Tom reviews the Case Sod Buster Knife.
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- I love some of the new knives on the market. We have all kind of cool choices. Locking folders, auto openers, functional drop points and the list of knife styles goes on and on.
But back in “those days” a Case Sod Buster knife was cutting edge. You youngsters out there don’t have a clue what we used to use when we were your age. As far as I knew, there were only about five or six decent knife companies back in the day. And they didn’t offer too many selections. When I was in grade school, we didn’t have the enormous outdoor stores then, only mom & pop type of outdoor stores. We didn’t have the internet either, so maybe there were more knife companies than I knew of but if so, they sure weren’t in my part of the woods.
Now there are a million knife companies that offer huge selections. I have some cool knives, but every once in a while, I still like to check out an old school knife. Maybe I’m getting old, or perhaps it's just nostalgic. But some things are classic and don’t lose their coolness, do they?
I mean yea, we have Rambo, Batman, Super Heroes and all of that but still, nobody can diss on John Wayne, can they? Heck no. He’ll always be a legend. Same with some knife designs like the Case SodBuster blade. Maybe they remind you of a time in your life. Maybe someone cool you knew used them but whatever, they’ll always hold a soft spot in your heart.
That’s the case for me with the Case Sod Buster folder. Mr. Teague who is the coolest man I ever met in my life next to my dad had a significant influence on me as a kid and even on up until I was a young man. He probably had an 8th-grade education and yet owned a large electrical contract company. He did highline construction, had pole setting crews, owned a ranch, cattle, horses and had a 12,000-acre deer lease down by Sonora.
If it hadn’t of been for him, I’d of never had the deer hunting opportunities like I did as a 9-yr-old on up until he died. He told me that the first hunt he went on out in the Big Bend country had been pretty much a weeklong drunk. He made a vow that if he ever got rich enough to have a lease he’d never allow a drop of alcohol on the ranch. He kept that vow.
He was a man of integrity. He did a lot of business deals with my dad. They never signed a contract. Dad always said his handshake was better than anyone else’s contract.
I say all of this because Mr. Teague carried a Case Sodbuster black handled knife. We all carried a semi-big on to big straight blade knives. In those days I’d never seen anyone carry a folder in deer camp. I had for sure never heard of a folding lock blade.
So today I want to feature the Sodbuster out of respect to Mr. Teague. I just got a yellow handled one and sat here thinking about the old memories it brought back. Like the time he cut the rear end out of my red one-piece long handles.
I think that I’m going to have to take it hunting this year for the heck of it. I don’t think I’m way out there and going off the edge or why else do you think some people hunt with a black-powder? Or a longbow?
And don’t think an animal can’t be skinned with one just because it doesn’t have a modern clip point or drop point. Mr. Teague lived off of deer meat. I don’t know how many hundreds of deer he killed.
So one day when I’ve had enough you may see me jumping on a plane to Alaska to get away from it all, and I’ll be carrying is my Case Sod Buster and Henry’s lever action 45-70.
Case Sod Buster SPECS:
Full sized Sod Buster
- Closed 4 5/8”
- Blade 3 1/8”
Jr. Sod Buster
- Closed 3 5/8”
- Blade 2 ½.”
About Tom Claycomb
Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, Bowhunter.net and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal you will need a sharp knife. I have an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you're having trouble.”