I like this one. It has a more Continental feel than the more stylised and more expensive Case Sodbuster Jr., which is really a comparatively recent iteration, from 1976, when Case introduced the model. It is of course a Farmer's knife, a very old and agricultural pattern. Hence WR Case's name for their model. On the other hand, the Marinera is closer to the real deal, stainless notwithstanding. This feels authentic. You could imagine a European farmer of an earlier century using it daily.
It has a feeling similar in cross section to a French Laguiole in that the handle is more so thick than it is deep in your hand. Not that it looks like the famous French folder, just that the wider and narrower parts of the handle feels similarly backward at first. For example, a traditional English lamb foot pocket knife is, like the blade, broad across its sides and narrow when viewed from the spine and back spring. The Marinera is fatter.
Mine arrived a bit dull. No big problem, easily sorted. And the steel seems decent. It performs well. The olive scales like a bit of olive oil now and then, applied thickly and left standing overnight. The scales are a deep golden russet colour now, particularly at the joint end, where the end grain has darkened. It looks rich, and quite authentic. True, the stainless will not form a patina, but that is a minor observation.
Four stars is appropriate because the blade develops side to side play after a while. Pinching or clamping temporary solves this unwanted sloppiness. I hesitate to hammer the pivot, as I've done for a couple of loose slip joints by other makers. Play is a somewhat common thing in slip joint pocket knives, and it is very worthwhile to learn how to sort the problem. Basically just bash it until it behaves! All right, use due care, and protect the bolsters with at least a paper wrap. Or, realise that you will have to do some buffing afterward. You may anyway. The last session involved an elderly wobbly pocket knife, a rock, some tissue paper, and my battered old Estwing hammer. And some judicious whacking. The result was well worthwhile; a repaired heirloom and boosted self confidence.
I hesitate to try it on this little Italian job. No bolsters, so not sure if staking the pivot would split the pretty olivewood scales. For now, I can live with a tiny wobble.
So overall, yes, I recommend this pocket knife. Charming, rustic and traditional, it will give an honest day's work. Thank you, HH. A pleasure doing business with you!