Blade Show 2021: Case Turns up with Two New Flippers

Case is back on the modern folder kick with the Marilla and the Kinzua. The traditional slipjoint maker managed to incorporate a lot of trendy elements into this pair of Pennsylvania-made flippers.

The Marilla and Kinzua have a lot in common on the construction/mechanical side of things. Both are aluminum-handled flippers with steel insert-capped frame locks and S35VN steel. Their blades are both 3.4 inches long, and each comes with a deep carry, reversible pocket clip.

The Kinzua has a tanto blade

The major differentiator between them is blade shape. The Kinzua has an American tanto, while the Marilla has a drop point. Both knives seem best suited for EDC, with the Marilla offering better slicing ability and the Kinzua prioritizng piercing.

The handle profiles are similar – both knives have a large forward finger groove, general arc shape, etc. – but there are some noticeable differences here as well. The Marilla has an inlay, while the Kinzua’s frame is unadorned except for some faceted contours. The Marilla also has a lanyard hole where the Kinzua does not; that being said, the Kinzua is lighter, weighing 3.4 oz. compared to the Marilla’s 3.6.

It appears that the Marilla and the Kinzua are going to be available in the near future: Case says “Summer 2021.” If you’re one of the lucky folks at Blade Show you can check them out alongside the rest of the Case lineup at Booth 109.

Knife in Featured Image: Case Marilla

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