I recently had the opportunity to swing through Sevierville, Tennessee and stop by the Smoky Mountain Knife Works. They claim to be the worlds largest knife store and from the looks of it I don’t doubt that they are right. They have every major knife brand on display, with extremely helpful employees everywhere ready to assist customers and answer questions. They even have a nice knife museum on the top level. It’s a great collection on edged weapons dating back centuries to some of the rare knives from more recent years.
While there I picked up the Case Black Diamond Trapper made exclusively for Smoky Mountain Knife Works. It’s a well made knife, as you would expect from Case, paying tribute to the coal miners of America. The clip blade has a nice black overlay outlining a “Black Diamond” graphic. The spey blade features the phrase “Keeping America Strong” . The handle is made out of a synthetic rough black material which should be quite durable. The blades are made from a grade of surgical steel. Out of the box the blades were both razor sharp and should prove good at holding an edge for basic carving or utility work. Priced at $44.99 it is an affordable piece that I’m not afraid to carry with me on a daily basis and actually use.