If you are looking for the definitive story behind sod buster patterns, then this is not going to be the place to do that. Now that you know you are in the right place, let us dig in a bit more about the pocket Sod Buster Knife. The Sod Buster knife, also known as a mainstream Sod Buster pocket knife or vintage Sod Buster knife, is a pocket knife with only one blade. This knife is a professional level tool which comes with limited lifetime manufacturers warranty and is neither designed for or intended for use against humans. It is priced at less than $25, and 3. It has a good-looking, carbon-steel blade . It is a good entry-level knife, a solid entry-point into the traditional line-up. If you are careful about the PSs and Qs, and you are using the correct tools for the job, you should be able to do a decent amount of work with this knife. I will say this knife certainly does not pop open accidentally, and the blade makes a satisfying pop as it opens. I had no issues getting the knife closed in my hands, but I was cautious in using it. Rolling.A 40deg bevel makes a middling knife too, especially when the angle is used with the type of thick bevels those box knives have.I said to head the other way. Case offers knives with black plastic handles, but the blade has a lot of text on it, which does not really appeal to me. Case clearly links the name Sodbuster with Case knives designed during the 60s. In fact, in a somewhat questionable move of intellectual property, W.R. Case & Sons patented the name sodbuster. Presumably, this was trademarked in the form of two words in order to avoid having a term like sodbuster circulating for years. Apparently, sodbuster was a pejorative used by upper classes referring to those working the land, such as farmers. Someone who worked the soil, planting vegetables in spring, harvesting in the fall, was a sodbuster. Most farmers pull the sod out of the areas they are planning on building their home. Farmers quickly learned they only needed to cut sod that they planned on using within one day. They had already had this same kind of rule in place on their farms before the sodbuster rules. E. Central Minnesota I believe that sodbuster rules were enacted to be used in a different way from the use of farmland. Corydon, Iowa When Corydon brought certain lands into production, they were classified as sodbusters, and they had to make wetland determinations before they could put together conservation plans. I have never had a problem getting approval from NRCS for breaking up the land, and most of that is HELs and a little bit of native sod. Some land is HEL land, and sodbusting classification makes it more restrictive in conservation plans compared to other farms in Corydon. It is not going to make much difference a few years from now when every native grass around here that could have been farmed is. Of course, Case really does have the Sod Buster full-size available, and that could be carried just as easily. W.R. Case & Sons does make the larger Sodbuster version too, which has a 4.6 handle and a 3.6 blade, as opposed to the Juniors 3.6 handle and 2.8 blade, so this is the Junior version since it is smaller. This article will focus on the former, the knife which cannot be any more classically American, as is W.R. Case & Sons; The Sodbuster Junior. The Sodbuster is the ultimate work knife, and Cases version is a quintessential example. The Sodbuster name is an old-timey knife, and for a pattern this utilitarian, the Sodbuster name is apt. The sodbuster is what is called the Shadow Pattern, the name given to knives that do not have any foregrips. My understanding is that the sodbuster pattern is anywhere between 100-130 years old, coming out of Germany as sort of like a folding butcher knife, or clasped knife. Heres the real problem; the Sod Buster knives, just like every other pocket knife traditional, are offered with an array of different handles colors and handle materials. Basically, the sky is the limit, and you, the customer, really get to pick and choose in order to have your Sod Buster Knife custom made for you. The simple, user-friendly handles combined with the well-designed blade that is made to serve general purpose makes the Sodbuster a good knife for everyday use. Storage will ensure that the Sodbuster Blade is moving correctly, and help to keep it from rusting. So much so, it has inspired me to write a review of another classic sliding joint in my collection, the Case Sod Buster Jr. Another classic sliding joint in my collection, the Case Sod Buster Jr. W.R. Case and Sons has been making knives for more than 100 years, and their brand is definitely one of the best known. If you missed Saturdays event, the club is hosting its next Mod Bug event this Memorial Day Weekend. The crew will run through a days events, and then drop off at the first hole. Teams will be required to complete a scorecard, listing the names of each member of their team. Their sheets are placed at the bottom of a pile, and when a teams turn comes up, their names are called out and they putt. Farmers back in the 1800s used mules, oxen, or horses, along with specialized ploughs equipped with bent steel blades, to plow the hard roots out of sod.