The pattern or style of a “Buster” pocket knife is anywhere from 100-130 years old, and emerged from Germany as a kind of a folding butcher’s knife or a clasp knife. Today, the pattern is commonly available in differing names: sod buster (Case’s origination of the name), dirt buster, and others. It can be loosely classified as a type of peasant or farmer’s knife, thought largely to be because of the sturdy and large handle (made for the rough and tough large-handed American farmer). Case apparently associated the name “sodbuster” with their knife design in the 1960s.
The handle is a simple sweeping linear design – shallower in the middle and deeper on one end. It often comes with a drop point blade, although there are models with multiple one-sided blades, and has a backspring whose tension keeps the knife alternately open or closed.
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