Back in the 70's, I purchased a Case folding hunter with a peculiar bolster - the pin protruded slightly from it. Several years later, curious about this knife, I wrote to Case for information, as I could find nothing in books. I received a reply from Ms. Shirley Boser, Case Historian. Ms. Boser contacted Ralph Scruton, expert knife collector: "It seems that the Florida, Fish and Game Commission purchased some folders for skinning alligators but the hides were so tough it would shear the pins. The knives were returned to Case and the pins replaced with steel pins which protruded slightly above the bolsters. There were not very many of these made and they are rare. The folders with the "pig's eye" pin have increased value over regular bolsters folders."
I am not interested in selling this knife, but I would like some opinions as to what it might be worth, for insurance purposes. The knife is factory-new: never carried, sharpened, or sheathed. I have enclosed a photo. There is not a mark on it anywhere.
If anyone knows anything about this knife, I would appreciate any and all information. Thank you.