Case® Texas Toothpick Pocket Knife
The Texas Toothpick is one sleek looking knife, these knives are sometimes called a switch knife or tickler. With a curving handle that turns upward at the top of the knife, this is a pocket knife design not to be overlooked. The toothpick is a clasp style jack knife that is reported to be the first type of switch knife. Owners of these knives would often place a thin piece of wood or other material between the blade and the spring that would cause the tip of the blade to stick out, allow the operator of the knife to catch the tip on the seem of a pant leg or pocket to quickly open it with one hand. Over the years, Case has manufactured these knives in many different sizes ranging from 5 1/2" to 3" closed. The most popular patterns from largest to smallest include the following: 098, 093, 0094, and 0096. The larger knives are almost always the most valuable to collectors of vintage knives.