My apologies, but that is one I left out.
It is on the update of the list that I am working on.
The 7OT, Cave Bear first appears in the catalogs in 1991 and was there through the last catalog in 2004. I see the first notation of it being stainless in the 2000 Shortline catalog. They may have switched to stainless before that, but that is the first indication I have in any of my catalogs of it being stainless. Of course as we all know, just because the catalogs doesn’t say stainless, that is not a sure indicator that the blade is carbon steel. Sometimes they made running changes and switched the type of steel without announcing it.
I decided I would check what the price lists had to say about the steel. The type of steel in the 7OT is not mentioned until 1994, and then it is listed as “High Carbon Steel.” In 1995 it is listed as Schrade + Steel. That is the year the 6OT was introduced. It was probably cheaper to make both blades from stainless rather than have one stainless & one carbon, since they are essentially the same blade except for the tang stamp.
The 2000 MSRP for the Cave Bear was $56.95.
Thanks for bringing the omission to my attention.
I hope this info helps,