So…I did manage a new knife last month. Something I’ve wanted for a while. They’re pretty rare among the brands that make traditionals, even in vintage models, and extremely rare in contemporary brands.
A mini muskrat. 3-5/8″ or thereabouts stockman frame with twin opposed clip blades.
Case made one until a few years ago. They’re kinda like finding hens teeth and when you do they’re gold plated teeth.
Took a while(couple years actually!) to find a good deal on one I liked.
Supposedly a 2016 model, haven’t run the tang myself yet. Handle is butterscotch corelon. I’ve read that no pins in the scales on composite handles generally means a rehandle job, or a contract knife handled outside Case. For Corelon that tends to mean they were handled by Frost. It’s almost a flawless job, extremely good fit and finish, I’d never know Case didn’t do it.
I managed to score it brand new, unused, no box, for $35.
Used Mini Muskrats not in corelon(an expensive material, why I don’t know) tend to be a $70 to $100 proposal.
YES, It was a gift from God! No other way I’d ever get that it that price!