W.R. Case & Sons “What’s In Your Pocket?” Pocket Knife Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay on April 26, 2009 · 30 comments

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You can tell a lot about a man by the stuff he carries in his pockets. As a boy, I was always intrigued by the things my grandpa and dad carried in their pants  every day. I loved rummaging around in the basket on top of the refrigerator where my dad kept the contents of his pockets. Everything in there just seemed so cool and manly.

Theodore Roosevelt had the same fascination with his father’s pockets as a boy. In his autobiography, he gives this description of watching his dad empty his pockets every day after returning home from work:

We used to wait in the library in the evening until we could hear his key rattling in the latch of the front hall, and then rush out to greet him; and we would troop into his room while he was dressing, to stay there as long as we were permitted, eagerly examining anything which came out of his pockets which could be regarded as an attractive novelty. Every child has fixed in his memory various details which strike it as of grave importance. The trinkets he used to keep in a little box on his dressing-table we children always used to speak of as “treasures.” The word, and some of the trinkets themselves, passed on to the next generation.

Treasures. That’s probably the best way to describe how I felt about the contents of my dad’s pockets. I think I even called them that as a boy. I’ve started to build the manly contents of my pockets. Hopefully, one day my kids will feel the same way about my “treasures” as TR and I did about our dad’s.

This week, we want to see what you carrying around in your pockets. And to help motivate you to share, the folks at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. is giving away a free Case pocket knife.

The Prize

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. is based out of Bradford, PA and has been in the knife-making business since 1889. Each knife is handcrafted in the USA by a team of talented artisans, so you know you’re getting a quality tool.

The lucky winner of The Case  “What’s In Your Pocket?” Giveaway will have their pick of one of these handsome Case pocket knives. The estimated value of the knives is between $150-$175, depending on the knife you pick. Here’s a look at your options:

Sway Back Jack


This pattern was introduced less than a year ago. It’s  3-1/5” closed length and weighs 2.2 oz. The Sway Back Jack comes with a  Genuine Stag handle.



The RussLock pattern was ‘invented’ by one of Case’s longtime cutlers, Tommy Hart. Tommy was with the company for 50 years! The RussLock is named after Case’s founder, John Russell (“Russ”) Case. It measures 4-1/4” in length when closed and weighs 2.7 oz. It has a navy blue bone handle and a red Case logo shield. The knife’s ‘tail’ allows for one-handed opening.

Mini Trapper


The Mini Trapper is just the right size for a knife newbie – 3-1/2” in length when closed and weighs 2.7 oz.  This handle color is called “Old Red Bone,” and it has a “pocket-worn” look.

In addition to the knife, the winner will get a Case golf shirt and nickle-silver ball marker.

How To Enter

So are you ready to get your hands on one of these knives? Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Step 1. Join the Art of Manliness Community.

Step 2. Take a photo of the contents of your pockets.

Step 3. Upload the photo to the Art of Manliness Community photo page.

Step 4. Tag your photo with “Case.” This step is important! If you don’t tag your photo with “Case,” we can’t tell that you entered. If the photo is not tagged correctly, you’re not entered.

I even made a quick screencast to help you visual learners out there. View it here.

Deadline to enter is Sunday, May 2 at 10 PM CST.

The folks at Case knives will then pick the winner.

To start things off, here’s a pic of what I usually have in my pockets:


Billfold, Blackberry, Case pocket knife, hankie, Moleskine, and small pocket pen.

Now it’s your turn. Head on over to the Community section and share with us the contents of your pockets.

Here are the entries that have been submitted so far:

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Justin Lane April 27, 2009 at 4:40 am

I love my Case Knife, I got it when I made Eagle from my parents. Has served me well over the years…looks similar to the RussLock, but the handle is more like the Sway Back Jack (not blue like the RussLock).

2 Dede April 27, 2009 at 6:20 am

This is one of the best give away campaigns I have seen! It is unique, and let’s us women see what all you guys have been hiding in your pockets!! What about secret phone numbers:)

3 Scott April 27, 2009 at 6:36 am

I like the article and the contest a lot. I think what a man carries around says a lot about him. But, some of these photos are cracking me up…

1. I don’t understand how people hold so much stuff in their pockets… My pockets aren’t big enough to hold 85 things.

2. Guns? Really? I hope you shoot yourself in the foot.

3. Throwing knives… what are you some kind of ninja? “Hey look at me I have throwing stars and a katana in my back pocket.”

4 andy April 27, 2009 at 7:39 am

Well, this probably doesn’t qualify, but I carry 1″ nylon webbing (25 foot loop. 10 foot loop, 30 foot roll), A wooden door wedge, eye shields, portable radio, and a combination flat-head, needle nose plier/cutter

5 Glenn April 27, 2009 at 7:55 am

Props to all the guys carrrying Rosary beads!!

I’ve been a student for so long that much of the stuff I carry has been permanently relegated to my backpack, including stuff like my pocket knife.

6 Jack McNiel April 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

One of these days (hopefully a long time form now) I’ll inherit my Dad’s Case “Sod-Buster” knife.

7 Enrique S April 27, 2009 at 8:25 am

I carry a small Leatherman multitool, handkerchief, comb, keychain with whistle, tweezers, flashlight, pill holder, wallet with bandaids, floss card, small piece of duct tape, sewing needles, safety pins, garbage bag, magnifying lens, mirror. I like to be prepared. I spend too much time at Equipped to Survive.

8 MKram April 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

There’s an entire forum dedicated to every day items used – http://www.edcforums.net.

This goes beyond just pocket contents, and has lots of reviews of gear. Enjoy!

9 Tom April 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

I was looking at some of the submissions and some of you have far too much stuff in your pockets. If you guys are wearing suits, these items are destroying the lining of your pockets and they’re making your clothes buldge in all sorts of funny areas. All you really need to have in your pockets are a slim phone (iPhones or BB Curve’s work great), a money clip / wallet and a Mont Blanc pen… if you need to carry anymore than this, invest in a briefcase or some kind of bag. Car keys should only be placed in your pockets when absolutely necessary as this item does the most damage to your clothes.

10 Jahaziel April 27, 2009 at 9:41 am

I agree, the less things you have in your pockets the better. I usually have my wallet, my I-phone, a pen, gum and sometimes my car keys when I need them. Those are the things you might need during the day.

11 Uberhack April 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

My pockets:
-Clip knife
-37 cents
-One ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. (What does the Baggins have in his pocketses?)

12 Phillip April 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm

1.book: “You Will Never Be The Same”
2.Sharpie marker
3. nylon wallet
4. Burt’s Bees lip balm
5.Tic Tacs
7.$2 winning lottery ticket
8.hair tie
9. various cards: drivers license, credit card, free kiss, Red Baron beer drinkers club, Red Cross donar card, dental appointment, a few business cards.

13 jay April 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Kavu Wally Wallet (great item)
CRKT Peck (Black Teflon)
Chapstick Moisturizer
Keys (Subaru Outback)
Streamlight Nano
Kelty Triptease keychain (made by me)
Shure I2C-MP Stereo Earphones
iPhone 3G
Now what I carry in my BAG… whole different story…

14 Michael Case April 30, 2009 at 10:07 am

Yeah I only carry a few things in my pockets:
Phone – smartphone so I don’t have to carry a pda though I should carry paper/pen since it’s easier to jot down stuff



Not much and I have a little table by the door so I can just grab everything on the way out.

I’ve heard the quality on the Case knives are great… If I could only get my hands on one, it would look like a personalized one … Considering my last name is Case :P

15 Jim Schmidt April 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Just posted my photo, and I don’t know how to refer to it here, so I’ll link to an outside source for it:


Since there was no limitation on which pockets counted, I included my jacket pockets as well. That’s the outer ring of stuff in the photo.

Clockwise from bottom left, that includes:

iRiver for recording podcasts
Two types of microphones for said iRiver
Vaseline lip therapy (can’t stand the candlesticks)
Car / house keys
Business cards (in a floppy disk carrying case)
Palm Vx (used for note taking an ebook readin)
Noise cancelling headphones (useful in the server room)
Earbuds (in an Altoid chewing gum case)

The inner ring goes in (or on) my pants pockets:

Cell phone (clips to my pocket, not my belt)
Wallet (currently devoid of cash)
Eye drops
Left-handed Swiss Army knife
Work keys (with included security key)
Two USB flash drives (One Mac formatted, one DOS)
Pocket change (currently consisting of one 1 Euro cent and 1 yen)

16 Don Zablosky April 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Left pocket: keys, change holder, Gerber Applegate folding knife
Right pocket: cell phone
Left back: wallet
Shirt pocket: 1-2 pens

17 andy May 1, 2009 at 3:57 am

Speaking of pockets, I need a new holster for Old Slabsides.

18 Steven Copley May 2, 2009 at 7:51 am

I feel naked without a pocket knife of some sort. I usually have them spread about the house so I can always grab one on the way out.

19 repsac3 May 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

My stuff: http://community.artofmanliness.com/photo/photo/show?id=2357106%3APhoto%3A23265&xgs=1

Left Front:

1) “Vault Keys: Fort Knox” brass keychain my mom tossed in as a last minute stocking stuffer in 1974. It’s the only keychain I’ve ever used for my personal keys. (I think I started out with a key to my bedroom… Not that I was allowed to have it locked for any length of time.) Every once in awhile I catch myself thinking of how much of my life this keychain has seen, from the first girl I ever kissed, to the woman I married, and every one in between. The chain is from my first wallet, back when trucker wallets were all the rage, and CW McCall was all over the radio.)

2) Paper money in Swiss Army clip. (I’ve had 4-5 money clips over the years.)

3) Swiss Army knife. Can’t even recall how long I’ve carried a pocket knife, or how many I’ve had. I probably started with a boy scout knife, but went Swiss not too much later. My dad got me one of those left handed knives in Switzerland when he was there… (I saw that I wasn’t the only one…)

Right Front:

1) Blue pen (Fisher space pen ink in both pens. Never has failed me yet.)

2) Black pen

3) Sharpie

4) Small Maglite – Never know when you may need one, and it’s come in handy numerous times.

Watch Pocket:

1) Loose change

2) Cell phone (or on belt)

Left Rear:

1) Eagle Creek nylon wallet (Leather’s classier, but too hot in a jeans pocket.)

2) Flat razor blade box cutter – (only for work)

Right Rear:

1) Comb in case – Leather and lanyard project the guys in my den did as a craft in cub scouts, as per the den mother (my mom.)

Everything goes into a valet on my dresser (used to be a cigar box next to my bed, when I was a kid) every night when I get home.

20 Steven Copley May 3, 2009 at 7:34 am

I have seen some of the pictures include guns, which is (hopefully) indicative of a CCW holder. These people should carefully consider before telling the world, or at least the millions who come to this site, that they carry.

21 Timothy Sternberg May 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I love my Case Knife.

22 Kenny May 6, 2009 at 2:46 am

This is what l keep in my pockets:
Front right: Handkerchief, loose change, keys
Front left: Wallet, lipsalve
Rear Left : Spare Handkerchief, gum
Rear Right : mobile phone.

23 Chris July 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

I always have my wallet, cell phone, keys, and a usually a good folding knife.

24 Will Aygarn January 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I always carry a pocket knife, paper handkerchief, pocket comb, pen, notepad, wallet and some change.
When I don’t have my manpurse handy in which I carry a flashlight, cell phone, mini revolver, spare keys, checkbook, calculator, magnifying glass and other occasionally useful items, I carry the derringer on my person. I have known too many people who were caught unprepared to defend themselves.

25 William Miller January 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

Only two guns shown, but a few hints of others.

Interestingly, one guy had the rare Vektor CP1 pistol from South Africa.

Looks like he may have been involved in security or law enforcement or was just REALLY into being prepared.

26 stefan May 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

Imi place ca am vazut si din Romania :)

27 Matte June 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I also noticed the Vektor. IMO, too rare and valuable of a firearm to use as a daily carry. I’m surprised my the amount of, for lack of a better term, old fashioned pocket knives. A modern knife with a clip and thumb studs serves me well.

28 Rick Meisenzahl August 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Haven’t been around knives for a while but this site is a find.

29 Chase November 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’m 17 and have kept things in my pockets since I was old enough to grab objects haha I try to always keep the following on my person all the times:
Good old pocket knife – I carry my kershaw just for going to town n` such but also have my leatherman most of the time

My Zippo – fits perfectly in that little pocket inside your right pants pocket (watch pocket?) Anyways, I don’t smoke but I find it handy for many things

Deck of cards – if there’s a pretty young lady across the room I find simple card tricks are great icebreakers :) plus if you’re bored or hangin` with the guys there are tons of games to play. I also keep a 2 dollar bill that my great uncle gave me in the box with my cards. He said he carried it around for a long time and now he was giving it to me so I’d never be broke haha

Gum – don’t want to scare the young lady off after you just guessed her card

Pen and pad of paper – great for remembering things, taking notes .. or numbers ;)

Bandana – folded nicely in my back pocket. Obviously tons of uses

Wallet – holds cash and band aids for the little kid who fell in the parking lot. My singles are usually folded into some kind of oragami for tips in case there’s a pretty young waitress ;) just for fun

Morgan silver dollar – no real use here haha i guess I keep it for the same reason my great uncle kept the 2 dollar bill.

That’s pretty much it. I’m sure some would say its too much but it all doesn’t really take up that much room. Plus most of the things I carry now will go in my “treasure box” for my kids when I’m older :)

30 billywyant April 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

i like case plocket if their are lod one

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