Schrade steel ?

Schrade Cutlery Company was founded in 1904 by George Schrade, and his brothers Jacob and William Schrade. In 1946 Imperial Knife Associated Companies, (IKAC; an association of Ulster Knife Co and Imperial Knife Co) purchased controlling interest in Schrade Cut Co and changed the name to Schrade Walden Cutlery. In 1973 the name was changed to Schrade Cutlery. In 2004 Schrade closed due to bankruptcy.

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Schrade steel ?

Postby atlatl55 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:47 pm

Can anyone tell me What kind of steel is this? thanks
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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby mumblypeg » Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:47 am

First off- I am no expert. That said, it's my understanding if the tang stamp says only 'Schrade', then it's carbon steel. If tang stamp says 'Schrade +', it's stainless.
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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby atlatl55 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:45 pm

Thanks Mum. You the man.

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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby keithw » Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:12 pm

Regarding their stainless steel,
in the Schrade articles (under Articles & Research), Schrade says that Schrade+ is 440A.
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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby atlatl55 » Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:49 pm

Thanks Kieth, much appreciated. Herb

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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby orvet » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:23 pm

mumblypeg wrote:First off- I am no expert. That said, it's my understanding if the tang stamp says only 'Schrade', then it's carbon steel. If tang stamp says 'Schrade +', it's stainless.



There is a lot of confusion about this issue.

First of all, the SCHRADE+ stamp DOES mean that the blade is stainless.
However the absence of the + sign DOES NOT mean the steel is carbon steel.

At some point in time, Schrade began marking their stainless steel blades with the + sign to let customers know that the blade is stainless.
I don't know the exact point in time when they introduced the + sign but based on what the research I have done so far, I suspect the + sign was introduced in the early 1980s, give or take a few years.

Prior to the introduction of the + sign there was no indicator in the tang stamp as to the composition of the steel. Therefore older stainless steel knives will have the same markings as the carbon steel blades.

I hope this helps to clarify the issue a bit.

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Re: Schrade steel ?

Postby tjmurphy » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:48 pm

I think that I read that the Schrade+ was stainless but a high carbon stainless ::shrug::
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