W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of traditional pocketknives, fixed blades/sporting knives, limited edition commemoratives and collectibles. The company originated in Little Valley, New York around the turn of the twentieth century before relocating to its current home, Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1905. The company's namesake, William Russell Case, first made knives with his brothers under the name, Case Brothers Cutlery Company. His son, John Russell ("Russ") Case, worked as a salesman for his father's company before founding W.R. Case & Sons.The company’s roots extend back to 1889, when a few enterprising brothers – William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John and Andrew Case – began selling cutlery from the back of a wagon in a small village in western New York where the company (and its various spinoffs) would be based for several decades. In January 1900, the brothers incorporated to form Case Brothers Cutlery Company.John Russell Case, who named the company after his father, William Russell ("W.R."), formed W.R. Case & Sons as it is known today. By the time the company moved to Bradford, PA in 1905, the four Case brothers had established their brands.Beginning with World War I, the government has called upon Case to make military knives for U.S. servicemen and women including the USMC's Ka-bar knife and the V-42 combat knife for the Devil's Brigade. During the 1965 flight of the “Molly Brown,” astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young used special Case knives on a NASA space mission. Former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former racecar driver Richard Petty and country music star Randy Travis are some of Case’s more famous advocates.
Today the Case Company is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, another family-owned business based in Bradford.