Case Timeline Series – Class J3 Sod Buster Jr.


  • For our first knife in our Timeline Series, we feel it appropriate to recognize NC&StL Superintendent of Machinery C. M. Darden and his famous J3 Class locomotive design, by proudly displaying an exact replica of the 576’s Class Plate. The Class designation indicates Model J, 3rd in series, with 57,000 lbs. of tractive effort. In addition, 576 is stamped on the Blade Pin Rivet of this beautiful Case Sod Buster Jr.

  • LIMITED RUN of 157. Each knife marked 1 of 157. Boxed and wrapped in Case paper. Comes with a Case Collector’s Pocket Guide, wallet-sized, double sided and laminated.
  • Our Case Knife Stands make great additions to properly display your knife! Sold Separately.

From our friends at Case:

“W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is proud to partner with The Nashville Steam Preservation Society to celebrate the 576 Steam Locomotive. A true part of American history, the 576 served a critical mission during the war efforts in 1942 carrying soldiers and key supplies to support war-time manufacturing. The Case Brand, known for quality USA manufacturing has produced a special edition Sod Buster, Jr. with the exact replica of the 576’s Class Plate. In addition, 576 is stamped on the Blade Pin Rivet.. The Sod Buster, Jr. is the workhorse of the Case product line and is the perfect product to honor the power and grit of the 576 Steam Locomotive.

The partnership of Case and NSPS is a natural. Both brands have a storied American history and have been played an instrumental part of some of our nations most defining moments. Case Collectors love the ‘walk & talk’ of a Case Knife, much like the passionate Steam enthusiasts love the ‘huff and puff’ of the steam locomotive on the rails.

Your purchase of this special knife will help support the efforts to restore the 576 to its former glory. The Nashville Steam Preservation Society and W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company appreciate your support of American Made products and the preservation of this iconic piece of American history.”


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It has been said that railroaders often took pride in having the most accurate pocket watch or the sharpest pocket knife.