, 205, 106 and 206, which were manufactured during the years 2002 to 2006.
The coding system has changed throughout the years, but you can easily determine the year of your knife's manufacture through the company website or by knowing how to decipher the code. The number will be from two to five digits long and might be followed by the letters RC.
Look for the number on the finger guard – the protective divider between the blade and the handle – on Puma fixed-blade knives.
The quarter of the year in which the knife was produced was the first number.
For example, the control numbers for knives manufactured in October 1964 began with 4, indicating the quarter of the year, with 6 as the third digit and 4 as the last – such as 40604.